Nashville: Edwards - Friday media visit

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 60 Scotts Miracle-Gro Ford Fusion, hosted a hauler chat today at Nashville Superspeedway in between Friday's practice sessions. Edwards won the last three NASCAR Nationwide Series races on the concrete Tennessee ...

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 60 Scotts Miracle-Gro Ford Fusion, hosted a hauler chat today at Nashville Superspeedway in between Friday's practice sessions. Edwards won the last three NASCAR Nationwide Series races on the concrete Tennessee track.

YOU HAVE SEVERAL WINS AT NASHVILLE; IF YOU DON'T WIN, IS IT DISAPPOINTING OR DO YOU THINK THE ODDS HAVE FINALLY CAUGHT UP WITH YOU? "We come to every race track every week to do the same thing. The way this sport changes so much, it doesn't matter if you've won the last 10 races in at a place or if you've run terrible the last 10 times, there's no reason you can't go win the next time. Odds don't change based on previous races. So we have the same odds of winning this race as we have race before that. We don't let it bother us. I personally don't think of this as a place I've won three times. I think of this as a place we're running this week and we've just got to do the same thing we've been doing."

DOES THE SPACER CHANGE THE WAY YOU DRIVE NOW? "Yes, it's way different to drive. I'm just figuring it out. We weren't planning on running all the practice, but now I think we're gonna end up using all of it trying to figure out how to drive around the track with that spacer. I went out there the first couple of laps and it just felt so foreign to me. It's like something's not right here and I'm not going the right speed."

HOW HAS THE SPACER CHANGED THE CAR? "The spacer just makes it so your not going as fast at the end of the straightaway. The car still goes the same speed through the corner but you don't have as big a change in speed. You have to decide how far to drive it in the corner, when to get on the throttle and all of the habits from the thousands of laps that everybody's run here are kind of hard to break. You've got to be aware of what you're doing and make sure your making the car fast and you're not slowing down by the way you're driving."

WHAT DO YOU DIFFERENT IN YOUR DRIVING? "I don't want to say what I'm doing differently. I don't want to give anybody any hints. (laughs) I don't know if we're fast enough for anybody to take them. I don't know. I'm sure by the middle of the race different people are going to figure how to be faster. This race is going to be very interesting."

YOU AND CLINT [BOWYER] HAVE A PRETTY GOOD RIVALRY HERE, HAVE YOU SAID ANYTHING TO HIM? "Oh, I told him that I'm smokin' him and that it's over and he mind as well go home. (laughs) No, he's real fast and we've had some good races. I was checking out the statistics on NASCAR.com and it's amazing how close our statistics are and how they can lay over one another. He will be cool to be able to race Clint for the win here. Clint's just a great guy. He's a true racer. Anytime I can race against him, it's good. I almost wrecked him last week in Bristol, so hopefully he doesn't have any payback in mind."

COMING INTO THIS SEASON AS THE DEFENDING CHAMPION, DO YOU HAVE A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE NOW THAT YOU'VE PROVEN LAST YEAR THAT YOU'RE THE GUY THEY HAVE TO KNOCK OFF THE TOP? "We ran really well last year but we didn't win that owners championship and that kind of hangs over us. Personally, I want to win both of them this year. I want to win owners and drivers championships. One thing I had to remind myself this week coming with all this success that we've had here, obviously anything other than winning is going to be a little bit of a let down to everybody on the team. But that's not the point right now. The point is to be leading the points when we leave here. I've been thinking about that championship and how we've got to race here for the first half of the season to ensure that we can do that again."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Carl Edwards