Ford Racing press release
CARL EDWARDS – No. 60 Fastenal Ford Mustang
“That was a great race. It all starts at the shop. These Ford Mustangs that they’ve been building are spectacular and Jack listened to us about two years ago, a year-and-a-half ago when we were telling him about all the different things we needed and he’s done a really good job and everybody has done a really good job of coming together and making these cars better. Today I had a very fast car. Anybody driving that car would have done really well. That was a lot of teamwork. The pit stops were great, the strategy was great and we hung on for the win. It was a lot of fun."
MIKE BEAM, Crew Chief – No. 60 Fastenal Ford Mustang – “Like Carl said, we really worked hard on the car and luckily we had a good place to start from the first race, but it was a lot different today than it was in the spring. Carl’s feedback was perfect and Scott, our engineer, he really works hard at this, so it worked out well. The guys did a great job on pit stops. We were on pit road when the caution came out, but, luckily, it worked out for us. Like Carl said, people have made a commitment to help us like Jack and Fastenal and Ford, and I’m glad we can produce for them."
CARL EDWARDS CONTINUED – “And this is the one-year anniversary of Mike and Scott Graves and I working together. That’s 10 wins in a year, so I really appreciate everything Mike and Scott have done."
JACK ROUSH, Car Owner – No. 60 Fastenal Ford Mustang – “Carl took my thunder. I was gonna congratulate the group, but it’s been a great team. We did look, there were some things obviously lacking in our program a year ago or a year-and-a-half ago. We were underachieving for the talent of everybody that was involved and we made some moves. The big thing was we put our Nationwide shop in the same location as the Cup shop so that the help Ford was giving us could come to bear and would reflect itself on all the cars that have an engineering impact. Mike has been able to use that to his advantage and Scott Graves has been a great help. Happily, Carl didn’t crack his noggin today on his backflip, so I think we’re still in pretty good shape for tomorrow."
CARL EDWARDS CONTINUED – “If I win tomorrow I’m not doing a backflip. There’s too much banking. I don’t like it."
WAS THIS RACE AS EASY AS IT LOOKED? “It was a lot less dramatic than the last one so that’s good. Early in the race it was easy. The car was really superior, but those guys worked on their cars and they got better and better. By the end of the race, that was all I had. Brad and Clint, I think if they had been out front it would have been very difficult to pass them, so I’m just grateful we were as good as we were and we had good enough pit stops and restarts and everything to stay in front."
JACK ROUSH CONTINUED – RICKY IS UP 22 POINTS WITH FIVE TO GO. HOW DO YOU ASSESS HIS CHANCES FOR WINNING THE TITLE? “Ricky is not doing what he wants to do. He wants to rub fenders and try to win these races right now and if he made that effort every time, he would be wrecked one time in four and, of course, that would be the end of his championship run. But he’s doing a great job. He’s frustrated with the fact that he can’t beat the Sprint Cup regulars that are in there consistently. He has beaten them a couple of times, but he’s doing what he needs to be doing. It’s not much fun for him right now, but he’s maturing by leaps and bounds. Trevor is doing a real nice job, too. It’s unfortunate he had his health problem he had earlier in the year or there would be a competition between the two of them."
IS THERE ANY PLAN TO GET RICKY IN A CUP CAR THIS YEAR OR NEXT YEAR OR DOES THE ECONOMY DICTATE THAT? “There’s no plan to get Ricky in a Cup car this year. There is certainly optimism that we’ll be able to do that next year, but we’re very much in negotiations with sponsors and next year is very fluid. I’m not gonna make a prediction on what’s gonna happen with regard to being able to get Ricky and Trevor more Cup time than they’ve had this year. We’re just glad we’ve got for Trevor what we have in the Wood Brothers car and hope we can get some time for Ricky next year, but it’s very much open based on the economy right now."
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOU AND CLINT BATTLING? WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THAT NEXT WEEK IN KANSAS? “That would be great. I know that race is really special for both of us. It was pretty neat. I was thinking about it while I was driving – for two modified racers from the Midwest to be out here running one and two racing at a place like Dover and driving for the car owners we’re driving for is pretty amazing. We’re very fortunate. That’s never more apparent to me than when I go to Kansas and I see a lot of the folks that I grew up with and a lot of folks I raced around for years. A win there would be huge. If we can pull off a win in the Nationwide car or the Cup car or both over there, that would be as big of a win as I’ve ever had."
MIKE BEAM CONTINUED – WHAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE TO GET THOSE 10 WINS WITH CARL? “We started here a year ago and then really worked hard. At Texas we won the race and that was the first time we beat Kyle and those guys. That got our confidence back and then we won Phoenix for two in a row. We started the season, and like Jack said, when we moved to Concord and Robbie and his engineering group down there, and the tools we had to work with, it’s like a bunch of kids in a candy store. We just really went after it and we’re really living a dream here because we have everything we could possibly have to work with. With Robbie’s help and the engineering group there, that’s been one of the biggest things for us. Ford, with the wind tunnel and stuff like that, and working for Jack and Roush Fenway just sitting in the meetings to draw off the Cup guys certain things that we can apply to our car helps."
WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR SUCCESS ON CONCRETE TO? “Concrete demands a perfect car and a perfect setup and it lets you really tune things in to a very small window. I think the communication I have with Mike and Bob and the ability of the engineers to work with us is what makes us fast on concrete. It’s a very precise surface and I believe that communication is the key."
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE STANDS WHEN YOU GO UP THERE? “I signed one Subway car up there. That was pretty cool. The neat thing is just to see the looks on people’s faces. There was one guy up there that I’ll think about the rest of tonight. He’s got all my gear on and he was just pumped. H was really, really excited, so it’s neat to be able to go up there. Like I’ve said before, I think other drivers should go up there and have some fun with it. That’s not my deal. It’s something that’s really neat that everybody should try."
JACK ROUSH CONTINUED – WHAT’S A BETTER CAR, THE MUSTANG OR FUSION? “Well, it depends on how many people you want to carry. I don’t think we’ve got 40 mile per gallon Mustangs yet, but we’ve got 40 mile per gallon Fusions. I’ve got one of each with my coach that I take to the races. We’ve got a Roush Supercharged Mustang."
CARL INTERJECTS – “They are the envy of the motorhome lot. It’s some pretty neat stuff."
JACK CONTINUES – “And I’ve got a Fusion with 40,000 miles on it that if I ever got rid of it Brenda says that she’d leave me."
WHAT ABOUT THE RACE CAR? “Oh, the race car. I’m more interested to see if I can help Ford Motor Company sell cars I can have more race cars, so that comes first. The Nationwide cars are really good right now and I think we’re enjoying, in comparison to the field, a better, I won’t say dominance, but I’ll say a better parity on all the race tracks, although at this point in the season we’ve got the best Chase cars that we’ve ever had across our entire group. The Fusion has come of age. There is no doubt that we’ve got equal aerodynamics and we’ve got equal engines and we’ve got equal kinematics in our suspension and those things, I think, gives me confidence to go to the race track and feel like I won’t be embarrassed and I think it helps Carl and the crew chiefs as well feel like if they cannot get out-crew chiefed and if Carl cannot get out-driven, then the cars will be enough to do the job."