Ford Racing press release
CARL EDWARDS – No. 60 Fastenal Ford Mustang – VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW –
“Trevor was behind me, so that’s what got me the lead – Trevor’s push. That meant a lot. He could have gone three-wide, so this is huge. I hit the wall really hard and messed the right side of the car up, but it’s a big week for Ford. It’s 110th anniversary of Ford Racing. Henry Ford won a race 110 years ago. We’re leading the Nationwide points and the Cup points and we’re winning with these Ford Mustangs, so that’s huge. I’ve got to thank Fastenal, Valvoline Next-gen, Wiley X, and the fans. This is unbelievable. I thought Brad had it, and then I thought there at the end Kyle was gonna get me. He has an ability to turn it on at the end, and he raced me really clean and I appreciate that.”
TREVOR BAYNE – No. 16 Fastenal Ford Mustang – PIT ROAD INTERVIEW
“I was hoping for a 1-2-3 finish there, but we still got a first and a third, and I think Stenhouse ended up ninth, which isn’t too bad, but I was hoping we could get a win tonight. We had a really good car at the end. We battled being on the splitter too hard at the beginning and finally got it dialed in right at the end when it counted. The pit crew did an awesome job today and kept us up there, so this is one of those races where we finally had a fast car and everything worked out together. There have been so many times this year where we’ve been really fast and little things have happened to take us out, but I was really happy to see Fastenal in victory lane and we got a good finish for them as well. Pushing Carl to the lead there at the end was kind of fun. I saw him slipping a little bit and then we got him by Kyle getting into turn one. Those guys turned up the wick the last few laps. You really see what these cars have in them when you see Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards battling for a win. They can really wheel these things, but I’m really happy with our finish and our Ford Mustang was pretty good tonight.”
RICKY STENHOUSE JR. – No. 6 Blackwell Angus/Cargill Ford Mustang
“We were fast all night, that part was good. The car ran good and did everything we needed it to do and wanted it to do. We could lead some. It was tough when you got behind to really pass and make up time, but if you could start up there, we were really fast. We took two with 25 to go and if the caution doesn’t come out we’re looking wonderful. We’re running second and running really fast times with Kyle, who has four. I’ve just got to get better at restarts. I’ve struggled with that all year and they’ve been getting better on the mile-and-a-halfs until tonight. I just kept spinning the tires and that’s what got us behind there at the end. The car drove the same as it did all night, I just lost way too much time on the restart."
THIS CHAMPIONSHIP LOOKS LIKE IT’S GOING DOWN TO THE LAST RACE. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT WHERE THINGS STAND NOW? “It sure is. That two-car team is running good. What’s cool about it is when we battle on the race track we battle hard. He gives me plenty of room. I don’t question that at all, so it’s fun racing with him for this. We feel like we’ve got good tracks left. We felt like Charlotte was gonna be a good one for us and it really was. We were faster than the 2 car all night. We could pass him and we could stay in front of him, so I think our cars are performing where they need to be, I’ve just got to get better on our restarts. Charlotte always seems to be tough for us on restarts for some reason, but I think we’ve got the car to do it with our Mustang."
IF YOU WIN THIS TITLE BY ONE POINT WILL YOU TAKE TREVOR BAYNE OUT TO DINNER OR SOMETHING? HE KEPT ELLIOTT BEHIND HIM AT THE FINISH. “He did. I’ll definitely take him out to dinner, for sure.”