Ford Racing press release
CARL EDWARDS – No. 60 Fastenal Ford Mustang
“The night started out pretty poorly due to my running into the wall, but I’d like to think those were all Fastenal parts on the car so they didn’t break. That was good. We fought back from that. Mike did a really good job of convincing me everything was gonna be okay, and it was. And then that last restart, if Trevor hadn’t given me that push down into turn one – if he hadn’t tucked in behind us and put us out there in front – I think we would have had a really hard time holding Kyle off on the top. It was just a really, really good team effort. The car was the best it had been all night at the end, and that’s what we need to win. I’m just really happy we got it done. We’ve got a lot of folks from Fastenal here. We’ve got a big photo shoot coming up on Monday and it’ll be a good time. I’m just glad we won this race.”
MIKE BEAM, Crew Chief
WHAT ABOUT THE JOB YOUR CREW DID TONIGHT? “Those guys do a great job. We’ve been together a little over a year now and we won’t give up. Luckily, Carl is the same way and Jack is, and once we saw the damage flattened the right side out, it hadn’t totally configurated the car to where we couldn’t work on it. We tried to seal up the crush panels, but luckily the toe wasn’t too bad. It kind of fixed what we were fighting, so we got lucky there. Carl just drove his guts out there and luckily we won the race.”
JACK ROUSH, Car Owner
“I think I’m gonna lose my mind here. We put all the engineering in the cars, and we got all the manufacturing quality variance to make sure that we can make them the same and Carl wrecked his car today, and the car decided that it wouldn’t give up, so I’m gonna talk to that car. I may give that car a kiss tonight before I go to bed. That car had heart. It was bent and it was aerodynamically not sound and it was mechanically not intact, and it stood up under Carl and carried him to a victory. Mike thought about trying to repair the toe-in, but it seemed like it was running pretty good. Mike and I agree that we think maybe the toe-in business we’ve got on our Goodyear tires maybe is not where we need to be now, anyway, this was look as far as the alignment is concerned more like what we had five or 10 years ago. The car liked it and congratulations.”
CARL EDWARDS CONTINUED – HOW DO YOU VIEW THIS STRING OF GOOD LUCK? AS THOUGH IT’S YOUR YEAR, OR THAT IT’S GOING TO END SOON? “It’s like a roulette wheel, just because it goes one way one time doesn’t mean it’s gonna go the other way the next time. We’ve had our share of bad luck over the years and I don’t think that this means anything for the future. I’m just grateful for the way things went tonight. They went really well in the Cup race last week and at the end of the day, if things would have gone normally, if Brad hadn’t got that flat tire and spun out down there and caused a caution, and if Trevor hadn’t been behind us on the restart – all those things – we wouldn’t have won the race. But all you can do in racing is put yourself in a position to win and if circumstances work out right, you can win. But, no, I don’t feel like I’m owed anything and I surely don’t take our good fortune for granted."
COULD YOU TELL RIGHT AWAY THAT THE CAR WASN’T ACTING LIKE A CAR THAT HIT THE WALL SHOULD ACT? “Yeah, I was pretty surprised at how fast it was after it hit the fence. I slowed down for a lap or two just to kind of make sure nothing was gonna fall off and we got back going and it was fast. It’s pretty impressive that we could run into the wall that hard and the car would still go. We came down and put tires on it and fixed the body as best they could and it was screaming fast. Track position was really important, though, and it did take us pretty much the entire race to get back up there to the front. I had one bad restart where I got shuffled back, and, luckily, the restarts went well there at the end.”
MIKE BEAM CONTINUED – HOW WERE YOU ON FUEL IF YOU HADN’T GOTTEN THE LAST CAUTION? “No, we wouldn’t have even been close. We would have had to stop with probably 10 to go. We were just gonna go as hard as we could. Nobody was gonna make it, so we were probably stop there and get two-and-a-half seconds of fuel or something like that. That was the plan. I know Jack and Scott Graves, our engineer, they pretty much had the same number, so we knew what we needed to do. We were three gallons short. We knew what we needed to do. There was no use in messing around with it and just go as hard as we could. Our pit crew is pretty awesome and Darren Beecher, our gas man, I really stress that if it comes down to two or three seconds what we’re gonna do and he practices that sometimes. It just worked out for us.”
MIKE BEAM CONTINUED -- WILL YOU MEASURE THIS CAR WHEN IT GETS BACK TO THE SHOP AND IMPLEMENT IT? “Yes, Monday’s car will be scrutinized as far as the toe-in and exactly if it knocked the housing back and exactly what it did do for Texas or Homestead. We were fortunate. We won Texas in the spring and this car here will go to Homestead, so we’ll definitely take the information and let Scott, our engineer, run it through the computer and calculate exactly what was going on there and see exactly what road we need to go down, especially with this tire here.”
CARL EDWARDS CONTINUED – WAS IT A CASE OF WHOEVER GOT IN FRONT ON THE LAST RESTART WAS GOING TO WIN? “I don’t know I would have been able to get back around him. I did have a lot of speed in the car there, though, the previous run. I planned on having to pass him those last few laps. I did not plan on getting out front down into turn one, so my plan was to go on the attack and have to pass him and I felt like we had a shot at it, but you never know. It was very, very fortunate that we ended up in front. That made it a lot easier."
WILL THIS HELP YOU IN TOMORROW’S RACE? “I think the biggest thing running the Nationwide Series helps me with is there are a lot of mistakes you can make in a race car and tonight I made at least one or two. Running into walls usually doesn’t work out that well for you, so that was a good reminder for tomorrow. Sometimes I’ll speed on pit road or do something silly in the Nationwide race and sometimes it gets me a little focused for the Cup race. But the main reason I run the Nationwide Series is because Jack and everyone at Fastenal and Ford give me these cars that are a blast to drive. Mike is fun to work with. I’ve got a great group of guys and it’s just fun. It’s a great training ground for pit crew members and for sponsors like Fastenal that is gonna move up with us to the Cup Series next year, so, in general, it’s just a fun way to spend your Friday or Saturday and there’s no place I’d rather be right now.”
JACK ROUSH CONTINUED – KYLE SAID TOYOTA HAS A HORSEPOWER DEFICIENCY. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT? “We’ve all got the same parameters. We’ve all got the same deck height. We’ve all got the same cam shaft dimensions and valve sizes. The Ford was disadvantaged in those things for years, until we got the FR9 going last year. So he certainly doesn’t have the advantage, or the Toyotas don’t have the advantage that they had over the Fords before. It would be a travesty, I think, on top of all the money we’re spending on the 2013 car and the fuel injection and on top of the fueling apparatus we’ve got for the fuel cells and dump cans if we spent money building another engine that we don’t need. If Toyota got another engine, then Chevrolet would be due one and Dodge would be due one and Ford would have to do one as well. Right now, there’s no reason to change the engines. They’ve all got the same parameters and it’s a matter of what carburetor jets you put in it and how much ignition timing you put to it.”
CARL EDWARDS CONTINUED – “I sit in these race cars every week twice a week and been doing it for a long time and we do not have a horsepower advantage. Those are political statements that people make to try to get us back to where we were for years, just like Jack said, at a disadvantage. Right now, we have the same engine – as close as I’ve ever seen it from the driver’s seat. I still think there’s one manufacturer that has a little more engine than us in the Nationwide Series and maybe in the Cup Series, but from the Toyota side, they’re combining with TRD – the Gibbs folks are – to make their engines better next year and there is no reason to give any on the parameters. I believe the engines are as close as they’ve been.”