Phoenix: Edwards post race interview

CARL EDWARDS -- NO. 60 World Financial Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd) "I think it would be a better deal for all the sponsors Involved if this was a 210- or 20-lap race, it would be a lot better Deal. That's just a fun race right there. It's too ...

CARL EDWARDS -- NO. 60 World Financial Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd)

"I think it would be a better deal for all the sponsors Involved if this was a 210- or 20-lap race, it would be a lot better Deal. That's just a fun race right there. It's too bad Somebody's got to finish second; second is no fun. I can tell you That. I'm glad we get to race tomorrow and hopefully get to do it One step better. That's a good race. These cars, as much as they Are to drive at mile-and-a-half tracks because that tapered spacer takes All the power away, they're really pretty fun at these short Tracks. That's a blast. And to be able to race with deny Side-by-side for the lead for a long amount of time and then go down to The wire with Kyle like that, that was really cool. He earned it, and I've got a lot of respect for both of those guys as drivers."

DID KYLE HAVE A LITTLE BIT BETTER RE-STARTS? AND WOULD'VE A LONGER GREEN-FLAG RUN AT THE END HELPED YOU?

"I think he would agree, too, That my car was better on the longer runs. His was definitely better for That first, about a lap, lap and a half. And, yeah, he was doing a good Job on those re-starts, but on that re-start I got him great. We were Three feet apart going across the finish line, it seemed like, and his Car was just faster for that first lap. But, boy, after a lap or a lap And a half, I could mow 'em down but I just didn't have Enough time. That last corner I got close, and one more lap Would've been great. But that's just exciting. Somebody's got to win, and he did today. I think if we were to do It over, it could go a bunch of different ways."

YOU HAD A THREE-SECOND LEAD WHEN THE CAUTION CAME OUT ON LAP 178.

"That Caution was really bad for us. At that point I was just cruising and we Were extremely fast, relatively superior there. So, that caution hurt us Because we came in leading and we came out second. My guys have been Working really, really hard, and I'm not down on my guys at all, That was just the one out of five or six stops that was just a tick Slower, and Kyle beat us out of the pits, so that caution really hurt us. But, that's the way it goes. I'm sure Kyle was excited about It."

JUST PAST THE HALFWAY POINT, YOU WERE IN A LONG SIDE-BY-SIDE BATTLE FOR THE LEAD. WHAT TYPE OF CONCENTRATION DOES THAT TAKE?

"During a race like that, that's what I live for. That's exciting. It takes most of my concentration. That's a Lot of fun. As much as I want to go down into the corner and turn Kyle Sideways and move him out of the way, it's neat when you race with Guys and you know he's not going to do that to me, so we can race And be real respectful of each other. That's pretty cool. But, Yeah, it takes all of my focus and that's kind one of those moments That's rare when you get to just purely race. And that's Really fun."

ON THE LAST LAP DID YOU EVER THINK OF BUMPING HIM?

"If I was close enough to bump him, I probably would've. I Tried my hardest and I couldn't get close enough. So many things Happen, and the one thing that's good is that I don't feel Like I -- I'm pretty honest with myself -- I don't Feel like I made any mistakes. I don't think like I could've Done anything differently and made the outcome better for me. So, I feel Like I gave it everything I've got. I just needed another lap, That's what we needed. I mean, I've had those nights where I Go to bad and it's like, 'if I just would've done this Or this, we would've won the race,' but tonight I feel like I Did everything I could."

YOU HAVEN'T WON IN THIS SERIES SINCE LAST SUMMER. ARE YOU SORT OF GETTING ANXIOUS?

"I think we've Won three sprint cup races so far this year, if I'm not mistaken. Not to be pompous about it, but we've been trying our hardest. This Is not easy. Our cars have not been as fast as they were a year ago. Tonight was a good night. I had the fastest race car out there. You know What I mean? Circumstances put us second, but that's racing. I'm telling you what: we went 52 races or something in the cup Series and didn't win one. This is a tough, tough sport, it is very tough."

-credit: ford racing

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