Texas II: Pole winner interview

CARL EDWARDS - No. 60 Save-a-Lot Ford Fusion - (qualified 1st) TAKE US THROUGH YOUR LAP. "The Save-a-Lot Fusion was really good. Kevin [Harvick] laid down a really fast lap and I thought, 'Man, that's a good one.' I didn't know if I could do...

CARL EDWARDS - No. 60 Save-a-Lot Ford Fusion - (qualified 1st)

TAKE US THROUGH YOUR LAP.

"The Save-a-Lot Fusion was really good. Kevin [Harvick] laid down a really fast lap and I thought, 'Man, that's a good one.' I didn't know if I could do anything with that. I ran my lap and I was real excited to hear that it was faster, because I don't think I could have gone any faster than that. It's cool. It's neat to win a pole here at Texas. I don't know if you guys saw it, but they put your car over there in victory lane and we got a neat helmet from 7-Eleven and the whole crew got to take their photos. That's pretty neat. They do a really neat presentation here for the pole."

LAST WEEK'S VICTORY AND CLINT BOWYER'S 16TH PLACE BROUGHT YOU CLOSER. DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE IN THE THICK OF THIS CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE AS WELL?

"Yeah, after what happened at Memphis, I think we closed something like 80 points or something in one race. I know how fast Clint's car is. In practice he was really good in race trim. Qualifying is one lap and if you get it right, it's great and if not, you've got 200 laps to catch up. I have feeling that Clint, the 33, us, I think those were the three fastest cars that I saw in practice and I have a feeling that he'll make his way back up there. But, yeah, we're in the thick of it. If we were to go out and run like I think we can and he finished seventh or eighth or something, we'd still gain statistically the right amount to close in over three races. I feel good about it."

DO YOU SENSE THAT CLINT IS HEARING FOOTSTEPS BEHIND HIM? ARE YOU PUTTING PRESSURE ON HIM?

"I'm sure there's pressure on him. I've been in a couple of championship battles; the ones that I remember the most were the ones at my local dirt track and stuff. It wears on you and it's easier to come from behind, that's for sure. Anytime you've got a lead and it's shrinking, that's real nerve-racking. Coming from behind in both series, I feel like, in a way, we have an advantage. Just mentally we have an advantage because it is so much easier to do it that way, I think."

-credit: ford racing

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