Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion, is currently out of the Sprint All-Star Race. He has a chance to drive his way in by finishing first or second in the Sprint Showdown or winning the fan vote. He spoke about his situations in...
Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion, is currently out of the Sprint All-Star Race. He has a chance to drive his way in by finishing first or second in the Sprint Showdown or winning the fan vote. He spoke about his situations in the media center this afternoon.
WHAT IS YOUR STRATEGY TO RACE IN? "We just have to go fast. There were some pretty fast cars in the Shootout practice, but I felt like ours was pretty good. We could run some pretty fast laps and I just watched the beginning of All-Star practice and it looked like we'd be fairly competitive with a lot of those guys, at least on their first runs, so I feel pretty good about it. It's just like back at the dirt track, we've got to race our way into the feature here and, hopefully, we can do it."
HOW PAINFUL WOULD IT BE TO MISS THE ALL-STAR RACE? "We ran really well. I think we led most of the Showdown one time and finished third, and that was tough. That was really tough, so to sit back and watch this race is not what any driver wants to do, but that's part of what makes it so special is that it really is an elite group of drivers in the All-Star race and if we earn our way into it, then we'll go racing. If we don't, we'll move on to the next weekend. I've been on both sides of it, but I can tell you it's a lot more fun to race in that All-Star race than it is to watch it."
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT POCONO IN A FEW WEEKS? "I really enjoy racing at Pocono. It's fun. I was just describing it the other day to someone. You drive down into turn one and you go in extremely fast and then you come off turn one and there are big bumps. You go down that back straightaway that has the tunnel turn and that's one of the most difficult turns in the series, and then they put that new patch of pavement in turn three. That makes it a driver's corner down there because you can drive around and make some things happen, so I think all the drivers would agree that Pocono is pretty fun to drive. I know a lot of people knock it and say it's not that much fun to watch, but if they were sitting in my seat, they would enjoy it - that's for sure."
IS IT POSSIBLE THE REASON THIS SHOWDOWN FIELD IS SO STRONG IS THAT A LOT OF DRIVERS LIKE YOURSELF HAVE A PERFORMANCE DISADVANTAGE? "Maybe that's true. You'll hear this a lot on race day. They'll say, 'Hey, should we pit or not pit?' And they say, 'Just do what the leaders do.' If you feel like you're competitive, you'll do what the leaders do because those are the guys you're racing. So if you race that way, and you're not quite fast enough to win, you're always gonna be doing what the fast guys are doing. That's a good question. With the way the sport is going now with these three attempts at a green-white-checkered and all the chaos at the end of the races, the race can be flipped over with some strategy change, so that's maybe why you see some of the results you see."
-source: ford racing