Atlanta: Edwards - Friday Ford interview

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion, and Jack Roush, car owner of Roush Fenway Racing, held a press conference before NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway to discuss penalities handed down by NASCAR...

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion, and Jack Roush, car owner of Roush Fenway Racing, held a press conference before NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway to discuss penalities handed down by NASCAR earlier in the week.

WILL WEATHER HAVE A BIG EFFECT ON YOU TODAY AS FAR AS LESS PRACTICE? "I don't believe we're gonna miss too much practice. I think we get a little bit of time in the Nationwide car right after this. For us, as good as our cars run and as well as our engineering guys do, less practice actually kind of plays into our hands, so it shouldn't be that bad."

DOES ANYTHING FROM VEGAS HELP HERE? "We can use what we learned in Vegas and California a little bit, but this track is different. One of the things that makes it so great is that it is different from every other track. I'm a little bit nervous personally because we haven't run well here in the car of tomorrow. We tested here and we aren't sure how fast it is, but everyone says it's gonna be great. But, trust me, from the moment that checkered flag feel at Vegas, I've been thinking about getting on the race track here and see where we stand."

CAN YOU COMMENT ON THE PENALTY AGAINST YOU? "The best way is for me to talk about the way I see the facts. The facts are that we were extremely fast in testing -- all of our Ford Fusions were. We were great at California, great at testing in Las Vegas. We won at California with a great race car that passed inspection. We went to Las Vegas and after the race that oil tank cover was definitely off of the car. It was an absolute mistake or failure of that bolt to stay in position. There was no intent at all. We suffered our penalty and that's the reality. The great thing about it is the amount of downforce or advantage that might come from that, we don't even know what that is -- unlike some of the other teams, we have not gone and tested illegal things. I specifically asked what kind of an advantage this would be and my guys could not tell me, so we don't even know. The great thing is if we hadn't won, Matt Kenseth was in a position to win, Greg Biffle was in a position to win. I believe Travis Kvapil finished really far up there in only his second car of tomorrow race, so the bottom line is I don't have anything going on Monday, so if Toyota or anyone else wants to just go line the cars up at Vegas and hire a flagman and run 400 miles again, I'd be glad to do it on Monday."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Carl Edwards , Jack Roush , Travis Kvapil
Teams Roush Fenway Racing