Atlanta II: Edwards post race interview

CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd) TELL US ABOUT YOUR RUN. "Our Office Depot Fusion was not as good as it has been here at Atlanta, but we did the best we could all day. I love this race track. I had a blast. I...

CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd)

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RUN.

"Our Office Depot Fusion was not as good as it has been here at Atlanta, but we did the best we could all day. I love this race track. I had a blast. I had a lot of my friends here and I'm just excited that we ended up second. I wish it would have gone a couple of laps. I think we would have had an awesome race with Dale and Jimmie. That was gonna be a lot of fun and Matt had four tires and he was right there, so it would have been a heck of a race."

HAS IT OCCURRED TO YOU THAT YOU GOT A BREAK TODAY?

"Oh yeah, we were very lucky. I'm real grateful for how today ended up. Overall, it was just a good day of for us, but, yeah I am grateful. In a lot of ways we didn't deserve to run second today with the way we performed, so it was a great day for us."

WHAT DID YOU SEE ON THAT ONE RESTART WHEN YOU PASSED DENNY HAMLIN?

"I thought, 'Man, Denny is waiting an awful long time to get going here,' and then everybody started checking up. I'm so trained, just like everybody, I've trained myself not to turn under people on those restarts. It's so hard to not turn under him, but finally I was like, 'I'm gonna run into Reed or somebody,' and I just turned left and then I realized they hadn't thrown the yellow yet, so I just stood on the gas. I didn't know what was going on."

HOW UNCANNY IS IT THE HENDRICK GUYS ALWAYS SEEM TO GET A HIGH FINISH EVEN WHEN THEY'RE NOT AS STRONG AS USUAL?

"Yeah, walking in here I asked one of Jeff's guys where they finished and he said, 'Seventh,' and I couldn't believe it. He was running around in 18th the last time I saw him, so it's just amazing. All of those guys -- Jeff and Jimmie and all of those guys over there -- they're just doing a great job. They're on top of their game and it's something that from the competition side we have to step up and be able to catch them."

-credit: ford racing

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