CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Office Depot Taurus (Qualified 2nd) ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 3rd) EDWARDS: "Our Office Depot Ford is awesome. I was having a blast today in race trim. It was really good. I didn't think our ...
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Office Depot Taurus (Qualified 2nd)
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Qualified 3rd)
EDWARDS: "Our Office Depot Ford is awesome. I was having a blast today in race trim. It was really good. I didn't think our qualifying lap was gonna be that great. I was real loose. Elliott and I were just talking, it's really hard to decide how hard to drive around this place. I drove into turn one too hard, so I drove through three and four pretty easy and they said second quick and I couldn't believe it. I mean, it was a decent lap for us. We want to lead some laps and get some points. That's what we're here for."
SADLER: "My lap was great. My guys did a good job. That's the same car we had at Charlotte that we ran so fast with and the guys did a good job putting it back together. We were pretty decent in race trim. In qualifying it was perfect tonight, so to start third we beat a lot of great cars tonight and we're starting up front. That will get us a good pit selection and we'll try to make the most of it on Sunday."
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT QUALIFYING AT NIGHT AND RACING DURING THE DAY WHEN THE CONDITIONS ARE SO DIFFERENT?
SADLER: "I like impound races because I'm gonna sleep very good tonight and tomorrow night because I know we can't touch the car. I don't have to worry about changing a spring or a shock or a swaybar or what have you. We're all good enough teams to make adjustments for qualifying whether it's day or night and we know how to get those adjustments back out and have a good car in race trim. But as far as qualifying day or night, I don't think it's a really big deal."
EDWARDS: "Yeah, we got to do most of our race practice in the day time, so I felt pretty good about it. It's kind of fun to let the track cool off and have a ton of grip and go out there. It's like if you run well, you run well. If you don't run well, you've got an excuse. So it's kind of easier when you go out there and just do whatever you can and don't worry about the race. But we did get to practice during the day time and that's the most important thing."
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE WAY NEWMAN QUALIFIES HERE?
SADLER: "He's the man to beat. Ryan seems to always get the most out of his race car for one or two laps in qualifying and he really sets the bar very high. It's not only here, but a lot of places. I think that's seven poles for him this year. I mean, that's a lot. Us as drivers have to challenge him and challenge the race track. It seems every time we go out to try to get a pole or try to beat him and we're not just trying to beat him, you're trying to beat 41 other drivers, too. He always sets the bar high and it's always fun to kind of go out there and see if you can beat him or not when he lays down a lap like he did tonight."
EDWARDS: "Yeah, I was just impressed that his second lap was quicker. His first lap was four-tenths faster than everybody else and his second lap was even quicker. That says a lot. He can hold his breath longer than me that's for sure."
WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING TOMORROW?
EDWARDS: "I'm doing an appearance for Office Depot in the morning and then Charter in the afternoon. Then I'll either stick around and watch the Truck race or Jack Roush has a friend, Ed Bolen. I don't know him well enough, but I guess I'm gonna go fly an airplane with him. Somewhere around here he's got an old World War II plane he's gonna let me fly, so I might do that and watch the Truck race. I don't know."
SADLER: "I'm gonna watch college football all day"
IS THIS THE LAST CHANCE FOR YOU AND THE GUYS BEHIND YOU TO MAKE A SERIOUS RUN AT THE FRONT FOUR?
EDWARDS: "Yeah, I think so. I think every week mathematically it gets less and less probable that we're gonna be able to win the championship, so this is one of those weeks we have to take advantage. We had a tough race at Martinsville and to come here is awesome off of that. I love racing here. Our cars are great here. It seems like one of those tracks we really run well, so we do need to capitalize on this for sure. Four races is a lot of time for things to happen, but three and two and one, they're gonna come quick so we need to make up ground now if we're gonna do it."
BIFFLE SAID ATLANTA AND TEXAS ARE PERFECT BACK-TO-BACK.
EDWARDS: "It's perfect for me. We've got great cars at these race tracks. Our engines are awesome. I like these race tracks a lot as a driver. It couldn't be better for me. I know Greg is probably a little more versatile driver right now than I am at this point in my career, so it's probably just as good for him, but it could be even more important for me just because we do run so well at these mile-and-a-half tracks. I think these being back-to-back like this could really give us a shot in the arm and go up there."
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE RACE ITSELF?
SADLER: "Atlanta always brings an exciting race. An example was the spring race with Carl and Jimmie. I think it was one of the best finishes of the year because you can run up high, you can run in the middle and you can run on the bottom, which, as a race car driver, creates a lot of fun and creates a lot of imagination and things you can do with your race car. If it's tight or loose you can move it around. Atlanta always puts on a good show. We've had a lot of great races here and I don't expect anything different Sunday. You've got a lot of guys outside of the chase racing for 11th or trying to get a win, and you've got 10 guys trying to make up as much ground as they can on everybody else in the chase. There's not much giving and taking gonna be going on, but it's a nice, wide, slick race track and I think you're gonna see a lot of good racing. I don't see one person just dominating all day. I see a lot of different pit strategies and a lot of things done on pit road differently to try to get track position, but I think, all in all, you're gonna see an exciting race all day for 500 miles."
EDWARDS: "Yeah, I feel exactly the same. This place is just a blast. If you could watch a race at one place this would be one of them. This is pretty cool. To drive here is so awesome. I know when we unloaded it was just so cool to be able to go out there and move around and slide around a little bit and the car was still fast. You could move five or six feet in either direction. It's just a fun place, so it should be a good race."