EDWARDS PULLS OFF ATLANTA SWEEP * Carl Edwards captured his third NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series victory and second straight at Atlanta Motor Speedway. * The last Ford driver to sweep both races at the same track was last season when...
EDWARDS PULLS OFF ATLANTA SWEEP
* Carl Edwards captured his third NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series victory and second straight at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
* The last Ford driver to sweep both races at the same track was last season when Kurt Busch won twice at New Hampshire International Speedway.
* Today's win is the 14th of the season for Ford, which is four more than last year.
* Ford has 568 all-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series wins.
* The win was Ford's 29th all-time Cup triumph at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which is tied for the most by the manufacturer at any active speedway. Ford has also won 29 times at Bristol Motor Speedway.
* This marks the fifth time in 2005 that Roush Racing has had at least three drivers finish in the top five. The last time it occurred was Sept. 10 at Richmond when Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle swept the top three spots.
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 3rd)
"When it came time to go racing a couple of them snuck up there and outran us, but, man, we put a whooping on a lot of them today. If I had cars like that every week, man, I think I could drive until I was 60."
YOU'RE OPTIMISTIC AFTER A GREAT WEEKEND. "Yeah, who said I was a pessimist. I knew we were good on Friday and I knew we'd have a shot. It seemed to come and go for everybody today. We weren't quite good enough to pull it off at the end, but it was a great run and I'm proud of it."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Charter Taurus (Finished 7th)
"I was just loose all day. I thought I might have too much rear spring for it and it kind of took a dive for life and put some rubbers in the left-rear spring and put some wedge in it for that last run and it just killed my car. It was way too tight and I lost a couple of spots there, but it was a good day for us. We didn't do what we wanted to do here and that was run in the top three or four and we missed that by a little bit. We finished seventh or something like that, so we have to be happy with that."
YOU'RE ALREADY THINKING ABOUT TEXAS. "Yeah, they were asking me coming down pit road if we were taking this car to Texas because we've got chassis 239 that's a really fast race car too just sitting there ready to go. We've got a choice as to which one we want to take. We're gonna have to sit down and think about it and take the best car."
THREE TO GO. "We just have to make up points on the 20. We made up a little bit on the 48 today and a little bit on the 12, but we've got to finish more than one spot ahead of the 20 to gain anything on him. But those guys are doing a good job. They're in a points mode and that's what they're doing."
THE ROUSH CARS WERE ALL STRONG. "Yeah, we were terrible all day. We just never got a hold of the race track. I really don't know why, but I'm scratching my head."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt/USG Sheetrock Taurus (Finished 5th)
"That was great. It was a good day for us, a real good day in the points. It would have been a little better without the mysterious caution, but other than that we had a great day. We finished in the top five and got to lead a lap there at the end, so it was a good, solid day."
DO YOU FEEL YOU'RE STILL IN THE POINTS CHASE? "I don't know where we are right now exactly, but we're closer than we were before the day started so that's good."
ROUSH WAS STRONG TODAY. "Yeah, Carl is awesome here. Carl is an old dirt track racer and he lays it right up there on the cushion and I can't get that done up there. For some reason my car will wreck, so he does a great job. Mark had a great test here and he gave us a lot of information as far as shocks and bars and stuff. Everybody is working good together and everybody ran good today."
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Office Depot Taurus - VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW - "It's unbelievable. I have the greatest crew. We got Office Depot to Victory Lane and that means the world to me. Office Depot came on board when we really needed it. I'd like to say hi to mom and dad and everybody at home - all of my friends and family. I've been a little bit hard to live with the last few weeks, but this is just the greatest day. This is unbelievable."
WHAT TRICK DID YOU HAVE MIDWAY THROUGH THE RACE? "I'm not telling you what it is, but we have a great race car. It's unbelievable. It's so much fun. We're gonna go testing tomorrow with the new cars and this is what we need. We need to do this for three more weeks and we'll be all right."
YOU'RE FOURTH IN THE TITLE CHASE. "I just have to thank Bob Osborne and Jack Roush and everyone in the motor department. The engines in these cars unbelievable, but most of all all the folks behind me. We've got great sponsors. It's just unbelievable. This is great."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Taurus (Finished 17th)
"We got on one set of tires and the car was really bad loose and we just couldn't do anything. That probably didn't affect us too much. Our best shot might have been about an eighth or 11th, but not much better than that. We weren't good all day. It wasn't from a lack of trying. They tried to do everything they could, but we just never could get it to hook up and stick on the bottom like we had here last time."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Finished 10th)
"I'm just glad we saw the checkered flag. We've had a lot of great cars here the last month and a half and haven't been able to show it, so to see the checkered flag and get a top 10 was a big relief to this team. I'm proud of my guys. We had great pit stops all day. We tried to adjust on it and was just a little free, but, all in all, it was a great day."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 14th)
"We got to be reasonable at times, but I don't know if the track tightened up or if it was something with our car, but the last two runs I just got so tight that it killed me. I couldn't go anywhere. I don't know if we over-adjusted earlier and just never got it back, but it was an OK day. It was a brand new car so I think we learned some things."
MORE MATT KENSETH - "We were just too loose all day off the corner and never could really fix it. All day from our speeds we had a third to seventh-place car and we finished fifth, so that was great. Everybody did a good job this weekend. We had a little change in personnel - a different car chief this week and some other stuff going on - and everybody pulled together and did a good job. We had great stops as always. The car was pretty good and besides the driver speeding down pit road and forgetting to put the right side window in, everything else went really good."
MORE GREG BIFFLE - "It wasn't the car I was thinking I was gonna have, but the guys did a great job in the pits and I kept it off the wall and didn't get any flat tires. We just did everything we needed to do, really. I'm pretty excited about it. We wanted a top five, but ended up seventh so we can't really complain about that run."