ROUSH RACING QUOTES OF THE WEEK Week of March 24, 2004 TOPIC: Last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway Carl Edwards won his first NASCAR Nextel Cup race. We asked Edwards and his teammates to recall their first Cup Series win and what it meant...
ROUSH RACING QUOTES OF THE WEEK
Week of March 24, 2004
TOPIC: Last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway Carl Edwards won his first NASCAR Nextel Cup race. We asked Edwards and his teammates to recall their first Cup Series win and what it meant to them. Here is what they had to say:
Mark Martin/No. 6 Viagra Ford Taurus:
"Well first of all let me say that I knew it was just a matter of time before Carl won a race and a Cup race at that. I had actually said that in the media center after the Busch race that Carl came so close to winning in Vegas. He's a great driver and a great person and when you run like that week in and week out it's only a matter of time. But Carl's just getting started, I'm sure he'll have many more of those down the road. As for our first win in 1989, but the time we got that, I think that we were more releaved than anything. We had run second something like six times leading up to that win at Rockingham and it was a long, long time coming. Still it was a big day and it was exciting, I just don't think it carried the same kind of excitment that Carl's did on Sunday. For Carl to win both the Busch and the Cup races and to do it with that type of grit and determination on both occasions, those types of things are really one in a lifetime type of events and my hat goes off to him."
Greg Biffle/No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus:
"My first win was at the July Daytona race two years ago and it was incredible. Getting your first Cup win is like nothing else and to get it in Daytona made it even more memorable. There's just a little added excitement when you're racing at Daytona and to stand in victory lane at a track with so much history in NASCAR is something I will never forget. When you start racing, you dream of racing at Daytona let alone winning at Daytona."
Matt Kenseth/No. 17 DeWalt Ford Taurus:
"My first Cup win is definitely one of the greatest moments in my racing career. It really was the culmination, up to that point, of all that I had worked for and learned through the years. To be able to share that moment with Robbie [Reiser] and the guys, Jack [Roush] and my family, it was just incredible." Kenseth added, "I'm also proud that my first win was the Coca-Cola 600 which is the longest race of our season. It's a tough race that requires focus and stamina, and it's cool that we scored our first Cup win there."
Kurt Busch/No. 97 Sharpie/Irwin Ford Taurus:
"My first Cup win came at about the last place I expected it to. It was only my third time to race at Bristol when we won there in 2002, so I was really going in there worrying more about finishing the race than expecting to win. But there is nothing like that first win - and to have it come at Bristol where Dale Earnhardt and Rusty Wallace picked up their first career wins made it all the more special."
Carl Edwards/No. 99 Office Depot Ford Taurus:
"It was awesome! I never expected to get my first Busch and NEXTEL Cup Series wins in the same weekend. It was a really incredible two days that I'm really glad I got to share with my family, teams and friends."
Ricky Craven/No. 99 Superchips Ford:
"My first win in a Cup car came at Martinsville Speedway in the fall of 2001. I remember it was down to the wire with Dale Jarrett. We were sideways going down the backstretch. What stands out is crossing the finish line and the feeling of time standing still. There were a lot of different emotions. There was a sense of relief and accomplishment at the same time. There were several drivers and crew members that ran out on pit road to congratulate me. The first driver to me was Dale Jarrett who finished second. It was really a great feeling of support from my fellow competitors."
Todd Kluever/No. 50 Rotella T/World Financial Ford:
"I am hopeful that some day in the not-so-distant future I will experience winning a NASCAR race. I'm sure winning at each level just gets better. It's still pretty amazing Carl got to experience his first Cup and Busch win in the same weekend. Winning on the short tracks around home was pretty fun, so I can only imagine what a feeling it is to win at this level."