Carl Edwards - Ford interview 2008-08-05

This Week in Ford Racing Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion, is still looking for his first NASCAR win on a road course. As the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series head to Watkins Glen International this ...

This Week in Ford Racing

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion, is still looking for his first NASCAR win on a road course. As the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series head to Watkins Glen International this weekend, he spoke about his chances.

BORIS SAID THINKS YOU ARE GOING TO BE A FORCE AT WATKINS GLEN. "I hope Boris is right. Boris is an unbelievable guy. He's taught me a lot of stuff and to this day that's still the guy I go to for road-course advice. Last year at Watkins Glen we were really fast and I had a really good time. We were in a position where we were in the chase and a win was all we were after, so I did a bonsai move the last lap running second and hit the fence, but we still finished eighth and I feel really good about going to Watkins Glen."

ARE YOU SECURE ENOUGH IN THE CHASE TO GAMBLE LIKE THAT? "Yeah, I think we're 300 points or so ahead of 13th and with six races left, it's pretty much time to just go for wins. I was a little nervous about Indy and real nervous after the first run or two just trying to get a good points day, but now we can just go for it."

DO YOU THINK A LOT ABOUT BONUS POINTS? "Bonus points are key. Any points you can get, I mean the championship can be won by one point, so bonus points are the deal for us right now."

IS WATKINS GLEN A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO PICK UP POINTS IN THE NATIONWIDE SERIES? "Yeah, I hope so. There are a lot of unknowns in road-course racing, but Drew [Blickensderfer, crew chief] had been doing a really good job with the race strategy and I think that will be good. I just really like road-course racing. It's become one of the things I look forward to the most."

DO YOU BEMOAN THE LOSS OF THE MEXICO CITY RACE? "Yeah, I wanted to win a race in Mexico so badly. This year we had a screaming fast race car - just unbelievably good - and we gambled and lost with our pit strategy. I've been so close to winning there and I might have to go run something down there so I can try to get a win eventually. I just really like going there a lot. I'm sad about that."

HOW MUCH ARE YOU THINKING CHAMPIONSHIP IN NATIONWIDE? "The championship is the reason we made the change and swapped all the people around and took the big gamble. We know that it's go time and it's now or never for that championship. Clint is doing such a good job. We have made up some points on him, though, and that's the goal is to win both championships. That would be the unbelievable season."

HOW IS THE NEW CAR ON THE OVALS VERSUS ROAD COURSES? "I thought the new car ran pretty well on the road course. The more and more we work with this car, the less and less it seems any different. To me, it handles a lot like the old car. It doesn't have as much grip at some places, so you slide around more, but I think that's kind of fun. At Watkins Glen last year we had the issue where the leaders were spinning out and wheel- hopping. When you see Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart having trouble, that shows you how hard they are to drive because those guys are the best in the world. But it's the same for everyone and I think when something is a little more difficult, it kind of makes it a little more fun."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Carl Edwards