CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 RoundUp Taurus (Finished 3rd) "First of all, I just have to say thank you to my crew. The whole RoundUp Ford crew did an awesome job. Everytime we came on pit road they made adjustments and made the car faster. Then we...
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 RoundUp Taurus (Finished 3rd)
"First of all, I just have to say thank you to my crew. The whole RoundUp Ford crew did an awesome job. Everytime we came on pit road they made adjustments and made the car faster. Then we got really fortunate with that pit strategy and ended up leading.
"At that time we had gotten the car dialed in and we were probably a top five or six car, but to come out with the lead was just a stroke of good fortune for us. Then I believe, if I'm not mistaken, we were racing for the lead down the back straightaway - Dale Jarrett was a lap down or on the tail-end of the lead lap or something - and he was in the outside lane. What I was trying to do. We were lined up straight down the straightaway and I was just trying to run up behind him and bump him to help us both out and it was a mistake on my part.
"It didn't work and he ended up hitting the fence. It was just mistake and I feel terrible for him. I'm glad to see that he finished eighth. That was one of those things where I didn't use the best judgment. I tried to help us both out and ended up hurting us both, so it was a bad call on my part."
WHEN DID YOU DAMAGE THE CAR?
"The restart where we were leading, I exercised another moment or had another moment where I lacked no judgment or not good judgment. I took a gamble and ran the restart really close to the 19 car assuming that no one would check up. I hadn't seen the leaders check up on a restart that I remembered all day, so I took a gamble there and they got bunched up and I knocked the grille out of our car. I think if it wasn't for that, I honestly feel like we would have been competing pretty hard for the win there. I think Jimmie would have had to pass us, and I think our car would have been better than the 18."