Carl Edwards (ninth) was in the top 10 during Friday's practice session at Dover International Speedway. Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion, leads the Chase after one race. He drivers talked to the media after...
Carl Edwards (ninth) was in the top 10 during Friday's practice session at Dover International Speedway. Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion, leads the Chase after one race. He drivers talked to the media after practice.
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion --
"Everything's good. My car's real fast. It's real good in race trim, we ran a couple of laps in race trim, and qualifying it was real good. I like this race track a lot."
YOU'VE DONE WELL ON CONCRETE RACE TRACKS. "I really do like coming here. I feel like every time we come here we've got a chance to win. Bob [Osborne, crew chief] does a really good job. I just like racing here. It's real fun. It's fast. It's just a lot of fun."
HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN YOUR SANITY DURING THE CHASE? "For me, it's real easy to maintain my sanity. I just go back to Missouri and spend a little time with my brother, and my mom and dad, and my girlfriend in a normal environment. Yesterday, I got to spend a bunch of time with my dad and had a really good time, so that's how I kind of maintain my sanity. No matter what happens out here, I still have a real good group of people back home."
HOW DO HANDLE THE PRESSURE? "I don't know, real pressure -- to me, this isn't real pressure. That's something my dad and I talked about a little bit. This really is fun, when it's all said and done. The goal is amazing, to be able to win the championship, that would be spectacular. The fun is the effort that goes into it. The only real pressure I've ever felt in my life where I was real nervous and felt pressure was right around 1999, 2000, I was getting old enough and I needed to have a real job and I needed to figure out what I was going to do with my life, and racing wasn't really looking like it was going to work out at all -- that's real pressure, you know, the real world. This is different. You can leave the race track -- I can, and fortunately I can put this aside and not let it run my life. We are still at Dover, ask me before Homestead it might be a different answer, but right now I feel wonderful."
YOU MENTIONED FUN. HOW FUN WAS THIS WEEK? "I really enjoyed this week. That's really cool to open up the paper and see your name at the top of the Sprint Cup standings -- that's a big deal. Where I come from that's huge. I really have enjoyed it. That was a blast. I feel like we're running well enough that we can do it, performance-wise."
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