CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 3rd) "I had a blast. We started 22nd and right out of the box the car was awesome. We marched right up to the top 10 on that first run and our car did the opposite of Jimmie's, it...
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 3rd)
"I had a blast. We started 22nd and right out of the box the car was awesome. We marched right up to the top 10 on that first run and our car did the opposite of Jimmie's, it would start out very loose and it would get tighter. It was such a big swing that I wasn't sure what to tell my crew chief, but Bob did a really great job and I feel like we probably had a fifth to ninth place car and we ended up third, so for that I'm really excited. I think you've got to take those victories too, especially coming off of Daytona. I was just so happy to finish and be able to see the leader."
THOUGHTS ON THE FUSION COMPARED TO TAURUS LAST YEAR?
"Our Fusion, I felt like, was really good. I'm really excited about Vegas because we didn't make a huge step with our cars. This was more like last year's car and I feel like we've got a better car for Vegas, so I felt very good about it. We did about what we thought it was gonna do -- run hopefully in the top 10 -- so I feel good about the new Fusion."
WHAT WAS THE MOOD AT ROUSH RACING COMING INTO THIS RACE?
"My mood was good, but it was forced. I swore on Monday, I had such a terrible night Sunday night. I was flying home listening to Jimmie win that race over XM radio and I just couldn't believe that we started out like that. But I believe, if anything, it didn't get us down. It lit a fire under us a little bit. I think it might have even been good for us in a way. I'm really proud of my team and everybody at Roush Racing. So many people patted me on the back and said, 'Don't worry, Mark Martin has started 40th in points and he's been able to make it.' I'm sure Jimmie will agree, the deal now is just to make that chase. Once we get to that we'll be OK, but we've got to get in that chase."
WITH NEXT WEEK OFF ARE YOU LOSING MOMENTUM?
"We're taking our Busch car and we're gonna go race in Mexico. I can't wait. He was telling me he might go snowboarding a little bit, so maybe on Monday or Tuesday I'll go do a little bit of that, but sometimes a week off for me is good -- do something different. Road racing will be a blast."
WHY IS ROUSH AND HENDRICK SO GOOD HERE?
"These tracks require every aspect. The car has to be great and the engines -- all of the things have to work together."