Homestead: Pole winner interview

CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Office Depot Taurus (Qualified 1st) "My Office Depot team did a great job. The car was unreal. This is one of those tracks where if you get the car set up perfectly it's not the hardest job for the driver. I wiggled a...

CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Office Depot Taurus (Qualified 1st)

"My Office Depot team did a great job. The car was unreal. This is one of those tracks where if you get the car set up perfectly it's not the hardest job for the driver. I wiggled a little bit in turn three and I thought I gave it up. I just talked to Ryan and he said he wiggled just a little bit and I thanked him because if it would have been just a little bit different we wouldn't be on the pole. It's awesome. It's a great springboard for Sunday's race. Hopefully, we can get out and lead some laps and not have any trouble."

WHAT IS YOUR STRATEGY TOMORROW? DO YOU KNOW THE NUMBERS OR WILL YOU JUST RUN ALL OUT?

"I know what the numbers are, at least I think I do. I looked on the internet last night. We haven't actually calculated them, but I really don't have any option other than just go out and try to lead the most laps and win the race. I can't control how well those other guys run. If we had a lead, it would be different. I think in Tony's position, he's probably gonna be very aware of where he can run and still win the championship. But anything other than winning this race on Sunday is honestly gonna be a disappointment. I mean, we have to go out and do this. If we can leave here on Sunday with a victory and a good performance on our part, we're gonna be happy no matter what."

WHAT WILL YOU EXPECT FROM THE OTHER 42 GUYS TOMORROW?

"I expect the same thing we get every week. These Nextel Cup Series competitors - all 42 of them or 50 or however many come to each one of these races to try to qualify - they're all unbelievable drivers. It's just gonna be the same thing we see every week. It's gonna be a great race."

ARE YOU GUYS TALKING ABOUT THIS WEATHER?

"Yeah, we've had the weather on the internet all day. I don't know exactly what's going on. I guess there's a low-pressure system or some sort of tropical depression or something coming this direction. It could affect things. Obviously, it will affect the schedule, but we've done our jobs already. It's an impound race. We're gonna go race. That's all we have left to do, so we don't have the option other than how we spend our time if there is a delay. I'll just go back to the motorhome and do a little cleaning. I had a flood last night, so that was a little frustrating, so I have stuff to do. I definitely have chores I could do to keep myself busy."

HOW DID YOU GET A FLOOD?

"I left the darn sink running all night. And the people here at Miami-Homestead Speedway are so gracious that they leave you a water line hooked up so you never run out of water (laughter)."

IS THAT JUST FROM THINKING ABOUT THIS CHASE SO MUCH?

"It might have had something to do with that wreck I had yesterday in the Charter Ford in the Busch practice. I woke up this morning and I couldn't figure out why my neck hurt, and it took me a couple of hours to remember even that I wrecked. I don't know, maybe it knocked something loose for the good up there. I don't know."

IF YOU WIN THE TITLE TOMORROW WILL YOU DRIVE THE MOTORHOME BACK HOME?

"Kind of like that. Jason and I were talking about this earlier. I'm a new instrument pilot. I got my instrument rating and I've been planning this flight to the Bahamas and it's been kind of a chore for all of my friends and family. They're trying to get all of the paperwork done and everything. If the weather is decent and I'm in a good mood, I might go to the Bahamas for like a day. I don't know if I could stay away from home for much longer than that, but I'm planning on trying to fly to the Bahamas. I'm taking a strong swimmer with me, Amanda, in case something goes wrong over the water (laughter). That's my plan. I know there's a storm coming and my mom doesn't want to hear that. She's nervous about it, but we'll see."

SO WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE WATER WAS RUNNING?

"I was sleeping. My motorcoach driver can't ever get the motorcoach level and I don't know how lucky I can be, but he had it listing to the left-front, away from the bedroom, otherwise we would have had so much water in the bedroom. But it all ran out of the left-front of the motorhome, so that was good."

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