This Week in Ford Racing - NASCAR Edition This weekend's Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is the only night race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Ford drivers give their opinion on the recently concluded test at the speedway...
This Week in Ford Racing - NASCAR Edition
This weekend's Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is the only night race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Ford drivers give their opinion on the recently concluded test at the speedway and their thoughts about the racing fans can expect.
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion
HOW WAS YOUR TEST? WAS IT VALUABLE? "Honestly, I think the test was a waste of time. That's the fourth time we've tested there in 12 months. We've done two tire tests for Goodyear. We tested in the spring. We had the All-Star race and we tested here in the fall, so, in my opinion, unless they change the tire or the track ages - something changes - testing there is a little bit of a waste of time. The tire is really, really hard. The surface has a lot of grip. The tires, it's really too hard for what we're trying to do and there's not really a lot that I felt like we learned. We did a tire test and we found a tire that I thought was better and they decided to bring back the tried and true tire so they wouldn't have any problems. I think the racing is gonna be real similar to what it was in the spring with that tire. Unless they make a tire change or a rules change on the car or something, I don't know that there's a lot we can really do or learn there right now."
IT'S THE ONLY NIGHT RACE IN THE CHASE. WILL THAT MAKE IT MORE OF AN EVENT? "It doesn't matter if it's in the day or at night. Obviously, I think the biggest reason they do it at night is with the Panthers playing during the day and the NFL playing close by; that's the main reason they do it. It doesn't matter as far as what we do. If you race in the day or race at night, it's really not much different. We'd all probably rather race Saturday night than Sunday afternoon. It's nice to have a day off where you can hang out with your friends or watch football or do whatever you want, but as far as how the racing is or the outcome or any of that, I don't think it makes any difference."
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
DID THE CHARLOTTE TEST HELP YOU LEARN ANYTHING FOR THIS RACE? "We shouldn't have been testing at Charlotte in the Cup cars. I didn't feel there was a reason to do that, but testing is what it is and if they offer you a test, you have to do it. Really, it would be better off if we just never tested. If nobody ever tests, everybody is still in the same boat and it just costs less and takes less time for all the guys. I feel like those tests are unnecessary."
SO WHAT KIND OF RACE WILL WE SEE ON SATURDAY? SAME AS THE SPRING? "The deal is the track has so much grip and they have to build a tire so hard, I guess, so that it can last. They're doing a good job with that, but it just makes for an extremely unforgiving race car. So you could be really, really good and if you're just a tick off, you're terrible. Hopefully, there is more than one or two cars that are really, really good. For the fan's sake, I hope it's a good race. It could be. It could be the most spectacular race of the season, but it's just a really tough race track to get a hold of. It's not like an Atlanta, where the pavement is kind of all worn out and it's real fun to drive - you can drive sideways and all that. It's really precise, so it's just a different style of racing."
DAVID RAGAN - No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON GOING BACK TO CHARLOTTE? "Charlotte has been a great track for us since we've been with Roush in the No. 6 car. I think that we've always been extremely fast and have just had some tough luck that's kept us out of Victory Lane or out of the top five, but we've always been fast and, again, I think we've got a good AAA Ford. We're gonna be fast next week and it's just a matter of doing the right things and staying smart the whole 500 miles and being around at the end."
MATT WON HIS FIRST CUP RACE AT CHARLOTTE, AND THAT'S THE LAST BARRIER FOR YOU TO BREAK. "We've proven that we can run in the top five and qualify good and be a contender at a lot of different tracks, and be comfortable in the draft and on the short tracks, but we've got to win a race. We think about it every day. I think about it every morning when I wake up and it's something that you really can't force the issue, you just have to let it come whenever it's time and, hopefully, whenever the weekend comes we're up to the challenge and we've made all the right moves and we don't make any mistakes, we'll be just fine."
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