Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Boston Red Sox Ford Fusion, held his weekly Q&A session after happy hour on Saturday at New Hampshire International Speedway. Among the topics was the fastball he threw as part of the ceremonial first ...
Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Boston Red Sox Ford Fusion, held his weekly Q&A session after happy hour on Saturday at New Hampshire International Speedway. Among the topics was the fastball he threw as part of the ceremonial first pitch at Friday night's Red Sox-Rangers game.
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Boston Red Sox Ford Fusion
WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE BASEBALL GAME LAST NIGHT? "The baseball game was a blast. It's so neat to go to Fenway Park and to be there on such a nice night. I guess we got to sit in John Henry's seats, which were unbelievable. They said they were some of the best seats in baseball, so that was cool."
AND YOU GOT TO THROW OUT THE FIRST PITCH? "Yeah, it was fun to get to throw the first pitch. I just threw as hard as I could. I've seen guys throw out the first pitch before and I always thought, 'If I ever get the chance to do that, I'm just gonna throw it as hard as I can,' so that's what I did. It almost took out a cameraman, but, other than that, it was fun."
DOES THIS MAKE YOU A RED SOX FAN NOW? "Oh yeah, for sure, I'm a Red Sox fan. The players are awesome, the management there is great, the fans are unbelievable and they've got an unreal park. It's crazy."
WHAT ADJUSTMENTS DID YOU MAKE IN HAPPY HOUR? "The biggest thing we tried to do during happy hour is just get the car to feel a little more secure. This Lumber Liquidators Fusion is fast if I can keep the throttle down and not slide the rear tires, but I'm coming off the corners sometimes and just sliding completely sideways. I'm having trouble getting the throttle down, so that's what we've been working on."
BRIAN VICKERS HAD HIS QUALIFYING TIME DISALLOWED AND HE WAS SENT HOME FOR HIS CAR BEING TOO LOW. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT AND SOME OF THE OTHER PENALTIES? "NASCAR has really taken a strong stance on manipulating the rules around the car of tomorrow. We're fortunate to be seventh in points. We've got a great season going and qualifying is not so stressful for us. We don't really have to push the envelope, so we're lucky that we're not in that situation."
DO YOU THINK THE POSSIBILITY EXISTS THAT NASCAR MIGHT START SUSPENDING DRIVERS? "Someone made a great point that sponsors and everyone puts so much money and effort into this -- and so much planning -- that when you keep drivers from driving on the race track, you might hurt the fabric of the sport a little bit. The points penalties are really the things that have an excrutiating effect on the teams -- to lose 100 points. NASCAR is in a position right now with the last two penalties to the 24 and 48, they've just been able to make a point without ruining those guys' season. They're gonna be in the chase, most likely, no matter if they lose 100 points or not, but what NASCAR is doing right now, I feel, is making a statement before the chase starts that, 'Look, this is what we're gonna do. It's gonna cost you 100 points.' If that were to happen with eight or 10 races to go while we were in the chase, it would be devastating."
WHAT DID JASON VARITEK SAY TO YOU AFTER THAT FIRST PITCH? "He told me he wanted to get me in line with the pitching coach. I don't know if that's because it was a good, fast throw, or if it was just so out of control that I needed some help. I think it was probably the latter."
HOW DO THINGS LOOK FOR THIS WEEKEND? "I think it could be a great weekend and could be a great race tomorrow. There are some cars that are extremely fast. We're getting ready to go have the team meeting and after seeing the passion of the Red Sox fans last night, I feel like I'm gonna do anything I can do to run well on Sunday. I owe it to them. It could be a good weekend, but it's gonna be a really tough race because it's hard to pass. My car is about a 10th-place car right now and it's gonna be really tough to run better than that, so we need to work on it."
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