Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion, and Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, held separate Q&A sessions after Friday's practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. *** CARL EDWARDS -- No....
Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion, and Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, held separate Q&A sessions after Friday's practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER LOUDON? "Loudon is not a superspeedway and it's not really a short track. It's a good balance. You get to go real fast, but you're still slow enough that you can really mix it up and you have a lot of really close racing. The aero stuff isn't really that big of a deal here, so you that makes it a real fun race track."
HOW DOES GIVE AND TAKE COME INTO PLAY HERE? "In traffic you've got to give and take a lot here just because the racing is so close. But when you're really racing a guy hard and you're one other guy, it kind of drives like a bigger track. It's very smooth and the corners are long enough and just big enough that you can really move around and try to get runs on people. That's pretty fun."
DAYTONA IS NEXT WEEK. WILL HANDLING BE A BIG DEAL? "The last time we were in Daytona at night Jamie got the win and that was really cool. It's a cool atmosphere there and it's a lot of fun. It's pretty neat to be able to race under the lights at a track that big and that prestigious. I don't know if handling is gonna be that big of an issue there at night, it just depends on the temperature."
WHAT ABOUT CHICAGO AT NIGHT THIS YEAR? "Yeah, racing at Chicago under the lights is gonna be a little bit different. Usually that's real slick and it turns into a real handling deal and it's hard to get grip, so I'm curious to see how it is under the lights. It'll probably be a little faster, but it's gonna be pretty exciting. Night races like that on big tracks are pretty fun."
HOW ARE THINGS ON THE NATIONWIDE SIDE WITH DREW? "Things went really well with Drew in practice. Yesterday, we spent a lot of time talking -- me and him and PK and David's crew chief, Kelly, and it was good. There are a lot of little things on the car that people are telling him, 'No, that's how Carl likes it,' and I'm like, 'No, if you want to change it, it's fine.' So we're just trying to figure out what we can do together and it's been good so far. Practice went pretty well and it's gonna be good."
SO DO YOU HAVE THE SAME SETUP AS RICHMOND? "Yeah, we're close. This is the race car we raced at Phoenix and Richmond, so we should be pretty good. The setup is a little bit different here. This is a little bit different than Milwaukee, but they're real close. It seemed pretty fast in practice."
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