Carl Edwards held a Q&A session after Friday's practice session for this weekend's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion IS IT NICE THAT THIS CHASE HAS ARRIVED? "Yeah, I'm just excited...
Carl Edwards held a Q&A session after Friday's practice session for this weekend's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
IS IT NICE THAT THIS CHASE HAS ARRIVED? "Yeah, I'm just excited to get rolling in these last 10 races and see how this thing goes. Everybody always speculates and talks about it, but what really matters it what happens on the race track, so it's fun to get out here and get on the track and get started."
THERE'S SO MUCH ABOUT MOMENTUM AND THE BIG THREE WINNING ALL THESE RACES. DOES THAT MEAN ANYTHING NOW? "No, the wins, all that means is you get 10 points per win. Momentum, all that stuff, it doesn't matter. Right now, Clint Bowyer is the fastest car here in the first practice. I don't know where he's getting that momentum from if there is such a thing. I don't believe in momentum, it's just how you run on this day, at this race track. That's what's defines where you're gonna finish, so I think all the talk about the three front guys running away with this thing, that's fine and everything, but I don't know if that's gonna be how it is."
HOW DO YOU CHANGE YOUR FOCUS AFTER ALL THESE WEEKS OF JUST BEING ABLE TO GO ALL-OUT AND RACE FOR WINS? "We had the luxury of just going for wins and doing whatever it took and having a good time with it. We're still gonna go out there and run the absolute fastest that we can, but me as a driver, I just have to realize that every point matters in this chase, especially here at the beginning. You don't want to do something dumb and put yourself in a hole. A year ago I sat here going to a backup car. I wrecked in practice trying a little too hard, so I've done it both ways. I'm gonna try to do it the right way this year."
IS IT WISHFUL THINKING WITH PEOPLE WANTING SOMETHING MORE THAN WHAT THERE IS BETWEEN YOU AND KYLE? "Honestly, I don't even feel like talking about that. It's so silly. That was just a race where one guy threw a little fit and it turned into a giant deal. I don't think there's really anything to it."
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT TALLADEGA AND HOW YOU MAKE IT SAFER? "The first step would be taking the restrictor plates off. That would be the best way, but you can't, really. You go into Talladega and just do the best you can and just hope that you don't get caught up in that wreck. For the fans it's very exciting. For us it's very nerve-racking."
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT RICKY STENHOUSE? "Ricky is just a hard worker. He's a real racer. The first time I met him he was just working on the Silver Crown car with Chris Santucci and all our guys there in Memphis and Chris told me, he said, 'Man, that guy is awesome. He's gonna be great some day just because of his work ethic and how much he loves this sport.' So far, he's proven everybody right. He's doing a great job."
DID YOU HAVE A ROLE IN HELPING HIM GET TO THIS POINT? "No. Ricky was driving for us a little bit and then Tony Stewart stole him away. He did great over there at Tony's deal and Tony was really the one who guided him to go talk to Jack. After that, I talked to Ricky a little bit, but it was a lot of help from Tony and a little help from me."
WHAT IMPRESSES YOU ABOUT HIM ON THE TRACK? "Jack Roush and I were just talking about him this morning and Jack said after every test session and after the races Ricky gives him a sheet that breaks down exactly what went on and what he thought he did and how he thought things went. For a guy to do that kind of stuff even after the race is over, that really shows you how much he cares about it."
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE RON HORNADAY SITUATION? "I just read the AP article or the one on ESPN.com, I think it was."
IS WHAT HE DID SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE BANNED UNDER THE NASCAR POLICY? "I don't know. I don't know enough about all of that. I do know Ron well enough to know, it's my opinion that Ron is a real stand-up guy, a good guy, and I don't think there's a connection between what he was doing and racing. You know what I'm saying? I don't think he was out there doing something to try to gain an advantage at the race track. I don't know enough about those substances. Anything that obviously isn't good for your health isn't good, but I don't know how it affects you in a race car."
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DRIVER USING A PERFORMANCE ENHANCER AND A FOOTBALL OR BASEBALL PLAYER TO GAIN AN ADVANTAGE? "I don't know. Man, I just don't know. I don't even know how it works or what goes on there. I thought the article I read, I didn't understand exactly all the details."
CAN YOU GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE IN THIS SPORT WITH STEROIDS? "I don't see how it would help you. We've got power-steering and I think the competitive advantage in this sport is more mechanical with the car. As a person, I don't know that there's anything other than just practicing and focusing and doing the best you can that helps you. I would think anything that alters your state of mind or anything like that would be bad for you. All you have to do is line up all the drivers and look at our different statures and strengths and sizes and it has no bearing on how you run on the race track."
IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A BAD GUY ANYMORE IN THIS SPORT? "I don't know. I guess my deal is I don't know why you'd want to be a jerk to begin with. There are jerks out there. If that works out for them, that's great, but I don't think anyone would go out and be a jerk just to be one. I think that's very silly."
ANY IDEA HOW YOU MIGHT HANDLE THE PRESSURE OF THIS CHASE AS IT GETS CLOSER TO THE END AND YOU'RE IN THE HUNT? "There's pressure every week at the race track. Obviously, everybody out here wants to win a championship. That would be the greatest achievement in the sport. I can only equate it to winning a race. Once you win a couple of races it starts to get a lot easier. Maybe it's that way with championships. I hope I find out real soon, but we all deal with a lot of pressure. That would be a nice pressure to have."
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