CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd) "We had a great car, we just didn't need the rain there at the end, or we needed a better weather man up on our box or something because we just did not play it quite right. There...
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd)
"We had a great car, we just didn't need the rain there at the end, or we needed a better weather man up on our box or something because we just did not play it quite right. There at the end Kasey was a little bit tighter and he could go on that restart and I needed about 10-12 more laps to be able to catch him and it just didn't work. But it was fun. I had a good time racing with everybody and racing with Dale and Jimmie and Greg and Kasey. It was just a fun race and just ended up second, which is better than we've been running lately, so it's good."
DO YOU THINK YOUR TEAM HAS COME FULL CIRCLE AND IS READY TO DO AS WELL AS LAST YEAR? "Yes, absolutely. I've learned a lot about racing and there are just so many things involved. I'm sure Dale could tell you. Last year everything was going great. We won some races and all of a sudden it's like we'll be leading somewhere or have the fastest car and something stupid would happen. The biggest thing for us is just not to get down on ourselves and we perform really well. Like Wally said today, it's cool to be upset about having the fastest car most of the day and running second. That's pretty neat. That says a lot about our expectations and I feel like if we can just go ahead and kind of get on a little bit of a roll. I'm not too sure about Sonoma, but I know Chicago and Daytona and stuff, if we can just go out and have a little bit of good luck we'll be great. We'll win some races for sure."
WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY IF YOU KNEW THE RAIN WAS COMING QUICKER? "If I would have known exactly when the rain was gonna come, we wouldn't have freed the car up at all on that last stop. We freed it up a tiny bit and then when they dropped the green flag I'd have just got to turn one, turned left and never lifted until we passed both of those guys. That's probably what I would have done."
YOU HAVE BEEN PERFECT ON THE TWO-MILE TRACKS IN ALL SERIES. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL SETUP FOR IT? "We do have great cars and our team works really hard at these big places, but I just like the way they drive. To me it feels a lot like a half-mile dirt track or something. I really like the pace and the momentum of these big places. I just love them. I'm sure at these places the car has more to do with it than anything and I'm probably just enjoying the good cars, but it's fun."
ARE YOU SURPRISED YOU GOT AS MUCH AS THE RACE IN TODAY AS YOU DID? "Yeah, I didn't even think we were gonna race today, so that was pretty cool to get to race today. I thought we would be here tomorrow. I'd run those last 67 laps tomorrow, too. (laughter)
HOW SHOCKED WERE YOU WITH THE BUSCH RACE LAST NIGHT AND DAVID GILLILAND WINNING? "I don't know David Gilliland at all. I don't know anything about him. I didn't want to be up there at the end. I was like 23 laps down and I was running about 30th and I was just gonna hang back, but I kind of passed some guys just so I could watch the end. I wanted to see if he won it and I was cheering for him so hard because I thought it was a cool story. I mean, a guy shows up with no sponsor and a team with a bunch of cool old veterans and won a race the seventh time out. I thought that was the story of the year so far, so I just wanted to see it."
WHAT DO YOU SEE IN KASEY KAHNE ON THESE BIG TRACKS? "I saw his rear bumper really, really well (laughter). That thing on the last run of the day he just took off. He's real good and they've got their stuff together."