CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Claritin Ford Fusion (Finished 24th) TV and Radio interviews, courtesy of Ford Racing TV INTERVIEW, courtesy of Ford Racing: "First of all, I've got to tell my wife and my mom I'm fine. Brad was pushing, he's doing ...
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Claritin Ford Fusion (Finished 24th)
TV and Radio interviews, courtesy of Ford Racing
TV INTERVIEW, courtesy of Ford Racing:
"First of all, I've got to tell my wife and my mom I'm fine. Brad was pushing, he's doing everything he can. I saw him go high. I went high. He goes low right here and I didn't realize he got that far, so I went low to block a little bit and he was already there, so I turned around backwards. At this point I'm thinking, 'Boy, I wish this made out of liquid gel material,' and then I'm very fortunate we hit the wall in a way it didn't crush my roll cage down on my neck because that would have been a lot worse. NASCAR just puts us in this box. Brad did a great job. Congrats to him on the win, but they put us in this box and we'll race like this until we kill somebody and then they'll change it, but I'm just glad nobody got hurt today. I'm glad the car didn't go up in the grandstands and hurt somebody. Most of all, I've just got to thank Claritin and all my guys. That was the smartest race I could run and I guess we ended up 23rd or something, but Brad did his job. We were just racing hard and we're lucky nobody got hurt."
SO NO ISSUES WITH BRAD'S JOB? "No. That's what Brad is supposed to do. He's assuming that I know he's inside. He was so quick that I didn't know he was inside. We saw what happened to Regan Smith, you can't go down below the yellow line or you lose the race, so he's winning and I was doing everything I could to keep him from winning. I'm glad I'm alright. This (running to the line), I didn't know if it mattered if I went across the finish line, but I just wanted to finish the race."
HOW HARD WAS THAT HIT? "It was pretty hard. It was just a little bit scary because I saw the ground and then I couldn't tell exactly which part of the car I hit the wall with and I was real worried I hit the roll cage and I had to wait a minute to make sure that there wasn't something stuck in me somewhere or something. That's a little nerve-wracking to hit the wall with something other than the side of the race car. That's the first time I've flipped in a race car. That's it, so we got that out of the way."
RADIO INTERVIEW, courtesy of Ford Racing:
"We were just racing for the win. Brad did everything right. He faked high, he went low and I didn't think he was all the way in there and I tried to block and I got turned, but that's racing at Talladega. NASCAR puts us in this box and I'm just glad nobody got hurt."
YOU SEEMED TO RUN A SMART RACE. "It was looking pretty good. It would have been better if I would have gone across the finish line, but we do our best. Like I said, we're put in this box and we've got to race that way. If you looked at how the final four cars were finishing, you had to be pushing the guy in front of you. So they can talk about aggressive driving zones -- they can talk about whatever they want -- but you aren't gonna win the race unless you're pushing a guy all the way around the race track and that's where we're at."
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