This Week in Ford Racing 2005-03-22

This Week in Ford Racing March 22, 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Scotts/Office Depot/World Financial Group/AAA Taurus, has had a whirlwind of activity since sweeping the NASCAR Busch and...

This Week in Ford Racing
March 22, 2005

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Scotts/Office Depot/World Financial Group/AAA Taurus, has had a whirlwind of activity since sweeping the NASCAR Busch and Nextel Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway last weekend.

Since that time, Edwards has driven his motorcoach from Atlanta to Columbia, Mo., flown to New York City, where he rang Monday's closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange; and gave his mother, Nancy Sterling, a brand new Ford as a thank you for all she's done for him over the years.

Edwards, who will be participating in this weekend's Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway, spoke about the last couple of days on Tuesday afternoon.

CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Scotts/Office Depot/World Financial Group/AAA Taurus

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU'VE DONE THESE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS SINCE WINNING ON SUNDAY? "I'm really lucky. This company, Cedar Ridge RV's up in New Jersey, is letting me use one of their motorhomes this season, and I didn't know how much of an asset it was gonna be. Tom Giacchi, my motorcoach driver, and I grew up together. All we've got to do this weekend is run the Charter car at Nashville. We don't have a Cup race, so we thought it would be fun to drive the motorcoach back to Columbia, hang out at home, and then drive to Nashville. Well, we ended up winning the race so that made the trip unbelievable. It was so cool to drive home and it was just like going to a local dirt track and winning a race and then driving home all night. That was cool.

"Then I got a call at about 11 o'clock on Sunday night from Sheri Herrmann (Edwards' public relations representative) and she said, 'Hey, you won't believe this but Scotts would like you to come to New York tomorrow to ring the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange.' I was like, 'I'm gonna be in Columbia. I don't know how I'll get there.' And she said, 'No, you don't understand. Scotts is gonna fly a private jet to pick you up in Columbia and fly you up there.' I was like, 'OK, that sounds great.'

So I told my little brother, Kenny, and he wanted to go. He has one suit and one nice shirt, so he threw that on and we jumped on the plane and laughed all the way to New York. We were giddy the whole time just thinking how different things are now from a couple of years ago. We had a limo and got to ring the bell. We got to hang out with members of the stock exchange and they were all great people. It was unbelievable."

AND TODAY YOU'RE GOING TO SURPRISE YOU MOM WITH A CAR? "Yeah. My mom has worked extremely hard her whole life and has always given to my brother and myself and the whole family. She's done everything I've ever asked and given me money and time and advice and she's never had a new car. So I thought it would be really cool to get her a brand new Ford. She doesn't know anything about it, but we're gonna give it to her today."

YOU'VE GOT TWO WEEKS TO ENJOY YOUR CUP WIN, BUT YOU GET BACK TO IT AT NASHVILLE THIS WEEKEND. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE RACE? "We won that race in the Truck Series in 2003 with our Superchips Ford and I can't wait to get back there. I really like it there, plus coming off such a great weekend, it'll be really exciting."

THERE'S NO TEXTBOOK ON HOW TO HANDLE ALL OF THIS STUFF IS THERE. "No, but it's all been good things. Everything has been a little bit hectic the last couple of days, but I wouldn't trade it for the world."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Carl Edwards