Watkins Glen: Pole winner interview

Carl Edwards captured his first pole since August, 2008 at Bristol with a fast lap time of 70.882 (124.432 mph) at Watkins Glen Saturday afternoon. Edwards discussed sitting on the pole and the reversal of fortune recently for the Roush Fenway ...

Carl Edwards captured his first pole since August, 2008 at Bristol with a fast lap time of 70.882 (124.432 mph) at Watkins Glen Saturday afternoon. Edwards discussed sitting on the pole and the reversal of fortune recently for the Roush Fenway organization in a post qualifying press conference.

CARL EDWARDS, No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st)

"This is unbelievable. I can't tell you how much this helps our team and our confidence. I couldn't believe it when Bob said P1. I thought he said P21 or something. Man that was a great lap. Bob and the guys did a great job and Greg Biffle and Greg Erwin helped us a lot, which was a good team effort. I am just enjoying the wave we are riding right now with Roush Fenway and Ford. We are making a comeback and it feels good."

DO YOU HAVE A GOOD ENOUGH CAR TO WIN THE RACE?

"I think it is, if it can run that fast. Like Jamie (McMurray) and I were just talking, that was kind of a conservative lap. Maybe that is my problem. I think we've got a car that can win the race. The trick right now is to be mentally tough. Starting up front like that with the guys behind me that are so very good. I am used to starting at the back and then being strong at the end. It will be nice to start up front and race up front and get a feel for the pace of the race. I think we will have a lot better feel for where we belong by starting up front. When you start in the back sometimes you race around back there and don't really know how fast your car is until the end. I am excited about that, it will be great."

WITH THE CHANGE IN THE RACE TRACK, THEY ARE SAYING THERE SHOULD BE FEWER CAUTIONS. HOW VALUABLE IS BEING ABLE TO PICK THE FIRST PIT BOX IF THERE ARE ONLY A FEW STOPS TOMORROW?

"I think that the race, like you said, has the potential to be a way different race. You might not get those stops. I have a great pit crew right now, so I welcome trips to pit road right now because it seems we always pick up spots. If there aren't any yellows and you are running 20th, it is hard to make that up. If I can get a good start and race in clean air, keep the fenders on it, and then the qualifying effort will pay off more with longer green flag runs. This week Bob and I talked about always being fast at the race, but that we needed to work on qualifying. I can't believe it worked like this, but Bob did a good job."

YOU PICKED UP LIKE EIGHT-TENTHS FROM HAPPY HOUR AND WERE FOUR-TENTHS AHEAD OF JAMIE ON THE QUALIFYING. WHERE DO YOU FEEL YOU PICKED UP MOST OF THE SPEED?

"I don't know. I heard a couple people questioning whether I made the bus stop or not. I thought that was pretty funny. I don't know where we made up the speed, but the car was just fast. When you have a fast car at a place like this, it is so much fun. I just saw a clip of the Road America win on TV and that was a case where we had a fast car all day and it made it so much fun to race. If this car is as fast as I think it is, it is going to be a blast tomorrow."

CAN YOU COMMENT ON THIS FIRST POLE FOR YOU SINCE 2008?

"Yeah, they asked me when my last pole was and I had no clue. It has been a long time. It feels good. You guys know how much we have struggled and how hard things have been. To have this last month really, we have been going the right direction and it feels good. It means a lot for all those that have stuck with us. Nobody has given up and hopefully we can keep moving forward."

-source: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Greg Biffle , Carl Edwards , Greg Erwin