Bristol: Race winner press conference

CARL EDWARDS -99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 1st) "I don't think I would have qualified for any sort of medal with that landing. I'm telling you, that place makes you a little bit dizzy, that's about all I could get out of it. I can't ...

CARL EDWARDS -99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 1st)

"I don't think I would have qualified for any sort of medal with that landing. I'm telling you, that place makes you a little bit dizzy, that's about all I could get out of it. I can't imagine on Saturday night and we'd still about 200 laps to go right now. Hopefully I'll be ready for that."

"I felt like our truck was really, really good. Cowboy (Kevin Starland, crew chief) and the guys did a great job with the setup. We used a lot of luck up there in the (qualifying) spin. It just snapped loose on that second lap and I can't believe we didn't hit anything. I'm just really fortunate for that. I wasn't so sure. Starting in 36th position at this place is pretty wild. I've never been in a race quite like that. I feel very, very lucky not to have got caught up in anything and to end up winning that race."

"For me personally, sometimes it actually makes it a little easier because you don't have anything to lose at that point theoretically. And, it's easier to pass for 36th to 35th position sometimes than it is for fourth or fifth position. I think it allows a driver when you start at the very back, barring any accidents, it allows you work on your craft just a little just bit and find the nuances in the track that you might not find racing single file in second or third position. It's kind of bittersweet. In one way you like it, but it's always simpler to start up front."

"My friends make fun of me because I'm so thirty. Thrifty is my word, they call me cheap. Things are a little bit different, yes. The money part of racing, it's pretty neat to be able to make money racing. Part of me wants to just keep doing the things the way I've always done them because things have been going so well that I hate to change anything. I haven't purchased anything yet, other than Lori, my PR person, sold me all of her old living furniture for $200. That was kind of my big purchase. I share my apartment with my buddy Darren Beech and we go racing. Some day I'll get an airplane or something; that would be neat, but for right now we're just racing."

"His name is Andy. I met him at IRP and this guy is a huge Roush Racing fan. Yes, there is a man out there that has my signature tattooed on his arm. If he'd met me a few years ago, he definitely wouldn't have had my signature tattooed on his arm. Things have changed. It's amazing how awesome the fans are. Guys like Andy, people who really love this sport and come to all of the races and enjoy it, it is different. It hasn't gotten to the point, nobody recognizes me in the grocery store or anything. It's pretty cool to walk around the race track and people actually want to get your autograph and stuff. That's neat."

"It's definitely a change. It hasn't all sunk in yet. It's almost like it's too good to be true. I can't describe to you guys how much work myself and all of my friends and family have put in, and it was work not money. We put in a lot of work just like a lot of racers that are out there right now racing. They're working on their cars right now getting ready to race on Saturday night at a short track. I just never in a million years imagined that I would be standing here at Bristol after wining any type of race. I don't remember what the question was, but I'm pretty happy about this."

"It was adding up to be a pretty interesting race from where I was sitting. I had better tires than Mike Skinner. I knew Shane (Hmiel) had as good of tires as me and he was just as fast as me. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get around Skinner before Shane could do something with me. But, Mike Skinner is a class act and Shane Hmiel has been through a lot in this sport, and he's actually become a good friend of mine in the last couple of months, and I can't tell you how much it means to race with someone that I admire that much. He is an amazing race car driver and it means a lot that he didn't take a shot at me there. I drove it in too deep into one of the corners on the last two laps and I thought it was over with. He could have really made my life difficult. Shane is an awesome guy. He's going to win a lot of these races."

"I worked on him (Skinner) and worked on him, but there were a couple of factors. Number one, the end of the race was getting pretty close and you never know if there's going to be a big wreck or something. There might be a ton of yellow laps or we might only get two laps of green. I was worried about that. And then as soon as I saw Shane pass the 75 and got behind me, I knew he would be pressuring so I figured I needed to go right then. This is a tough place to pass someone when they're almost as fast as you. I rubbed on Skinner a little bit and I feel kind of bad about that. I would have liked to have passed him cleanly, but you almost can't complete a pass here without a little bit of a nudge. I just did whatever I could to get by him."

"Realistically, I think it's going to be a very difficult task (to win the championship), but I know we can do it. Bobby Hamilton is awesome and they've had great runs and Chad Chaffin is going great. Dennis Setzer is always fast and these guys are so good. They've got a lot of laps on me, so I'm hoping that this Cup schedule and running these Busch races will help me to be a little bit better. I feel that it has helped me. I feel like tonight, some of what you saw there were things I learned last week racing with those Cup guys. Hopefully my curve catches up and some breaks go my way, but it's still possible. It's going to be a difficult task."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Mike Skinner , Dennis Setzer , Shane Hmiel , Chad Chaffin