Charlotte: Edwards qualifying press conference

CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Qualified 2nd) "That was an all right qualifying lap there. We didn't expect to turn a .38, and as bad a sit felt, man. My teammate Jon Wood was really loose out there, so I'm just really proud of the ...

CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Qualified 2nd)

"That was an all right qualifying lap there. We didn't expect to turn a .38, and as bad a sit felt, man. My teammate Jon Wood was really loose out there, so I'm just really proud of the Superchips crew and Kevin Starland (crew chief). They obviously put a great truck underneath me. Like you said, I remember coming out here and just kind of walking up to the grandstands looking a the place and thinking, 'Man, this is the most unbelievable thing that I've ever seen.' To race on it and drive on it is just an honor."

WHAT DO YOU DO TO YOUR TRUCK TO GET IT READY FOR 200 MILES TOMORROW NIGHT?

"That's a good question. We're going to throw a couple of things at it and try some different front springs and different shocks. We're having a little trouble getting the truck to handle the same at both ends of the race track. It seems like something makes it tighter down in three and four for us, so we're struggling a little bit with that. I'm pretty excited to get to run here in conditions like race conditions this evening. I think that's going to help us a little bit. We're just going to try a bunch of different stuff."

WHAT'S NEXT IN YOUR CAREER?

"National Speed Sport News was a big ticket towards my success. I used to take an ad out in the paper telling people that I like to drive. I had a meeting with Geoff Smith just two days ago and we talked a long time about it and he explained to me all of the different variables that go into the decision as to whether I'm going to run Busch or trucks next year. I still don't quite know what I'm going to do next year after all of that. There are just so many variables with the sponsorship and the way NEXTEL Cup is right now. We're trying to secure a sponsor so that if and when I make that move it's not just a one-year sponsorship; it's something that is multi-year. They just want to keep me in a series I can do well in and I don't think that Jack or Geoff Smith, I think they feel that the Busch Series and the truck series both have the same potential as developing my skills as a driver. As a driver I want to go run in the Busch Series some because they run more races and there's more laps. For that reason, I want to go there, but competition-wise I think the truck series is a tough as any of them."

"I just tried to explain that there without saying it. I would just like to run more races. I think if I do run the truck series next year, I would like to find someone who has a Ford Busch car or work something out with Roush Racing so I could run more races in the season than the 25 Craftsman Truck Series races. That's my personal desire, just to get more laps."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jon Wood