This Week in Ford Racing November 16, 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series It's down to the final race of the season for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and it's still a four-man chase for the championship heading to Homestead...
This Week in Ford Racing
November 16, 2004
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
It's down to the final race of the season for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and it's still a four-man chase for the championship heading to Homestead Miami-Speedway for Friday's Ford 200. Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Ford F-150, is fourth in the point standings - 148 points out of the lead - but he has not ruled himself out of the championship picture and shared his thoughts heading in to the season finale.
CARL EDWARDS -99-Superchips Ford F-150
TALK ABOUT YOUR MENTALITY ENTERING THIS WEEKEND'S FINALE AT HOMESTEAD.
"We'll just do like we did in Darlington, and try to sit on the pole and try to win the race and lead as many laps as we can. We tried really hard at Darlington, we had that tire blow out and that set us back pretty far. We're going to do the same thing we did at Darlington, and just hopefully we'll have a little better luck in the race."
IS THERE A CHANCE THAT PIT STRATEGY COULD COME INTO PLAY IN FRIDAY'S 200-MILE RACE?
"I think Homestead is going to be pretty straightforward. If you have a fast truck - because there's plenty of room to pass there - I have a feeling the guy with the fastest truck has a good chance of winning at Homestead. It's a really straightforward race track. I feel if we're fast enough we should be able to do really well there."
WITH YOUR FOURTH-PLACE STANDING IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE, IS THERE A CHANCE YOU MIGHT TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN THE RACE THAT MIGHT ALLOW YOU TO PICK UP THE WIN?
"There are so many different strategies that I just can't see how going as fast as you possibly can could be a bad thing, other than wrecking. There might be a little bit of strategy with pit stops, staying out and getting five bonus points or something like that, and I can see us changing our strategy just a little bit there. It's such a short race, I just don't know if we'll be able to do much of that stuff. I have a feeling that we're just going to have to go down there and race like we have for the last 10 or 12 races and hope for the best."
YOU WERE ABLE TO TEST AT THE TRACK LAST WEEK IN A CUP CAR. HOW WILL THAT EXPERIENCE PAY OFF FOR YOU IN THE TRUCK?
"I think it will help me a lot. The Cup cars are a lot faster there and we got to where we were real comfortable there, and I think that will help with the truck just to make me a little bit faster as a driver, so I'm fortunate to get to have done that. I wish there was a magic formula to make up a 100-plus points in the last race, but there really isn't and we just have to go out and do our best."
HOW HAS THE TRACK AGED SINCE LAST YEAR'S RACE?
"It's definitely a little bit slower and you can run different grooves and be about the same speed, so I think it should settle in to be a good thing for the race. I think it will be a lot like an Atlanta race where you see people fan out when they enter the corners and run all different lines."
THERE ARE A FEW FULL-TIME NEXTEL CUP DRIVERS ENTERED IN FRIDAY'S FORD 200 TRUCK RACE. DO YOU THINK THEY CAN HAVE AN EFFECT ON THE CHAMPIONSHIP?
"I can see the possibility of that having an impact on our championship; it did last year. You have more people racing harder and that could cause more trouble. Last year it caused a pretty substantial accident that affected the outcome of the points championship. We're really in a position where if we were to wreck nobody has much to gain on us, but there are some guys, like Bobby Hamilton and Dennis Setzter, that if they had terrible days, they could lose a lot. I think having new people and more fast trucks at the race is a benefit to us."
YOU'VE BEEN ABLE TO COMPETE IN THE CUP SERIES AND FULL TRUCK SERIES THIS YEAR. DO YOU LIKE THE CHASE FORMAT IN CUP AND WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IT ADAPTED TO THE TRUCK SERIES?
"I don't know if we really have a need for it in the truck series with only 25 races on the schedule. We've had some really great point races the past couple of years. I think that it's pretty neat in the Cup Series, but we'll just see how it goes the next few seasons. I think the truck series has had such great point races every year that I don't know if it would do anything to benefit the truck series."