Steady rain showers in the Kansas City, Kan., area forced the cancellation of today's qualifying activities for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 250. The field for tomorrow's event was set by the NASCAR rulebook, and with...
Steady rain showers in the Kansas City, Kan., area forced the cancellation of today's qualifying activities for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 250. The field for tomorrow's event was set by the NASCAR rulebook, and with fewer competitors than starting spots, no teams were forced to pack up early.
Carl Edwards, last year's runner-up at Kansas Speedway, will start second in tomorrow's 167-lap race. Heading into this weekend's 10th race of the season, Edwards, who won the season-opening event at Daytona, trails first-place Dennis Setzer by 131 points in the point standings.
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150
WITH YOUR SECOND-PLACE FINISH HERE LAST YEAR, YOU HAVE TO BE ONE OF THE FAVORITES HEADING INTO TOMORROW'S RACE? "Well, that's really neat. This would be an unbelievable place to win a race for me. Being from Columbia, (Mo.) this is as close to a home track as I get. We're pretty happy to be starting second. We didn't have a sponsor here last year and we finished second, so that helped us to get the Superchips sponsorship. We'd really like to get a win for them. We have a brand new truck here, so I don't know exactly how this is going to work if we don't get any practice. I've got a lot of faith in my guys that the truck is going to be awesome. I drove the F-150 pace truck around today, and like Dennis (Setzer) said, it's very smooth; it's going to be a great race."
THE WEATHER IS MUCH COOLER THAN IN PAST YEARS. HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT WILL THAT HAVE ON YOUR RACE SETUP? "We also had a rules change where we have more camber in the rear ends, and I think that's the major change. That and the body. Everything has been different for us. If we don't get any practice, it will be interesting."
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP? "As far as my situation, I'm well aware of the caliber of my competitors, so I think it's just more motivation to just go out there and not make mistakes. We have 16 races left, and Cowboy (Kevin Starland), my crew chief, and I made a deal not to look at the points from now on, so we're just going to race every race as hard as we can."
WHAT IS GOING TO BE THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE IN TOMORROW'S RACE? "I think you're going to have to wait until after the last pit stop. It's gotten so competitive that it's not like you can come out and dominate. The series is different this year where eight or 10 guys can legitimately win this race. Whoever plays pit strategy right and whoever gets their truck perfect is going to be fastest. To say that one person is going to be dominant I think is tough right now."
ROUSH RACING POSTED A ONE-TWO FINISH HERE LAST YEAR WITH YOUR TEAMMATE JON WOOD WINNING THE RACE. IS THERE A SENSE OF CONFIDENCE THAT CARRIES OVER TO THIS YEAR'S RACE? "We feel really good about it, as good as I could about any race track. I'd like to say that we're going to finish one-two again, but I'm realistic and I know that it's going to take a lot of work at the end of the day. My goal from here on out for the rest of the season is to do the very best I can and make sure we don't miss a beat as a team. If we end up second or third, that's OK, and we're going to go on and take that as a good points day. I think if you focus too much on winning, sometimes you set a standard a little too high and you might struggle sometimes when you're not reaching it. Milwaukee was such a disappointing run. We had a good meeting this week and I think everybody is kind of regrouped and focused. We really look at this as the start of a new season, we want to do a lot better for the rest of the year."
IF YOU DO GET SOME PRACTICE TODAY, HOW WILL YOU USE THAT TIME? "We're just going to go on race setup. We've got a couple of different spring packages to try. We're going to start out with what we've had success with before, and we've got some new ideas we're going to try if we've got time."