CARL EDWARDS-99-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 2nd) YOU WERE DISAPPOINTED YESTERDAY AFTER QUALIFYING, BUT ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED TODAY? "No, and definitely not disappointed to finish second to my teammate. Roush Racing needed this and it was...
CARL EDWARDS-99-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 2nd)
YOU WERE DISAPPOINTED YESTERDAY AFTER QUALIFYING, BUT ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED TODAY?
"No, and definitely not disappointed to finish second to my teammate. Roush Racing needed this and it was really great to follow Jon to Victory Lane. That was really cool. I think that the program just shows that we're coming together as a team. We work as one unit in the shop, and race as one unit on the track. We both help each other a lot with setups. If it wasn't for his setup, we would have been struggling today."
WAS KIND OF TEAMWORK DID YOU USE TODAY TO GET TO THE FRONT?
"It's not necessarily chatter on the radio. Sometimes I want to say stuff to him to bother him a little bit, but I don't. We just work together. There's a lot of drafting involved here at Kansas Speedway. Sometimes when you're passing a guy, if the guy behind you doesn't go with you, it's hard to get by, so we work together like that a lot."
WAS IT TOUGH TO STAY TOGETHER TODAY, AND WAS THAT YOUR GAMEPLAN?
"Yeah, it was. We had an ignition problem. I don't know if it was due to the heat. It started yesterday in Happy Hour. My truck would run really good through the middle of the corner and off the corner, and then about halfway down the straightaway it would just die; it wouldn't really go. Doug Richert and the crew got the truck really good in the corner, and that's why we could keep up. Jon was so much better down the straightaway. Any time he was behind me he could just pull out, take off and go by me. And, he could do that to the trucks in front of me, so it took me a long time to catch him."
TALK ABOUT THE LINE YOU DROVE.
"From running the dirt tracks, when you don't quite have as much steam down the straightaways it seems to help to go in a little higher to get the thing to turn and come off real straight. We used to do that at Moverly a lot. All I was trying to was to do was maximize my time down the straightway and get the best run off the corner as I could because my in mile an hour was slower because of my motor problem. That's where that line came from. We were turning great. When I got it right I think we closed up a lot every time we were in a corner, but that's all it would do down the straightaway."
TALK ABOUT THE HEAT.
"It was really hot. I'm pouring water on myself because I'm just boiling here. I need to get a white driver's suit because this one is just not cutting it. What happened, I don't know what they were showing on the Speed Channel, but I had an ice pack for a long time that I was holding on the ignition boxes for about the last 50 laps. We were just trying everything we could to get that miss to go away. We thought maybe it was a function of heat. I don't know if that's what you were seeing or whatever. It definitely was hot, but when you're running that well at the end, it's easy to ignore that. I felt good for about the last 50 laps. It was a little bit miserable there in the middle, and a lot of that's mental. It seems when you forget about it and race every lap, everything goes great. It's when you start thinking about how long the race is, everything gets painful."
"I think it went really well. We came here with the same setup we had on at our test at Kentucky. If I'm not mistaken, we were extremely loose with tape on it in qualifying, but we were really good in race trim. We had a different setup than Jon. I don't think it was as good in the beginning, but at the end, we had a better setup under the truck. Like you said, it was a new truck. The Roush shop, all of the trucks are the same, everything on them is the same. It's kinda an assembly line process and it keeps us really consistent."