CARL EDWARDS PRESS CONFERENCE "My lap really stunk. We were really loose and that's as fast as I could go without crashing. We went the wrong direction. We're going to go right over to Jon Wood's crew chief and figure out what they did and...
CARL EDWARDS PRESS CONFERENCE
"My lap really stunk. We were really loose and that's as fast as I could go without crashing. We went the wrong direction. We're going to go right over to Jon Wood's crew chief and figure out what they did and see where we went wrong. We're happy to be the fastest qualifying rookie. I think Jon has to go to the back, so we've both got our worked cut out for us at this point trying to get back up to the front of this thing. We were three or four tenths faster in race trim this morning. We're hoping we can go right back to that in Happy Hour and be up front."
JON WOOD PRESS CONFERENCE
YOU WERE FORCED TO CHANGE YOUR MOTOR AFTER PRACTICE AND WILL HAVE TO START AT THE TAIL END OF THE FIELD TOMORROW. TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN AND HAVING TO GO TO THE BACK AFTER QUALIFYING THIRD.
"That's always frustration. The only advantage to this is that we get a good pit stall. I was thinking about going out there and doing a clean-cut down the back straightaway that way I could get the Waste Management Hard Charger Award for once. We've got a great truck. In race trim we're fast, qualifying trim we were pretty good, but not quite to the capacity that my friend to the left is (Chaffin). Like I said, he was trying to make the IRL race. We'll give him props for that. We're just good. I just hope that it will stand up for Happy Hour and the race tomorrow."
"I think it would have been about 23 or 24 mishaps, however many races it was last year. The main thing that I'd like to comment on that is a lot of people are speculating that I'm driving different or whatever the case may be. The fact of the matter is, we've got a better team. If you take a look at David Starr for example or Brian Vickers or Jimmie Johnson, any of those drivers that didn't run up to par until they got with a good team. That's more or less what I did. I've got the same owner as I had last year, but I don't have the same trucks. We regrouped and reestablished everything - crew chief, crew, trucks, engine program. The shop is even in a different place. I still get up the same every morning and comb my hair the same, but my trucks just aren't the same and that's the biggest difference."
"Certainly is. Having a teammate, you have two shots. The way I compare it, it's like going to a gunfight with two guns instead of one. You've got double the chances of hitting someone. Not to mean in a truck standpoint, you're not running into anybody. It increases your odds of finding something each week. We go to the race track every week with opposite setups to try to find something and if we get to the point where one of us is struggling really bad, we'll just say, 'Hey, what do I need to do to make my truck good?' It's the same as what Bill (Lester) was just commenting on. It really helps to have a teammate much less three."