Kentucky: Carl Edwards - Ford rain interview

Steady rain showers in the Sparta, Ky., area forced the cancellation of today's qualifying activities for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Built Ford Tough 225. The field for tomorrow's event was set by the NASCAR rulebook, and with only 36 ...

Steady rain showers in the Sparta, Ky., area forced the cancellation of today's qualifying activities for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Built Ford Tough 225. The field for tomorrow's event was set by the NASCAR rulebook, and with only 36 competitors entered in the event, no teams were forced to pack up early.

Carl Edwards, last year's race winner at Kentucky Speedway, will start second in tomorrow's 150-lap race. Heading into this weekend's 11th race of the season, Edwards, who has scored victories this season at Daytona International Speedway and Kansas Speedway, trails first-place Dennis Setzer by 34 points in the point standings.

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"I feel pretty good. I wouldn't mind starting right now either. I feel like we're better at these same types of tracks. We feel like we're in that group that runs pretty well here. We really look forward to the month of July; winning last week was great. Winning this race last year was an unbelievable time for me. That was kind of the turning point in my career. It was a big moment, so this is a track I really enjoy coming to, and I can't wait to race. I raced four or five cars this week trying to kill the time. It's better than waiting around to go to a race track."

IS IT FRUSTRATING AS A DRIVER TO HAVE PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING RAINED OUT TWO CONSECUTIVE WEEKS?

"To be honest with you, I don't mind it that much. We've got good enough stuff and we feel comfortable enough at these places that if we just showed up and raced, it would be fine with me. We went from so far out of the ballpark after hitting the wall in Kansas and we were able to adjust it, so I feel good that we can make adjustments no matter how it starts out."

IS QUALIFYING LESS IMPORTANT AT THE MILE-AND-A-HALF VENUES?

"I'm definitely more comfortable here, and these types of tracks, starting out with less practice. The short tracks are a little more critical what springs you have, and it's harder to adjust and get really close on a short track."

DID YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO REFLECT ON START OF LAST WEEKEND'S RACE, AND WITH IT BEING AN IDENTICAL SITUATION THIS WEEKEND, WHAT WILL YOU DO DIFFERENTLY?

"Yeah, I've thought about it. I don't know if I will do much different. I hope that maybe Dennis (Setzer) will take it a little easier if he's that loose, but I want to lead that first lap. If I give Dennis the lead, that's five points and we don't want him to have those five points, so I'm going to try really hard to lead the first lap."

HAS YOUR FOCUSED RETURNED TO THE POINTS RACE?

"No, but at that the start of the race it's so simple. You'd be a fool to give up five points. I think I owe it to my guys and everybody to try to lead the first lap."

IF YOU DON'T GET ANY PRACTICE BEFORE TOMORROW'S RACE, WOULD YOU RUN AN IDENTICAL SETUP TO THE ONE YOU WON WITH LAST WEEK AT KANSAS?

"We'd run the same spring and shock combination that we ran last week. We were looking at Lap Tracker and we ran the fastest lap of the race last week, so we feel like our spring package is really good and I don't think we're going to change anything."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dennis Setzer , Carl Edwards