Nashville: Carl Edwards winner's press conference

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Ford, picked up his third career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory tonight at Nashville Superspeedway in the Federated Auto Parts 200, leading the final 48 laps of the 150-lap event. Edwards also recorded his...

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Ford, picked up his third career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory tonight at Nashville Superspeedway in the Federated Auto Parts 200, leading the final 48 laps of the 150-lap event. Edwards also recorded his second consecutive truck series victory and has captured three of the past five races.

Edwards qualified his Ford in the sixth position, but an engine change following Thursday's first practice session forced him to the rear of the 33-truck field for the start of the race. The move for the lead came in Turn 3 as Edwards powered by Ted Musgrave on the inside groove of the 1.33-mile speedway. Edwards captured Ford's fifth win in 2003 and increased Roush Racing's all-time truck series victories to 32, the most in series history.

CARL EDWARDS-99-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Qualified 6th, Highest Qualifying Raybestos Rookie; Finished 1st, Highest Raybestos Rookie Finish)

TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN.

"We blew up the motor after about four laps of practice yesterday, so we changed the motor, and Doug Richert (crew chief, No. 99), Jon Monsam (crew chief, No. 50) and Jon Wood really helped us with our qualifying setup. It was kind of a shot in the dark and it went pretty well. I drove it a little bit wrong, I think, but I think we're better in race trim, so I'm pretty excited."

HAVE YOU RACED HERE PREVIOUSLY?

"I haven't raced here at Nashville, but Roush and Ford brought us here for a test earlier this year, so that's the only time we've seen the track. The test really helped. Even though we missed that practice yesterday, that test helped a lot."

TALK ABOUT THE TRACK.

"It's really fun.  It's fast, a lot of high grip,
very smooth; it's a little bit treacherous.  The concrete acts a little
differently than the asphalt tracks we race at in my opinion.  It's either
real tight or real loose.  It's very difficult to get the neutral setup."

IS THE TRACK GETTING TIGHTER THE MORE LAPS THE TRUCKS RUN?

"I don't really know. I watched the broadcast from last year and I noticed a couple of things, but I can't really tell because we didn't practice last night. Everyone said right towards the end of practice said that it got tighter, and we're hoping it's going to get tighter because when we ran our fastest laps in practice we had the highest wedge number we've ever run. We're going to try to back that off and hopefully it's not too much."

HAS JACK ROUSH SAID ANYTHING TO YOU ABOUT THE CELEBRATORY BACK FLIP?

"He hasn't said a word about it, and I think that he meant not to say anything. Bob Rinaldi, the guy who runs our shop, came in and shut my office door on Monday and said there's no more back flips. We negotiated and he said it was OK if we did it in the grass. As long as there's grass, we'll be all right."

IS THERE ANY NEWS ON THE SPONSORSHIP FRONT?

"They don't really tell me much about that, but they said that the biggest thing they don't want to have, they don't want to have the sponsorship problem next year, so they're working really hard toward next year's marketing program and if something happens this year, really soon it will happen. But, I don't know if it is or not."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ted Musgrave , Jon Wood , Carl Edwards , Doug Richert