Texas II: Carl Edwards qualifying press conference

CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Qualified 3rd) TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN TODAY. "The Superchips Ford ran pretty well there. We were just a little bit tight into three so I had to lift just a little bit, so I think if I wouldn't...

CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Qualified 3rd)

TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN TODAY.

"The Superchips Ford ran pretty well there. We were just a little bit tight into three so I had to lift just a little bit, so I think if I wouldn't have had to lift we might have beaten David (Starr) but there's no way we were going to beat Andy (Houston). I'm just happy to be here in Texas. I think we're going a little faster than we did in the spring and I'm happy about that. We're just trying to keep up with the Dodges and Chevys and do our best. I'm having fun."

PREDICTIONS FOR SATURDAY.

"Hopefully the track gets real hot and greasy and we slide around a lot, and hopefully Brendan (Gaughan) slows down a little bit from his past performances. Second here this year was the high point of my career up to that point, so that was really neat. I'll block Brendan a lot harder this time if I'm leading and he comes up to pass me; that would be fun."

WHAT IS IT ABOUT TEXAS THAT ALLOWS YOU TO RUN WELL?

"This place sure means a lot. One of the first times that I came here was with the late, great Tony Roper that fateful night. This place has always meant a lot to me to perform well here and I always think about my friend Tony. Like David said, this place is so fast and it's just a beautiful facility. The fans are awesome here. It's just an all around fun place to race."

"I watched the tape from this spring before I came here and I was screaming at myself on the TV to block him. I'm glad I watched that."

TALK ABOUT WHEN YOU WERE HERE WITH TONY.

"That night Mike Mittler let me come down here and unload the semi with the truck driver. Actually, I got to drive the semi a little bit. I wasn't supposed to. A couple of weeks before that Mike Mittler gave me my first opportunity to drive a Craftsman Truck and that was the first time I did it on pavement or anything like that, and it was a little half-mile track close to home. Tony was there that day and to me going into that day I felt like I was competing for a seat. I thought that this guy was my competitor and I thought he would look at me that way. Tony was a real great man, and he let me borrow his helmet even. He coached me that whole day and after that he kinda took me under his wing and answered all of my questions, so my job that day was to learn as much as I could from him in hopes of taking over that seat some day. It really meant a lot for me to know him."

TALK ABOUT THE SPONSORSHIP DEAL WITH SUPERCHIPS.

"The folks at Superchips are great. This company makes a handheld device that you plug into your streetcar that reconfigures the computer, tunes the engine to make more power. It's a great product and it's really taken off. They're pretty excited about being involved in NASCAR period, and they're real excited to be involved with Roush Racing with our 99 truck. They can start out at the truck series level and we're hoping to build their business as my career progresses hopefully. They're really excited and we're obviously excited because there was a point this year where the performances weren't matching the expectations for a little while and we didn't have any sponsorship money coming in, so it really meant a lot for us for Superchips to come on board. They will be with us if we run the trucks next year. They'll be with us if we run a Busch car; I believe they're going be with us, too. They're just excited about developing that relationship."

HOW TAXING WAS IT TO RUN WITHOUT A SPONSOR?

"I'm telling you, I think it made Jon (Wood) and I run just a little bit harder. It was real nerve-wracking for the guys at the shop, and that's what I tell people. Everybody asks how it was like for me and Jon or the crew chiefs, but the guys at the shop are the ones who could easily go work somewhere else and it means a lot to me that our guys stuck with us even though the doors were halfway shut and nobody knew what was going to happen. That was a really big thing to Jon and I."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Carl Edwards