CARL EDWARDS "I just want to say thanks to Charter and Jack Roush for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. All of these Charter cars are awesome. I'm just really glad to drive them, and to have Brad Parrott and Bob Osborne both up...
"I just want to say thanks to Charter and Jack Roush for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. All of these Charter cars are awesome. I'm just really glad to drive them, and to have Brad Parrott and Bob Osborne both up on the box today, I think that really helped us a lot. Racing against Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle and those guys is amazing, and if it wasn't for our pit strategy I think we would have had a little bit harder time with them, but everything worked out perfectly for us."
TALK ABOUT THE MOVE YOU MADE ON JIMMIE JOHNSON FOR THE LEAD ON LAP 192.
"To be honest with you, I was just concentrating pretty hard and don't remember that exactly. What I do remember is when Tony, Jimmie and I were racing really hard earlier in the race, I think around lap 120 or something like that. When Jimmie finally got by me, he had the bottom lane and I thought I would just give it to him because it's early enough. He gave me the thumb's up out of the window like, 'Yeah, we're having a blast.' I thought, 'Man, this is pretty fun.' If you just take all of the points and all of the money out of it, it's just a blast to race with those guys. Jimmie and Tony are just so good at what they do; it's really neat. There at the end, we just had better tires, and it really made our car look good and me look good, but those fresh Goodyears are really what made that thing go at the end. That's how we got by all of those guys."
TALK ABOUT YOUR BACK FLIP TECHNIQUE.
"That was a little bit of an untested maneuver there. I haven't practiced that ever off of a car really, so I just thought I'd give it a shot and it worked out. It's easy to do compared to racing. The back flips are easy. The winning is the hard part."
DOES IT MAKE YOUR HEART STOP WHEN HE DOES HIS BACK FLIPS?
"He makes my heart stop, and he made my heart stop when he did that move in turn two. He made my heart stop when he said he was going to stay on race track when I told him to pit. But, Greg Biffle used to do the same thing to me. It takes a whole bunch of guys back at Roush Racing in Mooresville to make our job easier. Without those guys, and the things they do to these race cars back at the shop to make our race cars fast, I can't thank the motor room enough for the horsepower they gave us today. This guy is a Raybestsos rookie challenger this year and he sure isn't looking like it right now."
WERE YOU THINKING AT ALL ABOUT LAST WEEK IN THE CLOSING LAPS?
"I did think about that a little bit. I thought about that right there at the end. Everything was going great. Brad and the guys made really good adjustments and I felt like we could hold Tony off, and then all of a sudden the line I was using into turn three just gave up. I don't know if there was a little bit of fluid down or my tires were just giving up, but it just wouldn't turn. It was like a switch and I thought, 'Man, we've got a right-front tire going down.' That really made my heart pound and I changed my line a little bit and everything was fine. I was definitely was thinking about that just a little bit and that sacred me."
DID MARK MARTIN GIVE YOU ANY POINTERS ABOUT THIS TRACK FOR THIS RACE?
"No particular pointers. The biggest thing I want to thank Mark Martin for is not showing up to race his Busch car here. That's a big deal. Mark is unbelievable and whenever I have a question I can go ask him. At Vegas last week, the biggest thing Mark helped me with was just being able to follow him for a little bit and learn from him. The guy has so much experience and he is so precise the way he drives that he helps me in a lot of ways. But, nothing really particular for this track on this day."
"Thanks to NASCAR for giving us the six set tire rule. It's a little different from our strategies last year where we were allowed to pit three times. We pay a lot of money for those Goodyear Eagles, and you mind as well save them till whenever you need them to get the most money back out of them. Carl made the call. He saw Tony Stewart stay out. Jimmie Johnson, I guess, was the first one to hit pit road, and he saw Tony stay out and why follow Jimmie Johnson, the guy that's won all of these races in Charlotte and Atlanta? Why not follow Tony Stewart, who he knocked out of the way in Daytona through the dirt? Like I said, the tires are very important and at Fontana all of the crew chiefs set their tone by practicing on one set of tires, which is very hard to set a race car up on a given day on one set or tires when you're used to setting them up on two and three sets. It's definitely thrown the ball back on my hands and the car chief's hands to make the car handle better. But, we are running more laps on them, so I'm just glad we had those Goodyear Eagles again."
"On that note, Jack did call on the Nextel and said he was not happy with our tire strategy and he'd have a conversation with us about that. He said that's not how you win championship, but he was happy that we won. He said that was too big of a gamble and he didn't like that. I'm going to take the heat for that. I told him it was me and not you."
"I know. I was on the pit box with him and saw his eyes. It was Carl Edwards, once again, that made this call. We were down to three laps (before we had to pit) and the caution came out. I'm sure his heart stopped and my heart stopped. But, that was the call that we made and that's the call we're going to stand by and we wouldn't be sitting here right now if we had to pit under green. That's the call we stood by, and that's the lessons we learned, and for some reason we taught everybody another lesson -- don't come get your tires until the end of the race."