CARL EDWARDS -60-Scotts Ford Fusion (Finished 3rd) "It's just like Dave (Blaney) was saying: it was fun. The Goodyear tires were slick enough and we got enough green-flag racing that it really became a race where you drive into the corner and...
CARL EDWARDS -60-Scotts Ford Fusion (Finished 3rd)
"It's just like Dave (Blaney) was saying: it was fun. The Goodyear tires were slick enough and we got enough green-flag racing that it really became a race where you drive into the corner and have to lift off the gas and slide around. You could run the top and slide job people, and to me it was a blast."
"I think the wind was a pretty big factor at some points. You could tell driving down the back straightway into three - the wind was kinda blowing that way - and the car would take off a little bit. I think as long as everybody is just a little extra cautious, it's just a small variable. It's not really huge. I think the biggest thing is just the way the grip goes away on the long run. I think that's a good thing if you can make it through the first part of that when everybody is still in packs."
COMMENT ON HAVING MARK MARTIN AS A TEAMMATE TODAY.
"Mark (Martin) is just an unbelievable guy. I've gone down both paths with Mark. I've told the story when I first came Roush Racing, man, he'd help me and he'd do anything for me, anything in the world. About halfway though my first season, I must have moved him out of the way or done something - but I kinda pissed him off, I guess - because we were at Bristol a couple of weeks later and he just flat moved me and almost wrecked me. I went over and asked him, and he said, 'Well, you've been kinda driving like that lately, so I thought that's how we were going to do it.' I was like, 'Let's go back to how we started.' I learned a lot from that and I really respect Mark a lot and it's cool of him to have helped me and he helped me right there at the end with Clint. I wish we could have teamed up and done something with Kevin. He's an unbelievable guy and I'm glad he's driving a Ford today."
DID YOU AND CLINT TOUCH FENDERS COMING DOWN THE STRETCH, AND IF SO, ARE YOU STILL FRIENDS?
"Clint and I will be friends probably no matter what happens; he's a great guy. Yeah, we bumped a little bit. He got the run on me and he did it kind of early, and so I just kinda leaned on his door a little bit and tried to get a run back on him and beat him across the line, and Mark helped me out. That was cool. It's neat to race Clint like that. I really have a lot of respect for how he came up and how he races, and he's a good guy."
"What we saw there at the end of these runs, anytime you have to actually start lifting off the throttle in a race, the handling, the car and the way you drive it and all that starts to come into play. It's not just the draft and where you're at on the race track. There's still skill involved and there's still an art to running in a pack like that. It's guys like Tony Stewart and Dale Jr. and those guys that do it very well, but I think there is a bigger margin of error when the cars spread out and you have to lift off the gas, and I think that's a result of the tires giving out a little bit and being a little slippery. I enjoy that style of racing. I think you're in control of your destiny a little more."
HOW GOOD WAS KYLE BUSCH BEFORE HE FELL OUT OF THE RACE?
"That's a good question. I thought he was really good, and the thing that looked so great about his car was that it was turning all the way around the corner, even off the corner, he had the four-wheel drift going and I was jealous of that for a while because mine wouldn't do it. He definitely had a great car, it was very fast and he was doing a really good job. I don't know what happened to him, but that was right there in front of me and he just pulled off and something broke. That's too bad for him."
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