Steady rainfall in the Dover, Del., area forced the cancellation of today's MBNA 200 Busch Series qualifying session, and the field of 43 cars was set by the NASCAR rulebook. Current points-leader Carl Edwards will start tomorrow's 200-lap from...
Steady rainfall in the Dover, Del., area forced the cancellation of today's MBNA 200 Busch Series qualifying session, and the field of 43 cars was set by the NASCAR rulebook. Current points-leader Carl Edwards will start tomorrow's 200-lap from the pole position, while fellow Ford Racing driver David Green will start from 13th. Edwards currently leads Clint Bowyer by 171 points in the NASCAR Busch Series driver standings, and has recorded two wins while leading the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year standings. Edwards and Green spoke about the points race and how the rain will affect their race strategies tomorrow.
CARL EDWARDS-60-Charter Communications Ford Taurus
"I didn't realize that Cup qualifying had been canceled, too. I've been in the Busch Series garage this morning. I guess it's awesome to be able to start on the front row, and like Greg (Biffle) said, we came here and tested with our Office Depot Ford and felt like it went pretty well. The test went well and we'll start eight over there, I believe. The biggest thing to me is just that the rubber will be washed off the race track depending on how hard it rains. I think from when we tested here till when we practiced yesterday, the track changed a lot with rubber. Brad (Parrott, No. 60 crew chief) and I, in the Busch Series, were already discussing how we were changing our setup to accommodate for that. I'm going over here to the Cup garage now to talk to Bob Osborne and we'll get a plan of attack there as well."
"This is essentially my rookie season in both series and I'm learning a lot, but at the same time we've been having great success. I've been having a blast in the Charter Ford. My crew is awesome and Brad Parrott is a fun guy to work with. We've won two races over there, which is more than I could have expected for sure. We've won a Cup race and we're running in the top 10 in points, even if it's just barely, and we're having a lot of fun over there. I'm really enjoying the season, and it's a dream come true fir me."
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE SHANE HMIEL SITUATION? "To be honest with you, I don't know the details of Shane Hmiel's suspension. I have been fortunate enough to spend some time with Shane and he's an awesome guy, a great competitor. He's amazingly talented, but most of all Shane is a just a really nice guy, so I hope that whatever troubles he's going through that he gets it worked out. But, yeah, Shane is a friend of mine, and I'm behind him 100 percent. I really like Shane, so I hope that whatever is going on that he gets it worked out for his sake. No, I've never been on the race track and that never crept in my mind, worrying about other drivers' states of minds, at least as far as substance abuse goes. I know some of them get a little wild anyway, but that's never crept into my mind, and I really don't know the specifics of the situation, though."
HAVE YOU TALKED TO DALE JARRETT ABOUT LAST WEEK? "I tried to speak with Dale Jarrett a little bit after the race and he really wouldn't speak to me in a normal manner. To be honest with you, I've thought about this a little bit, and I try to treat everyone with respect, but at the same time I race as hard as I can. I notice a lot of times that I hear a lot of guys in this sport, they seem to be unable to look at things objectively. In Dale Jarrett's case, I think if he was able to look at it from my position maybe he would have seen things differently. I'm racing for the lead, he's racing to stay on the lead lap, I was essentially trying to bump draft him down the back straightaway and he flipped out and got really upset. I think that's a little bit irrational in light of the fact that he crashed me at Martinsville and ruined my day, apologized, I accepted it and didn't say another word. I think some of these guys, to me that's whining. I'm not above saying that, and that's my opinion on that. I think that's out of line - his reaction to that - and I think that he's raced long enough that he should understand that that was what was going on there. I have a lot of respect for him, and he knows that and it seems like he was just venting. I do take things personally, and I do care about what these guys think of me, but that instance right there just kind of galvanized my disregard for other people's feelings about stuff like that. I really, to be honest with you, could care less whether he's upset or not right now."