BUSCH: Edwards Preseason Thunder - Ford interview

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 60 Ford Fusion in the Busch Series, is again slated to pull double duty this year between Nextel Cup and Busch Series racing. Last season, Edwards was forced to miss his only start - the Busch Series race at ...

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 60 Ford Fusion in the Busch Series, is again slated to pull double duty this year between Nextel Cup and Busch Series racing. Last season, Edwards was forced to miss his only start - the Busch Series race at Nashville Superspeedway in June - when weather delayed the event, but he still managed a third-place finish in the final driver standings. Edwards shared his thoughts on attempting double duty in 2006 and the recent announcement of Pierre Kuettel as his Busch Series crew chief.

CARL EDWARDS-60-Ameriquest Ford Fusion - YOU TESTED YOUR CUP CAR HERE EARLIER THIS WEEK, A TEST WHICH WAS SPLIT INTO TWO SESSIONS. WITH THE 46 BUSCH TEAM TESTING OVER HERE THIS WEEKEND, IS IT DIFFICULT TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR OBJECTIVES? "Honestly, since it's an impound race, we're just trying to make our car the best it can be in race trim. Plus, race trim is a lot more fun to practice. It's been tough to get out there and do single-car runs because the line is so long on pit road, but we trying to be smart with the changes we're making and maximize the time that we do have on the track."

THE FORD FUSION WAS STRONG OUT OF THE BOX DURING THE CUP TEST SESSIONS. HOW IS IT STACKING UP ON THE BUSCH SIDE? "I think that the Fusion was awesome in the Cup Series, and ours isn't quite as good as our Cup car was, relative to the Busch field. We'll work on though, and I think this rules package over here, even if you don't have a good car by itself, I think the blade on the roof allows you draft better and gives the guys in back a bigger advantage. I think that a slower car has a better chance in the Busch Series race here come February."

THERE ARE FOUR ROUSH TEAMS HERE TESTING THIS WEEKEND, AND WITH THE EXPECTATION OF YOU, THEY ARE ALL ROOKIES. HOW IS YOUR ROLE DIFFERENT HERE THIS WEEKEND COMPARED TO THE CUP TEST? "It's different, and I think every driver goes through that. It's even a little strange. Danny O'Quinn (No. 50 Ford Fusion) asked me for advice the other day. I was like, 'that's crazy.' I never thought I'd be standing in the Busch Series garage after one year giving advice."

THERE ARE AS MANY AS EIGHT DRIVERS TRYING TO RUN BOTH THE CUP AND BUSCH SERIES FULL TIME THIS YEAR. DO YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS PULLING DOUBLE DUTY? "I love running the Busch Series full time. I think it's a huge opportunity. My whole mission right now, in this portion in my life, is to be the best race car driver I can be. I don't see any down side to running as many races as I can."

WAS IT DIFFICULT TO STAY FOCUSED ON YOUR BUSCH DEAL LAST YEAR AFTER YOU MISSED THE RACE IN NASHVILLE? "The best way for me to approach racing is just to take it every day, and with every opportunity, to make the most of it. I don't think too much about what happened yesterday. That's kind of my MO, and every time I get into a race car I'm excited to go racing and I feel like I have just as good of a chance to win. I don't ever give up hope. I've seen a lot things happen in racing and you can't ever give up hope."

COMMENT ON THE CHANGE ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY WITH PIERRE KUETTEL TAKING OVER THE CREW CHIEF ROLE ON YOUR TEAM. "It was really sad to see Brad (Parrott) go. He's a great friend and I think an unbelievable crew chief. We've never had one cross word and I enjoyed working with him. It was just a simple matter of different ways of doing things at the shop. It wasn't at-track performance or anything between me and Brad. It wasn't my decision and it was just the way the shop structure was, it wasn't working out. The downside is that I might have to race against Brad now, but PK is awesome. He's deserved to be a crew chief for years and I think it's neat to see a guy get that opportunity."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Carl Edwards , Danny O'Quinn