BUSCH: Kentucky: Race winner interview

CARL EDWARDS -60-Charter Communications Ford Taurus (Finished 1st) "I did not know until they dropped the green flag that our car was going to be that dominant. In practice we were really good, but the car was just awesome. We had enough pit...

CARL EDWARDS -60-Charter Communications Ford Taurus (Finished 1st)

"I did not know until they dropped the green flag that our car was going to be that dominant. In practice we were really good, but the car was just awesome. We had enough pit stops, though, that Greg Biffle, Martin Truex, Reed Sorenson and those guys got to work on their cars and they got a little bit faster. I did not know."

"I'm really glad that we had four tires because I think on even tires it would have been close. I think if we would have stayed out, I guess we would have been OK because I feel that we were pretty fast. We had four tires and we were not going to catch Martin - he was too fast - if we didn't get that last caution. I'll tell you what, on that second-to-last restart, Clint and Reed were both really gracious and didn't race me too hard. I got up behind Martin, and to be honest with you, I think if we didn't get that last caution I would have been able to get by Martin pretty easily just because we have new tires. I was a little worried doing a two-lap sprint because I know how good Martin is and how hard he will drive. The last two laps, they threw the green and Martin didn't go. He was trying to wait and change us his restart and I just stood on the throttle and expected him to go. I didn't actually see the green flag, but my spotter Jason Hedlesky was calling the green flag because I couldn't see it against the crowd very well. He said, 'Green, green, green,' and I was like, 'Sorry Martin, I'm going to go.' Anyway we drove down into the corner and Martin did a great job of making his car go as fast as mine with tires, but I just got a little better run off of the second corner and got next to him, and he graciously didn't run into me or do anything crazy and just raced me really clean. Martin is a great driver and it's neat to be able to beat him like that."

"It did change just a little bit. We were a little bit tight and as it got cooler our car freed up and we tightened it up just a little bit more. We made changes. Brad Parrott does a great job with air pressure and matching the tires and everything like that, and I feel like our car stayed pretty good all day, but we did make little changes to kinda accommodate the track changes."

"All of the calls are generally by committee. I was the one who said, 'Let's pit.' I felt like we were leading and I felt like if it went green and most of the guys pitted behind us. I knew Biffle would pit, and I felt like if they pitted that we would not win the race; I felt like they would be able to beat us. I felt like if we pitted, my crew I have enough faith in them, if everybody came, we would come out first and we would still be great and win the race. And I felt like if we're the only ones to pit and we come out 15th, I still felt good enough about the car with tires that I felt like we could win. The only option was to pit in my mind. It definitely was not the best option if there weren't any cautions; Martin would have won the race."

"He (Parrott) said, 'That's fine.' He went with it and we came out ninth and could only work our way up to fourth o fifth under green. I was not going to be able to catch Martin. It was not a good decision without a caution."

"I just like Kentucky Speedway; it's a lot of fun. It's a neat race track because it's a tri-oval, a one-and-a-half-mile race track, but it has its own characteristics and it has bumps and different banking in corners and different radii. It's a driver's race track because you can move around."

"I owe a lot to Greg Biffle and Rusty Wallace both for the travel arrangements. They helped me a ton today, and if it wasn't for that I wouldn't have been able to do this. I have to thank Greg Biffle for that. I wouldn't wish a caution on anyone. I would have rather finished fourth than to see Greg wad it up in a wall like that; it's kind of scary. Greg did a great job with Brad Parrott last year building this team. I stepped into a team that's a championship-winning team and it's just my job to drive at that level."

"Not guilty, but like that's dumb. That's how racing goes. You can second-guess yourself and go back and just destroy yourself thinking about decisions you shouldn't have made or should have made. My father was the one who helped me with that early on because I'm really hard on myself. He said, 'Look. All you can do is use your best judgment and make a decision and forget about it.' That's all you can do and that's my attitude in situations like that."

"I'm pretty good, but I just need to go home and sleep right now.  Really,
I'm good.  I feel great.  If these races were 1000 miles, we'd race 1000
miles every weekend.  It doesn't matter to me.  I'm ready to race."

"My crew just had a little bit of a slow pit stop, and Brad motivated them a little bit on the radio and they got it together. It was pretty funny actually. Brad is not a mean guy and he said some mean things and then he apologized, and it was kind of funny and we made fun of him over it."

"I just stood up, and to be honest with you, I've been having bad problems with my back cramping during the race. We had the pedals too far away from the seat, so I was extending my foot the whole race to get wide-open throttle. I could hardly get wide-open throttle, so I was having a lot of trouble with my back being cramped up. I just got out of the car and was goofy feeling and fell off. It doesn't how I crash that back flip, one way or the other I'm going to get back up and do it right. It's just fun and I'm having a good time."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Greg Biffle , Jason Hedlesky , Martin Truex Jr. , Reed Sorenson