CARL EDWARDS-60-Charter Communications Ford Taurus (Finished 14th) YOU CHOSE TO CHANGE FRONT SHOCKS DURING AN EARLY PIT STOP. COMMENT ON THAT DECISION. "That was awesome. My team did a great job. Our Charter Ford, we got really aggressive...
CARL EDWARDS-60-Charter Communications Ford Taurus (Finished 14th)
YOU CHOSE TO CHANGE FRONT SHOCKS DURING AN EARLY PIT STOP. COMMENT ON THAT DECISION. "That was awesome. My team did a great job. Our Charter Ford, we got really aggressive with front shocks and it was literally hopping in the corners; the left sides were hopping off the ground. We just decided we'd try to change shocks and the guys did a great job getting them changed and we didn't lose a lot. It's just what we had to work with. I think if we had a couple of more yellows here and a little better pit strategy we'd be really fast. Once we went back out there we were the fastest car on the race track for a while. If we have four tires and we got to start this race over again I think we could outrun the leader, and if we get our lap back if there was a yellow, we'd be a contender. But, I don't if there's enough laps."
WAS THE DECISION TO CHANGE SHOCKS A CASE OF POINTS RACING? "It was early enough in the race that we had to see what we can gather. We can't finish 10th if we feel like we can win the thing with the other shocks." WHAT IS YOUR TIMETABLE TO LEAVE FOR CALIFORNIA? "At this point we've got options. I'm here to race. As long as I get out of here by nine in the morning I'll make the Cup race. I'm not in a hurry."
DO YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS ABOUT A LACK OF REST BEFORE TOMORROW'S CUP RACE? "There are people all over the country hauling their own cars from the dirt tracks right now after a night of competition, so we'll be all right. I can get some sleep on the plane tonight and be fine for tomorrow."
DAVID GREEN-27-Kleenex Moist Cloth/Jewel-Osco Ford Taurus (Finished 11th)
"We got caught a couple of laps down after our pit stop and the caution came out, so we finally battled back for the Lucky Dog and we wanted to get going again. We qualified fifth here and we were fourth or fifth after the first caution, and we elected to pit and just put fuel in and save a set of tires. Then that run went green for a long time and we backed up, but we were still OK. Once we elected to make our green-flag pit stop a few laps later the caution came out when the 1 car spun that guy out; I guess that's the quick way to get only one or two cars on the lead lap. It was very frustrating, though, because at that point it was like the roof fell. But, you just battle back and each time all we wanted to do was gain one of our two laps back. Once we gained one back then we worked on trying to be the Lucky Dog. We got in that position and got around Reed (Sorenson) there at the end before the rain came. We'd like to do good here. We had a great car. The cool conditions kind of threw us a little bit of a curve here, but we've got some adjustments we can do. Right up the road is the home of Kimberly-Clark and we'd like to do good for the Kleenex folks."
KENNY WALLACE-22-Stacker 2 Ford Taurus (Finished 8th)
"I guess the racer in me wanted to go back to green-flag racing, and we were going to try to take two tires and beat some people on race strategy. Nevertheless, this is a major improvement for us. At Phoenix and Richmond we ran just really bad, so we went to a generic front-end, and we got the car to where it would run in the top 10 all day long. Now we have to go test to try to figure out what we need to do to compete for the win."
HOW DIFFICULT IS IT WHEN YOU HAVE A GOOD CAR AND THERE ARE ONLY A HANDFUL ON DRIVERS ON THE LEAD LAP? "It's scary for me because I was running seventh or eighth and everybody was on different pit sequences. I was one of the first ones down pit road. It's real scary and you're hoping the caution never comes out. If the caution would have fell a couple of laps later everything would have been fine, but it got the race really different. At times guys would run good, and at times guys would run bad. I'm happy that our car ran in the top 10 all night long. It is what it is, and I can't change the outcome. Now we just have to get better."
JASON KELLER-35-McDonald's Big Mac Ford Taurus (Finished 13th)
"You always think you can make the car better with one more stop, and we felt like we made it a little bit better, but one thing in life you can't control is the weather."
HOW DIFFICULT IS IT WHEN YOU HAVE A GOOD CAR AND THERE ARE ONLY A HANDFUL ON DRIVERS ON THE LEAD LAP? "You just start battling to try to do crazy stuff and try to do anything you can to get up there. We had a decent race car, but it definitely wasn't what we hoped for coning here, but we just have to keep working hard. I typically come here with the mindset to win the race, and we definitely didn't have that type of race car. We have to go back and work harder."