Ford Racing press release
CARL EDWARDS – No. 60 Fastenal Ford Mustang – VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW
“It’s great. I have to thank Fastenal, Bodyguard, all the folks that are on the car. I went to Fastenal this week and I bought a neat Milwaukee tool set and I did a little work around the house and it was a lot of fun, so I appreciate these guys being on board. I’ve got to thank Ford. This Mustang was great. We’ve got Nex-gen oil on this thing. I got something on the grille and the oil temp was 320 degrees or something and that’s recycled oil we won the race with, so that’s great. All of the fans, Aflac Insurance and Nationwide. This series is so much fun. This track is so much fun and everything went great, other than my backflip, which was terrible. I was nervous about doing it on the banking, but it was just an awesome day."
RICKY STENHOUSE JR. – No. 6 Blackwell Angus/Cargill Ford Mustang
“It was pretty uneventful. We weren’t happy with our Blackwell Angus Beef and Cargill Mustang the whole time, but we were good enough to run near the top five. There at the end with the way the caution fell and what our guys did on pit road we got up there and was able to run in the top five. We’ll have to go to work on it. We weren’t happy with it, but it was a good points day for us. We ran strong all day and didn’t make any mistakes and that’s really what we need to do."
YOU HAD A CLOSE CALL WITH THE 11 COMING ON TO PIT ROAD. WHAT HAPPENED? “I don’t know. I thought he was gonna pass me there down the back straightaway and then he kind of lifted and I was waving my hand. I think his crew chief probably told him that they were gonna pit too. I got to pit road really good and all of a sudden I kind of heard something on the outside of me and I looked just at the time he was hitting the barrels and I tried to ease over far enough left so that we didn’t get hit in the right rear. It was pretty crazy and a close call for sure."
NOT A PERFECT DAY BUT A TOP FIVE. “The points lead is good, but we definitely weren’t as strong as we wanted to be. Our Blackwell Angus Beef and Cargill Mustang was pretty solid all day it just wasn’t great. We’ll go to work and make it better, but the guys on pit road and the guys back at the shop work really hard and it’s cool we can get another top five here this year."
DID THE TRACK THROW YOU A CURVE? “It was cool weather the last time we were here and it seemed to free up for us, so we started that first run and were a little too tight. I thought maybe it was going to come to us and it never really did. We were just a little too tight all day from the center off the corner. We could run fast laps, but it was just tough to pass them. Overall, it was a good day for us."
ARE YOU MORE HAPPY ABOUT BEATING THE 2 AND 32 OR DISAPPOINTED WITH HOW YOU RAN OVERALL? “I feel really good about it. I think we expected to be a little bit stronger than what we were, but you have to take it. Top fives are gonna win this championship. If we can run top five every week, that’s what we need to do."
TREVOR BAYNE – No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang
“Man, I wanted a top five. You work hard for these things to get top fives and top threes and wins, but we were just trying to figure out how to get in there. We ran up front most of the day there, the last 150 laps, and then we had a bad caution and almost got a lap down there in the pits and we kept going instead of pitting. We lost a few spots of track position and never really got those back. It’s so hard to pass here, especially when you pull behind somebody. You lose the nose and you can’t pull under them and that’s what I was fighting at the end. I just got too tight behind other people when I tried to get by them, but, other than that, it was a pretty good day. A top six finish, it’s a solid finish for us after all our bad luck and bad things happening, so I’m pumped for my team and they did a really good job today."
THREE ROUSH FENWAY MUSTANGS IN THE TOP SIX. A GOOD DAY FOR THE ORGANIZATION. “Yeah, not too bad at all. It’s always good when you can get all three cars up there and have a good day all the way across the board. It’s what we’re working towards and now we’ve got to get them all in the top three next time."