NASCAR »

Carl Edwards, Roush Fenway Racing - Q&A

You touched on this a little bit earlier, but during a streak like that, to what degree does self-doubt come in the mix? Obviously a lot has to do with the car, but do you ever - does it ever cross your mind, oh, man, what's going on with me? Or do you always have confidence in yourself enough to turn it around?

Carl Edwards:
I'm not a psychologist or anything, but I can tell you that my little bit of experience with race car drivers is we all have pretty fragile egos. That was probably one of the things that makes us perform well is you're always questioning yourself, you're always working hard. I never feel like - I never feel like I've had a perfect race or a perfect year. I'm always trying to be better, and I think all of us are like that. But when you're not getting that positive reinforcement and you're not winning, it is tougher. You have to really be objective, as objective as you can, which is hard to do when you're thin about yourself. But to try to think am I doing the right things, am I working the right way, am I being a good team player, and Jack has helped me a lot with that, Jimmy, I asked him for the last month or two, every time - what do you need from me, is there anything I can do, and both these guys have helped me a lot to make sure they tell me what they need from me.

Basically, yes, it is tough and you have to question yourself constantly. Even when you're winning you have to do that, but it's hard when you're not.

Q:
Did you feel victory this morning at all as you were getting this car ready? Did you feel like you all had a real chance at winning this race? And Carl, how about you? How did you feel this morning as you were getting ready?

Carl Edwards:
Yeah, the pit crew I think was key today, too. I think that was huge. I've kind of felt - I don't know, I've felt more confident, like a victory is closer, since the first meeting I had with Jimmy at the shop to see the attention to detail he has on the car and to see the intensity in the guys' eyes. But yesterday after the final practice my trainer came with me from CTS, Dean, and we were taling after practice like man, I'm in a really good mood, like I feel good, and I realized it was because I felt that speed in the race car and the thing drove like I wanted it to, and that's a really good feeling.

So I was more optimistic than I have been for a long time this morning getting ready to race.

Q:
Carl, you mentioned this morning that yesterday you kind of went out and took a little hike and sort of cleared your head. With all the crazy stuff that happened in Daytona that was beyond your control, what does that do to somebody when you get into all these messes that are not of your cause?

Carl Edwards:
I try real hard to put the past behind me very quickly so when things go poorly I try to just turn my back to it and look forward, but I know other people don't do that. I know it's hard for a lot of people. So the one thing I was most nervous about coming to Phoenix was having another problem, having some wreck or a parts failure or something like that. I actually missed a shift in practice, over revved the engine and little bit, and I thought, man, we can't have another problem with that because I knew if we had two bad races to start it would be hard for some people - not Jimmy or Jack or me but there might be guys on the team or at the shop that would start hanging their heads because it is very difficult to come out of a hole like that.

So I'm very grateful that we came right back with a win here this weekend.

Q:
Carl, you've talked a lot that you kind of feel that you still have Bob Osborne working for you because he's doing a lot of the engineering on the Gen-6 cars. I'm curious if you and Jack can talk about what you feel like his contributions were to the win today.

Carl Edwards:
Well, yeah, Bob is still here at the racetrack. He's in all the meetings. He doesn't seem as stressed out. He's a little easier to get along with, which is nice. I think Bob and I are going to be better friends now than we were before.

That's the thing that's amazing about Roush Fenway and what Jack is able to do. I don't know how he does it, but it seems like every time we make a change, we don't actually lose a person, a person just goes into a different part of the team. I don't know if you enjoy paying all those pay cheques, but I appreciate all those good people.

Q:



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Subway Ford, performs a back flip to celebrate after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 3, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Subway Ford, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 3, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Nascar via Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Subway Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 3, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Brian Scott, driver of the #2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet, leads Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Hertz Ford, during the NASCAR Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Napa Auto Parts Chevrolet, wins the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Cars race after a restart lead by Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Napa Auto Parts Chevrolet (L), Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Hertz Ford and Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Cartwheel by Target Chevrolet (R) during the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonald`s Chevrolet SS, qualifies fifth Friday, July 11, 2014 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS, qualifies fourth Friday, July 11, 2014 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, qualifies second Friday, July 11, 2014 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, qualifies second Friday, July 11, 2014 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
 
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, qualifies second Friday, July 11, 2014 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
 
Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS, qualifies fourth Friday, July 11, 2014 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
 
Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonald`s Chevrolet SS, qualifies fifth Friday, July 11, 2014 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 United States Air Force Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 after the race was called for weather at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 United States Air Force Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 after the race was called for weather at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 United States Air Force Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 after the race was called for weather at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet SS, qualified fifth Friday, July 4, 2014 for Saturday`s Nascar Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Johnson is 2nd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Bobby Labonte, driver of the #33 Thunder Coal Chevrolet SS, qualified fourth Friday, July 4, 2014 for Saturday`s Nascar Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Landon Cassill, driver of the #40 Newtown Building Supplies Chevrolet SS, qualified third Friday, July 4, 2014 for Saturday`s Nascar Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Christa L. Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.