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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.

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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.

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