NASCAR » 4 March 2013
Carl Edwards, Roush Fenway Racing - Q&A
Carl, I don't know what there is to say about it, but it's quite the coincidence that your two wins at Phoenix both broke 70-race winless streaks.
That is kind of strange, huh? Stranger that I'm even here driving these race cars. If you guys had known me 10 years ago you guys would be laughing. This place - it's a little more coincidental because this place is so special to me; this is my - my first pavement race I ever ran was here in 2001, the Copper World Classic, so each time I come here I really enjoy this racetrack. It was a huge turning point in my career, and there was a lot of good fortune that happened that weekend. I missed about the biggest wreck of my life on the first lap of the consy, and we made the feature, and that was huge.
So yeah, hopefully we don't have any more 70-race losing streaks in my career (laughter), but if they were to happen, I'll look forward to Phoenix again sometime.
The pit road stats showed that you guys spent the least amount of time on pit road of any team out there and that you gained an average of about one second per stop over the #48. Has that been a particular emphasis in the off-season, both with the pit crew and getting on and off pit road?
Those guys are just bad to the bone. I've been - those guys have frustrated me on pit road for years, and it's neat to have them doing pit stops for the #99 team now. It's pretty awesome.
Can you talk a little bit about Subway being the title sponsor of the race, and is that added incentive, added pressure?
It is a little strange to come to - not strange, it's an honour to come to the track and be driving the Subway car and to have Subway as the primary sponsor of our car and the title sponsor of the race. But there is pressure. Those guys are as competitive as anyone. I know you guys have been to the banquets and met a lot of the sponsors and talked to them, but all of my sponsors are that way. They want to win. They didn't sign up with Jack Roush and the #99 team to be on 70-race losing streaks. They signed up to win and win a lot.
I wouldn't say it's more pressure because I put a lot of pressure on myself, but it is very nice to win this race for them. It's really, really great. After everything they do for me, it's very cool.
Before Denny said irrelevant again, he brought up the point that I was as him that he can relate because in 2010 he almost won the championship, in 2011 they were terrible, and then they won here last year, and he said at that point he knew that they were back, even though it was just one race, and he said, I can feel exactly what Carl is feeling. Do you feel that way just from one race?
That is interesting. Until you mentioned it I didn't realize the parallels there between the two of our situations. Yeah, he must have felt good that day because I feel really good right now. I mean, I feel like I could jump over those grandstands right now. This is neat.
I'm more excited to go to Vegas than I've been in a long time. Very pumped.
On the 239th lap under the caution down here, you and Dale Jr. were side by side coming down pit lane, and you had Casey Mears in front of you, and it looked like Earnhardt had a nose in front of you and had to check up when Casey went into his pit. Did you see that developing, and since you never trailed after that, how important was that moment?
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