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Carl Edwards, Roush Fenway Racing - Q&A

That was hugely important. I'm glad you brought that up. There were a couple things that happened there. First of all, I think we came onto pit road fourth, something like that. We came out first. I was in front of Dale - he must have had the timing lines figured out really well because I was as - at the max speed I could go, and he shot up there, and I thought, man, I can't go any faster, I'm going to get a penalty. Then Casey was up there, and I thought, I'm not exactly sure how this is going to work out, and then he turned left and Dale could have run me up into the wall and spun Casey out. I could tell he thought about it. I mean, I think he did because there was that little pause, and I thought, he's going to do it. And then he stood on the brakes and kept from tearing all the cars up. That had to be very difficult for him because I think we all knew right then that that was the - that could be the race.

I'd like to think I was just going to pass him anyway, but I was a little nervous.

Q:
Can you talk about the final restart, Jimmie thought maybe you kind of slowed down a little bit before you started up?

Carl Edwards:
That's interesting you brought it up because I thought, man, he's playing some kind of trick, he's speeding up. I thought, what's he doing. Usually the guy in second hangs back a little bit and tries to watch, and he pulled up there, and I thought, man, why is he doing that. Yeah, so maybe I was slowing down, but I wasn't trying to. I thought he was speeding up, and I thought it was pretty genius what he was doing because he kind of got me off of my game. But then when I went, I think maybe he wasn't loo at me or something because it seemed like he waited just a little bit too long to go.

But truthfully that was not by design. I was not trying to do anything tricky. I thought he was.

Q:
We've seen in your career you'd have one, maybe two great years and then mini-droughts here and there, another two good years and another drought -

Carl Edwards:
You noticed that, huh?

Q:
My question for you is do you think this combination with you and Jimmy Fennig is going to be the solution?

Carl Edwards:
I hope so. It's really interesting because I have fought you guys on that stuff. You guys say, well, you have a good year and then a bad year. I'm like, that's just chance.

But it really has been happening. I don't know what that is. How many more years are you going to do this, Jimmy? Let's put him on the spot. I don't think he wanted to do it with me this year. Maybe if we do well enough, we can keep him around and we won't have any more bad years. I do not like - those droughts are terrible, but the floodgates are open. Hopefully we can go out and do some good.



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