NASCAR » 08 September 2013
Carl Edwards, Roush Fenway Racing - Q&A
The winner of Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, Carl Edwards, spoke with the media about his victory and his Chase hopes.
Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards met with the press in the media centre at Richmond International Raceway after winning the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday night. He was joined by car owner Jack Roush and crew chief Jimmy Fennig.
Let's hear from our race winner, Carl Edwards. He's joined by his owner Jack Roush, his crew chief Jimmy Fennig. This is Carl's 21st win, his second victory in 2013, his first win here at Richmond.
Carl was the regular-season points leader, one point ahead of Jimmie Johnson. He comes in at fifth.
We're ahead of Jimmie in the points right now?
At the end of the regular season.
That's a hell of adeal. Passed Jimmie like he was standing still, didn't we (smiling)? Hopefully we can keep that up.
Let's hear from our race winner. Certainly a big win here tonight. Extra bonus points. You got your first win at Richmond. Just talk about that. It's always good to come into Chicago after a win.
It will make all the media stuff and dinners a lot of fun this week.
Really, tonight was about three points. That's what this was about. It was three points for our Chase. I know firsthand, we all know up here, what a point in the Chase is worth. We came here with the mission to get those three points.
The last three weeks have been spectacular. Had a extremely fast racecar at Bristol. Atlanta went well the first half of the race. To come here, have another week where we run up front, win the race, this is great.
I'd say a month or two ago I wasn't so sure about our chances in the Chase. Jimmy and I, we had a meeting about that and talked about it, it was not looking good. We turned things around. Jack has done a great job with the cars. The pit crew is spectacular.
Excited about going to run these ten races.
Jack, talk about Carl's performance. Two cars in the Chase. A solid finish with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Tonight was a great night for us. In this business you work behind the scenes, hard on the car, hard on the engine. Suffer through the broken parts. Sometimes it seems like there's no end to it. This is the third new configuration we've had and chassis for the cars this year. As late as 10:00 this morning, Carl and I sat in the motorhome and talked about whether or not we thought our car had what it needed to be competitive here.
I came away thinking maybe we needed another car before we went to Loudon. Came back with that kind of result. The car was competitive. Carl did a great job. The pit crew and the four tyres at the end made the difference.
Jimmy was the man. No doubt he was going to take four tyres.
Jimmy Fennig, a veteran of many of these types of races. Congratulations on getting into the Chase. Maybe about the win here tonight, how you think that will help the team the next ten races.
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