NASCAR »

Busch, Gordon and Edwards savour road success

"The problem is turn 11," he said. "There's two places you can pass on this track, going into seven and 11. You couldn't really pass going into seven today. It was so slick, you had to be so careful. So everybody gets to turn 11. Because you're racing one another, it seems like guys really block the inside lane and force guys to go around the outside lane.

"You get in a position where this is your only shot for that entire lap to try to make a pass ... Either somebody gets aggressive and drives in there too hard, makes contact, or they just get frustrated and start using the bumper. It's hard to say. But it was pretty crazy from where I was sitting. I know that.

He didn't really see what happened with the 'payback' moment when Brian Vickers sent Tony Stewart climbing into the tyre barrier. "Throttle stuck or brakes went out," he said, "That's what I thought ... You got to be traveling at a high rate of speed going backwards to get up on the tires over there and keep it there." Then he added with a laugh: "From what I heard, he had a little help getting there. "

Avoiding trouble on the racetrack is a large part of succeeding in any motor sport, and Carl Edwards revealed that "My spotter [Jason Hedlesky] does a good job of letting me know who is mad at each other."

Not only did Edwards stay out of trouble, but he thrived - turning around a horrendous Friday practice into a third place finish on Sunday that has extended his Cup lead to 25 points over Kevin Harvick. "I think this is a huge weekend for us," he said. A key moment in the turnaround came when Edwards decided to pull out of his scheduled appearance defending his 2010 race win in the Nationwide Series at Road America, which would have meant flying to Wisconsin and missing both Saturday practice sessions.

"We started out terrible. We changed plans right at the end of practice on Friday. We all got together and talked about it. I called the CEO of Fastenal. We decided for me to stay here and practice on Saturday and Billy Johnson would run the Fastenal Mustang up there in Road America. That was the call of the weekend. Ended up giving us two hours of practice. We got to really work on the car, and that's what made this a good day for us.

"I would have much rather gone over and raced over there," Edwards admitted in the joint press conference with Gordon, who was then prompted to get in on the questioning of his fellow driver.

"I have a question for Carl: I want to know what you were thinking when you decided that you were going to fly all the way across the country from California during the middle of the season for that race!"

"I like to race a lot, okay?," laughed Edwards in return. "We had so much fun last there, man. Have you raced there?"

"No!", said Gordon, reaffirming that road courses were just not his sort of thing. "When you left [Infineon to go to Road America] last year, I was like, 'He's crazy!' So I take my hat off to you for doing that."

The two Saturday practice sessions gave the team the team the on-track time they needed to gather critical extra data and refine set-up and strategy. "Bob [Osborne, crew chief for the #99] did a great job with the strategy. Early in the race we were terrible. We were back there mired in the back, all the other terrible race cars - like Jeff Gordon's!" he added, to more laughter from the press conference.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Joey Logano leads the first five laps of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 before giving way to Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin on Sunday at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. [Picture Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images for NASCAR]
Kurt Busch leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 on his way to winning on Sunday at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. [Picture Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images for NASCAR]
Kurt Busch captures the checkered flag for the Toyota Save Mart 350 on June 26, 2011 at Infineon Raceway. [Picture Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR]
Kurt Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on June 26, 2011 [Picture Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR]
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #19 DrawTire Ford, leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, and the rest of the field during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 21, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, races to win Sunday, August 17, 2014 in the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy Johns Chevrolet SS finished second. This was Gordon`s third win of the season. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, celebrates with a burnout after winning the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. This was Gordon`s third win of the season. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
With General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, holds the Michigan Heritage Trophy after winning the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. This was Gordon`s third win of the season. In 2013, MIS began awarding the Michigan Heritage Trophy as a recognition and celebration of the automobile and it`s importance to the race track and the manufacturers competing in NASCAR. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, celebrates with his crew after winning the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. This was Gordon`s third win of the season. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 17, 2014 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 17, 2014 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 17, 2014 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, and Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, lead the field to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 17, 2014 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, races Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 17, 2014 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, captured the pole position Friday, August 15, 2014 for Sunday`s Pure Michigan NASCAR Sprint Cup 400 race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. The was Gordon`s second pole position this season. He set a new track record in the final round of qualifying with a lap of 206.558 mph. Gordon is second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, celebrates capturing the pole position Friday, August 15, 2014 for Sunday`s Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. The was Gordon`s second pole position this season. He set a new track record in the final round of qualifying with a lap of 206.558 mph. Gordon is second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, celebrates with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 15, 2014 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, qualifies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 15, 2014 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

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.