Edwards Sweeps NASCAR Weekend With Sprint Cup Series Win At Atlanta Motor Speedway
Carl Edwards captured his 14th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win and seventh of the season with today's win at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Today's win is the third NASCAR Sprint Cup victory at AMS for Edwards. The last time a Ford driver won at least seven NASCAR Sprint Cup races in a season was 1998 when Mark Martin won seven times. This is the second time Edwards has swept a Busch and Cup weekend this season, doing it last in August at Michigan. Ford has now won 590 all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Today's win is the ninth of the season for Ford.
CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion – VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW - TALK ABOUT RETAKING THE LEAD? "First of all, I've got to thank Office Depot, Aflac, Ford, Sprint and also these fans for coming out here. Man, the second-to-last restart, Denny spun his tires and I spun mine a little bit and then he spun them again and I pushed him bumper and then he spun them again and he went to the inside. I thought inside, ‘Man, here's my chance to get to the outside,' I really didn't think he was gonna spin them that second time. I thought I was gonna bump him and he was gonna keep on going and I figured I'd follow him for a while, but it just worked out great. I can't thank my guys enough. I went to the Aflac Cancer Hospital and met this kid, Dalton. He gave me this necklace. It's his courage necklace. He was a really cool kid and this is really awesome. He said this would bring me luck, so it was an awesome weekend for us. I can't believe how great this weekend is." YOU SAW WHO FINISHED SECOND, THE 48. "Are you kidding me? Man, you've rained on my parade all day. I could have done without that one. Jimmie is an awesome competitor. I mean, Chad and Rick and all those guys came down to congratulate me, but that's unbelievable. He does a great job. I've got to thank the engine department and the guys who build these race cars. Jack Roush for giving me this opportunity. This whole weekend, it's just unbelievable I get to do this. It's very awesome." THREE MORE CHANCES. "Yeah, three more good tracks for us. Man, Jimmie is magic. We've got to go win those next three and hope for the best."
GREG BIFFLE – No. 16 Dish Network Turbo HD Ford Fusion (Finished 10th) – "I don't know why, but the car obviously was not right. We were awful in practice and just never got a handle on it. We tried some different things on it in the race. We tried a whole grocery list of stuff on it today, but we just couldn't get it to go. That's all we could do. We were way too tight at the end. I think I could have got about four more spots, but it was just unfortunate. We worked hard today and that's all we could do." WAS IT REAL SLIPPERY OUT THERE? "Yeah, it just seemed like there wasn't a lot of grip and I couldn't get my car to get a hold of the track. It would do about four things in the same corner – just real, real loose and then it would get tight and then I'd go to the gas and get loose, and then on late exit it would push again. It was just on top of the track all day. We just need to do our homework better and just be better." IT'S ONE RACE YOU THOUGHT YOU COULD GAIN POINTS ON THE 48. "I mean, we don't even care about that. We're just running as good as we can and whatever happens happens. I'm tired of people asking me how we're gonna catch him. We're just gonna race as hard as we can every week. We've got three more chances and then we're gonna start over next year."
DAVID RAGAN – No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 8th) – "It was a solid day. We certainly didn't start out great. Jimmy and the AAA team made good calls throughout the race and made solid improvements on our car. A top-10 is good. I think if we could have been on equal tires and got the car a little bit better at the end, we might have been a little bit better, but we're certainly happy. That's a good finish here and now we'll move on to Phoenix."
MATT KENSETH – No. 17 USG/DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 4th) – "We were good all day, it's just that in this day and age of racing with these cars and stuff we've got going on, you can take a pretty good car and put it in the front and think you've got the best car in the world, and then you put it in second and you've got a pretty average top-five or top-10 car. It's just really frustrating. We had a good car. I had good stops. Denny beat us out of the pits and once he did that, we just couldn't get back by him. We were just so much slower behind another car and then I got beat on that restart by Carl. He laid back a little bit and got an excellent restart and got by me and then we were pretty much done."
TRAVIS KVAPIL – No. 28 Hitachi Power Tools Ford Fusion (Finished 23rd) – "Overall it was just an average day. The second half of the race our car was pretty decent, it just took us two or three pit stops to get it there. I'm kind of disappointed we didn't start the race with a little more speed and starting by points we were back there a little bit, so we were kind of handicapped by that, but the guys just did a great job working on it and making the right adjustments. At the midpoint of the race it was pretty respectable with pretty decent lap times, but by that time we were already a lap or two down and so we were kind of just riding it out."