FORD RACING NOTES AND QUOTES
Sam’s Town 300 March 5, 2011
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Qualifying Note: Carl Edwards put Mustang on the pole for the first time with a time of 26.669 and lap speed of 181.824 in qualifying for the Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The pole marks the first for Mustang since becoming the full time NNS car for Ford this season. For Edwards it was his 22nd pole in 214 NNS races, tied for 5th most all-time.
CARL EDWARDS on his pole qualifying run – “That was a great run, we were screaming fast out there. Like I said before, this Mustang deserved to be in victory lane today. It was crazy fast and it looks so cool out there. Putting it on pole for the first time is cool, but it would have been even better to complete it and get it in victory lane.”
TREVOR BAYNE – As Seen on TV HD Vision Aviators Ford (Finished 5th) “It was cool to get a top-five out of that. You take them how you can get them. It is awesome for these guys to get a top-five and we probably didn’t deserve it. We saved gas and put ourselves in that position. We pitted when we needed to and had a good pit strategy. We just went too far from our practice to the end of the race. We adjusted it too much. It was hard to hang on to. I thought I was going to crash about six times. I can’t wait to watch the tape on this one.”
CARL EDWARDS – Roush Clean Tech Ford (Finished 6th) “This Mustang belongs in victory lane. These guys did a really good job. I wondered if those guys were going to stretch it from that stop and they did. I did all I could and my guys did all they could. We made the right decisions on the set up and hindsight is easy to say we should have stopped but if we had gotten a caution at the end we would have won this thing by a mile. That is racing though.”
RICKY STENHOUSE JR. – As Seen on TV Easy Feet Ford (Finished 8th) “It is really disappointing. We had a top three or four car all day long, even when we were really loose there at the beginning and had to hang on to it. We made some good adjustments and might have gone a little too much but I could drive it hard. We just got beat on fuel mileage today.”