By Steve Pouliot - 20 February 2012
|Carl Edwards climbs out of his #99|
after his qualifying run
: Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart gave NASCAR fans an historic championship battle last season. Saturday night Stewart has picked up right where he left off, coming home second to Rowdy Busch in the Bud Shootout. Sunday, Carl Edwards nabbed the pole for the Great American Race, as he and teammate Greg Biffle swept the front row for Sunday's Daytona 500. Edwards qualified with a speed of 194.738 miles an hour, the fastest pole sitting speed for the Daytona 500 since 1999.
"This is very special. It's not a driving accomplishment. This is a team accomplishment, this pole. As a driver, any one of the drivers out there that would have gone out at the time I had gone out, would have been driving that 99 car, the Fastenal Fusion, this he would have run the same lap time I did." Edwards said.
He added "This pole and these qualifying sessions at these restrictor plate racetracks, it shows you what the guys are doing at the shop, it shows you the engine capabilities, the engineering, the decisions by guys like Chip and Bob. So this is about the team. Today there's a lot of pride in this for everyone. Just like Jack said. I'm excited to have all the guys back at the shop this week know they sent the best racecars down to Daytona."
Team owner Jack Roush talked about the pole, the win on Sunday, sell on Monday attitude that used to be prevalent in NASCAR. " It was great." Roush said. "We had a sweep that's in the record books for 2004. We had one of Robert Yates' No. 38 car and Greg Biffle's No. 16 car there then. It's great for Ford Motor Company. Ford has been behind my racing and been a great partner for more than 40 years now. Some days, many days, they don't get what they deserve, but today we've rejoiced in the success. I'll be happy to get the phone calls early in the week from people as they go back to work and read the newspapers and figure out what happened. Hopefully they can sell some more Fords on Monday, as well." Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR
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