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Six Pack of Pop: Edwards beams with fatherly pride

May 10, 2011, Joe Menzer,

Edwards beaming over birth of second child, spot as Cup Series points leader

Carl Edwards, who finished second in last Saturday's Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, offers up six points of view.

1. How is it going after the birth of your second child?

"Having the points lead is nice, too. I think it builds a lot of confidence within the team."


Edwards: It's going great. [Wife] Kate is an amazing woman. We had a healthy young boy. His name is Michael Edwards and he's doing great. ... Annie is really excited about her little brother. I don't think she quite understands what is going on, but we're all doing really well, so it's good.

2. Someone asked the other day if your son has taken on your personality, but it's a little early to determine that, isn't it?

Edwards: I don't know him well enough yet. He's only been around a couple of days. But he's healthy and that's the biggest thing. That [birth was] one of the most stressful things that I hope I ever have to go through.

3. You've been at Roush Fenway Racing your entire Cup career, now in its eighth year, but your contract is scheduled to expire at the end of this season. Is there any update on your contract status for next year?

Edwards: I don't have any timetable, and, like I said at the beginning of the year, I don't really like to talk about that stuff in the media. I've been fortunate to be able to take care of it behind closed doors, but it's all going well. We're just working on it.

4. After this season's first 10 Cup races, you're leading the point standings and have one win. Would you rather be where you are as points leader right now or have more wins and be able to take some chances with setups, as guys like Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch have said they prefer?

Edwards: I'd rather be where I'm at now. The wins are very important, though. I think just the fact that we have one win is great; two would be better. ... It's kind of interesting all the curves that go with that stuff. I think if you can have two wins, I believe you'll be in the Chase [as wild card if not on points], so that's a relief, I'm sure, for those guys. But having the points lead is nice, too. I think it builds a lot of confidence within the team. This is the longest we've led the points. We've been able to hang onto the points lead for quite a while now, so I'm enjoying it.

5. What's it like to be a NASCAR driver away from the track?

Edwards: We run all over the place. There's always something going on. I've been running the Nationwide Series full time. I think this is the seventh year running both series full time, so, for me, days [at the track]are really busy. You're in the car it feels like for 12 or 15 hours -- from 8:30 in the morning until whenever we finish the race at night, so those days are really busy.

The one thing that I've noticed since I've been doing this is my off days are like Monday and Tuesday, so I end up having days off when nobody else does, so that's kind of odd. But we work on the weekends essentially -- and the guys in the shop are the ones who really work the hardest, the guys who work in the shop all week and then travel. There's more than what you see on television, I guess, is the best way to put it. There's a lot of work that goes into this and it seems like the more you work, the better you go, so nobody lets up.

6. How and when did you find out what was acceptable to say on the team radio to your crew?

Edwards: I think everybody is different and everybody expresses their frustration in different ways. In the heat of the moment, at least for me, it's easy to say things that you sometimes go, 'Man, I shouldn't have said that.' But I think that's just part of the sport and I don't know if that will ever change. I think at the end of the day caring enough to be upset about something is part of competition.

I think we all do it differently. Just like all of us do, there are people who deal with things in different ways, so I don't think it's the same scale for every person. I know just within my team there are guys that can say certain things to me and we can interact in a certain way that I couldn't interact with another guy, so you just have to kind of measure that stuff based on who you're dealing with.