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Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion, topped the speed chart in the final practice before Sunday’s Daytona 500.  Edwards spoke about his hopes for the race, along with his biggest concern.

CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion – “The car is pretty good.  The speeds don’t really mean too much because it’s just about luck and where you end up in the pack, but the way the car is handling is really good.  We could actually get out there and lead a little bit.  It’s gonna be a fun race.  I’m really excited.”  YOU’VE TALKED ABOUT WANTING A SLICK TRACK.  DO YOU FEEL YOU’RE SET UP FOR THAT CONDITION?  “Oh yeah.  We’re gonna be great if it’s nice and slick.  If the tires are an issue, I think that’s gonna play into our hands.  I think Bob and the guys have really done a good job of getting the car to handle really well.”  WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST CONCERN TOMORROW?  “The biggest concern is just being caught up in something, whether it’s tire related or making a mistake out there.  That’s the biggest concern is getting to the end of the race.  If we’re there at the end on the last lap, and we’re running in the top 10, we’re gonna have a really good shot at it.”

            David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion, finished fifth in last year’s Daytona 500 and was among the fastest in practice today at Daytona International Speedway.  Ragan spoke about trying to improve on last year’s finish.

DAVID RAGAN – No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion – “I’m very happy.  Our AAA Ford Fusion feels like it has some good speed.  It drives good and now I just have to get some help out there.  Hopefully, if everyone sees we have a pretty good handling car, we’ll be able to have some help.  We’ve been down here long enough that I think we’ve had plenty of opportunities to work on our car to make it better and I’m real happy.”  ARE YOU CONFIDENT ENOUGH IN YOUR CAR TO THINK YOU CAN WIN TOMORROW?  “Yeah.  There are probably 15 other guys that think they can win the race, too, and so much can happen in 500 miles.  The biggest thing for us to remember is we just have to get there at the end.  We can’t think about winning the race on lap five, we’ve got to go from pit stop to pit stop and have good stops.  I think we can work on our car and make it a little better throughout the day, but like we did last year, we were a non-factor until 20 laps to go in the race.  That’s kind of what we have to do now, just make sure we don’t make any mistakes and just be around at the end.  If we do that, then I think we’ll have a shot to win.  But we won’t think about winning the race until about 20 to go.”

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