Busch, Edwards comment on Martinsville
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Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards talk about their Martinsville performances.
By Dominic Aragon
November 2, 2015
Teammates Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards salvaged lead lap finishes after both drivers were involved in a multi-car incident in the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway Sunday.
Busch and Edwards, the remaining two championship-eligible Joe Gibbs Racing drivers, were two of the five drivers who received contact in the lap 171 incident, the race’s eighth caution.
Busch voiced his displeasure during the race.
“Can somebody ask them to (expletive) blow the water down low, please,” he said over the radio after the incident.
Busch ran as low as 28th, but eventually finished inside the top-five.
“I screwed us up early in the race and touched that water down there in turn one and spun out with the 3 car so that was my bad,” said Busch, who finished fifth.
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Kyle Busch races Jeff Gordon and Martin Truex Jr. at Martinsville Speedway Sunday.
“I bent up the front end of the car and it was just never right from there on out, but we persevered and we just made the changes that we needed to make for this car for our conditions that we had.”
Busch’s top-five is his best finish at Martinsville since a fifth place effort at the track in April 2013. Busch has finished fifth or better in three of the last five races.
Busch sits nine points above the Chase cutoff heading into the second race of the Eliminator Round.
“It just gives us a little bit more vote of confidence going into Texas,” he said. “I wouldn’t say it sets us up for a good race, we’ve got to be able to execute and do the right things there and hopefully win that thing.
“There’s going to be a bunch of other guys that want to win there as well too. If we can have a solid day and point our way through this deal then we’ll do that too.”
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Carl Edwards drives in the garage area at Martinsville Speedway.
“We struggled for a lot of the day, but really proud of all these guys,” he said. “…Maybe if we got tires—we were just in no man’s land, we didn’t know whether to get tires or not at the end. Crazy race and really tough to pass.”
Edwards sits fifth in driver standings, seven points behind the Chase cutoff.
“We’re fine,” he said of the points situation. “We’ll just go win at Texas or run well, do what we do and we’ll be fine.”