Media Day Is First Major Test For Cup Drivers
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Thursday was Media Day at Daytona International Speedway. The following are some select Qs and As from the day. Some are listed because the questions are, um, interesting. Some because the answers are, um, interesting.
Readers can figure out which are which.
Q to Carl Edwards of Roush Fenway Racing: You have a good work ethic. Where did you get yours?
Edwards’ A: “I was very fortunate. My family and friends from day one all of us worked together knowing that the only way any of this was going to work out is if we worked as hard as we possibly could and got lucky.”
Q to Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing: Is there more pressure to win the Daytona 500 this year?
Busch’s A : “I think this is now my 10th or 11th Daytona 500 and I don’t think I’ve ever tried to lose it.”
Q to Carl Edwards: What were your first wheels?
Edwards’ A: “The first thing I had on wheels was an old tricycle. We had it for a long time. I got it for Christmas and it had a little bell on it and a horn.”
Q to Busch: How can another driver beat Jimmie Johnson for the championship?
Busch’s A: “Jimmie’s an animal. I don’t know any better way to put it really. It’s just amazing what him and that 48 team has been able to accomplish in this sport. Throughout the whole time of being here, even when he wasn’t winning championships his first four or five seasons, he was still finishing second, third, fifth – no worse than fifth ever. It’s just crazy what they’ve been able to do and they knock championships out like it’s popping M&M’s.”
Q to Clint Bowyer of Michael Waltrip Racing: Do you think Tony Stewart will be as good after being out of the car?
Bowyer’s A: “I hope not.”
Q to Edwards: He (Roush Fenway co-owner John Henry) hasn’t said anything about you guys driving a newspaper truck, has he?
Edwards’ A: “I don’t know anything about that.”
Q to Bowyer: What’s the worst injury you’ve had in the race car?
Bowyer’s A: “Believe it or not I’ve scrambled my marbles a few times. Can you tell?”
Q to Reed Sorenson of Tommy Baldwin Racing: How has your off season been?
Sorenson’s A: “Offseason has been good, got married. So that was probably the most exciting thing I could have done in the offseason.”
Q to Justin Allgaier of HScott Motorsports: Fans can’t get in a race car so can you explain some of the physical things you go through?
Allgaier’s A: “The best way I can explain it is in the middle of summer, turn up the heater in your car and run it wide open.”
Q to Kevin Harvick of Stewart Haas Racing: Would you be any more or less aggressive around (the No. 3 car being driven by Austin Dillon) than any other driver?
Harvick’s A: “I’d wreck my mom if I had to. One hundred percent! If we’re going to win the Daytona 500, it’s going around.”
Q to Edwards: What was (your father’s) life philosophy?
Edwards’ A: “It’s pretty complicated.”
Q to Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Are you a righty or a lefty?
Stenhouse’s A: “I write right-handed, but play all sports left-handed.”
Q to Stenhouse Jr.: Why to you think the Pettys have said what they said (about girlfriend Danica Patrick)?
Stenhouse’s A: “I don’t know. It was funny. Last year we were talking about Richard and Danica – me and her – my name is Richard too – and now you’re talking about Richard and her again, so that’s kind of funny. I don’t know what their problem is, but they have opinions and they like to talk.”
Q to Brian Vickers of Michael Waltrip Racing: Is there one track you favor over others?
Vickers’ A: “I like all of them to be honest with you.
Q to Dale Earnhardt Jr. of Hendrick Motorsports: Would you wreck the 3 for the win?
Earnhardt’s A: “Wreck the 3? That’s a hell of a question.”No Comment