TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Qualified 7th) "The Power Stroke Diesel Ford has been respectable since we unloaded. We were pretty quick yesterday in practice, and that right there was about all we had. We were able to flatfoot...
TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Qualified 7th)
"The Power Stroke Diesel Ford has been respectable since we unloaded. We were pretty quick yesterday in practice, and that right there was about all we had. We were able to flatfoot it all the way around Turns 1 and 2, and chase it through 3 and 4. It's a compromising setup that you'll get here, trying to get the truck to run good on both ends. We hoped to pick up a little bit from practice and we did, and I think that's all we could ask for. We're looking for a respectable top-five qualifying effort, and hopefully we'll get that."
HOW MUCH HAS THE TRACK CHANGED FROM YESTERDAY WITH THE CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS? "The track has definitely slicked up a little bit since yesterday. It's a little bit hotter today, but as I look up right now, there's a lot of cloud cover and we didn't have that. We were out in the hot, slick part of the day, but that's the luck of the draw. That's why you draw for qualifying. Sometimes you get cloud cover and sometimes you don't, and unfortunately, we didn't get any today."
DO YOU EXPECT THE VETERANS IN THE FIELD TO PULL AWAY IN THE OPENING LAPS TOMORROW? "Yesterday's test session was huge for all the teams, especially the rookies. I think that will allow them to be competitive tomorrow. This is still only our second time here in the truck series, so it will help the veterans in the series as well. That was big for us to get some laps in, because while I'm a veteran of the series, I don't have the experience of a Ted Musgrave here. It's key for everyone, and I think you're going to see the guys that have the most laps here, they will definitely run better on race day, but the way we have the Power Stroke Ford running, we should be a contender as well. I don't have near as much experience as the Winston Cup guys do, but we seemed to have figured things out and have a really good package this weekend."
JON WOOD-50-U.S. Navy Racing Ford F-150 (Qualified 8th)
"I kept telling the guys that maybe we had a tenth more, but I didn't want to knock the right side off yet. I held it wide open in 1 and 2, and that was a little scary, not scary for me, but scary for everyone to watch. I did that in qualifying and I think that's what picked us up from practice. It's a good truck, a real good truck."
WHAT HAS ALLOWED YOU TO ADAPT TO THE TRACK SO QUICKLY? "Just learning the place. We unloaded fast. It didn't show on the time sheets that we were fast, but we never did any qualifying stuff until this morning. We ended up seventh on the sheet after this morning's practice and I think we should be right around there for the start of the race."
WAS DAVID PEARSON'S PRESENCE YESTERDAY A BIG HELP? "He was a huge asset, bigger than I could have imagined. He's a smart guy and he knows how to get around this place, and it's good to have his knowledge and to be able to apply it to this truck and this team. He took me out in the pace car for a couple of laps yesterday and that really illustrated the best line around here."
THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME RACING HERE AND IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'LL BE SANDWICHED BETWEEN A GROUP OF VETERANS. "I don't know what to expect. It's good because we just got the U.S. Navy to come on board, and I was kinda dreading coming here. I was thinking how hard this was going to be after we just got the sponsorship and the pressure that that adds. We're looking good so far, and I think we'll be ship shape tomorrow."
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Qualified 12th)
IT LOOKS LIKE THE CLOUD COVER BURNED OFF A FEW TRUCKS TOO EARLY. "You have to make your own luck. As tough as it is in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, you have to make your own luck. You have to run what you can in the heat and you can't ever count on clouds overhead. They weren't there for us today, but one day the clouds will be there for us and we'll capitalize on that."
HOW MUCH IS LAST YEAR'S EXPERIENCE GOING TO HELP YOU THIS WEEKEND? "A bunch. We ran fourth here last year, and we had a good test day yesterday. We have a good truck here, one of my favorite trucks, and I just wanted to get solid into the first. We should be in the top 10 and I think we'll have some heavy hitters starting behind us tomorrow. I feel pretty good about it; we're the quickest we have been since we've been here."
THERE ARE A LOT OF VETERANS STARTING UP FRONT. "I hope they go after it right from the start. I'm going to try to egg them on if I can. There are a lot of egos up front, a lot of veterans that think they're the best at Darlington. We'll let the Lady in Black take care of them, and I'll just take of the 14 truck."
TRENT OWENS-15-Dickies/Dwight Yoakam's Biscuits Ford F-150 (Qualified 15th)
"After missing Daytona last month, I'm breathing a sigh of relief today. You come into these deals with no points and that's just tough. Coming to a place like Darlington and having a decent qualifying run, I think that's going to get us solidly in the show. What a relief this is for this team. It gives the whole team excitement and motivation to do our best."
HAS YOU ENTIRE FOCUS FOR THE PAST TWO DAYS BEEN ON QUALIFYING? "Yeah, because the way the rules are written you can't test ahead of time. The first four races are pretty tense for a new team because you have no points and you have to race your way into the show. That's fair and that's the way it should be, but it's just tough when you know you have to get in on time. You've got to be conservative in a lot of ways, but not too conservative. It makes qualifying pretty nervous and hectic. Our focus is to be a top-10 truck and to win rookie of year, and that's what we have our goals set at."
HOW MUCH HAS THE ADDITION OF BARRY DODSON HELPED THIS TEAM? "He was in Daytona briefly, but he has his show with FOX and he couldn't stay the entire time. Just having him here, and all of his experience at this race track, it's made a huge difference. I attribute this a lot to him and his setup, but also to the hard work of this entire Dickies team"