Rick Crawford, the defending Craftsman Truck Series Daytona race winner, was involved in a multi-truck accident during the first of two evening practice sessions, resulting in significance right-side damage and the need for the back-up truck. Crawford spoke about the on-track incident and the impact it will have on his chances to defend his race title tomorrow night.
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150
TALK ABOUT THE BACK-UP TRUCK. "There's not much of a difference. The R&D program put this thing together. Actually, it's had more testing laps on it than that one did. We thought that one was a little better air-wise, but it didn't prove to be that way in qualifying, so maybe this thing here will do better in the race."
WHAT HAPPENED FROM YOUR VANTAGEPOINT? "I hated to see what I saw. There were a couple of them out there that were out of control and they came off of two and the 2 put the 03 in the wall in front of me, and I guess the 2 came back off the wall and got me in the right door. He spun me the length of the back straightaway, but I didn't hit anything but it tore my truck up."
HOW ARE THE TRUCKS HANDLING IN THE DRAFT? "Unless you have somebody like Ray Stonkus (crew chief) working on it, they're pretty vicious. We weren't. Our first time out, the Circle Bar Ford was dancing around out there a little bit, and you really had to stay up on the wheel and stay confident in what you were doing. We came in and Ray made some changes on it and it was driving pretty good. In fact, we went on to the front of that draft, but that's the way it goes."
THERE ARE NUMEROUS TEAMS, EITHER DUE TO ENGINE CHANGES OR GOING TO A BACK UP TRUCK, WHICH WILL BE FORCED TO START AT THE REAR TOMORROW. "One thing about it, I was starting at the back anyway, so I'll be headed to the front."