Afternoon rain showers in the Dover, Del., area forced the cancellation of today's qualifying activities for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series MBNA Armed Forces 200. The field for tomorrow's event was set by the NASCAR rulebook, and with fewer ...
Afternoon rain showers in the Dover, Del., area forced the cancellation of today's qualifying activities for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series MBNA Armed Forces 200. The field for tomorrow's event was set by the NASCAR rulebook, and with fewer competitors than starting spots, no teams were forced to pack up early.
Rick Crawford, last year's pole winner at Dover International Speedway, will start second in tomorrow's 200-lap race. Heading into this weekend's sixth race of the season, Crawford, who won the season opening event at Daytona, trails first-place Bobby Hamilton by 20 points in the point standings.
RICK CRAWFORD-14-SAC/Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150
YOU ARE SECOND IN THE POINT STANDINGS, SO YOU MUST NOT FEEL TOO BAD ABOUT HAVING QUALIFYING RAINED OUT TODAY. "No, but, actually, I would like to qualify, though. We had a really fast truck, and, like Ted (Musgrave) said earlier, we brought the same truck that we raced here last year. Ray Stonkus, my crew chief, and Allan Vigil engines under the hood, they stepped up. Everything is better than it was last year. I felt like we had something for them in qualifying, but nobody can help the weather and nobody can make it go away, so we'll just see what happens tomorrow."
TALK ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE SESSION TODAY. TALK ABOUT YOUR TRUCK AND WHAT YOU NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL AT DOVER. "I like Dover International Speedway. I'm excited about coming here, but the feel you want, you want that vehicle to make your job a little easier. When you've got somebody like Ray Stonkus setting it up, and this is one of his favorite race tracks and it's always one of my favorite race tracks ever since I started here because it reminds me so much of where I grew up, that I like running here. When you get the feel, balance and performance, it makes it easier."
HOW MUCH DOES EXPERIENCE PLAY A FACTOR AT DOVER? "It does at any race track. The more experience you have, the better you are. Quality experience, let me put it that way. What we have in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is quality experience. I've said it time and time again, before my racing career is over I'd love to run Winston Cup. But, I'm really content in running truck series, one, because of the boss I have and the team I'm driving for, but it seems like to me the guys that raced Cup are coming back to race with me. I'm having a lot of fun driving in the truck series, but I sure would like to race Cup some day."
YOU ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE POINTS RACE. STARTING UP FRONT CAN ONLY MAKE YOUR JOB EASIER WHEN IT COMES TO THE POINT STANDINGS. "That's what you want to do. That's how you accumulate points, you try to lead the race. You try to lead the most laps. You try to win. That's why we came to Dover this weekend. I hope I'm sitting here next to you tomorrow afternoon saying the same thing."