CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 10th) PIT STOPS SEEMED TO BE THE KEY FOR YOU TONIGHT. "They were huge. My guys did an awesome job tonight. If everybody else had our truck I think we would have won this race. We had it dialed...
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 10th)
PIT STOPS SEEMED TO BE THE KEY FOR YOU TONIGHT. "They were huge. My guys did an awesome job tonight. If everybody else had our truck I think we would have won this race. We had it dialed in as well as we could. We just didn't have the total package. I think we had our truck dialed in as well as we could. There was a point there before that last pit stop where I was running around and it could not have been any more balanced. I don't know what we could do other than go back and do some homework to try to make a little more downforce and still keep the straightaway speed."
WERE THE TRACK CONDITIONS ANY DIFFERENT THAN YOU PLANNED? "They were the same as the Cup race. It was really neat and I think it helped me a little bit. We just didn't have a dominant truck. I think we really had a 10th-place truck and I'm just happy that we ended up finishing that well. If they wouldn't have had that pit stop and got me to third we would had been way back there; we weren't going to pass anybody."
HOW ARE YOU FEELING MIDWAY THROUGH YOUR CUP-TRUCK WEEKEND? "I feel great. That's one thing about the Cup racing, it sure makes these races seem short. That's a very different feeling from the first time I ran a truck. It feels like a Sprint race."
BRANDON WHITT-38-Cure Autism Now/Werner Ladder Ford F-150 (Finished 35th)
YOU LOST AN ENGINE EARLY IN THE RACE. WAS THERE ANY INDICATION AT THE START OF THE RACE THAT THERE WAS A PROBLEM? "No, everything seemed fine, but that didn't last long. We had passed a couple of people and then all of a sudden, boom, she let go. It's a shame. We really thought this could be a good night for us."
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 12th)
THIS RACE WAS NOT TOO SIMILAR TO THE RACE HELD AT MICHIGAN, A SISTER TRACK TO CALIFORNIA. "Michigan is a little more of a handling track than California. California gives you a variety in power. But, I think you saw Circle Bar come back tonight. We ran some in the top five and ran better on the long runs. The Built Ford Tough 2004 F-Series pickup is running better and we're learning. My crew is gaining on it; we didn't waste any time in the pits tonight. My hat's off to my guys. Tonight was in memory of Shane Folmar, who lost his life in Baghdad last week. We send our wishes and prayers back to Sonora, Texas. I just think the F-Series pickup is coming back. We're taking a nice piece to Texas in a couple of weeks and I think we're getting a handle back on it. We only had one bad session, although it was the last session, but the first two sessions we ran up front."
DID RACING AT NIGHT THROW ANY CURVES AT YOU? "No, we had a good setup on the truck for a change when we first started the race. We didn't have to work on it and made minor adjustments on it only. That's why I say we're getting a handle on it."
JON WOOD-50-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 13th)
"I had an awesome truck tonight, but I think we're having engine trouble right now. If it weren't for that, there was nobody I couldn't pass in the turns, but there was nobody I could run with down the straightaways. That made it kind of frustrating, but overall, that's an improvement for us. We always struggle at these places, so maybe we're making some improvements to the chassis." HOW WERE THE TRACK CONDITIONS RACING HERE AT NIGHT? "On long runs, the track seemed to loosen up a lot. We compensated for that, and in my opinion, we had great pit stops. It just wasn't our night with the motor deal."
DID YOU GUESS RIGHT ON THE SETUP TONIGHT? "With having Happy Hour last night like we did we pretty much hit it right on the spot."
TERRY COOK-10-Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l Ford F-150 (Finished 19th)
"None of the Fords were stellar at all today. We were all grouped back there pretty much the whole weekend. Other than Carl, who got in a decent qualifying lap, all the way through practice, Happy Hour and the race, we were all grouped back there in the teens. I don't know. It's tough to swallow. All of us ran extremely well at Michigan and thought we would come here and run well again. We definitely didn't have the handling right on the Power Stroke Diesel Ford tonight, but I'm not sure. The motor didn't seem to be as peppy tonight, and I'm not sure if we had an exhaust problem or what. The motor had a different pitch to it, a different sound to it all night long. We'll take it back to the shop and look at it. NASCAR definitely needs to look at giving us some help. We are at a motor disadvantage of dynamic proportions. If they don't see that there's a problem, I 'll help them; I'll get them some glasses. It is bad and I've never ever seen in my life one manufacturer have a motor that was so far superior to everybody else's. All we ask for is an even playing field. We don't ask for anything better than anybody, but we're going to have to work hard to make sure the next race we go to that we're on an even playing field. We cannot wait until next year. We can't wait till four races from now. We need help at the next race, and I don't know exactly what that help is or how we get it, but we need something."