Fontana, CA (October 28, 2000)- It's over. The 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season has ended with the completion of the Motorola 200 here at California Speedway. The Ford Racing F-150's clearly dominated the series this year, winning the...
Fontana, CA (October 28, 2000)- It's over. The 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season has ended with the completion of the Motorola 200 here at California Speedway. The Ford Racing F-150's clearly dominated the series this year, winning the Manufacturers Championship, Drivers Championship with Greg Biffle, and the Rookie-of-the-Year Championship with Kurt Busch. Roush Racing's "Killer B's" have swept 1-2 in the points championship and Kurt Busch finished up his career in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with a win.
#50 Grainger Ford F-150- (Finished 5th) - "It's really been a great season. I thin that we were looking for more than a top-five here today, but we'll take it. We have really had a tough time in the pits lately. I think that we have probably lost the last three races due to just bad racing luck in the pits. It hasn't been anyone's fault, just bad racing luck. Today we had to just drive straight through the pits because of that yellow flag that came out when we went in. The Grainger Ford really ran good today and the guys really made good stops today, it was just unfortunate that the caution came out when it did."
#02 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Ford F-150-(Finished 32nd)-"I think that we lost a valve spring or something. It felt like the same thing that happened at Texas. Those things happen. These Team ASE guys have really worked hard this year and have always given me a good truck. We have had a great season up until the last three races or so. We'll just look at doing some different things next year and go forward. I think that we really had a good season and really just had a little bit of bad luck here at the end, but overall it was a very successful season and we'll see where the points shake out."
#99 Exide Batteries Ford F-150-(Finished 1st)-"I'm really excited to get this win for the team. The guys were all depending on me to get the $10,000 bonus from Craftsman to help out their Christmas shopping, so they should be happy about that. I really wanted to win this last race and go out with a bang. This also locks up a 1-2 finish for Roush Racing which is a really cool deal too."
#14 Milwaukee Electric Tools Ford F-150-(Finished 12th)- "It was a pretty good run for the Milwaukee Electric Tools Ford F-150. The guys and Ray Stonkus really worked hard to make the truck right. It was really running good there in the middle of the race. We are really looking forward to next year. I think that we are going to have a fantastic season next year."
#46 Acxiom/AbiliTec Ford F-150-(Finished 13th)-"It was a real good run for us. We started 29th and we made some changes just before the race that really improved how the truck felt. I could tell on the first lap that it was going to be a good run for us. It really drove well all day long. We didn't make one change all day long. It was really just a heck of a great run for us."
#49 Roush Racing Ford F-150-(Finished 31st)-"I think that it was a pretty good race for us. It was good to get some experience out there on a superspeedway. I'm really looking forward to getting ready to go racing next season at Daytona for Roush Racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series."
#31 Waterloo.com/Galpin Ford Ford F-150-(Finished 16th)-"It went pretty well considering all of the things that we overcame before we turned one lap on the race track. Our first lap on the track here was our qualifying lap, then we only had fourteen laps on track total before the start of the race. So to be able to run so well was great. Galpin Ford and Waterloo.com came on and helped us out this race, and that was a big help. I came here to get some time on this track and run well for the Brevaks and I think we did all of that, so I'm pretty happy."
What happened on that last lap? "@I think that there was something slick down in turn two and I really got sideways coming out. I was just fortunate enough to have a decent cushion that allowed me to gather it up and maintain my lead. There was something there because there was a wreck in two on the final lap."
Were you looking back at these guys worried about them catching you?
"We came out of the pits on that last stop with the lead thanks to my crew. We made a slight air pressure adjustment to help fight a tight condition and it worked. I have been racing 400-500 miles in a Winston Cup car and when they told me there was only 27 laps to go I couldn't believe it. I just wished that Biffle would have been up there with me."
How were you able to take such a big lead on the restart?
"My gearbox guys have done a phenomenal job all year. They always give me the right combination and it has really made restarts great. I was able to just squeak out there enough to get away from those three guys and let them race each other and it was really the difference."