Ford Racing IRP race notes

JON WOOD-50-Eldon Ford F-150 (Finished 27th) WHAT ENDED UP CUTTING YOUR DAY SHORT? "I'm not too sure, but it could have been the transmission." IT WAS A TOUGH NIGHT FROM THE TIME YOU SPUN. "I don't know what happened. I hate that because...

JON WOOD-50-Eldon Ford F-150 (Finished 27th)

WHAT ENDED UP CUTTING YOUR DAY SHORT?

"I'm not too sure, but it could have been the transmission."

IT WAS A TOUGH NIGHT FROM THE TIME YOU SPUN.

"I don't know what happened. I hate that because we had a pretty good truck and we should that all day. We struggled a little bit right before I got hit. I was tight in the center. I really don't know what caused it, but all in all, I just hate it for everybody. That's a tough deal."

YOU BROUGHT THE TRUCK BEHIND THE WALL COUPLE OF TIMES AFTER THE SPIN.

"It was just one time. That second time we knew we weren't going back out. Something broke in the transmission."

KYLE BUSCH-99-Eldon Ford F-150 (Finished 9th)

YOU HAD AN INTERESTING DAY THAT INCLUDED BRINGING OUT YOUR BACKUP TRUCK, AN EARLY SPIN AND THEN A TOP-10 FINISH IN YOUR FIRST RACE.

"It was great run for the Eldon Ford. I can't thank my guys enough for putting this thing together after the qualifying incident. I can't thank them enough. I know it has to be tough when somebody steps into the truck for the first time and you have to go to the backup. Also, I've got to thank the 50 team for helping us get the truck ready."

HOW HARD WAS IT GETTING IN A TRUCK THAT YOU NEVER TURNED A LAP IN BEFORE TO START THE RACE?

"It wasn't bad. These guys come so prepared and the trucks are exactly the same. Week-in and week-out, they are always good right off the truck. Every truck is the same, so I wasn't scared about anything. I knew we were going to have a good run and that we were going to run up front."

JACK ROUSH DOESN'T MAKE IT TO THAT MANY RACES. WAS THAT ADDED PRESSURE OR INCENTIVE?

"It was pretty nice having Jack being there. His radio went dead so he wasn't over the radio at all. I had a lot of fun with him."

WHAT DID HE SAY AFTER THE QUALIFYING INCIDENT?

"He said, 'Keep your head up. We have another one in the back of the truck, so go for it. You're starting dead last and Kurt's done it before, so let's see what you can do.'"

WERE NERVES EVER A FACTOR?

"Never. We had a great run, and physically, I was always there, and mentally, I was always there. A couple of screw ups with the fence, but anything else and we were fine."

WHAT'S NEXT ON YOUR SCHEDULE?

"I'm taking off tonight to run the Late Models tomorrow back home."

TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Finished 2nd)

IT LOOKED YOU HAD SOMETHING FOR SPRAGUE THREE-QUARTERS OF THE WAY THROUGH THE RACE, BUT YOU NEVER QUITE MADE IT PAST HIM. WHAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE?

"I think we were a little bit better on restarts than him expect for that last one; I think he saved a little bit for the end. The Power Stroke Diesel Ford was awesome. The K Automotive team gave me a great truck. When we unloaded off the truck, we were fast all day long and I have to give credit to this team."

YOU LOOKED TO HAVE THE MOST CONSISTENT TRUCK ALL RACE.

"We really were. We could run the bottom real well. We were on the bottom kicking grass up. We could have had trouble with all the grass we were throwing, but the truck was real awesome. We could run it on the bottom, right in the middle and that's where you need to pass here at IRP and that's one reason why we were so good tonight. We just didn't have enough for that 24 truck. We finished second and that was the highest finish for a Ford this year, so we're happy with that. I thought we had something for Jack at the end, but he's a crafty, old veteran."

NICK WOODWARD-84-Long Brothers Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 11th)

"The truck was a little tight if I got by somebody. The air seemed to tighten the truck up. If I could run down, I could go, but I got loose if I got under somebody. We came in and put left sides on that last time and we gained five spots. The guys did a good job. Dave Blaney and Ward Burton's guys pitted the truck and that was only my second time pitting. We learned a lot pitting. We pitted a bunch of times and that helped. It was just a good night. We missed a couple of wrecks; the spotter did a good job. Robert and Charlie (Long) gave me this opportunity and I appreciate their support. Hopefully this will draw some attention to us for some sponsors or a team owner looking for a rookie."

THIS IS A LIMITED-SCHEDULE TEAM, BUT THEY ALWAYS SEEM TO FIND COMPETENT DRIVERS WHEN THEY RACE.

"I think my South Boston experience helped here. My short-track background really helped tonight in missing those wrecks, but it was good to be with these guys because we came here and had to ready right out of the box. We couldn't come here and change four sets of shocks and nine springs and worked on the truck. We only got 10 laps of practice. I think that would have helped us in qualifying and track position, and it probably would have helped us in the setup of the truck. The motor gave way early today. But, we ran the whole race and got all 200 laps in tonight. We wouldn't have gotten any experience if we put it in the wall on lap 15. It was a good night."

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford F-150 (Finished 6th)

YOU TOOK TWO TIRES ON LAP 123 WHILE THE LEADERS STAYED OUT. DID THAT MAKE THE DIFFERENCE AT THE END AS YOU MADE YOUR CHARGE?

"That was a have-to situation on the tires; we had to fix the truck. The truck got loose, but Ray (Stonkus) knows how to fix it. Stonkus fixed it and the whole Milwaukee Electric Tool team did a great job. Passing here, you have to pass here in the inside and that puts your truck in a bind, but with that Ernie Elliott horsepower we could pass on the inside. We were one of the quickest trucks there at the end, but we ran out of laps. We'll get them next week in Nashville."

YOU SEEMED TO GET PAST GUYS ON THE BOTTOM WITH EASE.

"If you don't practice your truck on the bottom or know what you need to do that, you can't have success. We've raced here a lot. This place reminds me of Birmingham Speedway, which I've raced a lot. You have to go from the top to the bottom sometimes, and then you have to put a little slide job on getting in. You have to complete the pass. If you don't complete the pass, you're going to be back behind them."

-Ford Racing

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