Ford Racing Kentucky qualifying notes

TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Qualified 12th) "We kind of peaked out right there. We're still fighting the chassis a little bit. We have a good motor under the hood and the truck is driving 100 percent better than it did at ...

TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Qualified 12th)

"We kind of peaked out right there. We're still fighting the chassis a little bit. We have a good motor under the hood and the truck is driving 100 percent better than it did at Kansas. This is our favorite truck. We brought a different truck to Kentucky than we had at Kansas. Overall, I'm pleased with the combination we have under the truck, we're just a lacking a little bit of raw speed. I think the truck drives real well, and we'll find out more in Happy Hour when we're around other trucks. We have a couple more changes to make to find a little more speed. We have a direction we need to go in, and we ran out of time in practice, but I'm confident that we'll get the Power Stroke Diesel Ford up front come race time."

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT CARRIED OVER FROM KANSAS LAST WEEKEND THAT YOU'VE BEEN ABLE TO USE HERE?

"Not really. This track is completely different from Kansas. It drives differently, it's shaped differently, you enter the corners differently and it's rougher than a cob. I don't know what happened to the track over the winter, but the freezing and thawing must have upset it a little bit. We're working on our shock package. It's a lot more important this year than it was last year. The guy that's going to find the right shock package to get over the bumps is going to be the guy up front."

WE'RE BACK TO THE OLD CARBURETORS, BUT WE'RE BACK TO ANOTHER 1.5-MILE TRACK?

"I like the fact that we're back to the old carburetor. I don't like the 390 carburetors, I don't like the 390 carburetors with the air hoses, I just do not like the 390-carburetor package. I think it's going to take away good racing from the truck series. The truck series has always been about side-by side, good, hard racing. Anytime that we've had the 390 under the hood, it's been a runaway race. We haven't seen much side-by-side racing. Nothing against the Busch Series, but it kinda looks like a Busch race; you don't see much side-by-side racing. I just do not see why the trucks need to run a 390 carburetor."

NATHAN HASELEU-99-Eldon Ford F-150 (Qualified 15th)

"That's about two-and-a-half tenths off of what we ran in practice. We were going to make an adjustment on the left-rear tire pressure and then they decided not to, and looking back on it, I wish we would have. I don't know if the track tightened up or what, but that's the tightest that the truck has been all day. We did three practice qualifiers and they were all pretty good. We didn't change anything before qualifying, so I'm guessing the track tightened up on us. It's too bad because the Eldon Ford was better than that today. Hopefully we get a decent starting position, something in the top 15, and we'll see what we can do in the race. The guys are working hard on it and we don't want to waste the positive momentum that we gained last week. We're just looking to improve on last week's performance, and we still have time to get the truck dialed in."

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU LEARNED IN KANSAS LAST WEEK THAT YOU CAN APPLY HERE?

"Well, as far as the setup, we brought some of the same stuff, we just tweaked on it a little bit. As a driver, just the speeds, the configuration is similar but it's a lot bumpier. Just being on fast tracks week-in and week-out helps. I think that's one of the stronger parts that we have going this season. Last weekend, we were 10th and Jon was fourth, so were just hoping to keep both trucks running in the top 10."

JON WOOD-50-Eldon Ford F-150 (Qualified 6th)

YOU LOOK LIKE YOU'RE GETTING MORE COMFORTABLE IN THE TRUCK EVERY WEEK.

"Well, we're not going to be fifth in qualifying like we were last week. We were at a little more of a disadvantage this week than we were last week. We didn't get as much practice time. Me being a rookie, it makes it a littler tougher to adapt to a place like this so fast. Each week I'm learning something new on a different track. This week, it's bumps. Memphis was a lesson on small tracks, trucks, tires and everything. I think we can now narrow it down to more specific stuff. We're getting there, definitely."

THIS IS THE SAME TRUCK YOU RACED LAST WEEK AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY. IS THAT REASSURING?

"Yeah, it's just getting more comfortable all around. The guys are getting more faith in me. I think that they understand that I'm capable of driving OK. I have 100-percent confidence in the crew chief. The team manger, Max Jones, has been patient. They've really worked with me a lot and it's starting to pay off."

IS THIS TRACK SIMILAR TO KANSAS?

"It's like Kansas City in the fact that it's a mile-and-a-half. I thought it was like Kansas City when I came here, but now it's like comparing apples and oranges. Now that I'm running on more big tracks, I'm starting to see differences in each track where before they seemed similar because I hadn't been to many."

YOU'RE RUNNING A BIGGER CARBURETOR THIS WEEKEND.

"I can feel the difference; it feels a lot better. There's more throttle response and you really don't have to the dog the trucks like you did at Kansas City. It's a little more comfortable in the truck because you can run the pace you want to and rely more on your horsepower. I think the Fords are still at a disadvantage in relation to the Dodges because with the 390s, it's more like the Ford Busch motor. I really can't complain about our engines because I have Jack Roush engines. They're top-notch Ford motors."

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford F-150 (Qualified 13th)

"We're finding the happy spot with this truck. By that, I mean we're changing gears in the Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford and we're changing some engine tuning on it that best suits the truck. I think right now we're trying to find where the truck is happy. If the truck is happy, the crew chief is happy, the driver is happy and the sponsor should be happy."

WILL THERE BE ANYTHING THAT YOU CAN USE FROM THIS AFTERNOON'S PRACTICE IN YOUR RACER SETUP?

"Anytime you practice, it doesn't matter the time of day, there are things that you can apply to the truck. If you have a good crew chief and you've been here before, you know what to expect at night. Anytime you have practice, you can base your setup or the reaction of your truck based on what happened in the day. It just takes some tweaking and some intelligent guesses to get it right at night."

WHAT ABOUT HE CHANGE IN CARBURETORS THIS WEEK? DOES IT AFFECT THE HANDLING?

"Yeah, it changes the trucks, the motor builder and everything. I don't understand it, but I'm not NASCAR."

-Ford Racing

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