Homestead: Crawford post race interview

RICK CRAWFORD - No. 14 Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford F-150 (finished 3rd, qualified 23rd) TELL US ABOUT YOUR RUN AND HOW THE RACE UNFOLDED. "It started out a little difficult. We started back there around 20th and even after...

RICK CRAWFORD - No. 14 Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford F-150 (finished 3rd, qualified 23rd)

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RUN AND HOW THE RACE UNFOLDED.

"It started out a little difficult. We started back there around 20th and even after the first pit stop. I think that was the call of the race was to pit 15 laps into the race that extended our fuel mileage to when the next guys pitted on green. Track position was everything. Our Power Stroke Diesel by International to run good and our Roush Yates engine under the hood did its job. It was a great call by Kevin 'Cowboy' Starland [crew chief] on the pit box and a great job by Circle Bar Racing in the pits. It was a fun 2007."

WHAT WERE YOU THINKING IN THE FINAL LAPS? DID YOU THINK YOU HAD A CHANCE?

"I thought he [Kyle Busch] possibly had the race won. For me, the first thing I think of is two trucks behind me and that was Kevin Harvick and we all know how he and Ron Hornaday are on restarts, so that was a concern. So, I had to get a good start. Me and Johnnie [Benson] did get a good start. Johnnie was able to get under the inside of Kyle. In my mind as a racer, it ain't over until the checkered flag falls. So, I didn't think I was out of it until I saw the checkered flag and there was Kyle up in the outside wall and Johnnie winning the race. In any minute, things in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series things can change. Johnnie could have hit Kyle and the 14 truck could have won the race, but it didn't."

-credit: ford racing

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