TODD KLUEVER-50-World Financial Group Ford F-150 (Finished 7th) "We had a really good World Financial Group Ford F-150. We were just off today in the pits unfortunately. My guys are normally really good and I'm not going to hold it against them.
TODD KLUEVER-50-World Financial Group Ford F-150 (Finished 7th)
"We had a really good World Financial Group Ford F-150. We were just off today in the pits unfortunately. My guys are normally really good and I'm not going to hold it against them. We gave up a lot of track position there, though. We did have a really good truck, something that would have been top five for sure, and maybe even fast enough to run with the leaders. I was driving my heart out trying to win for these guys, and they gave me a really good truck, and that's all I can ask for. It's one of the better trucks that I've had all year. It was, all in all, a good day for us, even though we didn't get the finish to show for it. We just needed to keep our track position that we. We started out eighth or ninth, I think, and then we pitted and were 13th or 14th on the restart and worked our way all the way back up to seventh or eight, and then fell back to 10th or 11th again on the next restart. It's unfortunate, but my guys have been really good all year, and I'm not going to hold it against them."
THIS WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO BE A NIGHT RACE. DID THE FACT THAT IT WAS RUN IN MORNING CAUSE ANY ISSUES FOR YOU SETUP-WISE? "With practicing yesterday morning in the clouds, and it wasn't very hot out, it was probably very similar to what it would have been last night. We just kind of stayed with it, and fortunately it turned out we raced the same time we practiced. We were pretty good, just a little free to start, and then Mike Beam made some adjustments and they were really good. The truck really came alive the middle part of the race and it was really good the second half. Unfortunately, we couldn't keep our track position."
MARK MARTIN-33-Stonebridge Life Insurance Ford F-150 (Finished 8th)
"I had a lot of fun running the truck series again. I learned a lot. I knew I had a lot to learn because it's been so long, but that sure did show up there today. We kinda know what we need to work on next year and the next race maybe we'll improve on it. I certainly see where we can improve."
WITH THE CHANGE IN THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEKEND DUE TO WEATHER, WILL FATIGUE BE AN ISSUE FOR YOU? "I don't think so. We've got a bunch of iron men here, and I don't think it will be a problem. I'm used to running 500 miles on Sunday and the truck and Busch races are shorter than that, so I don't see it being an issue."