TRAVIS KVAPIL - No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 - (finished 6th, qualified 12th) "It was an okay night. I messed up in qualifying but early on we moved forward a couple of spots. It seemed like fourth to sixth was about as good as we were. The guys on...
TRAVIS KVAPIL - No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 - (finished 6th, qualified 12th)
"It was an okay night. I messed up in qualifying but early on we moved forward a couple of spots. It seemed like fourth to sixth was about as good as we were. The guys on pit road did a great job every week. I'm really proud of the Zaxby's guys; they knock them out. They gave me spots every pit stop. The truck was too free the first two runs and then at the end we got it too tight. We just didn't hit the balance just right. It was a lot of fun. Chad [Norris, crew chief] and the guys gave me trucks that were top-five trucks or capable of winning trucks the last half of the year that I drove. They did a really great job and I'm just really proud of my team."
IT WAS A HARD FOUGHT RACE FOR A LOT OF DRIVERS. "Yeah, it was a typical truck race when you see those guys running three and four wide and two-by-two for the top five or six spots and that's what has made this series so popular. It's a bummer to see Craftsman go, but the series is getting stronger. Congratulations to Johnny. I'm really proud of my Ford guys, hopefully, I'll get to do something with them next year. I'd love to be back racing."
ERIK DARNELL - No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150 - (finished 11th, qualified 6th)
"It was a frustrating night. I guess we didn't keep up with the track as a well as we should have. Our Northern Tool + Equipment Ford was really good in the beginning and then we got tight on the first run. We didn't make a big enough adjustment on the first pit stop so we really went for it on the second pit stop and just got it way too loose. I was just hanging on at that point. I knew it was going to be done to me and the 88 racing for fourth in the points. We made the call to take four tires at the end. It turned out to be the right call. We were able to drive back up through there a little bit and got a decent finish out of it. It wasn't what we were looking for, but we'll take the points finish."
YOU'RE THE TOP FORD DRIVER IN THE SERIES THIS SEASON. "That's good. I wish we were a little bit higher though. I think we were about as good as the 33 and the 23 the second half of the year, we just didn't have the first half of the year that we needed to. It bit us in the end but overall, not bad."
COLIN BRAUN - No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150 - (finished 14th, qualified 2nd)
"It was a good night. We struggled a little bit being free and I think a lot of that is probably my inexperience here at this race track. Those guys did a really great job on pit road and certainly a really good job setting this truck up. We worked on it all night and that last green-white-checkered we decided to come down and take tires. I think it was the right call. We certainly were fast at the end, just that last caution that kind of messed up our whole plan there. It was unfortunate but still a good night for us."
YOU HAVE WON THE RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR TITLE "Yeah, I'm definitely excited. That was the goal when we started the season out. It's good to get that. I'm looking forward to build-up for next year and come back stronger."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN - No. 10 International MAXX Force Diesel Ford F-150 - (finished 18th, qualified 24th)
"It's going to be a long off season for the Circle Bar team. Our bodies don't feel like they're right. They haven't felt like they've been right for a while. Right now, Rick and I are on two different set-ups. He's on coil binds and I'm not. We've got to get that straightened out. Unfortunately with the new testing policy, we can't test. So, I can't learn how to go coil bind until I go to the race track because we don't have the million dollars in engineering. We've got to go piece-by-piece. This body was just wrong tonight and it makes me very mad. Every year I come here good, regardless of the manufacturer. I expect to come here and be good because we have been in all different makes. Bryan Berry and I did not like what we had and it's very upsetting. In the end, Roush Yates, my first year with them, had a great time with them. Bobby Jones, my engine tuner and Denny Chandler were our main guys at Roush Yates all year that take care of the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks. It was fun being in a Roush motor. You can definitely see horsepower. When I'm tight and have to lift and do a huge bobble to get off a corner and I look behind me and I know the guy should be running me over and I go down the front straightaway and still pull away, I know I have good horsepower and I've got to thank them for that. We just have to go back, do our homework and come out strong next year."
KEVEN WOOD - No. 21 Aquasun Motorsports Ford F-150 - (finished 29th, qualified 28th)
"It was an up-and-down night. It wasn't too bad for my first mile-and-a-half. I had fun tonight. We made a mistake there on the last pit stop. I just couldn't drive it. I had something loose; I'm not sure what it was. There was a vibration and I about wrecked coming off of four. I had to pit with 15 laps to go and then a caution came out just after that. You just never know when you can catch a break like that. It didn't feel safe, so I brought it in. I'm proud of my guys on the Aquasun Motorsports Ford F-150. They did a great job this weekend getting the truck ready for me. I can't thank them enough for all their hard work."
RICK CRAWFORD - No. 14 Circle Bar Truck Corral/Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford F-150 (finished 33rd, qualified 17th)
"We've had some adversity to go through over the weekend. Just a little brush with the wall last night in practice but losing Jamie Praytor [family friend] she played an influential part of being my friend, not only helping me get the key to the city in Mobile, Alabama, where I from, but it ain't over until the checkered flag falls. The checkered flag just waived for us but Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International was running great and we had to end our race earlier, especially with an engine problem that we've not encountered in the last few years. Roush Yates has been doing a fine job putting engines under the hood and really like to perform in the Ford Power Stroke Diesel, so we'll be back next year."
-credit: ford racing