JON WOOD-50-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 36th) "THIS IS OBVIOUSLY NOT THE WAY YOU WANTED TO END THE SEASON. WHAT HAPPENED? "It's not, and it's frustrating any time you get in an accident. It just seems like Kelly Sutton is always...
JON WOOD-50-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 36th)
"THIS IS OBVIOUSLY NOT THE WAY YOU WANTED TO END THE SEASON. WHAT HAPPENED? "It's not, and it's frustrating any time you get in an accident. It just seems like Kelly Sutton is always looking for a wreck and it's just a shame that today I was in hers. I hate for it for all of these guys. We kind of struggled here the whole weekend. We qualified bad, but we were probably going to have a pretty good truck, and then to wrecked like that that early just shows stupidity on her part."
TERRY COOK-10-Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l Ford F-150 (Finished 25th)
"One quote sums up our season: It's over. The track was good. It was slick early and as the sun went down it kept gaining more and more grip. It wasn't as good as it was last year. Last year it had three grooves, and we didn't get the third groove worked in until real late in the race. It was tough to pass early on and you really had to work your track position. Unfortunately when you've got to pit under green it's hard to make that up. Then coming in for a window net dropping, that just sums up our season."
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 12th)
"We thought we had a tire equalize or a wheel coming off there midway through the race when we were leading, and I thought it would be a lot wiser just to back off and run till the caution. We got to the caution and took the wheels off and there was nothing wrong. It was a little bit frustrating there. We must have had a funny wheel hop or a wheel weight fell off. Then we went back out and it was too free on the throttle. I ended up trying to pass some people on the outside and hit the fence; it barely touched it. Then we broke a header, the header came off the head and it just wouldn't run quite right."
DID THE RACING GROOVE GET WIDER AS THE RACE PROGRESSED, AND WILL IT GET WIDER BEFORE THE CUP RACE ON SUNDAY? "It was fun. It was wide. It will be great racing tomorrow and Sunday. You can run anywhere and I look forward to the Cup race because you'll be able to run anywhere."
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Craftsman Ford F-150 (Finished 28th)
WAS THERE ANY INDICATION THE MOTOR WAS ABOUT OT EXPIRE? "It was actually running pretty good, top 10, and we moved up and the truck at times was really hauling the mail. The F-Series pickup picked up a small vibration in it and I thought it just ran out of fuel. It coughed on me and I realized we were down on power and we dropped a cylinder. We pitted for tires and adjustments and tried to let the motor guys look at the engine and I guess it was something internal."
GREG BIFFLE-44-Newspapers In Education Ford F-150 (Finished 8th)
"I was probably a little too aggressive on the front shocks. I was just trying to pull the nose down too much, but it's been a long time since I've been back and I don't know what these trucks like, and, obviously, I just had a little bit too much shock on it."
WAS THE SETTING SUN AN ISSUE ON THE FRONTSTRETCH? "It was a problem, and we're going to have to deal with it the rest of the weekend."
HOW MANY RACING GROOVES WERE THERE TODAY? "It was a good two, two-and-a-half grooves, but these trucks you can't race side by side at all."