RICK CRAWFORD -14-Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford F-150 (Finished 2nd) YOU QUALIFIED SECOND AND FINISHED SECOND. TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN. "I didn't pass a truck. It was a great run by the Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford race team. Kevin Starland, what...
RICK CRAWFORD -14-Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford F-150 (Finished 2nd)
YOU QUALIFIED SECOND AND FINISHED SECOND. TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN.
"I didn't pass a truck. It was a great run by the Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford race team. Kevin Starland, what he's calling in the pits, putting fresh tires on there with a long distance to go. If you notice, the track was really not dominant to new tires because the guys that started back in the back - 15th or further back to come in that last stop - couldn't get it done. Usually I'm on the end of that deal, but Kevin did a good job in the pits today. I'll tell you, the Roush-Yates engines under the hood, you've (Ambrose) got one, Terry Cook's got one, and those babies were bad today. I really appreciate that. But, my guys in the pits, great job, but I just hate finishing second. I'm a competitor and this will eat at me until Kentucky."
WHY WAS TURN FOUR A PROBLEM TODAY?
"I watched one of the wrecks in turn four today. I was with Bob Uecker on the front row for that one. One of the guys ran off on the apron and just lost control and hit the guy beside him. If you notice, turn four is sort of like Kentucky's turn four. You go in without any banking and then the banking comes up to you as you exit the corner, so guys are running 180, 190 mph down the back straightaway with no banking to start with. That's initially where the problem starts."
YOU'VE RUN WELL THIS YEAR.
"My payroll is one up. I'm being very serious. Tom Mitchell with Circle Bar Truck Corral, our owner, used to be in Indy Car racing back in the early 80s and has been with me for 15 years. It's quite an honor. He gives us all the avenues and equipment and everything we need to run good. We've really never had all of the people in place and it's hard to get good people to stay with you in nowadays racing. As demanding as Cup is, they're hiring the good people away from you. Right now, we have 22-24 people on a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team, and I can tell you right now that everyone has a specified job and we have a bunch of specialists and engineers. We have a Ford engineer, Robert Brooks, that's with us each and every week going over strategy with Cowboy (Kevin Starland). I even offered to take his computer for a ride around the track. I tell him that that's not necessarily what I'm feeling, and let's see if the computer can feel what I'm feeling. But anyway, I'm just explaining that the strength of our team is building and built around good people, and that's the reason we're running better right now. But, we have great equipment, too."
TALK ABOUT THE DECISION TO TAKE YOUR LAST SET OF TIRES EARLY.
"We had taken our allotment of tires and we knew we were inside our fuel window, and Cowboy watched how many truck pitted or stayed out on the race track that last stop, and I think Skinner came out first and he was 15th on the grid with a little over 20 laps to go. That's a little hard to overcome, so that was our strategy there. It worked out, finally. Finally I'm sitting here because things work out for me."