RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Qualified 13th) - "The Circle Bar Ford lead all of about two laps here last year and lost some rear-end fluid and burned up a gear with a couple of laps to go. We brought the same truck...
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Qualified 13th) -
"The Circle Bar Ford lead all of about two laps here last year and lost some rear-end fluid and burned up a gear with a couple of laps to go. We brought the same truck back and Fred Wanke and all of the guys on the crew are doing a good job, but it isn't exactly what I'm looking for. Hopefully in Happy Hour we can find it, and if we can find it, it will be up front tomorrow for sure."
IS THE RACING GROOVE GOING TO BE TWO WIDE TOMORROW?
"It's going to be plenty wide, especially when you makes moves. What happens is when a track is brand new, all of the grip is on the bottom side, and naturally you want to be in the fastest, most banked part of the race track, so that's on the bottom and that's the shortest way around the speedway. As the speedway has been here for a few years, the grip sorta slips up like you've seen at Texas. The longer we ran in Texas the wider the race track got and I expect the same here tomorrow."
WILL THE HEAT HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE RACING TOMORROW?
"Not for me. I'm from LA (Lower Alabama) so I like it hot, and I think it's an advantage for me."
JON WOOD-50-Bob Graham for President Ford F-150 (Qualified 3rd) -
HAVE YOU FIGURED SOMETHING OUT THAT THE OTHER FORDS HAVEN'T?
"No, we just have a good team this year. I've said it every week, so I'm done beating a dead horse. The thing is that we broke a motor in practice, so we didn't focus a lot on qualifying. I don't think I could have run a 32.46, but still, we didn't put a lot of focus in that. We just mainly tried to work on race runs because we have to start in the back tomorrow. The biggest thing tomorrow and what we've been working on is how much tape you can run without overheating the motor in this heat. We've got a good truck, but we need to make sure we take care of it."
YOU'VE RUN HERE IN THE WINSTON WEST RACE AND THE PREVIOUS TWO TRUCK RACES. HAS THE RACING GROOVE WIDENED OUT EACH RACE?
"It will probably be two grooves. Historically speaking, it's a two-groove track, not three. You'll never see a third groove here. There's only so much you can do at a track like this and I think we're doing it all; we're getting as much as we can get out of it."
CARL EDWARDS-99-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Qualified 16th) -
"We were extremely loose. We turned our fastest lap of the day in race trim, so we're just going to go back to that and forget qualifying. We really thought that we were going to be pretty good there, and it was just undriveable loose. We're disappointed in that, but we know it's good in race trim."
WITH THE RESOURCES YOU HAVE AT ROUSH RACING, ARE THERE LESS CONCERNS THIS YEAR KNOWING THAT IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM THAT YOU CAN SOLVE IT QUICKER?
"That's a big advantage. When the truck is right and everything is going well, we're fast and that's all you can ask for. All of the ingredients are there, and if we can get everything dialed in right we're really good. It's just frustrating to go that slow. We ran a 33-flat in race trim earlier, so this is a little disappointing. We'll go over to Jon Wood's truck and see what they're doing because we went the wrong way."
TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel/Oil Mate Ford F-150 (Qualified 14th) -
"I can tell you one thing right now, we've had a tough season to date, and I can honestly say that we have one of the best crew chiefs in the business and one of the best teams in the business because they did some magic with this truck. We took a truck that was awful this morning, a truck I would have thrown stones after practice, but that thing drove really, really good for two laps. I'm so much happier now than I was heading into qualifying. We didn't know what we had just now. The crew chief changed both spindles, upper A arms, we changed the shocks and springs and we had no idea what we had. That was, in fact, our first qualifying lap. To get ourselves even closer to the faster trucks is what we needed. We traditionally don't qualify all that well at these big, fast tracks. I think it might be because we make a lot of downforce, but after two laps of qualifying I can tell you that we're going to race well and I'm excited about that."
IS IT A TOTALLY DIFFERENT GAME WHEN THESE TRUCKS GET IN THE DRAFT?
"I wish I could say that it was a Ford issue, but there are some Fords starting up at the front of the pack. That just means that our particular team hasn't done quite its homework on the bigger speedways, but we're working on it. We're just going to keep working at it. We spent two hours of practice just trying to get it to go fast, which we couldn't do. Within the hour change before qualifying they got it going good, so if we could take this package and do it all over again, we may have had a shot at the pole to get some more speed out of it. To know that we have a truck that will drive that well, I'm really excited about it."
WILL THERE BE A LARGE ATTRITION RATE TOMORROW WITH THE HIGH TEMPERATURES?
"I don't think there's enough mileage in the race. Personally, this team, the Power Stroke Diesel team has worked with Oil Mate and Stewart Components. We've reworked the radiator cooling system and oil cooler system, some stuff Rick Ren came up with, so we feel that this is the first weekend that we can optimize the amount of tape on the grille and still have the motor cooling efficiently. That's the big key here. The more tape you can run usually the faster you can go. I think we're going to be able to optimize that and if we can keep the temperature down in the engine compartment and keep the tape on the grille for the downforce, I don't see where the heat makes a difference all day long."