RICK CRAWFORD -- No. 14 Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford F-150 -- (finished 9th, qualified 12th) "Everybody needs to take the Ford challenge and drive one. Drive a F-150 because today proved built Ford tough. Congratulations to Colin...
RICK CRAWFORD -- No. 14 Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford F-150 -- (finished 9th, qualified 12th)
"Everybody needs to take the Ford challenge and drive one. Drive a F-150 because today proved built Ford tough. Congratulations to Colin Braun on his third place finish. That's a good podium finish for a road racer. He did a good job all day. He raced everybody hard. It's a good finish for him, Mike Beam and everybody over there at Con-way. I hate what happened to the 99 [Erik Darnell], I tried to explain it to Erik and it probably wasn't well taken. I was there. I saw it first hand. But it was a good run for the Circle Bar race team. Brendan Gaughan finished sixth in his Ford F-150 in the MAXX Force Diesel by International and another top-10 for the Circle Bar Power Stroke Diesel Ford by International. We went to Pocono and tested this Ford F-150 and thanks to Tony Raines and Cowboy [crew chief Kevin Starland], they did a good job. This is the first time that I've really come and raced a package like that. We've already gone over the truck and had some notes and told Cowboy about what we need to change for Charlotte or somewhere similar to this. We'll be back up there in the top five and win pretty quick."
IN YOUR OPINION, WHY WAS THE RACE SO ROUGH AND FILLED WITH CAUTIONS? "These trucks are a handful. I think NASCAR needs to re-look at their rules of raising the fuel cells. We're implementing ourselves with the team in putting side forces in these trucks. When they raised the fuel cell up they lost rear downforce on these trucks. Rookies are told and a lot of guys out there with any experience are told, 'don't lift.' And when they get beside somebody and they start to get loose, it's just all over. I think we either need to put a false-bottom floor in the fuel cell to give us more downforce or some kind of wicker on the right side or something to get these trucks a little more stability especially when they're running side-by-side."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN -- No. 10 International MAXX Force Diesel Ford F-150 -- (finished 6th, qualified 22nd)
"That was a typical night for anything that surrounds myself and racing. It doesn't matter if it's my team, or the Circle Bar team, we just can't catch a break. I think NASCAR made a bad call on us on pit road. An official called me out of the box and that's why I ended up coming in fourth and going out 25th was because they called me out of the box and I was four feet in and my bumper was hanging over. For this Ford F-150 to come from 29th or wherever we were with Roush Yates horsepower, Bobby Jones is our tuner from Roush Yates. Bobby does a great job on the chassis dyno and building us as much horsepower as we can get. We've got two teams with two great sponsors. Rick Crawford has bragged about Ford forever. I'm having a lot fun with MAXX Force, I'm having a lot of fun with International, and I'm kinda starting to like this Ford gig. I can get used to this. We need to stay up front more often."
THIS IS YOUR BEST FINISH THIS SEASON. "Yes, we've had runs that were this good, but we kept having problems like we had today. All the stuff the guys have done at the shop, cutting the front end off, moving geometry points, all the work that Roush Yates has done getting more torque and more horsepower in the engines, we were able to overcome it and make just a charge through the field. I even had to pass the boss [Crawford]. I hung it out on the outside and passed the boss. I said, 'I'm sorry, man, but that's what you pay me for.'"
ERIK DARNELL -- No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150 -- (finished 28th, qualified 7th)
"I'm fine. Until I really see a replay, I don't know what happened out there. I heard 'inside' and the next thing I know a truck started coming around on me. We we're at the top of the track at that time anyway. By the time I got it corrected, we we're bouncing off the wall. It's pretty unfortunate. Our Northern Tool + Equipment Ford was good today. We were just kind of cruising around; this is a long race. That's kind of unfortunate how things ended the way they did."
JON WOOD -- No. 21 Air Force Ford F-150 -- (finished 26th, started 32nd)
"Since I had a substitute for practice and qualifying, I had to start in the back, being in Talladega and all. We had a really good truck, all things considered. Things were good considering that I hadn't turned a lap in it all weekend. We were passing a bunch of people. Stacy Compton and lost it. As he spun out, I chose to go around on the apron and it was the way he turned the wheel or something and he came down the race track, right where I was at the last second. He just got me in the door. Then our day was over from there. We had just come in and pitted for the first time and John Monsam [crew chief] and I made some changes and we got the truck driving like it needed to."
-credit: ford racing