Kansas: Rick Crawford press conference

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 3rd) YOU FINISHED THIRD TODAY WITH A STRONG LATE-RACE CHARGE. "I looked more in the mirror than I did ahead of me. We got Matt (Crafton). He got himself out of shape and we...

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 3rd)

YOU FINISHED THIRD TODAY WITH A STRONG LATE-RACE CHARGE.

"I looked more in the mirror than I did ahead of me. We got Matt (Crafton). He got himself out of shape and we were able to capitalize on that. Bobby (Hamilton) was really strong; he had the strongest truck today. He went around with ease, and we were able to kept he Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford in third place."

DID THE LACK OF PRACTICE CONTRIBUTE TO THE CRAZINESS TODAY?

"Probably with our team, if you were to ask me how we would have done after practice, our chances weren't that great. The first 30 laps they weren't that great either. Craig Huartson and the whole Circle Bar race team did a super job setting that truck up during the race, working with me and taking feedback. I was saying what it was doing because from the pit box, sometimes you don't get a chance to see what's going on in the corners. I was giving him some feedback and they were able to fix it where I could drive it and use a lot more throttle and that enabled us to be faster."

"That's the key. I learned a long time ago that in order to finish first you must first finish. Racing as long as I have and the background I have in racing and trying to bring the piece home and trying to run for the championship at the same time, sometimes it doesn't pay to race at lap 40 or pay to race at lap 100. You've got to race at the end and have something left. That's my normal way of racing, but I like to lead ever lap."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Rick Crawford