Note: Rick Crawford, driver of the No. 14 Ford, was involved in an incident on the race track during this afternoon's qualifying session for the Built Ford Tough 225. Crawford, who had made 210 consecutive Craftsman Truck Series starts, was...
Note: Rick Crawford, driver of the No. 14 Ford, was involved in an incident on the race track during this afternoon's qualifying session for the Built Ford Tough 225. Crawford, who had made 210 consecutive Craftsman Truck Series starts, was awake and alert following the turn-two incident, but was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. Boris Said, who was scheduled to be part of the Speed Channel broadcast, piloted the No. 14 Circle Bar Truck Corral F-150 in tonight's race.
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford F-150
YOU RETURNED TO THE TRACK FOLLOWING A BRIEF TRIP TO THE HOSPITAL TONIGHT. WHAT HAPPENED IN QUALIFYING THIS AFTERNOON? "The whole Circle Bar race team gave me a total package to run tonight and we were trying to get it done for the Built Ford Tough 225. I was on the edge for qualifying, where you need to be to have a great lap, and like Kevin Starland (crew chief) said, 'If we would have made it through one and two we would have had a great lap.' But, I kept it off the outside wall and the truck bit and ran across the race track and I ran out of room on the inside. I messed it up pretty good, and NASCAR procedures now needed me to go to the hospital and get a scan, and I did and it showed negative, but there was not enough time to get back in the truck."
HOW DO YOU FEEL MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY? "I'm disappointed for my race team. The guys worked real hard to get us back in the points picture and to put good pieces on the race track. I feel like I let them down because I should have been able to hold on to it because it was a really good piece and I was trying to better what we practiced. Like I said, I laid down a good lap, and we had a good truck to do that with, but it didn't make it. That's how I feel mentally, but physically I'm OK and I survived. Thank goodness NASCAR has all of the safety rules and regulations and everything that they put in these vehicles to be able to take a hit like that, and I'll race again."
BORIS SAID-14-Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford F-150 (Finished 35th)
WHAT HAPPENED? "I really don't know what happened. It felt like something just broke; it just snapped sideways. I hate it for the circumstances that this happened. I'm glad that Rick Crawford is all right and I just want to thank everyone at Circle Bar, especially Tom Mitchell back in Texas watching. I'm fine, just feelings are hurt. I don't know if I caused that or something broke in the truck, but I just feel really bad. It was riot out there while it lasted, though."
HOW DID THE OPPORTUNITY TO DRIVE THE NO. 14 COME TOGETHER? "Rick Crawford got hurt and I was up in the TV booth getting ready for the show and they called and asked if I could do it. I didn't have anything with me, I just fit into all of his stuff. I just have to thank Tom Mitchell and Rick Crawford, and I feel bad for him because he seemed fine. It's just too bad."
TODD KLUEVER-50-World Financial Group Ford F-150 (Finished 12th)
"The World Financial Group truck was pretty decent at the beginning, it was just a little too free. We came in and tightened it up a little bit, but it wasn't quite enough, so we went a little bit more and we just got the thing out of balance after that. We weren't up to what the thing had run all weekend there the last run. I don't know what happened with that green-white-checkered thing. It felt like a tire was going flat, but obviously it didn't."
THERE WAS A LOT OF TRACK CLEANUP TONIGHT WITH ALL OF THE CAUTION FLAGS. HOW CLOSE WERE YOU TO THE ACTION? "We had one close call on the backstretch when the 12 tuck spun. That was pretty close, but most of the other stuff was behind us."
TERRY COOK-10-Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l Ford F-150 (Finished 25th)
"The Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l truck was awesome tonight. It was good and I drove it like I stole all night long. I ran every lap like it was a qualifying lap. We had a good truck, but we struggled when we first got here in practice and we struggled a little bit this morning in practice, but right at the end of practice we got on some stuff that livened that truck up. We talked about some changes and made good calls all night long in the pits. The pit stops were good. Everything was just working the way it was supposed to. I was aggressive on the track and got the lead back every time I would lose. With about 10 to go it started to tighten up a little bit, but I never thought the tire was going down. Probably two or three laps before it finally blew, it really got tight and it was just sliding around out there. But, I was looking in the mirror and the 46 was coming for the race win, so I kept digging, but it finally blew off in two."
WAS THE BLOWN TIRE A RESULT OF CONTACT WITH THE NO. 9 TRUCK? "I don't think we ever hit with Shige down there. With Shige, I don't know what to say. My mom always said if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all, so I'm not going to maker any comment on that. We drove down underneath Shige and it was like his spotter didn't clear us or what, I'm not sure, and we danced all the way to the fence. Fortunately Kentucky is so wide that it's very forgiving. It never should have happened, but nevertheless, I don't think that's what caused it. It may have, but I don't think we made any contact."
YOU DIDN'T COME AWAY WITH THE WIN TONIGHT, BUT CAN YOU WALK OUT OF HERE WITH YOUR HEAD HELD HIGH? "We definitely can. We ran extremely good tonight. It's the closest we've been to a win, even though we didn't finish second, third or fourth. We came up a little short, but we'll take something from it and apply it to the tracks later in the year."
RICKY CRAVEN-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 13th)
AT ONE POINT TONIGHT YOU MADE WHOLESALE CHANGES IN THE PITS. "Every now and then you come across something like this, and this is the second week in a row that we've run this truck and this is the second week in a row that we've really struggled in it. We're just going to go back to what we've run and what we've run well. We've got a fleet of good trucks, but this was a brand new truck, and we're just a little bit spun out right now."
IS ALL OF THIS A PART OF THE LEARNING CURVE IN A NEW SERIES? "Apparently. I knew there would be, and this is a little more than we bargained for with the fact that it's the 13th race. The plan was to have the new fleet rolling and learn off of the first, and that's worked to some degree. It's certainly worked for us at Michigan, but we wrecked that, and Todd has had a couple of good weeks, particularly last week. It's an interesting series. Every week there is an example of somebody missing it, whether it's Hornaday or Sprague or Bobby Hamilton, or any one of the guys. Dennis (Setzer) seems to be exempt right now, but we'll dig deep and I guarantee you we'll have a good Memphis."