Las Vegas: Darnell post race interview

ERIK DARNELL -- No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150 -- (finished 2nd, qualified 7th) TALK ABOUT THE LAST LAP. "We needed green flag laps at the end. Our Northern Tool + Equipment Ford was really good once we got about five laps on ...

ERIK DARNELL -- No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150 -- (finished 2nd, qualified 7th)

TALK ABOUT THE LAST LAP.

"We needed green flag laps at the end. Our Northern Tool + Equipment Ford was really good once we got about five laps on them. All those restarts at the end killed us. Mike [Skinner] was better for two or three laps and I was able to drive away from him. And he got a good run getting into [turn] one and kind of got out there on my right rear and got me just a little loose and he got the momentum he needed to get up on the high side and he got a push down the backstretch and got ahead of me on that last lap going into three. I said, 'I'm going to hold it wide open. I'm either going to pass him or I'm gonna wreck it trying.' And I got back out there and thought I was going to win the drag race back to the start-finish line but unfortunately he got there first."

WHAT WAS IT ABOUT THIS RACE THAT CAUSED ALL THOSE WRECKS AT THE END?

"It was hard racing and the hard tire that I think we had on there tonight. I think we saw it in practice and definitely in the race out there, the tire was real hard and your just kind of skating around out there. It made it tough to race unless your truck was real good and I think the other wrecks were product of the harder tires and guys trying to get all they could at the end."

DID YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS THAT MIKE [SKINNER] MIGHT HAVE TRIED TO TURN YOU TO PASS YOU?

"No, not all at. Mike has always run me clean and I do the same with him and I probably had some of the best races out there on the track with Mike just because we can run each other like that. I knew he wasn't going to turn me. He definitely pushed me a little bit there before we got into [turn] one but he wasn't going to wreck me to do that. I know he's hungry for a win too. He hasn't won one yet this year. Congratulations to him. I was really looking forward to picking that one up."

MIKE [SKINNER] SAID HE KIND OF FAKED IT TOWARDS THE BOTTOM, DID YOU SEE IT THAT WAY OR WERE YOU JUST GOING TO PROTECT THE BOTTOM THE WHOLE WAY?

"I was just going to protect the bottom the whole way on that restart because the couple before that, one side got to one that was on the bottom. It seemed if Mike got behind me, he would get a little bit tight. I got a pretty decent start and drove it in there real hard and I was wide open. I thought I was going to be able to pull away from him but he got just to the outside of the right rear and just got it a little bit loose and he was able to get that run on me coming off of [turn] two and he got a push down the backstretch and that got him ahead of me."

-credit: ford racing

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