Steady rain in Mansfield, Ohio, forced the cancellation of today's qualifying activities for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ohio 250. Consequently, the field for tomorrow's event was set by the NASCAR rulebook using last year's point standings...
Steady rain in Mansfield, Ohio, forced the cancellation of today's qualifying activities for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ohio 250. Consequently, the field for tomorrow's event was set by the NASCAR rulebook using last year's point standings as is mandated for the season's first four races. Current points leader and Daytona 250 winner Carl Edwards will start tomorrow's 250-lap race at the rear of the field due to an engine change this morning.
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 :
"I think it's going to be an awesome race. We're kinda in a little bit of a pickle because they found a small piece broken in the engine this morning, so we changed the engine right after they already inspected it, so we're going to start last in the race tomorrow just because if you change engines you start last. It will be kind of an interesting struggle for the Superchips team, but I'm pretty excited. If we can stay out of the wrecks and everything, it's really neat to be in the hunt leading the points. We're just going to do our best to come out of here with the points lead."
"Our teams (Roush Racing's Nos. 50 and 99) have won four races and three of them were in situations like this where we changed an engine and started in the back. I don't know how that exactly helps you, but it hasn't really hurt us yet. It seems like it for some reason makes us work a little bit harder and we get a little bit of practice passing people, and somehow it has worked out three out of four times. We've got to figure out a better way to win these races than to have to start at the back."
"I think it will definitely make me be a little more cautious at the beginning of the race. It will be easier to get caught up in anything that happens in the field in front of me. It will make me rely a little bit more on the pit crew, which is an easy thing for me to do as a driver because those guys are really good; we have a great pit crew. I'm sure we'll need every one of the laps. I'm glad it's a 250-lap race and not a 200-lap race. Hopefully we sill still end up finishing where we belong as far as where we rank in speed, it's just going to make me a little more tentative."
"I was sleeping out in my rental car in the parking lot when they called me a minute ago. I got a little studying in for school and that's about it."
"We didn't spend any time yesterday working on qualifying setups and I'm really glad we didn't because we used all of our time for race stuff. I think that will pay off a little bit, but there are so many guys that are fast here. I'm a little bit nervous because of how many guys that were that fast; it will be a little bit difficult to pass."
"One thing I learned at Martinsville from starting at the rear of the field, at the beginning of the Martinsville race we ran in 30th position for a number of laps. I didn't get impatient and I tried to be real calm and the race came to us and we made some progress. That helped me a lot to know that if I don't pass 10 trucks in the first 10 laps that I'll be OK. That experienced helped me I think with this."
"The tire wear issue is going to be interesting, real interesting. Our fastest lap on tires was way into a tire run. I don't know if it will go like that if it goes green. I think crew chiefs will be watching the monitors real closely. I know we will be monitoring our lap times closely. If we're faster on lap 85 on a set of tires, and if we can go, we're just going to keep going. I think you will see most people do the race on one stop."