RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 32nd) WHAT PUT YOU BEHIND THE WALL? "Something in the engine messed up. It just started running weak like something shut off the air to it. Then we made a pit stop there on...
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 32nd)
WHAT PUT YOU BEHIND THE WALL? "Something in the engine messed up. It just started running weak like something shut off the air to it. Then we made a pit stop there on that last caution. It sounded pretty good when we went out of the pits, but it didn't last much longer. We've run pretty good this year and that's the first engine failure that we've had with Roush engines this year. They do a super job with our engines. It's unfortunate because we're in Detroit and we wanted to run good for Ford Motor Co., and it's a heck of a way to end the day."
JON WOOD-50-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 30th)
WHAT HAPPENED? "We didn't get a lot of practice time this weekend, and we just missed it. I was out there racing as hard as I could, and, of course, it was an aero thing that wrecked me, but it wasn't an aero thing that made us as bad as we were. I just got loose, and there's nothing else to it. We were running three wide and you can get loose when that's going on."
TERRY COOK-10-International Truck and Engines Ford F-150 (Finished 7th)
"It was a good run. We needed a good, solid finish. We've been running really good recently, but just haven't been getting the finishing results. Today we backed up a good, solid finish with a good, solid run. A lot fans up here in the grandstands today from the Sylvania (Ohio) and Toledo area and I always enjoy them coming up here. They got to watch me race when I first started out at Toledo Speedway and Flat Rock Speedway and get to come up to Michigan and out on a good show for the fans. We picked up some debris on the nose in the middle run, and I'm not sure what it was, but it plugged all the air flow to the radiator and the motor got extremely hot. When it does that it does two things, it adds a ton of downforce to the front of the truck, which makes it evil handling, too. We got that off and got the right adjustments back on the Power Stroke Diesel Ford, but we just came up a little bit short there at the end. I thought we had something for the race win, but, again, a solid finish."
THE RACE SEEMED TO HAVE DAYTONA-LIKE FLAIR TO IT TODAY. "More so than I've ever seen it at Michigan. The whole left side of the truck is bashed in and that didn't happen to the very last lap. I got body checked coming off of turn 2 on the last lap. We were bump drafting out there and pushing people around. It was a situation where the race leader was running up top, and that's where the momentum seemed to be, and it forced you to go underneath to pass and we just got the truck bound up every time we went down there."
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 6th)
"That's about the most fun race that I've ever been in. That was a blast, and I wish we could race like that every week. After our little bit of our adversity there on the initial start, I'm proud to come home sixth. I think that's a good day for us and a good championship run."
TALK ABOUT THE INITIAL START. "Setzer missed a shift and then turned left kind of all at the same time. I was wide open on the throttle and just caught him on the left rear. I don't know what happened to him. He must have missed a shift or spun the tires because he got all out of shape. Then after that, I was racing with the 10 truck and he slid right in front of me off of turn two and then it got aero tight and touched the wall, and that's how we got that little bit of damage at the end. It didn't seem to affect it that much; the truck ran really well."
WERE YOU SURPRISED THAT DRIVERS WERE BUMP DRAFTING OUT THERE TODAY? "There was just a little bit of that going on and that was pretty wild. It was neat and a lot of fun."
DID YOU EXPECT THAT KIND OF RACING HERE TODAY? "Not exactly. I didn't think it was going to be quite like that, but that's because we have a new tire compound and new aero package. That's a cross between Daytona and Nashville. That's a pretty fun race track right there."
DEBORAH RENSHAW-29-Par 4 Plastics/First-U-Bank.com Ford F-150 (Finished 22nd)
YOU MANAGED TO COMPLETE ALL 100 LAPS TODAY TO STAY ON THE LEAD LAP. "That's the whole goal. We want to gain experience, learn a lot and finish on the lead lap. We accomplished all of our goals today and we're just ecstatic. I learned so much as far this being my first time at Michigan and the second time that I've ever been in a truck. Starting 25th and finishing 22nd, I think that's respectable."
IT WAS A PRETTY PHYSICAL RACE TODAY. "There were some hairy moments out there. Brandon Whitt blew a motor right in front of me and I was right in his tire tracks doing the skating number. We had some lucky things happen to us. It's just a lot of people are out there being aggressive, but a lot of people work together out there, too."
YOU ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK THAT YOU WILL BE IN THIS TRUCK FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON. WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON? "I just want to consistently get better. Two weeks ago at Kentucky was a 25th-place finish and this week it's 22nd. We just want to slowly but surely get competitive, and I know that I have good stuff with the Keselowskis and Ford behind me."