Michigan: Ford teams race quotes

BRENDAN GAUGHAN -- No. 10 International MAXXFORCE Diesel Ford F-150 (finished 5th) "I'm mad at myself. We started the last lap third and finished fifth. The guys had a good run. Nice job by Erik Darnell. How about Roush Yates horsepower? Man, ...

BRENDAN GAUGHAN -- No. 10 International MAXXFORCE Diesel Ford F-150 (finished 5th)

"I'm mad at myself. We started the last lap third and finished fifth. The guys had a good run. Nice job by Erik Darnell. How about Roush Yates horsepower? Man, these things have got great power. And the Circle Bar guys, this is a brand-new truck for me. It just came out of the body shop, we hadn't touched it yet all season, and what a great job to take it to the race track for the first time and it's a great Ford. A top-five is what we needed to do to get back on the horse and start looking good for Ford and the Circle Bar guys."

HOW DID YOU GET TO THE FRONT? "Bryan Berry [crew chief] and the Circle Bar Racing crew. They made adjustments, I made a bad decision on pit road to make an adjustment and I should keep my mouth shut more often, and Bryan saved m -- he did something else. He just does a great job, man. He's my hero."

WHAT WAS THE STRATEGY WHEN YOU PITTED WITH 40 TO GO? "We came in and fixed my one shock adjustment, did another one, did spring rubbers, air presuure, a typical Bryan Berry deal."

IS THIS A GOOD RACE TO CARRY TO MILWAUKEE NEXT WEEK? "Absolutely. This is momentum and we need to keep it."

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RICK CRAWFORD -- No. 14 Circle Bar Truck Corral/Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (finished 11th)

"That was a good run today. To start 21st and finish -- after running in the top-10 most of the day there toward the end -- that was a good job for the Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford F-Series pickup. Everybody needs to drive a Ford pickup like that one there. They can even get them with a Power Stroke Diesel under the hood. Kevin Starland [crew chief] made an excellent call there on the first pit stop and really fixed my truck and it took off after making up that lap. That's not a great day, that's not a win, but it's a satisfying day and a good points day and puts us back up in the top-four."

WHAT WAS THE STRATEGY WHEN YOU PITTED WITH 40 TO GO? "We didn't want that last caution to come out because we had made it up to seventh or eighth, and was pretty solid in the top 10, and that last caution came out and everybody let their tires cool off and sort of ganged up on me a little bit. Hats off to my teammate in the other Ford F-150, Brendan Gaughan."

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JON WOOD -- No. 21 Air Force Ford F-150 (finished 14th)

"I've been preaching the same thing for the past three weeks or so, and I guess I can still get by with still saying it because we are improving in a timely manner, and that's that I've ever asked of myself and the everybody else. Since we're not really worrying about championship points -- it's too late for that -- and there's no penalty for experimenting and being wrong, so that's exactly what we're doing, experimenting. We're improving by leaps and bounds, but there are times when we don't. Today was one of those days when we went a little too far with some stuff, and it hurt us. But, all in all, I would rather salvage a powerful second-half of the season than to accept what's mediocre and keep getting mediocre results."

AND YOU'RE HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION? "Absolutely. Yes, without any doubt whatsoever. If we get this right, what we're doing, it'll be quite an eye-opener. I mean that because what we have to gain is fairly substantial."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Brendan Gaughan , Erik Darnell