RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 9th) WHAT HAPPENED ON PIT ROAD THAT CAUSED THE DAMAGE TO YOUR TRUCK? "The Circle Bar race team does a good job, and a little bit of damage isn't going to hurt from having a...
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 9th)
WHAT HAPPENED ON PIT ROAD THAT CAUSED THE DAMAGE TO YOUR TRUCK? "The Circle Bar race team does a good job, and a little bit of damage isn't going to hurt from having a top-10, but it should have been a top-three truck tonight. We were running in the top three all night, and we came in for gas only and when I left the pits, everybody said it was clear but it wasn't, the 38 truck was coming in. I didn't mean to bump into him, but that's the way it goes."
WHO IS IN CHARGE OF TALKING YOU OUT OF THE PITS IN THAT SCENARIO? "When the caution comes out, I guess the crew chief talks you into the pits and when you the spotter does that, but I can't say anything about that because everybody makes mistakes."
TERRY COOK-10-Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l Ford F-150 (Finished 7th)
"That was making chicken salad out of you know what. The guys did a good job. They never gave up all night long and kept on working. The Power Stroke Diesel Ford wasn't where we needed it in the beginning of the race, but they kept working on it and made some great calls and good changes all night long. I drove as hard as I could all night long, I'll tell you that and we salvaged a good, solid top-10. The afternoon wasn't looking too good and to come out of here with a solid top-10 is good. We said today after all of the problems that we've had, the season starts today, and I guess in our first race of the season we got a top 10."
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 23rd)
DISCUSS THE INCIDENT WHERE YOU MADE CONTACT WITH THE WALL. "The truck was really close to perfect and I was just trying to work underneath him (Kvapil), and I never got all the way up behind him until that one lap. I came off the corner and I went behind him and the nose was gone. I don't think anything broke, I just lost the downforce on the nose there and just piled it into the fence. We should have won that race. If I would have just worked on him long enough we would have got by him. I just didn't anticipate it pushing that bad off the corner; it was the worst-case scenario."
WAS THERE A LOT GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND AT THAT TIME WITH THE 46 TRUCK BEHIND YOU AND A QUESTION ABOUT FUEL MILEAGE? "Not really, I was pretty calm and relaxed, just racing there. That's just a pretty bad mistake and I feel bad for my guys. They worked really hard on the truck all night, and we were sitting there and I thought, 'Hey, we have the truck to beat here.' So, it's very frustrating. It took me all those laps to get over it, but we're not going to let it affect us for Kansas and Kentucky and the next ones."
JON WOOD-50-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 11th)
"We definitely picked up our qualifying, that's the only positive thing. We just raced kinda bad all night. I don't know what yet to blame it on. Overall, we weren't very competitive. We could stay out of trouble and miss the wrecks, but that's it, we couldn't pass anybody."
DID YOU NOTICE ANY DIFFERENCES FROM RACING HERE DURING THE DAY AND AT NIGHT? "The thing that was aggravating was when the lights cut off; that's no fun. The track tightened up a lot more than I anticipated, and we just weren't there."