RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 2nd) "I'm not tired, I just wanted to win. Anything less than winning is a little bit discouraging. I made a statement earlier that the guitar belonged to me tonight, and Mike ...
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 2nd)
"I'm not tired, I just wanted to win. Anything less than winning is a little bit discouraging. I made a statement earlier that the guitar belonged to me tonight, and Mike Wallace said he's not running for points, and I said, 'We're not running for points either; I'm here to win.' I just like to hand it to the guys and especially Tom Mitchell (owner). This is Tom Mitchell's favorite truck and we brought it here to get back in the points chase and I think we did."
YOU WERE GOOD ON MOST OF THE RESTARTS TODAY. DID YOU THINK YOU COULD PASS BLISS ON THAT LAST RESTART? "I get on my son sometimes for running his Bandolero car at Charlotte, and I say, 'Don't go out there and pucka, pucka, pucka around.' And I told him before that last restart that we're not pucka, pucka, pucka'ing today and we're going to the front. I gave it all we had and it just ended up that way. Doggone it, I wish we could have won."
YOU PUT SOME DISTANCE ON THE FIELD EARLY IN THE RACE. WAS YOUR TRUCK BETTER AT THE START OF THE RACE? "We're back on track now, and I think Ray Stonkus (crew chief) put a good truck under me tonight. I knew it from the time we unloaded and that's the way you have to be to win a championship. If it feels good - and I'll tell you the kind of driver I am - if it feels good, I ain't going to abuse the equipment. And being out front with the Ernie Elliott engine under the hood, it ain't abusing it, so I didn't have to whip the horse tonight, but I was whipping it with 10 to go."
TALK ABOUT THE LAST LAP. "Well, we gave it all we had. He jumped us about two car lengths on the restart and I think we made it up, but I think we were better on cold tires than he was. I'm just thinking a little bit here, what you could have done to win because we wanted to win really bad."
YOU WENT INTO TURN 3 HARD, BUT WERE YOU FORCED TO GET ON THE BRAKES? "He pitted on that last pit stop on that caution and took on four and we pitted under green and took on two, and those guys are smart and Mike Bliss is tough; he drove a good race tonight. I'd like to give my hat's up to Ted Musgrave for a good, clean race. We battled back and forth there all during the middle off the race and it was a good job with him. I don't think there's a scratch on the Circle Bar Ford tonight."
TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Finished 7th)
DID THE LAP 135 CAUTION HELP YOU TODAY? "Ultimately, it did. Man, we had a terrible truck all weekend. We thought at one point right before qualifying that we had a handle on it, but it proved us otherwise. This truck here, we just fought it and fought it. We fought a loose condition to a tight condition. We fought all weekend long, tight through the center and we made some great adjustments. It was decent at the beginning of the race, and the more the race went on, about 20 laps in, as soon as you touched the throttle, it loosened right up and walked sideways on you. If anybody came two, three truck lengths behind you, that thing was so loose you couldn't drive it. We just fought that, so then we tightened and it was too tight. No matter what we did, we couldn't make it right. This truck here on the speedways, every time that we've run it, it's just been way too taught. We have our homework to do on the speedways, but we're going to have a test at Chicagoland here and we're going to take some of our better trucks, so we're going to look for better things from here on out."
HOW TOUGH IS IT WHEN YOU HAVE A LONG GREEN-FLAG RUN AND AN ILL-HANDLING TRUCK? "That's the most frustrating part because you can't adjust on it. You're just out there riding around and what you have is what you've got. I guess ultimately there right at the end of the race, it was a great points day for us. We got to lead a lap and got those five bonus points and soldiered home a seventh-place finish in what could have 15th or 20th-place truck. Give credit to the K-Automotive Power Stroke Diesel crew for making the right calls and getting the sequence just right to stay in a top-10 finish."
TALK ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE? "There's way too many races to be talking about the championship. We're just trying to focus in every race, and maybe we didn't focus hard enough on this one; I'm not sure. We sure struggled here tonight. We'll just go home and do our homework and be good for Richmond. I feel that we're going to have a great race at Richmond. We have a lot of great tracks coming up for us. I was worried about this one on the schedule and yet we brought it home in seventh, so we'll just take it and go."
JON WOOD-50-U.S. Navy Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 8th)
DID THE LAP 135 CAUTION HELP YOU FINISH IN THE TOP 10 TONIGHT? "It sure helped us. We were so bad on that first run. For some reason it came in with new tires. What helped us was, number one, good pit stops, and, number two, no cautions to bunch everything up, so it just helped us out. We didn't come in and pit and everybody else, so we gained some spots there and just lucked out there."
WERE THERE TWO RACING GROOVES? "Yeah, the outside in my opinion was the best with old tires. If you were racing someone with old tires, the outside was the fastest, but if you were on new tires, the inside was the quickest. All in all, it wasn't a bad race." WAS LAPPED TRAFFIC A PROBLEM ON THE GREEN-FLAG RUN? "It was hideous. Every time you had to lift, you lost so much track position, so much. We just lucked out."
CHAD CHAFFIN-87-Andy Kirby Children's Fund Ford F-150 (Finished 31st)
WHAT PUT YOU BEHIND THE WALL? "Something broke on the cam shaft in the motor, and it just quit pulling and it lost all it's timing. We came into the pits and checked all the plug wires and I went to take off and it just wouldn't run at all. I had to pull it behind the wall or we were going to bring out a caution."
YOU DECIDED TO ENTER THIS RACE TO HELP THE FAMILY OF THE LATE ANDY KIRBY. WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS WEEKEND TO HELP THE FAMILY? "We're trying to raise money for his kids. When Andy got in his motorcycle wreck there, he didn't have any life insurance, so we set up a fund to help his family. What we're going to do is, we're donating all of our winnings and a portion of our sponsorship to that fund."