TERRY COOK-10-International Truck and Engines Ford F-150 (Finished 16th) "It was a very perplexing weekend. It felt like at different points in the weekend, we maximized what the truck had and we were still light years off where the Toyotas, ...
TERRY COOK-10-International Truck and Engines Ford F-150 (Finished 16th)
"It was a very perplexing weekend. It felt like at different points in the weekend, we maximized what the truck had and we were still light years off where the Toyotas, Dodges and Chevrolets are. Obviously, we are not going to beat ourselves up too hard on the overall situation. We're going to go back to the shop and work hard, but I honestly believe the Ford aero package at these bigger, faster tracks is at a deficit. We saw it at Michigan. We could get up there and run with them, but we just couldn't run consistently up there with them all day long. Any time we've gone to a speedway from about midpoint on - the first half of the season we were all even - and it seems like from midseason on, the aero package on the Fords is at a deficit and I think if this doesn't wake up NASCAR's eyes I don't know what is. We were the highest finishing Ford and we finished 16th."
WHAT HAS CHANGED FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON WHEN A FORD WON AT DAYTONA? "Daytona is such a different race. I always say you always take Daytona out of the equation. That's such a separate race because everybody works very hard on different problems. The problem is when you work very hard at Daytona trying to take the drag out that's what you get, but when come to these tracks you take drag out but you also have to have downforce in them. I think we're at an aero deficit and I can't tell you where it is or what we need to do to make it better, but the trucks that were submitted to NASCAR were pretty even, but I can guarantee you their other makes have found a leg up and we're going to go work and we're going to see what we can do to find a leg up, but at the same token I think we might need some help from NASCAR in the near future."
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 20th)
"It just wouldn't do anything I wanted it to do. It was loose into the corner, which was tough to deal with and we got that to where it was OK, and then it was so tight in the center and then loose again off. It doesn't feel like the same truck we won Kansas with, even though it is. That's a little bit frustrating, but I'm sure they'll figure it out. It must just be a tire pressure issue or the wrong shocks for the tires; we're really off somewhere, but it's not the truck. That truck was perfect at Kansas."
ARE YOU SURPRISED YOU WEREN'T ABLE TO MAKE HEADWAY OVER THE COURSE OF 150 LAPS? "Yeah, I figured we'd pit and get a different set of tires on it and we'll be back. The only good thing is that it's all in one piece. It's good to see other people struggling like Travis and Dennis, but we really didn't think that was going to be the way it was going to go. Maybe it track, but I think everybody would have had trouble then. I don't think it was the track. The track was good and consistent, but the truck didn't do what I wanted it to do."
JON WOOD-50-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 18th)
"It was a bad day for Ford Racing. I don't know if we're behind on engineering or what, but I know it's not a horsepower issue. We just weren't any good and there was nothing we could do about. We didn't crash, and I just look forward to Bristol."
WITH THE LACK OF PRACTICE AFTER QUALIFYING YESTERDAY, DID YOU FEEL LIKE TODAY WAS GOING TO BE CRAP SHOOT? "Yeah, the limited amount of practice didn't help, but we can't blame it on that. Every manufacturer was good except for us."