TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Performance Dodge Ram) - Finished Second, moved to second in the series standings, 26 points behind leader Brendan Gaughan entering season finale at Homestead. "Our truck was set up for a longer run. I was trying to be...
TED MUSGRAVE (No. 1 Mopar Performance Dodge Ram) - Finished Second, moved to second in the series standings, 26 points behind leader Brendan Gaughan entering season finale at Homestead. "Our truck was set up for a longer run. I was trying to be in a conservative mode on tires, but I just ran out of laps. I was trying to lead the most laps. That would have been another five points. Kevin and I had a good battle going. It was good, clean racing. I wanted on the high side so I could get the momentum, but to no avail. We did not lead the most laps by two laps."
"With 75 or 80 laps to go, we put on tires and that put us in a conservative mode. Kevin's truck was a little bit better on the last run. In the beginning I was trying to save some tires. I don't know where the 62 truck came from, but I used up a lot of tires trying to get around Brendan. Kevin wasn't getting much cooperation from lapped traffic. It was a nice run for the Mopar team. We're in a championship run, and Kevin knew that. We put on a good show, and I enjoyed it."
"The Mopar truck was really good, and we're in the points hunt. That's what's important right now. We're going to go to Homestead and go for it all now. Kevin and I had some good clean racing today. When Kevin comes into this series, he knows what to do. He runs clean. I run him clean, and that's what the fans like - good side-by-side racing."
"I looked in the mirror once, and he (Gaughan) was gone, but I couldn't think about it. I knew something must have happened, but I had to concentrate on catching Kevin."
BOBBY HAMILTON (No. 4 Square D Dodge Ram) - Finished Fifth
"I thought we'd be a little bit better than that. We were real good on short runs. The way they have our Happy Hours, we do it at 8 o'clock in the morning. It's just hard to hit it, but I'm proud of the guys. They did a great job, and I don't think it's got a scratch on it. It was a good day, and I had a lot of fun. I had a lot of fun racing Carl Edwards."
"I've been in business four and a half years, so it's pretty special to get the 100th top five. I'll bet we don't have too many more starts than that. That's pretty cool. It just means I've got a bunch of good people working for me."
"I'm happy with fifth here. We thought we were good enough to win, but we were competitive all day. We had a bad stop once and came out eighth or ninth and got back up through there. It's another top five, so we'll take it."
"It looks like the points race is going down to the last race. It'll be big for Dodge if they pull it off."
BRENDAN GAUGHAN (No. 62 Orleans Racing Dodge Ram) - Finished 12th, leads standings by 26 points heading into season finale at Homestead.
"With nine laps to go, we ran over a big chunk of debris. I heard it. We hit it and it popped into the engine compartment. All of a sudden we lost a cylinder. I kept my foot in it, and at that point you go for momentum. You roll as hard as you can through the corners. We struggled the whole weekend. We unloaded bad, and qualified 14th. I have the greatest team in the garage, and they never gave up. I was catching Kevin, and we were going to go for it. Look at the bright side, I gave Bobby Hamilton a top five."
"We were trying to win. We had one hell of a truck. Right now, the three Dodge trucks that Scott Lynch and myself are going to be driving at Homestead, Scott will be in the 61 Dodge again, the reason we love Dodge is all three of those trucks are in the wind tunnel right now. We're going to take the best one and try to go win that race. We've got the Texas winner, the Michigan-Vegas winner, and I've got the best Dodge ever blown in the wind tunnel back in there. We're not sure which one we're going to take yet. We're going to test all three and take the best one. They'd better hope it ain't Lone Star."
"We had 'em beat. We had a great Dodge, but the Ultra team has been around this deal a long time. It's one of them racing luck things. That's why it's never over until it's over. The fans of NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series are going to get a bad race to the end now."
"We'll head to Homestead for the test and go fishing a couple of days and try to win this thing."