Phoenix II: Ford teams race quotes

ERIK DARNELL -- No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150 -- (finished 7th, qualified 3rd) "We were tight at the end. It was a rough night for our Northern Tool + Equipment Ford. We got knocked around a little bit in the beginning of the race.

ERIK DARNELL -- No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150 -- (finished 7th, qualified 3rd)

"We were tight at the end. It was a rough night for our Northern Tool + Equipment Ford. We got knocked around a little bit in the beginning of the race. We got run into. Our truck was actually pretty decent. I think on the longer run we were as good as the leaders. There toward the end, we got into fourth. In clean air, we were just as fast as the 2 [Harvick] and the 30 [Bodine]. That last caution really hurt us. We just got really tight after that and I don't know why. The front end wouldn't turn, we lost a couple of spots and finished seventh."

YOU HAVE A GREAT PIT CREW. THEY HELPED THE 33 AFTER HIS ACCIDENT AND THE 6 BACK IN THE GARAGE. "Yeah, I think we've got one of the best teams on pit road. The guys work really well together. They've been great to work with all year. Not only that, they're awesome on pit road. We've had fast stops, we've beat trucks off of pit road just about every time we come down for a pit stop. I think that's the camaraderie you see here in the truck series. That's what happens here. Ron is a pretty good friend. I know Matt Puccia and Rick Ren are pretty good friends, so anything we can do to help them out, we're going to do. That's just the way the series is."

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RICK CRAWFORD -- No. 14 Circle Bar Truck Corral/Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford F-150 -- (finished 9th, qualified 20th)

"That was some night. I didn't see what happened to either of them [Hornaday or Benson] but they both had a hard night. I was just trying to get through it. I felt like the cue ball down there. Our Ford F-150 did a great job. The engine got great fuel mileage for my Ford Power Stroke Diesel. I was second in class, my teammate Brendan Gaughan in his MAXX Force Diesel by International he had a top-10, that's where he needs to be all year. We're good. Everything is good. We'll go to Ford Championship Weekend and see if we can't win down there."

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BRENDAN GAUGHAN -- No. 10 International MAXX Force Diesel Ford F-150 -- (finished 10th, qualified 9th)

"It was one heck of a night. My boys, we had a really good Ford. We were going to stop once, we're going to run up front, and we gain a couple of spots. But on our main pit stop a lapper would come that was in the box before us and he wasn't supposed to be there. So, I get ready to come in my pit stall and I should have had an opening in and all of a sudden, I see a guy in that box and I had to back-up and lost eight spots. That's what put us way behind. Bryan Berry and the guys, we just took a chance on that one caution. We decided we were too tight to gain many spots; we had a set of two-lapped scuffs in the pits. So we put them on and we'll make one more adjustment. We were too tight and what an adjustment Bryan made. Our MAXX Force Diesel Ford took off. On the restart, I think I passed four guys in one lap or something. I love restarting; it's so much fun. I've learned from the greats of Hornaday and those guys who taught me a ton about restarting. I paid attention when they beat me. I learned how to do it and I think I'm pretty good at it. The guys build good transmissions. Bryan and the guys never gave up. We were passed for 10th on the last lap, so it was a good job for our Ford tonight and Roush Yates horsepower. It's so much fun when you get to a straightaway and you know that if you had anything decent on the corner that your straightaway speed will be there. It just makes life so much easier."

WITH ALL THE BIG WRECKS AND CAUTION FLAGS, WHAT DOES THAT DO TO YOUR STRATEGY? "Strategy has to be played out by what the race does. You can start with one strategy and by the race goes, you're going to have three different ones by the time it ends. For us, we still want to do well in the points. We think we might be able to get into the top-10 in owner points. A few of our competitors had a bad night but it was a good points night for us. We'll take this one and smile."

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JOHN WES TOWNLEY -- No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 -- (finished 24th, qualified 27th)

"All day we've had some bad luck. In qualifying we lost some side bite and it just went up into the wall. In the race we had a good run. We held our own out there. It felt pretty solid. We kept consistently passing a couple of trucks and we were running consistent lap times out there. At the end I got a little loose getting off in the corner. I was still hanging with him, I don't know if he didn't see me there. He just drove up into me. There's no telling, it was just a racing incident. I guess it's something to remember."

HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT TO RACE OUT THERE? "Well, with less cautions, the night seems to move smooth. When you have a lot of cautions, you do have the opportunity to take a breather, but at the same time, it could hurt you too. You've got guys behind you and you don't want to be that guy. We've had a great year with Roush Fenway and the truck. I'm thankful to them to give me this last race. I hated that it ended like this. I've just got to thank Zaxby's and Ford and everybody that supported me here. Thanks to Roush Fenway for giving me this last race."

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COLIN BRAUN -- No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150 -- (finished 28th, qualified 18th)

"We had a really good truck that I felt like in the race. I thought we were pretty fast. My guys did a great job on pit road. We just lost a few spots there for whatever reason and unfortunately got back in the mess a little bit. We kind of got held up in lapped traffic and I just didn't do good enough job down there in [turns] three and four. I got pinched down on the apron and just chased the truck up the race track and eventually lost it coming off the corner and that was that."

YOUR CREW, THE 09 CREW, THE 99 CREW AND TWO NATIONWIDE CREW CHIEFS HELPED GET YOUR F-150 REPAIRED AND BACK ON THE TRACK, BUT WHAT HAPPENED? WAS SOMETHING ELSE BROKEN? "I think coming back here [to the garage] trying to get going and we had no drive. They did a great job fixing it up but unfortunately we had the clutch burnt out if it."

THE RACING SEEMED REALLY TOUGH OUT THERE. "It's been tough. I don't know. Everybody is racing tight, everybody's truck seemed to drive pretty good tonight so everybody thinks they can race close and it's a tough race track. It seems like a slippery place and you slide around and that's what happens."

-credit: ford racing

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