Phoenix: Pole sitter Crawford press conference

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Qualified 1st): TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN. "We just did all we could do. We gave it all we had. We had a fast truck this morning in practice and didn't run a lot of laps. We were...

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Qualified 1st):

TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN.

"We just did all we could do. We gave it all we had. We had a fast truck this morning in practice and didn't run a lot of laps. We were pretty satisfied with it. It was pretty fast yesterday in practice, so we just put a qualifying setup under it and mashed the gas. It wasn't a real pretty lap, but it was the quickest lap, and that's all we needed."

DID THE HEAT PLAY A FACTOR?

"I was trying to be a meteorologist out on pit road looking at the clouds. We needed a little bit of cloud cover and wind to cool the track off. I've been here since 1987 in the Southwest Tour races and the Copper Classics, and it takes a little different line sometimes when the track gets warm, so the truck ran pretty good through that. Like I said, mash the gas and Ernie Elliott engines under the hood did what they were supposed to do."

YOU HAVE TWO RACES TO CATCH MIKE BLISS IN THE POINTS RACE.

"The IWX truck has to be late. If it's late, I'm going to capitalize on him. It sure helps to be on the pole today, and maybe that will shake him up a little bit. But, he's good here. I used to watch him race in the open-wheel cars here and he's won a truck race here, and he's been running great all year and so has Ted and David Starr and Robert Pressley and those guys. It's a real welcome for me to be in this points race for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and I'm proud to be part of it.

TALK ABOUT YOUR RACE STRATEGY TOMORROW.

"Shoot, I had a race strategy mapped out for California last week. We started 10th, and I said at Michigan we ran up front and tried to take the lead and within five laps and all of that kind of stuff, and I said today we're going to play it a little bit different. We're going to conserve our tires because the Ford on the big tracks eats up the right fronts tremulously and so we start pushing pretty bad. I had a plan then and we passed eight trucks on the first lap. In fact, we threw that out the window, so tomorrow we'll start on the pole and try to lead all of the laps and win the race. If we can capitals on that, I'll be feeling a lot better."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Starr , Robert Pressley