Texas: Crawford post race interview

RICK CRAWFORD (Finished 3rd) -- No. 14 Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l Ford F-150 "It's gonna be hard to walk through tonight. I ran hard from the drop of the green flag and through those first few cautions. If you all noticed, there was a lot...

RICK CRAWFORD (Finished 3rd) -- No. 14 Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l Ford F-150

"It's gonna be hard to walk through tonight. I ran hard from the drop of the green flag and through those first few cautions. If you all noticed, there was a lot of green flag laps tonight and tough attrition on these trucks, but that's probably the best truck I've had here at Texas from the green flag to the checkered flag. I think we only made minor adjustments with air-pressure to the tires and stuff like that. We made some bold moves out there with that Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International and that F-Series pick-up."

DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING FOR TODD IF IT WENT A COUPLE MORE LAPS?

"No. He's tough. I think maybe if he would have stumbled a little bit. He did when he went ahead and got the other truck out of the way. I think if there was a stumble I probably had a shot, but there's a difference catching and passing than it is leading and being out front in clean air. There's a little bit of difference there."

ON BILL FRANCE JR.

"It's a sad week this week with Bill France Jr. passing away this week. I don't know whether anybody here in the media knows it down or upstairs, but he was a great individual. He was like E.F. Hutton, when he talked people listened. It was just like I made this statement earlier today. If you took Congress and the Senate and they tried to vote something in, they always had to run it by the president. When three individuals wanted to start the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, they built three different trucks in California and they had a great idea, they wanted to start another class of racing in NASCAR -- the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, which has been Craftsman since its inception. Well, the built those three trucks and they sent them down to the president -- Bill France Jr. This is his baby and he's been attending a lot of driver's meetings before he got sick and even after he was sick. The last time I saw him at a race track was when he introduced the Toyota brand pick-up, which has really made the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series a place where four manufacturers are able to compete, and giving drivers like Aaron Fike and a guy from Alabama a place to race."

-credit: ford racing

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