Texas: East - Ford Thursday interview

Bobby East, driver of the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150, was the fastest Ford driver during today's practice sessions at Texas Motor Speedway. East posted the fourth fastest time in the first practice and seventh fastest time in second practice. This...

Bobby East, driver of the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150, was the fastest Ford driver during today's practice sessions at Texas Motor Speedway. East posted the fourth fastest time in the first practice and seventh fastest time in second practice. This is East's 26th NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start and his second start this season.

BOBBY EAST -- No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150

YOU WERE THE FASTEST FORD F-150 IN BOTH PRACTICES TODAY, FOURTH AND SEVENTH, RESPECTIVELY. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT PRACTICE TODAY? "We just unloaded really good and that puts you ahead of a lot of people. It just changes how your whole weekend goes; especially on how you're two practices goes. We're just thankful and happy that we unloaded as good as we did."

WIND HAS BEEN A FACTOR TODAY, HOW DO YOU ADJUST FOR THE WIND? "I'm still not exactly sure. I think the main thing is that the wind was making your truck a handful out there. After a little bit you got used to it. The main thing I was worried about was not over adjusting the truck in certain spots where the wind might be affecting it more than what it's going to do tomorrow night."

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE DURING THE RACE WITH TRACK AND WEATHER CONDITIONS? HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE THE ADJUSTMENTS YOU'RE MAKING NOW WILL WORK DURING THE RACE? "The temperature should be okay. We know the track is going to be a little cooler because it will be later at night, but it will still be warm. I think all that's going to do is make your truck a little bit better. It still might have the same characteristics, but not as bad because the track will be cooler and the tires won't be getting as hot. And the wind, I'm still not sure about it."

A FEW WEEKS AGO, YOU WON A MIDGET RACE. HOW DO YOU ADJUST BETWEEN THE CAR AND RACING A FORD-150? "Well, I drove both Midget cars and last year's Busch cars a lot last year and that has helped me out for this year. We're really on top of our game in the Midget Sprint Car Series right now, more so than we were last year, and that's helped out a lot. I just have a year of laps between stock cars and Midgets, off-and-on or switching back and forth all year, but it's helped me out a lot last year. As far as coming back to the truck, I get to drive a great Ford F-150 and Chad Norris [crew chief] and all the guys. We unloaded it really good today and that makes my job a lot easier."

WHAT ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES IN THE SIZE OF VEHICLES AND TRACK SIZE? "The hardest part is the in race, just the traffic. I'm not really used to having to aerodynamics here as much. That's just been the hardest deal; it's been a couple of years. Other than Kansas, it's been a few years since I raced the truck. As far as getting in, practicing and qualifying, it's not to hard, but going out there and racing is pretty tough, jumping back in forth."

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS? "I think our goals all year is to have top-10 finishes. These guys are coming off a good run last week and a good top-5 for them. They've got a little bit of momentum going and I want to keep the ball rolling for them. I think once I get my first top-10 this year, then we can start looking for more top fives."

-credit: ford racing

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