CARL EDWARDS-99-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 2nd): YOU CAME CLOSE TO CAPTURING YOUR FIRST TRUCK SERIES VICTORY TONIGHT? "I could smell it and then I realized that was just Brendan Gaughan coming. That's what we needed. Jon Wood and I...
CARL EDWARDS-99-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 2nd):
YOU CAME CLOSE TO CAPTURING YOUR FIRST TRUCK SERIES VICTORY TONIGHT? "I could smell it and then I realized that was just Brendan Gaughan coming. That's what we needed. Jon Wood and I both had a great run for Roush Racing. Those guys back at the shop work their hearts out and I know they were watching and listening. I've got to thank them all. These guys work nonstop and they have faith in me and that's all a driver needs. We had a bad weekend at Dover, and this was so much fun out there tonight. Doug Richert (crew chief) is a smart man; we made adjustments the whole race. It was so cool to see Jon Wood running up front, too. I could see him back there laying back; I knew he was going to get me. I was just enjoying every minute of it. Leading a race like this, it's a dream come true. My mom was here tonight and I just told her all of those nights in the garage, all the help she gave me, those laps leading there at the end was worth everything we've ever done."
WERE YOU HOPING THAT JON WOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP BRENDAN FROM CATCHING YOU. "Absolutely. I was really hoping that we could hold Brendan off If we had another restart, we were so good on restarts and then we would fall into a push, but Brendan is a heck of a guy. It's good to see him win because he has so much fun in victory lane. We're going to get there. One and two for the 50 and 99 is coming up."
RICK CRAWFORD-14-SAC/Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 14th):
WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN YOU AND THE NO. 18 TRUCK? "The Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford was having a tough time all night long running with somebody either behind it or beside it. It was terribly loose, but the guys on the crew did a great job in the pits. We came into the pits second and fourth and left both times in the lead. It was a good job by the Circle Bar race team. Me and the 18, we got into it once before and basically did the same thing. Luckily, we both straightened them up. That time we got together and I couldn't save it. I thought that he would have given me a little more room. He's a good driver, but he didn't give me anything and I lost it over there. I'm glad I didn't hit any harder than I did."
JON WOOD-50-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 3rd):
"Our performance speaks for itself. We've had great trucks everywhere we've gone. I can't say enough about my pit crew. We did a great job in and out of the pits today. We had a great truck. Once again, the Roush racing unsponsored Ford F-150 was up front again. I still can't say enough about the guys. Carl running up front, us running up front, our performance speaks for itself."
ARE YOU GOING TO COMPETE IN TWO WEEKS AT MEMPHIS IF YOU CAN'T FIND SPONSORSHIP? "Like I was telling people earlier, the Roush Racing unsponsored Ford ran well again this week. Hopefully we can keep on going and keep this streak of top fives going."
TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel/Oil Mate Ford F-150 (Finished 9th):
"We were struggling the whole race. We've never had one that loose at Texas Motor Speedway. We've got a good crew chief and a great crew. We just missed a little bit on the setup. I'm not exactly sure what it was or where it was, but that was the loosest truck that I've ever had over an entire race anywhere. This is about the last place that you want to loose. We had a handful the whole race long. They got it better, but we could never get it to where it needed to be to race with the competition. We would get into some clean air and we weren't too bad, but if we got anybody near us and we were dead in the water. The pit crew did their job all might long. We went from 10th to third on one pit stop and everything was working the way it was supposed to; we just didn't have the truck underneath us tonight. This track usually gets tighter as the race goes on, but we were loose in, loose through the middle and loose off everywhere during the first run. We got it better where we could at least get off the corner, but at these tracks you can't be loose in and we just couldn't put any wheel input to the thing. Any time that you put steering wheel to it to get it to turn through the corner, the thing was bout to swap ends. It got better on the longer run when the fuel would burn off, but we could never find the correct balance."