Charlotte: Ricky Craven press conference

RICKY CRAVEN --32-- Tide Taurus (Finished 3rd): DID YOU THINK YOU COULD HAVE CAUGHT THE 48? "Early on in the race I challenged him on the outside and got the lead for a couple of laps and he came scrambling back. We actually went through that...

RICKY CRAVEN --32-- Tide Taurus (Finished 3rd):

DID YOU THINK YOU COULD HAVE CAUGHT THE 48?

"Early on in the race I challenged him on the outside and got the lead for a couple of laps and he came scrambling back. We actually went through that process a few times the first couple hundred miles, but the kid is really doing a great job. It's interesting to see him go to different race tracks every week and run the way he's run. I think another aspect of that that's pretty impressive is his team -- a new group of people. I assure you that he wouldn't be able to run that fast if the car weren't driving good. I'm not taking anything away from him, but I'm simply saying this is a team sport and it's just remarkable to see how well those guys have come together in no time. He was absolutely the car to beat and I regret to tell you we wouldn't have beat him tonight. He was just that good. You also got a great illustration of how important track position is in this business because the cars handle one way out by themselves and then they handle another way when they're in traffic. That is a miserable feeling, to have a car that went as well as he did all night, but then you put yourself in a completely different scenario -- car in front of you, perhaps a car behind you -- and it changes the balance. We've entered into a world of downforce. These cars love downforce and the better you are, if you get a car in front of you and behind you, it takes a percentage of that away."

WHAT'S IT LIKE GOING THROUGH A WINLESS STREAK?

"It's like life before and life after. Jimmie didn't have to wait very long, but I'm sure he could support that. I began racing at 15 and every one of us began at an early age. The further you go, the more realistic it seems that you might get to Winston Cup. Along that path you say, 'All I care about is winning a Winston Cup race,' and that's really been my mentality for several years. I just want to win a Winston Cup race. I want to join that exclusive group and when it happened my whole opinion changed and I wanted to win two, but that's the competitor. It is, it's like life before winning and life after. Personally, it didn't change me at all. Tomorrow I'll be wrestling with Everett and Riley. They're the joy of my life, but professionally it's unbelievable and I'm happy for Mark because he had quite a drought. Mark's always been one of the best in the business."

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