TERRY COOK-10-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 WERE YOU SURPRISED BY THE SEVERITY OF THE CAUTIONS TODAY? "This is an extremely fast track and I'm not sure why NASCAR made the call not to have a test day here. They definitely should have, but I...
TERRY COOK-10-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150
WERE YOU SURPRISED BY THE SEVERITY OF THE CAUTIONS TODAY? "This is an extremely fast track and I'm not sure why NASCAR made the call not to have a test day here. They definitely should have, but I don't know as though that contributed to any of the wrecks out there, but it was a situation that I think it would have helped everybody."
WAS IT A CASE OF BAD LUCK TODAY WHERE YOU GOT A LAP DOWN PITTING EARLY BEFORE THE FIRST CAUTION? "The truck was extremely loose at the beginning of the race, and I just had to pedal backwards. We just couldn't go forward, and, unfortunately, I got way behind. We got a lap down, but the truck was fast enough to stay right behind Bobby Hamilton. This is my first time ever at Atlanta and he passed me and I actually learned a lot from him following him around the top. About halfway through the run as the fuel load burned off, we got some nose weight back in the truck and it really seemed to help it. We kept ourselves in position for the Lucky Dog award, and Hamilton pitted early and we cycled through on the next lap, and I'll be darned if we didn't get caught in the pits. I think we had a solid top-10 finish today if we hadn't been caught a lap down in the pits. We definitely didn't have a truck to win today, but we feel like we learned a lot today, and a lot of what we learned today will help us in the future."
WITH A MONTH BEFORE THE NEXT RACE, DOES NASCAR NEED TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOKS AT THE MANUFACTURERS? "I'm sure they'll take a long, hard look at it. Our truck goes into the wind tunnel next week, so I'm excited about that to see where we're at. The chassis dyno is here and they'll run some trucks and see where the horsepower is at. But give credit to any manufacturer that goes back and does their homework. The Fords didn't have the awesome showing here that we did at Daytona, but we're going to do our homework."
JON WOOD-50- Roush Racing Ford F-150
"I got on the radio early in the race and I said, 'There's all these wrecks and I can't even see them.' I was so far back that I couldn't see the wrecks; the trucks were already coming to clean them up. We were that bad today. I have to believe something broke on the truck. This is the worst that we've run in a year. Last year my worst finish was 22nd and that was because we wrecked. We didn't have any problems today, and I don't know how to describe it, but we were that bad. You can be a little off on your setup and run 15th. We couldn't even do that today."
IS THAT A REFLECTION OF THE INCREASED LEVEL OF COMPETITION THIS YEAR? "A little bit, but that's more like if you're in the top 10, but not 30th."
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150
ARE YOU SURPRISED THAT A SEVENTH-PLACE FINISH GIVES YOU A BEST-IN-CLASS FINISH TODAY? "It's something. The Superchips Ford, I'd say was a race-winning truck if I didn't know how fast the other guys were. I felt like our truck was really close to perfect, but those guys were really on their game. Bobby Hamilton was fast, so we'll just go on to Martinsville and we feel like we have some pretty good notes from last year for that place, and I'm pretty excited about it."
WAS IT AN EXCITING RACE FROM YOUR VIEW BEHIND THE WHEEL? "That was pretty wild, but I don't know it if was too wild. It's a fast race track and the trucks can draft so easily that they can stay in a big group, so it's a little bit nerve-wracking. But, it's only a 130-lap race, and if it was a 300-lap, I don't know if I could stand it."
WITH A MONTH BEFORE THE NEXT RACE, DOES NASCAR NEED TO TRACE A CLOSER LOOKS AT THE MANUFACTURERS? "I'm excited to see the dyno here. I followed a couple of the Toyotas, and I watched them real close in qualifying and they're awfully fast this early in the game, so hopefully NASCAR will do what they've been doing all along in the series and try to keep everybody even. That's all they can do."
DO YOU STILL FEEL THAT YOU'RE IN A GOOD POSITION TWO RACES INTO THE SEASON? "Yeah, I haven't crashed once, so that's good. If we can not crash and run where we belong all year and not make mistakes, follow what Travis Kvapil did last year and complete almost every lap, that's what it's going to take."