TERRY COOK-10-Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l F-150 WAS IT A TRACK POSITION CALL AT THE END NOT TO TAKE TIRES? "That was in essence what the call was. We'll see where it cycles out, but it looks like it was a good call. The worst-case ...
TERRY COOK-10-Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l F-150
WAS IT A TRACK POSITION CALL AT THE END NOT TO TAKE TIRES? "That was in essence what the call was. We'll see where it cycles out, but it looks like it was a good call. The worst-case scenario was we picked up a couple of spots. It was pretty ugly out there. Tires are so big here, and when you don't have tires you're just all over the track. We couldn't even get a good restart because you're spinning the tires on the restart. We did what we could. We came here to run top 10 and we just didn't have a top-10 truck all day. We kept working on it, and got it a lot better at the end, but we just never really found the handle on it, which is disappointing because this is the truck that was pretty good for us all summer long. It kind of let us down here today. We'll rally back."
WHAT DID YOU SEE FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE AT THE END? "I didn't see what happened on the frontstretch because we weren't close enough to that. It's the typical deal where everybody is out of tires, you've got a track that from the top to the bottom is raceable and everybody is out of tires, so whether people are diving to the bottom or the outside, and people blocking them is usually what causes wrecks like that just because the guys that did take tires were so much faster. It's definitely exciting for the fans when you get in a situation like that, but it's pretty hairy; it's pretty scary out there. I was trying to check up at the start-finish line and couldn't slow down in time and just about involved in another huge melee down here, so I feel fortunate just to have a flattened right side from guys maybe not cutting me some slack earlier in the race."
RICKY CRAVEN-99-Superchips Ford F-150
YOU CHOSE NOT TO TAKE TIRES DURING THE FINAL CAUTION PERIOD. "We gave up track position all day and that wasn't a bad decision. For us to win the race we needed to have a nearly perfect day and we didn't. We had a truck that was capable of winning the race. It was very strong, and I feel good about the fact that we're starting to get a rhythm together and starting to get some momentum. I'm really proud of the team because it's taken a while."
WHAT DID YOU SEE ON THE FINAL LAP? "I saw the caution light come on and three trucks passed us. If I've got a chance to win the race I'm going to let it loose, but not to finish seventh, eight or ninth. There was a lot of unnecessary risk taking out there and there didn't need to be as many trucks involved as there were."