JOEY CLANTON -- No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 (Finished 6th) "I can't say enough for the Zaxby's guys, the whole race team and our Ford F-150. Our guys stayed dedicated to it and got the truck up front and they made the right calls. We saved two...
JOEY CLANTON -- No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 (Finished 6th)
"I can't say enough for the Zaxby's guys, the whole race team and our Ford F-150. Our guys stayed dedicated to it and got the truck up front and they made the right calls. We saved two tires until the end. It worked in Texas for us and it worked for us here, too."
WHAT HAPPENED IN QUALIFYING? "I don't know what it was. We bottomed out real hard in qualifying trying to run it wide open. We didn't do a mock run yesterday, so the truck was just totally different in qualifying. We just gave it our best on pit stops. We got in and out and kept our track position. We didn't lose any and we were able to hang on and get us a top six. The top 10 is what's crucial to us."
TWO TIRES AT THE END HELPED DIDN'T IT? "Some guys took the two before, but I think Gary made the call for track position. We tried something at Texas when we made a green flag stop and I struggled out there with trying to be able to run wide open, and when we put two tires on it was our fastest laps of the race and the truck felt more comfortable. I don't know if it's because the lefts were up and the rights were down, but it's something we took from Texas and we did it here. We said we were gonna get two tires and those were the fastest laps of the day for us."
IT'S GOT TO BE SOMETHING MORE THAN THIS BEING YOUR HOME TRACK AS TO WHY YOU RAN SO WELL TODAY. WHAT WAS IT? "I don't know if it has anything to do with the home track. You just get up on the wheel and it's no different than any other race track. If you adjust the truck to be able to do it, then you can race. We've got good trucks. Mark is over there running fourth in front of us and it just shows what the team is able to do coming from the back. We just missed it on our qualifying setup and we just had to battle all day to get up front."
THIS HELPS AS FAR AS THE ROOKIE RACE GOES. "This is definitely big. With the rookie of the year battle going on I need top-10 finishes. I need to replace two more races now. I've got all 14 of mine and I need that Zaxby's Ford right up front."
MARK MARTIN -- No. 21 Bubba Burgers Ford F-150 (Finished 4th)
"I sure would have liked to have gotten them a win. It was just about good enough, just not quite with those short little runs, but on the long runs it was really strong."
YOU TRIED PASSING ON THE INSIDE AND IT JUST DIDN'T WORK. "Yeah, it was just tough. We could have on a long run, but on the short run I just didn't have enough and couldn't clear 'em. On a long run, I could pass any of those guys. The thing was really easy on its tires."
TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 6 K&N Filters Ford F-150 (Finished 11th)
"It definitely wasn't what we thought we were gonna get out of it from yesterday's practice. We just started off really loose and the farther we went along in the race, we got the truck a little better but we'd lose a couple spots on the restarts. That was where the truck was most vulnerable it seemed like and the farther you'd get back in the traffic, the harder it was to get the truck to handle. We were just off a little bit. I see our teammates struggled as well, so we just need to take a good look at what we had as an organization and definitely bring something back different. We brought it home in one piece and Texas is a similar type of race track, but it's got a lot more grip than Atlanta. I'm looking forward to taking this truck there and seeing if we can get it back into Victory Lane."
BRIAN SCOTT -- No. 16 Strutmasters Ford F-150 (Finished 19th)
"Yesterday wasn't a great day, but we just went back to our notes and went back to the basics and kind of looked at everything and made an educated decision about where we needed to be today. We went out in qualifying and that was the first chance to get on the track and it was just way better, leaps and bounds better. Everybody kind of got pumped up after qualifying for the race and we had a strong truck. It's just a learning experience for me, so it was all about making cautious moves but good moves and trying not to hesitate and lose ground when you didn't need to. Overall, it was good. The only damage was my fault. We put new tires on and made an adjustment to tighten the truck up a little bit and I couldn't get it to turn and got into the outside wall, but, overall, it was a good day for the Strutmasters.com Ford."
DAVID STARR -- No. 10 Int'l MAXX Force Diesel Ford F-150 (Finished 15th)
YOU GOT DOWN A LAP AGAIN BUT GOT IT BACK AND MADE UP SOME GROUND. "That's not a habit you like to get into. Our International Maxx Force Diesel Ford F-150 wasn't very good. We struggled from the time we got here. We lost a power steering pump and a gear box in the first practice and never could get our Ford F-150 dialed in in the second practice. We never even made a qualifying run, so we were just trying to make our truck better for the race and spent the whole second practice doing that and never really found what we needed. But it says a lot for Dennis Connor and all the guys on this Circle Bar Racing team. We didn't have a winning truck by any means, but we lost a lap and almost went down two laps, but we kept digging. We were just trying to make adjustments and then finally hit on something where it was finally halfway decent. You just can't ever give up. This series is so competitive, but one thing I never do is give up. I might get frustrated and my team might get frustrated because we're struggling, but you just keep digging to the end."
RICK CRAWFORD -- No. 14 Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l Ford F-150 (Finished 12th)
"It was tough for this Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford F-Series pick-up, but that F-150 is built Ford tough. I hate to say it, but we came home without a scratch and should have been in the top five. We kept adjusting on it and there at the end you realize on your last stop, and that's one thing about the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, you don't get a lot of adjustability built in because there's not many cautions. There at the end I think me and Cowboy Starland and the Circle Bar crew really figured out what was wrong with it but there wasn't any adjustments left."
YOU TOOK TWO TIRES AND GAINED TRACK POSITION BUT YOU COULDN'T HOLD THEM OFF. "Those were the only two we had left. We had two tires left so we took 'em, but that wasn't necessarily what made us finish 12th. We just didn't adjust the chassis just right. She was loose all day. I turned more to the right than I did to the left."
-credit: ford racing