MATT CRAFTON , NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO, FINISHED 2ND: YOU GUYS JUST DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH TO GET TO THE 51 TONIGHT? "No, but these guys did an awesome job tonight. If you had any idea of all the changes these guys made to this truck ...
MATT CRAFTON , NO. 88 MENARDS SILVERADO, FINISHED 2ND:
YOU GUYS JUST DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH TO GET TO THE 51 TONIGHT?
"No, but these guys did an awesome job tonight. If you had any idea of all the changes these guys made to this truck today..........I mean we were coil-bound all day and right there at the very, very end and the last change we went to conventional and just threw everything at it but the kitchen sink and it's all about these guys behind me that work their butts off. I have to thank them, and Menards and Chevy.............and gosh this thing was good but we were short on fuel and they kept telling me to soft-peddle and save fuel but all-in-all a good night."
YOU NEEDED A LONG GREEN FLAG RUN:
"Yes, definitely. Our truck, it was just unbelievable how good that thing on long run. It wouldn't take off for about four or five laps, then it just kept getting better and better as we went along. I can't thank these guys on this Menard's Chevy Silverado enough. They busted their tails today. We were coil-bound and then the last five minutes of practice we went conventional and I threw everything at this thing to start the race and we had no idea what we had. It was about 15 laps in to the race and I told them that I thought we had a pretty good piece.
"I was so sick when that yellow came out with 20 or 30 laps to go. I thought we were better than him on a long green flag run. They were reading me lap times, if they were really telling me what they were, we were faster than him on the long run. You know how crew chiefs always tell you that you are catching the leader. Good night for us."
RON HORNADAY , NO. 33 GEORGIA BOOT SILVERADO, FINISHED 3RD:
"I told Kevin (Harvick) a top-five here tonight would be great here. We have such bad luck here. We run good, we just have bad luck. Rick Ren made a great call on our only stop for this Georgia Boot Chevrolet. It was cool. I learned a bunch. Kyle (Busch was just so dominate up top. He had his truck free enough at the beginning and I learned that and then when he pitted and then came right back in for fuel, that is what hurt us right there. We lost so much track position right there. It was my own fault, I should have been paying attention, I was following the guy in front of me.
"Overall, winning five in a row. I have to thank of these fans and everything that has been written. It has been a lot of fun. We will just start all over again."
RON, YOU KNEW THAT THE STREAK HAD TO END AT SOME POINT.
"I did and you know, Bristol is one of the toughest ones here. I found something out with ten to go and I don't know. I just left a lot out there and I was pretty conservative and I got a top-five and that's what I needed for these points and I have to thank Georgia Boots, Longhorn, VFW, Miller Welders, and everybody that has been really supportive of our team. It's been pretty cool and I hope these fans enjoyed the race and we were coming through the pack there and I should have followed Kyle down there and got fuel but I didn't, and that's what hurt us right there."
YOU DON'T GET MANY CHANCES TO ADJUST THE TRUCK OR MAKE CHANGES DO YOU?
"No, we had one chance right there and he got it really free and the way I was driving it I made it tight, and towards the end I got it better."
ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR POINTS LEAD?
"All the races, You just saw what can happen. You can run third all day long, but when (Matt) Crafton keeps doing that and running like that, he is going to make points on us. It was a good points day for us and we will take it. We have Talladega coming up and Martinsville coming up, heck we don't know. It takes a lot of people to do this.
"I have to thank Georgia Boot, VPW, COPART, Longhorn, Chevrolet, Mark Smith, everybody. It has been quite a ride and we aren't done yet."
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