BRANDON WHITT-38-Cure Autism/ Werner Ladder Now Ford F-150 (Finished 31st) WHAT HAPPENED? "I don't know. We're running our race one minute and I'm in the wall the next. I guess somebody got loose below me. We have a lot of work to do on the...
BRANDON WHITT-38-Cure Autism/ Werner Ladder Now Ford F-150 (Finished 31st)
WHAT HAPPENED? "I don't know. We're running our race one minute and I'm in the wall the next. I guess somebody got loose below me. We have a lot of work to do on the rear end. I asked over the radio how bad it looked and they came back with, 'Well, Let's put it this way. We've gone from a stretch ladder to a step ladder.'"
DEBORAH RENSHAW-29-K Automotive Ford F-150 (Finished 36th)
"I have to say that Bristol is a really fun little race track to get around. I feel like we made a lot of progress in practice this afternoon, but we weren't able to pick up as much as we would have liked to for qualifying. That put us 35th to start the race and we knew that our biggest obstacle would be accidents in front of us. And that is exactly what happened to our night. I was trying to get comfortable around all the other trucks when another truck spun in front of me, I tried to avoid him and ended up spinning myself. This is just one of those race tracks where it is really hard to avoid the incidents. We probably would have been all right to continue on, but Randy (Lajoie) was trying to avoid us and just had nowhere to go and got me in the driver's door. It was a pretty hard hit, but I'm fine. Just pretty sore, but most of all I hate that our team has to take a wrecked race truck back to Michigan. We will regroup and get ready for another short track battle at Richmond in two weeks."
TERRY COOK-10-International Truck and Engines Ford F-150 (Finished 24th)
"We were having brake problems all night long and we slid back there. With brake problems we decided to pit early, got blocked in the pits and lost track position and just tried to work our way back through the field. We got jammed up on a restart and got to the outside of the 52 and a hole opened up behind him. My spotter yelled, 'Clear,' and I went for the hole and by the time I got there, the hole closed. The 50 truck turned me around, but it's just a racing deal at Bristol. It's tight racing and holes fill real quick and unfortunately that's what happened. We were doomed the rest of the night. We went back out and had a flat tire after a couple of laps and just kind of struggled through the night."
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 1st)
HOW DIFFICULT OF A TASK WAS IT TO DRIVE FROM THE REAR OF THE FIELD AT THE START OF THE RACE TO VICTORY LANE AT THE END? "It was tough, but it was as much fun as it was tough. I can't believe Shane Hmiel and I finished one-two. We've been playing racquetball together and I beat him pretty bad and I was worried he was going to get me back there. Mike Skinner is a class act. This series is just a blast. I'm having a blast."
TALK ABOUT THE WEEK YOU'VE HAD THAT INCLUDES YOUR FIRST CUP START. "I'm overwhelmed. I'm an average kid from central Missouri and I'm getting to do some great things because of some great people and I can't thank everybody enough. This is a dream come true. I've got to thank Superchips. They came on board at this race last year at the minute and they've been a great sponsor and I've really enjoyed it. I don't even know what to say. This has been the greatest week of my life." TALK ABOUT THE FINAL RESTART. "That was the most nerve-wrecking time that I've ever had. My stomach was knotted up."
DID YOU LEARN SOMETHING TONIGHT THAT YOU CAN USE IN THE WEEKEND'S OTHER TWO EVENTS? "I learned a lot. This track is very, very tricky. Guys like Kurt Busch, he's been trying to help me a little bit, but you just have to get laps and I feel like we got some laps tonight. I only hit my marks 30 laps and I think if I can do it more than that in the Cup race and the Busch race we'll be all right."
JON WOOD-50-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 19th)
"We had an awesome truck tonight, we just didn't do the right stuff in the pits. We didn't make good calls, we didn't have good pit stops, and it was just an altogether bad night. It was typical Bristol racing. You can see some abnormal people run good, and it's a lot of luck and we just have to get over it and move on."
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 18th)
WHAT HAPPENED ON THE FINAL CAUTION PERIOD? "When the 46 and the 42 spun simultaneously off of two over there, we torn up the right front. I made it around the 46, smoke was in the air and I saw the 42 in front of me and I tried to cut to the bottom and split them, but he let it roll down the hill and I ran over him. We had a good truck. The new 2004 F-150 was built tough today for Bristol and I thought everything was shining for us. We adjusted early and adjusted on the pit stops and it was actually fun to drive, and typical Bristol we made it to the front. I like this place. We finally got the truck to where it liked it, but sometimes you have to lose a race like that."