TODD KLUEVER-50-World Financial Group Ford F-150 (Finished 13th) "All in all, it was a fair night for us. The World Financial Group Ford F-150 was decent, not spectacular but decent. Brake problems all day really hurt us. We started the race...
TODD KLUEVER-50-World Financial Group Ford F-150 (Finished 13th)
"All in all, it was a fair night for us. The World Financial Group Ford F-150 was decent, not spectacular but decent. Brake problems all day really hurt us. We started the race and the truck had no brakes. I had to pump them up the straightaway every lap, both straightaways. There's too much going on here to be pumping your brakes up and trying to drive one of these things and race. I think we finished 13th, and that's our worst finish in our last six races with me and Mike Beam (crew chief) and Hal (Ralston, engineer). I guess I can't hang my head too much because there are going to be days like that. We'll get out our 34 truck, it's the same one I ran at Memphis, and we'll go to Richmond and get us a win there, maybe."
DID YOU LEARN A LOT TONIGHT WITH THIS BEING YOUR FIRST RACE ON THIS TRACK? "It's definitely a place where the more laps you run the more you learn. There's a reason why see a lot of old NEXTEL Cup veterans running in the front here, or guys with a lot of experience. It's a tough place and you just have to get a hold of it. We struggled a little bit with that tonight, but we'll be a lot better when we come back."
BRAD KESELOWSKI-29-Samson Stone Ford F-150 (Finished 18th)
ARE YOU SURPRISED TO FINISH THE NIGHT WITH AN UNDAMAGED TRUCK IN YOUR FIRST RACE HERE? "I don't know. I don't think anything surprises me anymore. Everything is so competitive and unpredictable, especially here. When you add all of that together it makes for a heck of a show. I think we were getting held up there a little bit. We were too tight and I felt like if we could have come in and made an adjustment we would have been a lot better. That's just the way it happens. All in all, it's not a bad day for the Samson Stone Ford because it's one piece."
WITH YOUR TEAM BEING A FAMILY-OPERATED ORGANIZATION, ARE THESE SHORT TRACKS WHERE YOU ARE ABLE TO BE MOST COMPETITIVE? "I feel like that. Don't get me wrong, power and aero are important everywhere, but I feel like when we get to the mechanical grip race tracks like this that they're not quite important. I feel like I'm kind of getting back to a level playing field."
RICKY CRAVEN-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 32nd)
WHAT HAPPENED? "It's just typical Bristol. I told John (Quinn, crew chief) before the race that one of the challenges here is when there is a caution, you don't slow down too quickly. You have to worry about getting run over as much as running into something. I really don't understand it. We've had a string of really tough races and what we got tonight isn't reflective of what we had. We certainly had a top-10 truck and there's no telling how far we could have gone forward. It's just racing at Bristol, and taking whatever's there and trying to race with a little bit of discipline. It's just Bristol."