TERRY COOK -10-Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l F-150 (Finished 2nd) TALK ABOUT YOUR NIGHT. "It's kina dejÃ vu. We ran second to Kyle Busch last year. Last year we debuted a brand new truck here. Again, as I mentioned, we ran second to Kyle...
TERRY COOK -10-Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l F-150 (Finished 2nd)
TALK ABOUT YOUR NIGHT.
"It's kina dejà vu. We ran second to Kyle Busch last year. Last year we debuted a brand new truck here. Again, as I mentioned, we ran second to Kyle Busch. We debuted a new truck here today, and ran second to Kyle Busch again. Kyle obviously has something figured out about here. The Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l truck was fast from the first time that we unloaded it on Thursday morning's test. The thing that we worked on was getting it to run around this track on the stripe. There was absolutely no second groove here tonight. The Busch race, the Cup race, the All-Star race tomorrow, they are going to struggle with running side by side with anybody in the second groove. We found that the tires weren't wearing at all. A lot of guys talked about not changing tires at all during the entire race, but during the course of a run we picked up a tire chatter. As the tire chatter continuously got worse it actually put divots in the tires, so the tire was losing grip and building up air pressure, so eventually you needed to get them off. We changed tires around lap 45 or 46 and made an adjustment and then took on right-side tires on our last stop, which I think was the call of the night. Not only did the pit crew do a great job of picking us up, but we went from fifth to third on that pit stop. We needed to get some adjustments back out of the truck on that last pit stop, but two tires allowed us to do that."
WAS THE TIRE CHATTER A SITUATION UNIQUE TO YOU?
"I think it was definitely something going on with the tires, and I think you could poll the garage area or any truck. I think the only truck that was maybe not chattering, but he probably was a little bit, was Kyle's truck. He was just on a rail. Any of these trucks that were just a little bit tight would just chatter the right-front tire. What I found out, as I mentioned earlier, was early in the run if you really worked the tires hard they would give up extremely quick through the middle and the end of the run. If you were a little easy on them in the beginning of the run, you had a little something for the middle to the end. That was my goal on the last run. We picked up track position by taking two tires and an adjustment only, and was to not be so hard on the tires early on. It paid off. With about 10 to go we picked up that pretty severe chatter and looking at the tires they almost look like a golf ball all the way around them. That's just a product of a hard tire on this surface, and that's just chattering the tire. The tire is bouncing up and down on the race track. Our Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l crew, we weren't able to figure that out throughout the entire weekend and we just kept freeing it up and it kept making it better, but we could never make it go away."
AT WHAT POINT IN THE RACE DID YOU THINK YOU HAD TO SETTLE FOR SECOND?
"The first time I saw the 51 driving away, getting smaller and smaller in my windshield. He was just so good tonight. He just drove through the field early on and ran down Mike Skinner and took the lead. At one point with 25 or 30 to go on a restart, he got out about 10 truck lengths on me and I actually started reeling him back down and kind of got excited, and thought I might have something for him, and he was a little jerky on his line and he smoothed it out and just drove flat-out away from us. From that point, I knew I was trying to race Ted to get by him for second and hold Todd off for second as well. I knew with 25 or 30 to go that we were racing for second unless something happened to Kyle. You never consider where you're running until the checkered flag drops, especially in a truck race."