TERRY COOK-10-Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l F-150 (Finished 2nd) "I don't know what to say. The Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l crew built us a new race truck and we debuted here. Last year we built a new race truck and debuted it here,...
TERRY COOK-10-Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l F-150 (Finished 2nd)
"I don't know what to say. The Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l crew built us a new race truck and we debuted here. Last year we built a new race truck and debuted it here, and finished second behind Kyle Busch. It's two years in a row that he's won and it's two years in a row that we've finished second. Just a great effort by the entire team. Goodyear brought a tire here that was extremely hard. It chattered pretty much the entire race. It seemed like if you were easy on the tires at the beginning of the run you wouldn't make them chatter too much and they would stay longer. If you got aggressive with them earlier and made them chatter hard early, they would chatter even harder as the run went on. I kinda learned that through the first two or three runs, and the last run we were at our best and tried not chatter the tires as much. I'm tickled to death for these guys. We've got a victory coming soon, and maybe it will be at Mansfield."
TALK ABOUT THE DECISION TO TAKE TWO RIGHT-SIDE TIRES ON THE LAST STOP. "That was all Dennis Connor. I helped him to make an adjustment with that, but that was all him and I think that was an awesome decision. The tires weren't wearing and we saw that through practice, but we also knew that we needed to get some tires on there with lower air pressures so they would blow up like a balloon, where you could not only need a slight adjust, which we got, but we got some fresh tires, so it was a great decision by Dennis."
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford F-150 (Finished 11th)
"Our guys practice real hard and do pit stops and we finally got an in-house team again after about a year of renting Cup guys, and the first pit stop you come in and a tire from another truck runs through your pit box and knocks two of your guys down. The Ford F-150 was a top-three truck and you see where it's at. You can't keep it in traffic and nobody had to run that hard."
"WHAT ARE YOU IMPRESSIONS OF THE TRACK SURFACE IN RACE CONDITIONS? "Some people hit the setup just right and some missed it. I had a great truck. I had a good setup and I felt comfortable and fast all night long. I made some moves and my hat's off to Cowboy (Kevin Starland, crew chief) and the whole crew for setting it up. It ran good since we tested it at Chicago last week and it ran good since we landed here. It's a brand-new truck, so it's now got one under its belt, but it deserved a better finish than that."
ERIK DARNELL-99-Woolrich Ford F-150 (Finished 10th)
"We definitely figured this track out over the course of the race. It was a struggle early on because I struggled in practice. I made a couple of rookie mistakes and got us behind there on tires. When we pitted we had to put on stickers instead of scuffs, and that was really the ticket tonight. We had to have 20-lap scuffs to pick up quick when you got out there, and we didn't have it and we had to fight it all night, and we ended up coming out of here with a decent finish."
WHAT ARE YOU IMPRESSIONS OF THE TRACK SURFACE IN RACE CONDITIONS? "You could get a little bit racy out there, but I think most of it was from the tire not being able to do that. You could get alongside a guy, and if you got sideways with these things, it was hard to save. I think with a little bit softer tire that we really could have been racing out there. I love the track. It's smooth as glass and there's definitely a second groove getting worked in out there, I just think we need a little bit softer tire."
MARCOS AMBROSE-20-Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Ford F-150 (Finished 36th)
HAT HAPPENED? "I was just trying to get out of the way. I was stuck on the high line there, and I was just letting them go, letting them go, letting them go, and you can only run up there so long when nobody else has been up there all weekend. I'm not sure what happened; she just went around on me. I just feel terrible because all we want to do is finish. I'm just trying to finish one of these deals. We put ourselves in pretty bad position there starting so far up. I was just trying to roll around and get to the back as soon as I could, and I just couldn't get there in time."