TERRY COOK-10--International Truck and Engines Ford F-150 (Qualified 23rd) "The truck really has been fast since we unloaded. We're very pleased with it, but we're wondering why we lost a bunch of speed there in qualifying. We were able to run...
TERRY COOK-10--International Truck and Engines Ford F-150 (Qualified 23rd)
"The truck really has been fast since we unloaded. We're very pleased with it, but we're wondering why we lost a bunch of speed there in qualifying. We were able to run a 29.83 earlier and we really thought we'd pick up two or three tenths over that, but we actually slowed down almost two tenths. We're kind of scratching our heads there. I'll have to talk to the motor department because maybe it was a situation where we had the motor too cool because the second lap got faster. The truck drove extremely good, so I'm not too sure if it was too cold or not. We've got a good race truck here and it really doesn't matter where you start here. It's tire conservation and driving good at the end of a run. If we can keep the International Ford as good in the long run as were all day today we should be all right."
HOW WILL RACING AT NIGHT HERE BE DIFFERENT FROM RACING DURING THE DAY? "I don't know if anything will change. From what I've ever seen here when you lose grip, you lose grip all the way around this place, not just in one end or the other. From that standpoint, I don't think that running it all night has much difference than running it in the day other than the track will have overall more grip. It's still the same old Darlington; it's still going to have a ton of tire wear."
BRANDON WHITT-38-Werner Ladder/Cure Autism Now Ford F-150 (Qualified 12th)
"It was good in practice in race trim, and I only got one qualifying trim one and I overdrove it. I knew what I needed to do in qualifying. We made a couple of minor adjustments and it hooks up real good. It's always good to pick up, especially a half of a second. We have a pretty good truck for tomorrow's race, so hopefully we can start in the top 12."
WITH THIS BEING YOUR FIRST TIME HERE, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO GET ACCLIMATED TO THE TRACK? "Johnny Benson has been helping me out all day. He took me around in the pace car and he talked to me after every time I got out of the truck. He's helped me out quite a bit."
HAVE THE TRACK CONDITIONS CHANGED DRASTICALLY FROM PRACTICE THIS AFTERNOON? "It wasn't much different because it's been cool all day. The only thing is there's a little more rubber buildup now. The rain kind of washed it away a little bit, but now we're getting a little more rubber buildup. We're getting a little more grip and that's the major significant thing we've seen from today."
WAS IT TOUGH TO FIND THE PREFERRED LINE AROUND HERE WITH THE TRACK'S UNIQUE SHAPE? "It's just different. The way you run against the wall, we don't do that anywhere else. It hard to get used to telling yourself to drive straight for the wall. It's something you're not used to."
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Qualified 1st)
"That was almost as good of a lap as we could have run. I probably could have gone through three and four just a little better, so we'll see if somebody beats it. The track is fast right now, so if somebody beats it I wouldn't bed surprised." HOW MUCH DO YOU EXPECT THE TRACK CONDITIONS TO CHANGE FROM DAY TO NIGHT? "I don't know enough about this race track, so I can't really tell you. I know while it's cold like this that this track is really fast. We just ran a half second faster than we did in practice. I think you'll see somebody go really, really fast here in a minute."
HOW IMPORTANT IS TIRE WEAR GOING TO BE TOMORROW NIGHT? "I think that any time you can get tires it will be a big help. The guys who have been saving tires that didn't put many laps on in practice might have an extra set, and I'm a little worried about that." TALK ABOUT RUNNING HERE UNDER THE LIGHTS. "It's neat and I didn't even notice a difference out there. It's really neat."
JON WOOD-50-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Qualified 24th)
"We've been struggling all day. I don't know if it's me not being able to figure it out or a combination of things. Hopefully we'll get Happy Hour in and figure it out."
TALK ABOUT RUNNING HERE UNDER THE LIGHTS. "It will be fine. It's a little dark on the back straightaway, but I think it will be OK for tomorrow."
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Qualified 11th)
"It was a good job for my team. Ray Stonkus just came here today to lend some sound advice and it means a lot to me as far as having the confidence of him being here and I think it showed in our qualifying run. I hope we stay in the top 10, but if we don't it was a good effort; the truck drove good all day, so maybe we can have a good finish tomorrow."
HOW MUCH WILL TIRE WEAR BE AN ISSUE TOMORROW? "It's always at this abrasive race track, but the cooler it is the more grip you will have with it. It's going to be an exciting. They're not going to last very long. They'll probably last 10 laps and then you'll here drivers wanting new shoes."
TALK ABOUT RUNNING HERE UNDER THE LIGHTS. "Somebody asked me that a couple of weeks ago, and I said it's going to be pretty fun because it's going to remind you of the short track days when you raced at Salem and Winchester. Then they asked, 'What would you do if the lights go out?' I replied, 'Most of the time at Darlington I'm driving it with my eyes closed anyways.' It looks good, though. I thought they were going to put up something temporary, but they did a good job with the lighting."