RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford F-150 (Finished 36th) WHAT HAPPENED? "Coming off of four I had a good run on a loose truck. Todd Bodine, the 66 truck, got loose off of four and I had the inside lane and he just came back across...
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford F-150 (Finished 36th)
WHAT HAPPENED? "Coming off of four I had a good run on a loose truck. Todd Bodine, the 66 truck, got loose off of four and I had the inside lane and he just came back across the race track and body slammed me, and I made it spectacular."
WHAT WAS IT LIKE FROM INSIDE THE COCKPIT? "I hate to be in those, but the truck will fly; the Ford F-150 is tested tough. I didn't hurt it too bad. I was able to come back around here, but what put us out was an oil leak, and there's no sense in damaging the engine. I wanted to be over there in victory lane and this team put a truck under me that could win tonight. I'll be fine and we'll get them next week in California. This team is focused on a championship run and it's a little setback, but we'll rebound."
TERRY COOK-10-Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l Ford F-150 (Finished 20th)
TALK ABOUT WHAT PUT YOU BEHIND THE WALL AT THE END OF THE RACE? "We were riding along there at the end of the race, and we avoided all of the wrecks and then finally right there inside of 10 to go guys starting losing their heads. I don't know what happened or who to blame at this point. Somebody in front of me got turned around a little bit and the 75 just checked up, and, obviously, somebody stopped in front of him. I drilled him and as I hit him, I got drilled from behind and got sent spinning down in the infield. It's just a tough day for the Power Stroke Diesel Ford."
WERE THE WRECKS A RESULT OF THE NEW RULES IMPLEMENTED FOR THIS SEASON? "I don't know what to blame it on. I'll be honest with you, this is probably the worst race I've seen here as far trucks just sliding around. We typically come here to the garage here after the race and see a lot of damaged race trucks, but not this many wrecked race trucks. At the beginning of the race, as much as everybody was sliding around, everybody was using their heads, and I was really impressed with that. Then, their heads just came off at the end of the race, and it was on. I think 99 percent of the wrecks could have been avoided, so it's a shame."
RICKY CRAVEN-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 4th)
THERE WAS NO SHORTAGE OF EXCITEMENT IN YOUR SECOND CAREER TRUCK RACE. "There was not a boring moment, I'll tell you that. It's a lot of fun, but it's crazy fun with the trucks at Daytona. What's even worse is that halfway through the race under caution I said to myself, 'You're really enjoying this.' The bottom line is that I wanted to race for Jack Roush. He called me, and I'm thankful that he did. I've got a great group that I'm working with and I'm looking forward to this. I'm reunited with Mike Beam and I think that's going to pay off."
THERE WERE A LOT OF VETERAN DRIVERS HERE AND A LOT OF ROOKIES. DID YOU KNOW WITH WHOM YOU COULD DRAFT WITH BEFORE THE START OF THE RACE? "I pretty much made an arrangement with Terry Cook, as well as Jimmy Spencer. When we got here Terry's truck was tight and he had a hard time hanging to the bottom. He worked with me probably a little more than I ended up working with him. But, I felt like I was a little faster, so I'd get ahead of him and he was very gracious. I'm going to repay the favor. And then I worked with Jimmy towards the end of the race. It is a game of strategy and you really do have to work with somebody. I had some help getting to the lead, and I created some help for him getting to the lead."
IS IT COINCIDENCE THAT FIVE FORMER CUP DRIVERS SWEPT THE TOP FIVE? "I don't think that's by mistake. I think that over the long haul there's a time to go, a time to make things happen, and a time to wait for things to happen. There were a few times that waiting for something to happen was reasonable. It's just amazing how things unfolded for us, where we seemed to be right at the point of trouble and squeezed by. I'll take it."
BRAD KESELOWSKI-29-SUBcrews.com Ford F-150 (Finished 7th)
"We broke a transmission there with about 40 to go and it was killing our restarts. I hated to see every one of these cautions, but that's what ended up happening. We lost a lot of ground on all of the restarts, and if it weren't for that we might have had a shot at a better finish today. We're still in the top 10, so we'll take it. We've got a new sponsor with SUBcrews and our little Ford team is looking pretty strong again."
AT ONE POINT YOU WERE RACING FOR THE LEAD. "I had my fill of excitement trying to keep it up there. You're driving the wheels off as much as you can the whole race and trying to be smart. We got lucky a few times and caught the right breaks and we ended up finishing where we had a truck to finish - seventh place."