Ford Sweeps Truck Series activities at Daytona Ford Racing and its new 2004 F-150 got off to a perfect start this week with Terry Cook winning the pole on Wednesday night and Carl Edwards winning the first nighttime Craftsman Truck Series race...
Ford Sweeps Truck Series activities at Daytona
Ford Racing and its new 2004 F-150 got off to a perfect start this week with Terry Cook winning the pole on Wednesday night and Carl Edwards winning the first nighttime Craftsman Truck Series race at Daytona. This marks the second consecutive year that a Ford driver has captured the season-opening event and with three truck series wins in five races at Daytona international Speedway, Ford is the most successful manufacturer at the 2.5-mile oval.
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 4th)
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO PIT FOR TIRES UNDER THE LAST CAUTION? "I was ahead of Jon Wood there with about 18 to go and he was trying to help me and I couldn't help him, I was actually hurting him. The truck was actually sliding up the race track and I knew we needed some grip. Gene Nead made the call to come in for four tires and we went back to the back of the field and with two to go, I think we were running 11th and finished fourth, so Daytona is still may favorite place."
IT SEEMED LIKE YOU HAD TROUBLE GETTING HIGHER THAN FOURTH. "We had to race this race smart, too. Is fourth better than 10th? And, then you're running with Mike Wallace, Travis Kvapil and Carl Edwards. Congratulations to the Jack Roush team. We had some steam under our hood too from that organization. Do you want to finish fourth or do you want to get out of line? Travis made the move on the outside and I went to throttle, he beat Mike and I don't know what happened. This race ain't but 100 laps long, but what an exciting finish."
YOU HAD A GOOD TRUCK DESPITE HAVING TO GO TO A BACK UP LAST NIGHT. "A new Roush motor and a back-up truck. That just tells you what kind of equipment the Circle Bar Ford is. We brought two trucks down here capable of winning the race. It was almost a blessing that the primary truck got dented up the other night because we brought a better bullet out. We didn't know it at the time because the other truck had better numbers in the wind tunnel, and sometimes that fools you. I was running 11th with two laps to go and was hugging that yellow line like last year and finished fourth, so not too bad."
YOU SAW SOME OF THE INCIDENTS. "I hated being back there, but there was no place for me to go. They were two wide out there and you could run in either lane but you couldn't move forwards or backwards. I sat back there and watched, but it was very tense. You knew the veteran drivers up there. You knew the drivers that drove the trucks here before, but there were some guys that hadn't, and I'm not saying they made mistakes, but they were squirrelly out there and I just had to watch for that."
TERRY COOK-10-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Finished 5th)
"It did start off real good. The truck got real tight early on in the race and started sliding up the track. They got a run on us and just kinda shifted us back to the back of the pack. Fred Wanke and the entire Power Stroke Diesel team did a great job to keep working on it. We never gave up, and kept tuning on it and tuning on it. We finally got it good at about the last 30 laps, it was the best it was all night long. I hated to be there back in that pack when we were getting caught up in those wrecks, but fortunately we were able to drive through them. But, a good night for the Power Stroke Diesel crew. Our first race, pole, we led some laps, a top-five, we can't ask for much more than that. We were running second when the caution came out and unfortunately had a pit stop where a tire got away from one of the crew members and relegated us to the tail end of the longest line and we were never really able to overcome that deficit. But, my guys are the best and I'll support them every week."
WHAT WOULD IT HAVE TAKEN TO WIN THE RACE IN THE CLOSING LAPS? "It would have taken a tremendous amount of help. I don't even think two trucks working together could have done it. The bottom line was so fast, and everybody only had 25-lap tires on, so everybody was running fairly well. To go up top and drive around those guys, it would have taken basically everybody to hang out the leader and second place and go on front there, and that's not going to happen."
YOU HAVE FINISHED EVERY RACE HERE WITH A TOP-10 FINISH, BUT DO YOU LEAVE HERE THIS YEAR WITH MORE CONFIDENCE? "We've come out of here with my second top-five here ever. I've finished in the top 10 every time, but the second top-five and to have a truck as fast as we did just gives me confidence in the future."
JON WOOD-50- Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 7th)
"I think we had a pretty decent truck, but I spun out late and that was my fault. I don't know if I had a tire going down or not. I'm not going to blame it on that; that's making excuses. Nevertheless, there are a lot of trucks that are tore up and we're not tore up. I feel good about it."
YOU SEEMED TO DRAFT WELL WITH CARL. "We worked real well together. It pays off to have a teammate and he drove real smart. I just hated that I did what I did on lap 60. There were a lot of people that weren't driving real smart."
FRANK KIMMEL-29-Advance Auto Parts Ford F-150 (Finished 8th)
"You could get a good run on them and get up near the front, but we just weren't; strong enough to lead. It drove great, but that last set of tires, it was just too loose. I couldn't stay on the bottom and had to get back on top. I was making a pretty good run with Bobby Hamilton there at the end and he almost wrecked coming through one and two, and he did a nice job saving it, but it was just a deal where we had to hang on from then. It was a good day."
THE TRUCKS SEEMED TO BE PRETTY STABLE IN THE DRAFT. ARE YOU SURPRISED? "There was a lot of air out the moving around and at one point I got into one and when somebody was on the outside of me I got real loose. I don't know even know who I touched there a little bit. I touched somebody there and it was a bad deal, but everybody is hanging on. It's a wonder we all don't wreck. You could really maneuver with these things. You can go really hard, but all of all a sudden they will just go sideways on you, so you have to stay awake."
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 1st)
"I used to sit in Timmy Kohuth's basement and look at all of his trophies that he won with Schrader and them and I can't even describe it. We are here, we are at Daytona and I'm standing in Victory Lane. I'm living the dream the of ever racer on the planet."
TALK ABOUT THE LAST FEW LAPS. "Mike Wallace was the downfall of Carl Edwards last year at Daytona. He taught me a few things and this year he helped me out. I've got to thank Mike Wallace. If he wouldn't have stuck with me, that wouldn't have happened."