RICK CRAWFORD-14-Sears Ford F-150 (Finished 2nd) DID YOU THINK YOU HAD A SHOT AT CHAFFIN ON THE FINAL RESTART? "I did, but I had to do it real quick. I got up to his bumper and Chad has always raced me clean. Congratulations to him on winning...
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Sears Ford F-150 (Finished 2nd)
DID YOU THINK YOU HAD A SHOT AT CHAFFIN ON THE FINAL RESTART?
"I did, but I had to do it real quick. I got up to his bumper and Chad has always raced me clean. Congratulations to him on winning his first Craftsman Truck Series race. I know what that means to a young man, and they worked hard and they've had a fast truck all year. He kept his Dickies draws on pretty good. I didn't want to knock him off. I knew that was his first time going for a Craftsman Truck Series win, but if he would have opened the door I would have shut. I gave it all we had. It was a good day for the Circle Bar team. We lost our crew chief at the beginning of the week, and he went back to where he started, and we've got some business to finish here. We're focusing on the championship, and it was a good run for us and we're looking at the big picture and a second-place run isn't too bad."
YOU FINALLY CAME OUT ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF A CAUTION FLAG HERE TODAY.
"I know and they wanted me to pit, and I said, 'No, I think we've got some fuel to go further.' I knew with a lot of those green stops, you had people missing the pits and going another lap around the track, and I said, 'Something is fixing to happen here.' I asked them to let me go a few more laps, and they said I was losing speed to the new tires. I told them that we had a good pace going and they've got to stop and start and all that, and I wasn't stopping until we had a caution and finally it worked our way."
JON WOOD-50-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 10th)
IT SEEMED PIT STRATEGY HELPED YOU EARN A TOP-10 FINISH TODAY.
"At the end of Happy Hour yesterday I would have thought that I'd been a top-five truck, but something went wrong at the start of the race and it just wasn't there. We battled that thing all day and finally we got pretty good at the end, but we were too far behind."
DID YOU GAMBLE ON PIT STRATEGY TODAY TO COMPENSATE FOR AN ILL-HANDLING TRUCK EARLY?
"The reason we had a top-10 finish was because of pit strategy. We didn't have a top-10 truck. We may have had a top-10 truck at the end, but certainly not until that point."
TERRY COOK-10-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Finished 20th)
"It was just one of those days. It's not where the Power Stroke needed to be today, that's for sure. We were so loose that we were out of control the entire race. It started off where they dropped the green and we thought we had a really good truck and we picked up a couple of spots. It was driving extremely well, and we fixed most of the problems we had yesterday. I thought we were on to something, but as the race went on we just kept getting looser and looser, and the back of the truck was up on the track and it never felt that the back of the truck was under us the whole race. We just struggled. It was just a poor performance today, but I can promise you that we'll get it right and get it better. This is the first race with a new truck and a new crew chief, and that's not an excuse, but we won't race this bad again."
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 14th)
"That's plain bad luck, but we still ended up 14th. You don't plan running out of fuel on a pit stop and it doesn't get any worse than that, but if we still end up 14th, that's OK. We're in a championship hunt and I think it was a good points day compared to the guys we were racing against up front. All of the Superchips guys did a good job. Cowboy (Kevin Starland, crew chief) played the pit thing perfectly, we just didn't plan on running out of fuel there. If we would have 20 seconds more fuel we would have been great."
DID YOU STRETCH THE FUEL MILEAGE HOPING FOR A CAUTION WITH SOME TRUCKS OFF PIT SEQUENCE?
"We were coming that lap and it just barely burped. They didn't even really run me out of fuel because I only lost a little bit of time there. The problem was the caution, it really wasn't the fuel."
YOU HAVE SOME DAMAGE TO THE FRONT END OF YOUR TRUCK. WAS IT A PHYSICAL RACE TODAY?
"The front half of the truck is my responsibility, so the damage up there is my fault. Everybody raced great. It was fun, I love this place. I wish it was 400 laps."
BRAD KESELOWSKI-29-K Automotive Ford F-150 (Finished 30th)
THAT WAS A SPECTACULAR LOOKING FIRE UNDER THE HOOD. WHAT DID YOU SEE FROM THE COCKPIT?
"I couldn't see anything to be honest. I went through the corner and it blew up right away, I heard it go and all I could really do is get it as close to the wall because I knew I was going to hit not matter what I did. When the oil finally got on the tires it just sucked it right into fence. There's not much I could do. I'm really sorry for all of the guys; it was one of our best trucks. We'll just have to move on and go to Texas with another one."