Dover: Ford teams qualifying quotes

Ricky Craven, driver of the No. 99 Ford F-150, was forced to a backup truck after an incident during the second truck series practice session today at Dover International Speedway. Craven's truck struck the wall at the exit of turn two ...

Ricky Craven, driver of the No. 99 Ford F-150, was forced to a backup truck after an incident during the second truck series practice session today at Dover International Speedway. Craven's truck struck the wall at the exit of turn two where the SAFER barrier had been installed prior to this weekend's events.

RICKY CRAVEN-99-Superchips Ford F-150

UNFORTUNATELY YOU WERE THE FIRST DRIVER TO MAKE CONTACT WITH THE NEWLY INSTALLED SAFER BARRIER. WHAT HAPPENED? "I'd rather have not had the distinction of being the first, but we tested it pretty well. We blew the right-front tire in the middle of the corner off of two. We were wide open up off the corner and it blew out and I didn't have time to slow the truck down. But, they worked. The SAFER barriers have been a wonderful addition to the sport. Somehow I think we need to find a way to put them all the way around the race track because you can make the argument that if they're safer in the corners then they'll be safer on the straightaways, too. But anyway, it's too bad because I actually got to the point where I was happy with the Superchips Ford, and I think I was on my 19th lap on that run. I won't make a long run until I'm happy with the truck and I was there. We could have made a few adjustments and been ready to race. That's the bad news. The good news is that the team has another one ready and we'll try to transfer the information we got from that truck to this truck and make those same adjustments we would have made, and I feel good about that."

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford F-150 (Qualified 21st)

"It's a long day tomorrow. Me and Cowboy (Kevin Starland., crew chief) just talked about it and we've got a chance to work on the truck because we know now were we can get better. We changed a dozen things on the Ford F-150 after the two hours of practice, so the setup that we qualified with we really didn't practice. We know what's wrong with it. It was a lot better and a lot faster than we practiced and they know what to do with it in final adjustments to make it a good race piece and then we've got most of the day to work on it. Any time you qualify ant you go faster than you practiced it's a step in the right direction, so I'm looking at it as a positive."

THEY HAVE SAFER BARRIERS INSTALLED IN THE CORNERS NOW, BUT IS IT THE SAME OLD DOVER? "It is. You're not supposed to be racing up there anyway."

TERRY COOK-10-Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l Ford F-150 (Qualified 2nd)

"We got pretty much everything out of the truck, but I don't know if it will hold up for the pole. We duplicated what we ran earlier today, but the thing was real free. Track conditions changed, and I think when we did our mock run it was in the sun and it's in the shade right now. I was sawing on the wheel in there; it was free. I couldn't have stood it any more than that, but a great job by the Power Stroke Diesel crew. No matter where we end up, it's been an outstanding practice and outstanding qualifying session. That should give us a real good starting spot for tomorrow's race."

WITH THE SECOND-PLACE FINISH LAST RACE AND A SECOND-PLACE QUALIFYING EFFORT TODAY, IS THIS TEAM OVER THE HUMP? "It's a new team with all new guys, a new crew chief and driver combination and it takes a while for it to jell. One of the contributing factors is the fact that we are building new trucks and everything to this point was last year's stuff that we just refurbished, so this is the very first new truck this year. We built a twin to it that we're taking to Texas, and this is the truck that we raced at Charlotte. We're excited about the equipment that we have to race with the rest of the year. The motor shop, the Roush-Yates guys have been stepping up week after week and it's been a collective effort. We're just building great race trucks and that's what it takes."

DID YOU NOTICE THE SAFER BARRIERS TODAY? "This is a track that you run on the bottom and where they put them, they're far enough back that you're not going to come in contact with them. They probably put them in the right spot even though we saw some wrecks where people have not hit the SAFER barrier, and, obviously, we would have liked them to. If they would have moved them out further on the track it would have been in a precarious position because you drive it right to the fence as it is. To have them down a little bit further would take away a lot of racing groove here, similar to what they did at Darlington. But at least at Darlington it's the same all the way through the corner, where this is would have hurt the corner exits."

RICKY CRAVEN-99-Superchips Ford F-150


ARE YOU OK WITH NOT HAVING TURNED A LAP IN THE TRUCK BEFORE THE RACE? "It's not ideal, but I have enough confidence in this team, these crew members and the truck that we're going to be fine."

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Series NASCAR Truck
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