RICKY CRAVEN -99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 3rd) "I enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun. I'm still trying to figure out how to drive these things, and what I can get away with and what I can't. All in all, it was a great effort by the team.
RICKY CRAVEN -99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 3rd)
"I enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun. I'm still trying to figure out how to drive these things, and what I can get away with and what I can't. All in all, it was a great effort by the team. They were awesome on and off of pit road. I've got a group of 23 and 24-year-olds that are a lot of fun to be around, and to combine that Mike Beam, that brings the average age to about 40. It's all working. It's interesting. The last two weeks I see Bobby, he's sort of a master at this. He won the championship for a reason. He's crafty and he just rolls along, and it gets down to 20 and there he goes. I'm just going to pay attention because it's two good runs; I like the way he did that. These trucks are fun, and like Bobby said we went off three or four wide a few times and I really didn't think we were coming back. The drivers should be commended. Everyone did a good job."
"This is such a legitimate series, and to be clear, part of the reason I decided to race Craftsman Truck was because of Bobby Hamilton and Ted Musgrave, two guys that I raced on the Cup side and as good as anybody I've raced with. Sometimes the numbers do lie. The fact is Bobby had four or five cup wins and Ted never had any, which is pitiful because he certainly deserves a few. My point is to see the success Bobby has had and Ted, and even Dennis Setzer - all in their 40s - this appears to be a series that rewards experience, and Bobby is proving that again this year. But the sport itself is interesting. NASCAR has gotten so much more attention in the last five years. It's become clear to me that if you're a racer you want a part of the action, the NASCAR action, and the fact is that there just isn't room enough in the Cup level. There isn't room enough in Busch, so the truck series is an alternative. Between the three series you're looking at a 120 positions and that still is not very many. That's the equivalent of two football teams or a half dozen basketball teams. The fact is that this is still a very exclusive group and anybody that races an automobile has a certain affection for NASCAR racing now. It's the hottest game in town. The other thing is that from my seat, working with a guy like Mike Beam makes me look awfully good. He's got a ton of experience and I'm just concentrating on driving these trucks. That's all I'm doing and he's making that part of it easier for me."
"This will be big for him (Park) personally. To clear a hurdle - and this should give him some momentum - this is a personal victory. But, I'm very happy. I grew up with Steve and he raced Modifieds and I raced a series called the American-Canadian Tour and then Busch North, and we would cross paths. I spent a lot of time with him and it was cool when we both got to the Cup level. When he came to the Craftsman Truck Series he knew what he wanted out of it and I don't think last year met his expectations because he didn't win, but I've got to tell you, when I looked at the series last year and I saw the drivers that didn't win, it really got my attention. There are no gimmes over here, so this is big deal for him to win."