JON WOOD-50-Eldon Ford F-150 (Qualified 5th) "I'm sure there was a little left. I just got tight on that run. We should have freed it up a little after that last practice run. That will give us a good starting spot. I'm still not expected to...
JON WOOD-50-Eldon Ford F-150 (Qualified 5th)
"I'm sure there was a little left. I just got tight on that run. We should have freed it up a little after that last practice run. That will give us a good starting spot. I'm still not expected to be putting this truck on the pole three races into this deal. I'm just still trying to learn how this works and it's still a little different."
DID THE TEST SESSION YESTERDAY HELP YOU IN YOUR QUEST TO GET ACCLIMATED TO THE TRUCKS?
"It did. I'm sure we really would have struggled if I hadn't had that test day. It was a good thing that we did have it because I'm still getting used to the lack of rear downforce on these trucks. It makes them handle a little different and I'm still trying to learn what changes to the trucks help me most."
YOU'RE GOING TO BE STARTING UP FRONT TOMORROW WITH A BUNCH OF VETERANS. DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE THEIR RESPECT SO THAT YOU CAN RACE WITH THEM?
"I think we should be all right. I don't know what to expect, but we should be OK. They'll have to get used to seeing me run up there sooner or later."
NATHAN HASELEU-99-Eldon Ford F-150 (Qualified 4th)
THAT'S YOUR BEST QUALIFYING RUN OF THE YEAR.
"We got here yesterday and it was a real struggle. We got off the pace and it was sorta like the same old, same old. We just kept working on it and changed a bunch of stuff. The last couple of weeks having Greg and Kurt helped not just me, but the whole crew. We came out today and we were good right out of the box. I'm real excited and so are these guys."
YOU DIDN'T RACE THE PAST TWO WEEKS, BUT YOU WERE AT BOTH VENUES. DID YOU LEARN SOMETHING OR DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO PROVE YOURSELF?
"Probably a little of everything. I saw what the trucks were capable of doing. I don't thing I learned a whole lot because I don't think you learn much if you aren't behind the wheel. I learned some stuff, I think the guys learned some changes that made us better. Just as a team effort, I think it's gone real well so far this weekend."
ARE YOU TRYING SOME DIFFERENT CHANGES IN YOUR SETUPS AFTER GETTING THE INPUT FROM GREG AND KURT?
"I think that we learned some stuff about the trucks in the last couple weeks and we decided we needed to start trying stuff. I have to relate to the team better exactly what I needed so I could get there quicker. This team is really coming around and everyone is giving 100 percent. The motor guys are giving us all they've got and I'm looking forward to my first race with Eldon on the hood of the truck."
RANDY BRIGGS-86-Lifter1/Amerisuites Ford F-150 (Qualified 27th)
YOU'VE RACED AT THIS TRACK BEFORE, BUT THIS WILL BE YOUR FIRST RACE HERE IN A TRUCK.
"I haven't been in a truck in almost two years, but I raced in the ARCA event in June. We did OK, and we had a Ford Taurus in the race. The downforce in a Taurus and the downforce in an F-150 are a lot different so it takes a little getting used to. The track itself, I have a lot of laps around here."
DOES THAT GIVE YOU AN ADVANTAGE?
"Maybe a little bit, but the disadvantage comes in that we don't race the trucks every week. The adjustments we make might not take us in the right direction in terms of handling."
THIS IS A TEAM THAT HAS RACED BEFORE ON THE TRUCK SERIES.
"We have some experienced guys working on the truck, so that helps on that end. I think a good, top-15 finish would be a good day for our first truck race. Really, I've run more laps just practicing here the past two days than I have total in the trucks. You hear the word seat time a lot, and that's what it takes. If we're there at the end then we'll be happy."
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford F-150 (Qualified 10th)
"We should have went a 30 (33.30 seconds). I don't know what the problem was. The guys are working real hard and we'll need to find out what the problem is in Happy Hour. We qualified a truck we hadn't practiced here yet, and it just didn't feel right; I almost tore it up. I'm going to see if we can't fix it in Happy Hour and see if we can't have a good race tomorrow."
IS THE HEAT HAVING AN EFFECT ON THE TRUCKS OR THE TRACK?
"It's probably affecting the people more than the equipment."
TRENT OWENS-49-Dickies Ford F-150 (Qualified 30th)
"We've just been struggling with the handling of the truck. We are having a hard time getting it to turn from the center off. The truck is just going all the way up in the gray area, and it's difficult to know what's going on now and it shows in our lap times. I'm not pleased by any means and we'll make some changes in Happy Hour and maybe things will change when the race pace comes along. We struggled trying to find the right setup for qualifying. I'm inexperienced and this team is inexperienced and it just showed this weekend."
YOU HAVE A TWO-TRUCK TEAM HERE THIS WEEKEND WHICH IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR YOU.
"Rick Beebe came over and he's running our other truck. It's really two different trucks, though, with different front spindles and configurations. We pretty much have the same springs, but I seem to be getting some rear steer somehow. We have shared some information and it has helped a little bit, but not where we want it to be."
TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Qualified 15th)
"That was pretty unfortunate because we thought we had a better truck than that. We just kind of scrubbed qualifying. We have a good truck and I know we'll be good for the race. We came up from doing a couple of qualifying runs in practice and about wrecked the truck twice doing that. We didn't have a chance to scuff the tires we wanted for qualifying and we had to run an older set because sticker tires weren't the way to go today. I think that hurt us. Overall, we didn't have a good qualifying package."
DID YOU LATE DRAW HURT YOU TODAY?
"It may have been a little bit of a disadvantage because the track got hotter as the day went on and we qualified right in the heat. I think to go out early was the key and it looks like the guys that went early were the fast ones. That hurt us as well. During qualifying, you can search around and use a lot of the track and run a little bit of a different setup. Now it's race time and now it's time to get serious and do some 20-lap race runs and figure out how we can make this truck better."