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TRENT OWENS-49-Dickies Ford F-150 (Finished 34th) ARE YOU OK? "Yeah, I'm fine, but the truck is a little tore up. We made it through the first wreck, the guy that spun, and then the second time I think the 81 lost it going down into (Turn) 1.

TRENT OWENS-49-Dickies Ford F-150 (Finished 34th)

ARE YOU OK?

"Yeah, I'm fine, but the truck is a little tore up. We made it through the first wreck, the guy that spun, and then the second time I think the 81 lost it going down into (Turn) 1. I thought he was going to stay in the inside. I went to the outside and he over-corrected. If I hadn't been there, he probably would have hit the wall head on. He's probably thankful I was there to hit. It was a pretty good lick. I think I've parked my truck today. We were just hoping to stay out and get a good finish. This was an off weekend for us and we had a poor qualifying run. We had to move up through the field and we had a really good truck. I've just got to thank Dickies for the opportunity, and we'll be back at Texas."

JON WOOD-50-Eldon Ford F-150 (Finished 4th)

YOU POSTED THE BEST ROUSH RACING FINISH OF THE SEASON IN YOUR THIRD START WITH THEM.

"It just goes to prove that when their stuff is right, it's right. We had a great run; the truck was great. We had a little engine problem with the carburetor and that's what cost me on the restarts. I don't know, we just had a really great truck."

YOU SPUN ON LAP 22 AND CAME INTO THE PITS FOR SERVICE, BUT THAT ALLOWED YOU TO STAY ON THE LEAD LAP ON THE LONG, GREEN-FLAG RUN.

"That was a little bit of luck, but we shouldn't have been in that position to start with. It's like the lapped traffic doesn't want to move and that truck slide up into me and knocked me towards the wall. He got me into the gray and I was trying to keep it off the wall."

YOU LED YOUR FIRST LAPS TODAY. DID YOU EARN THE RESPECT OF THE VETERANS?

"I think we earned some respect, we just need to get some of that from the lapped trucks."

HOW BAD WAS THE HEAT?

"What does it look like? I'm going to sit here on pit road for a few minutes while I get cooled down. It was a ton hotter today than when I was here just one month ago."

THIS IS YOUR SECOND TOP FIVE AT THIS TRACK.

"That's just an outstanding job for myself and this Eldon team. We got in a little trouble when that truck wrecked me, but that actually came out for the better in the end. I just have to thank Jack Roush and my sponsor Eldon; I'm trying my best. I need to especially thank my dad for getting me here."

AFTER THAT ACCIDENT, HOW DID YOU KEEP YOUR NERVES CALM? "I have a really good crew chief and that's what kept my nerves calm, otherwise it would have been four-wide and five-wide, and that would have been a mess. Dan's a great guy."

THREE ROOKIES FINISHED IN THE TOP FIVE. "My definition of a rookie is not a beginner totally, but a beginner to the series. This series is no different than any other series; it's all racing. It doesn't surprise me one bit."

NATHAN HASELEU-99-Eldon Ford F-150 (Finished 10th)

"We had a good starting spot. The weekend went good. This was probably the best weekend that we've had all season. It's our fourth top-10 finish, but we just keep finishing 10th. We had some problems, we had flat tire during the race going down the front straightaway and that lost us a lot of spot, otherwise we might have ad a chance for a sixth or seventh-place finish. All in all, it was a good day for the Eldon Ford."

HOW BAD WAS THE HEAT?

"It was hot out there, but you just put it out of your mind and get the race done with."

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON THAT BOTH ROUSH TRUCKS FINISHED IN THE TOP 10.

"I think we're going forward. Jon did an awesome job to finish fourth. I think both teams are going forward. The crew, the drivers are learning together and I think that as the season goes on, we should have some more top fives and top 10s."

DO YOU THINK YOU EARNED A SHOT AT DRIVING THIS TRUCK AGAIN NEXT WEEK?

"I don't know for sure, but I hope so. Qualifying fourth and finishing 10th, we had a couple of problems that included a flat tire. We weren't sure what lap we were on there and we should have pulled in front of Jon and we would have stayed on the lead lap because the caution flag came out. The computer was down and that's just a little bad luck, but we still had a pretty good weekend."

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford F-150 (Finished 8th)

YOU LOOK A LITTLE TIRED.

"I don't look whipped, I could knock Rocky Marciano out right now. I feel pretty good. Anytime you come to a new place and finish in the top 10 with as many green-flag laps as we had is a good weekend. We pitted twice under green and we had good pit stops today. The Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford finishes in eight and that's a good finish for us. We're back on track, we're finishing now and we're running up front. I just wish we had stayed on the lead lap. I don't know if we had anything for the 1, 17 or 24, but we were doggone there today."

IT GOT PRETTY RACY THERE WITH SOME TRUCKS GOING FOUR WIDE.

"I'd let them because they'd eventually hit the concrete."

TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Finished 20th)

HOW BAD WAS THE HEAT IN THE TRUCK?

"It wasn't that bad. I'm not sure about the rest of the guys, but it wasn't too bad for us. We made all the provisions before the race and got myself cooled down with the air conditioner blowing on my head and insulated the floorboards. I was pretty cool throughout the race, but with 40 laps to go, the seat started getting hot and I think that was attributed to the ice packs melting and going down into the seat. Other than that, the heat didn't seem to affect me. Unfortunately, we had a problem early in the race. We were running good early. We moved up from 15th into the top 10 and thought we had a really good piece, but evidently we got some dirt in the carburetor. The motor started fluttering and it wouldn't run, and it got progressively worse and worse. Finally, it wouldn't run at all and we had to change carburetor and lost a bunch of laps. We got back out there and never lost another lap after that. We were pretty good all day, but unfortunately, when you get that far behind, you're just out there riding around trying to collect points."

YOU HAD PROBLEMS IDENTIFYING THE PROBLEM.

"We had fuel pressure and I switched ignition boxes and it didn't fix the problem. Feathering and playing with the throttle, I could tell I was making it worse or better and I told them at that point that it was fuel related, so it had to be in the carburetor. Fortunately it was and we got it fixed, but unfortunately we had a problem."

LARRY GUNSELMAN-63-Waterloo Tool Storage Ford F-150 (Finished 16th) - "That's another top 20 and we're pretty happy with that. The Waterloo Ford wasn't getting through the corners real well. It was tight coming off, and that really hurt us both getting in and coming off. We hung tough all day and came out of here with a 16th-place finish, my best finish yet. This is our fourth top 20 for this team and I think that matches the number of top-20 finishes that they had last year. We're happy with that and we moved up a couple of spots in the points. I'm just looking forward to going to Kentucky next week."

RANDY BRIGGS-86-Lifter1/Amerisuites Ford F-150 (Finished 18th)

YOU FINISHED 18TH IN YOUR SECOND RACE AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY.

"I'm happy we finished the race, but not happy where we finished. I think that if I hadn't had made as many mistakes, we would have had a top-15 finish. That would have been really respectable for such a small team with the funding that we do have. Thank goodness for the sponsors that we do have locally." THE TEMPERATURE TODAY MUST HAVE BEEN A LOT WARMER THAN IT WAS IN JUNE?

"It was and it feels a lot better here in the hauler. I think we need to consider air conditioning on days like today. It's a great weight-loss program, though. If you want to lose weight, jump in a truck on a day like today."

YOU WERE INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT AND DIDN'T COME RIGHT IN AFTER THE ACCIDENT. YOU MADE A COUPLE OF LAPS.

"That's why I spun out a second time. We had some miscommunication there. It was a rookie mistake again. There are some many that happen and some don't look as spectacular as others. I was going to go down pit road and my spotter said to stay out at the last minute and I went to reach for second gear to try to get going and spun it again, so that was kind of embarrassing. They got me going again, and they kept me lined out."

DID YOU HAVE A LOT OF FANS HERE WATCHING?

"There were so many fans, so many e-mails. My wife answers the e-mails every day, people wishing us luck. We got three phones call since the race ended. Being here in my hometown, this was really, really big. I don't know of any drivers that live three miles from a race track this big, this size. This was very special."

-Ford Racing

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