Ford Racing Kentucky race notes

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford F-150 (Finished 27th) YOU WERE RUNNING IN THE SEVENTH POSITION. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE TRUCK? "I guess the oil pump locked up on the Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford. It's pretty much a shame. We had...

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford F-150 (Finished 27th)

YOU WERE RUNNING IN THE SEVENTH POSITION. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE TRUCK?

"I guess the oil pump locked up on the Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford. It's pretty much a shame. We had to go on pit road after we missed the wreck and I got grass on the grille. We went back out there and made up as much as possible, getting in the top 10. It was a good run for Ray Stonkus and all the guys on the Ford truck. It's a shame we had one let go."

TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Finished 9th)

YOU HAD SOME ENGINE PROBLEMS AS THE LAST CAUTION CAME OUT. WAS THAT A BLESSING FOR YOU?

"Not really, I think it would have kept running. I think we knocked a hole in the piston. It was puffing smoke out the tailpipes. I saw it puffing smoke out of the breather tank as well, so we dropped a valve, knocked a hole in the piston and ruined our night. We had a third-place truck. From what I saw out there and how things ended up, it looks like Sprague had some motor problems. We were as good as Ruttman, maybe we could have run second. I don't think we had anything for the 2 truck, but we had, for sure, a second-place truck. We've had some motor problems as of late. I hate to bad-mouth any motor builders because they've given us good stuff all year long, but we're caught in a slump right here with motors. We just need to get on track here and I thought tonight was going to be the night. We're still pleased with a top 10. Anytime you can have problems like this and still come out with a top 10, it's not a bad night. We come here to win. We come here to run in top five and win races, and when you see it in your gun sights and don't get it, it's pretty disappointing."

WHAT ABOUT ALL THE CAUTION FLAGS?

"It helped us out once. We elected to make some changes early in the race, which I think was a good call. We made the changes and got the truck a little better, butt we still weren't perfect and the leaders were coming, so the caution came at just the right time. We made some adjustments and got the truck a lot better. It was just as good as the leader for a long time; we were just out of track position. We had a pretty good truck all night."

THERE IS A LOT OF GRASS BUILT UP ON THE GRILLES OF THE TRUCKS. DID IT CAUSE ANY OVERHEATING?

"Not for us. The motor just failed. We weren't running that hot. The Power Stroke Diesel Ford, this was our second race with our new sponsor, and we wanted to put on a good race for them, and I think we did for most of the night until five to go."

NATHAN HASELEU-99-Eldon Ford F-150 (Finished 12th)

"We had a good truck. We didn't have a great truck yesterday, and the guys changed everything that wasn't welded on the truck. We got caught in that first wreck and it kinda ruined our night. We didn't hit anything, but we got run into the grass and the truck wouldn't re-fire. The fuel was burning in the tailpipes and the truck wouldn't re-fire and that cost us two laps. The truck was good in the middle stages of the race and we were running good lap times. That kinda becomes you marker; you want to keep bettering your lap times when you're put in a situation like we were. It was a shame that happened because the Eldon Ford was a top-10 truck."

THE SAFETY WORKERS WERE WAVING YOU TO GET OUT OF THE TRUCK, BUT YOU RESUMED RACING AFTER THEY EXTINGUISHED THE FLAME.

"I knew it was just unburned fuel. They sprayed it out, which was all right, but they sprayed a little in the cockpit. They were just doing their job, and that's all right."

JON WOOD-50-Eldon Ford F-150 (Finished 7th)

YOU WERE RUNNING IN THE FOURTH POSITION HEADING INTO THE LAST RESTART. WHAT HAPPENED?

"I don't know. We came in and pitted and put on four tires so you would think that we would be tighter, but the truck just was awfully loose. I just handing on there at the end; it was so loose. Those trucks behind us on the restart took on tires under caution so they had fresher rubber under them. I just couldn't hold them off fighting a loose truck. I had a run on Sprague in the restart, but I checked up a little and then was just fighting for as many positions as I could."

DID YOU NOTICE A CHANGE IN THE TRACK CONDITIONS AS THE SUN BEGAN TO SET?

"Yeah, it definitely tightened the track up, but it didn't do it as much as I thought it would."

YOU AVOIDED A COUPLE OF CLOSE CALLS ON THE TRACK?

"We did get lucky there. We're still learning and getting better. You know you're making strides when you're upset with a seventh-place finish."

TALK ABOUT THE LAST COUPLE LAPS.

"I was just terrible loose. I don't know how I got around all those guys to begin with, but once they started coming around the outside, I was done then. I ran as hard as I could, but it wouldn't go."

-Ford Racing

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