RICK CRAWFORD-14-Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford F-150 (Finished 3rd) THIS WAS YOUR BEST FINISH OF THE SEASON. YOU CHANGED TO ERNIE ELLIOTT MOTORS LAST WEEK, AND YOU'VE POSTED TWO TOP-10 FINISHES. "It was a good decision. This is the second time...
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford F-150 (Finished 3rd)
THIS WAS YOUR BEST FINISH OF THE SEASON. YOU CHANGED TO ERNIE ELLIOTT MOTORS LAST WEEK, AND YOU'VE POSTED TWO TOP-10 FINISHES.
"It was a good decision. This is the second time that we've run this truck and it's run up front both times. We had a third-place finish here, but we fell short on the way home. Congratulations to Scott Riggs for putting on a heck of a race; I didn't see him much tonight. We were best in class with this F-150 Ford. Ray Stonkus rebuilt this truck overnight in his sleep, I guess, and we came out here and put on a heck of a run tonight and I appreciate the team."
WAS THE TRUCK BETTER AT THE END OF THE RACE?
"We made a minor adjustment. The truck was pretty good right out of the box, and we made a minor adjustment to get the speed up. Ray knows what to do; he's a professional. He doctored her up and I mashed it to the floor and we brought it home."
YOU SEEMED TO HAVE MADE A LOT OF ADJUSTMENTS FROM QUALIFYING.
"Yesterday I was sorta hitting the chip after qualifying. We were expecting this F-150 to be on the pole, and when it didn't, it didn't matter where we were, if we weren't on the pole I was disappointed. These guys, Ray Stonkus and the whole team rebuilt this truck last night. They changed all four springs and shocks, and that just shows what kind of depth this team has. Things were right on time today. Pit stops and pit strategy were the best in class. We've got some new parts and I think that puts us back in contention."
YOU PUT ON TWO TIRES UNDER CAUTION WHILE MOST OUT ON FOUR.
"We needed our two tires and then got gone. We were handling pretty good, we just needed fuel. It didn't hurt our lap times, so two tires was the right call."
DID THE NEW NOSE HELP ON THE SUPERSPEEDWAY?
"It was like we talked about all along. Every little bit helps. If you get going in the right direction and get a little bit of help, that's a touch faster than you were last week. We'll have to evaluate it and look at some lap times. It's our first time at this speedway, and as far as speed goes, we were pretty good."
GREG BIFFLE-99-Eldon Ford F-150 (Finished 7th)
YOU SLIDE BACK IN THE FIELD AT THE END. DID YOU STRUGGLE WITH THE HANDLING AT THE END? "Yeah. I scraped the wall coming off of (Turn) 2; it just wouldn't turn all night. It was just loose through the center and it wouldn't turn."
WAS THIS A DIFFERENT TRACK FROM WHEN YOU WERE HERE IN APRIL?
"It sure felt like it. I'm not sure this is where I won in April. It felt a lot different."
THERE WAS A LONG, GREEN-FLAG RUN TO END THE RACE.
"It was. We were really loose right off the bat and we needed to make some adjustments. We were off a little on our setup. Getting the aero package balanced was probably the key, and getting the setup right."
YOU SLIDE BACK TO SEVENTH PLACE AT THE START.
"I was just being cautious. They were all lined up and everybody was real aggressive at the beginning, so I was just waited my time until I got my spot and got in line there."
WERE THERE TWO GROOVES?
"There was pretty much just that one, just the bottom. The stuff would run kind of wherever, but I'm not too sure why we couldn't get going."
WAS THAT NOT AS MUCH FUN AS YOU HOPED?
"No, not as much fun as I hoped. Sixth would have been better than ninth."
TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Finished 6th)
DID PIT STRATEGY HELP YOU TONIGHT?
"We took two tires there under caution and that I thought was the way to go, and I still think it was because we needed the track position. We had to wait on fuel, but it would have been a lot slower stop if we had to wait for tires. Right-side tires really tightened this thing up and it didn't respond like it did earlier. In fact, right-side tires usually free it up, but I don't know if it was the concrete surface or what, but it just tightened it up to the point where it wouldn't turn. We just struggled from there. I'm happy for the Power Stroke Diesel Ford, at least we got a solid top 10 out of it. We were hoping for a top five, but we fell a little short."
DID THE NEW NOSE ON THE FORD HELP YOU ON THE SPEEDWAY?
"Not really. It pushed really bad when we were behind people. We're going to have to work on the balance. I don't think it made an hang on."
THERE WERE A FEW TRUCKS SKATING ON THE TRACK EARLY.
"I don't think it was that earth-shattering difference tonight."
HOW MANY GROOVES WERE ON THE TRACK?
"Just one. Anytime you went to the outside, even to pass lapped traffic, it was very treacherous; you were just slipping and sliding, trying to bad. It had fairly good grip from the beginning, but not enough on the outside groove."
DID YOU EXPECT TO RUN GREEN FOR AS LONG AS IT DID?
"I really didn't figure that it would stay green that long. To be honest, I was hoping it would. When we first started that long run, I was hoping it would, but at the end I was hoping for a caution; it kind of bit us there."
JON WOOD-50-Eldon Ford F-150 (Finished 16th)
WHAT CAUSED YOUR EARLY PROBLEMS?
"I don't know, but that hurt because we were fast. All I know is that I hit the gas and the 4 didn't go, and I was about to get around him quick, and I was like, 'What has happened?' I looked down and the pedal was on the mat, and I knew that wasn't good. Then, it just coasted around and we finally made it in the pits. The problem I had was that all I could do was coast. I couldn't go any faster and they weren't going to throw the caution, so we were really in a tight spot."
YOU DIDN'T SEEM TO HAVE ANY PROBLEMS AFTER THAT.
"We were great after that. We were fast, but we were also five laps down. I was just trying to get comfortable and stay out of everybody's way and not cause a wreck. Then once everything got strung out, we were real good. Even there at the end we were, at worst, third quick and I wasn't pushing that hard."
YOU WERE ABLE TO GET THE PROBLEM FIXED AND THEN RUN THE REST OF THE LAPS. IS THAT THE BEST-CASE SCENARIO TO HELP YOU IN THE FUTURE?
"Yeah. I think it helps the guys on this team, too. I would rather have that happen than what happened with Biffle. He finished seventh, and sure that's a top 10, but they're scratching their heads wondering what they did wrong. We know that if we leave the throttle tight next time, we're going to be up there contending for the win."
CHAD CHAFFIN-84-Manheim Auctions Ford F-150 (Finished 14th)
"Charlie Long and Robert Long worked today to get this finish. I was really down before the race and didn't expect much out of it, but their hard work really paid off. The Remarketing Solutions truck, we were able to hand in there. We weren't able to hang with the top-10 trucks, but everybody else we had covered. Some days, that's the best you're going to be, so I'll take it. We didn't tear anything up, we have a whole truck and we finished 14th. It's just another high note for me to build some momentum on."
WILL YOU BE BACK IN THIS TRUCK?
"Well, it's probably sponsorship dependent. Charlie and Robert, they're what we call independents. They would love to do more racing as would I, but if another quality driver comes along with sponsorship, they'd have to look at that. They're going to run two more races and I'd to be in the truck, but it probably depends on what develops."
YOU CAN ADD ANOTHER TENNESSEE TRACK TO YOUR RESUME.
"It's great to have another Tennessee track, but it's a trade-off for me. I would probably rather have the old one. This one is good for racing, supposedly. The facility is awesome and the fans that came out were in force, so from that aspect, it's good. I love the old speedway. This places is really, really slick. It creates a real challenge. I guess they're not all supposed to be easy and this is a very challenging track. You have to drive the track and not the competitors, and that's OK. As far as getting out there and having fun, it's hard to beat Nashville Motor Speedway."