RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 4th) "We had a great truck. Ray Stonkus put together a great truck for me this weekend. It has a good body, good chassis, it was just a little tight at the end. Brendan and I...
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 4th)
"We had a great truck. Ray Stonkus put together a great truck for me this weekend. It has a good body, good chassis, it was just a little tight at the end. Brendan and I got into each other, but no harm no foul. That's not the reason that we're standing fourth. I hear we're second in the points now, and we'll go on from there."
TALK ABOUT THE BATTLE FOR THE LEAD BETWEEN YOU AND BRENDAN. "I made my move and passed Brendan off of 2 and he drove up beside me in 3 and 4. It's the old 'take my air off the spoiler' deal, and luckily, he must have be in one of them before and so was I. He saved it and I did too, so congratulations to the Orleans team. They're good people and good competitors to race with. I'm satisfied with fourth, but we should be in victory lane with the Circle Bar Ford."
YOU LED THE RACE MORE THAN ONCE, AND WERE TAPPED FROM BEHIND MORE THAN ONCE TO LOSE THE LEAD. WAS THERE TOO MUCH AGGRESSIVE DRIVING TONIGHT? "No harm no foul. It was just good truck series racing, and I enjoy it. It just shows that the truck drivers let it all hang out. Like I say, I was going for it all and was going for the win and ended up fourth."
WERE YOU SURPRISED THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO KEEP YOUR FORD OUT FRONT CONSIDERING HOW THE FIELD STACKED UP AFTER QUALIFYING YESTERDAY? "No. To tell you the truth, my truck was better when I was by myself or out front. As soon as I got behind a Chevy or a Dodge, we picked up a push off the corner, and I sort of was driving defensively there at the end to save fourth."
JON WOOD-50-U.S. Navy Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 9th)
"We were just way too loose to start the race and tight at the end and got too far behind. That was it. We ended the race too tight and pulled the wrong gear. It was a bunch of stuff we did wrong. But with a new crew chief (Jeff Campey) and all that, we'll get better."
ARE YOU JUDGING YOURSELF HARDER THIS WEEKEND BECAUSE YOU HAVE RACED HERE BEFORE? "Yeah. I don't think we thought we would come in here and run away with the race, but I had hoped we could finish on the lead lap. We came into the pits early in the race and made some wholesale changes to the truck. We added two spring rubbers to tighten the truck up, but we went too far and couldn't get it quite right. We were better on the long runs with the changes we made, but once we fell off the lead lap, we were just out trying to get as many points as we could."
TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Finished 13th)
YOU FINISHED 13TH IN A TRUCK THAT WAS INVOLVED IN TWO INCIDENCES THAT LEFT IT AERODYNAMICALLY CHALLENGED? "We just kept coming back. This Power Stroke Diesel crew, we never quit. We came back after that first incident and we thought we could salvage a top-10 finish, and then somewhere around 40 laps to go, the 2 truck wrecked down in Turn 1. I was following the 50, and I was really a lot faster than him getting in the corners and I really ran up on him. Now that I ran up on him, he stopped on the track to avoid the 2 and about put both of us in the wall. It wasn't his fault. He was just checking up for the wreck. I got into the back of him and pushed him up towards the wreck and was able to get him slowed down, and, consequently, put a large hole in the right-front headlight cover that we were never able to get patched. In the last 40 to 50-lap run, it was just way too tight. We had an eight-inch hole up there in right-front corner. It was way too much of an aero-push. To come back and finish 13th, I guess that's not a bad day, but, wow, I hope this is the lowest of lows. We had the highest of highs, and we hope we can get back to that because this is by far the lowest of lows yet this year. We may have come out of here with a decent finish, compared to Daytona or Darlington, but we have two wrecked race trucks. The crew has a lot of work to do and we wrecked done of our best trucks and we put some damage on our second-best truck. I know this K-Automotive team will rebound and we'll get it fixed and be ready to go to Memphis."
WHAT HAPPENED ON LAP 4 WITH THE NOS. 4 AND 16 TRUCKS? "I was just a bystander in that. We went down in the corner and I was up high and was going to follow Mike Bliss around the 4 and went down into the corner and the back end went around and I chased it up the track. As I was saving it, I thought I was going to have it saved, the 16 and the 4 started wrecking at the same time right in front of me. I was two truck-lengths behind them, and the only thing I can figure is that there was some sort of liquid down on the track for all of us to go sliding like that that early in the race. It was just unfortunate."
TRENT OWENS-15-Dickies Ford F-150 (Finished 26th)
WHAT FORCED YOU BEHIND THE WALL TO END YOUR NIGHT EARLY? "We dropped a cylinder earlier, and now, something just snapped in the motor. I don't know if it was in the top end or the bottom end, but the motor broke. We couldn't continue to ride around like that. We actually had a good truck. We were about three-tenths off of the leaders in clear track, and we probably would have finished 15th or 16th. That wouldn't have been bad considering we started at the back. I got caught an extra lap down by that caution, and I'm just disappointed. We changed engines this morning, and look what happened."