TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel/Oil Mate Ford F-150 (Finished 11th) - WHAT HAPPENED AT THE START OF THE RACE BETWEEN YOU AND THE NO. 16? "We just went down into the corner on the first lap in the first turn and either his truck got sideways and...
TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel/Oil Mate Ford F-150 (Finished 11th) - WHAT HAPPENED AT THE START OF THE RACE BETWEEN YOU AND THE NO. 16? "We just went down into the corner on the first lap in the first turn and either his truck got sideways and to save it he had to drive straight down the track or his spotter told him he was clear. I don't know which and I'm not going say because I don't know. The bottom line is he drove basically right across the bow of my ship and turned himself sideways across the front tire and bent in our front fender, and from then on, we had to come in and beat the fender back out. You work hard to qualify and work hard for track position, and on the first lap you go from fifth back to 20th, and that's not a good thing."
YOU SPENT MOST OF THE DAY RACING TO GET BACK ON THE LEAD LAP, BUT DID YOU FEEL YOU HAD TO BE CAUTIOUS WITH THE POINT BATTLE? "Not really. I didn't feel like I had to be cautious other than the last couple of restarts where people got double and triple wide and were beating and banging up in front of me. I never felt like it was a issue because there were some good drivers up driving, so I didn't think it was going to be a big deal."
DID THE GROOVE GET WIDER AS THE RACE PROGRESSED OR DID PEOPLE MAKE LAST-DITCH EFFORTS AT THE END OF THE RACE? "I think you just continue to adjust on it all day long and there was no third groove like I thought originally when we tested. There was a first and second groove easily, but there was no third groove. The ideal spot was on the bottom groove and you could carry good momentum in the second groove. Basically, it was a good two-groove track all day long, and I can't fault that, but the track got slick out there today."
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 27th) - WHAT PUT YOU BEHIND THE WALL? "I think we had a flywheel break first or something right there and broke the bell housing. It was vibrating ungodly bad. Then the vibration got better. We were real careful there for a couple of laps and then we realized, 'Hey, we're just going to race this thing.' I really thought we still have a pretty good chance of running well. The truck was awesome there for a little while; we were the fastest truck, I think. It broke the transmission, all of the vibration. It just starting smoking and we didn't want to lay oil down and mess up the race. Hopefully this is all of the bad luck that we'll have for next 12 months. Not 12 months exactly, but 12 months and two laps. I really want to win that championship next year and I think that with Superchips and Ford and all of the exciting things that we have going on, we can just hopefully tack that on to our Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year award."
YOU MADE THE CHARGE TO THE FRONT IN YOUR BACKUP TRUCK. "We had some trouble at the beginning and we kinda gambled on setup and we were too tight, so Cowboy (Kevin Starland) made an awesome adjustment. I didn't realize how fast I could go, I was still being careful, and once I realized how fast I could go I was really excited. The leader was behind us and we kept puling away from him and I was just hoping we could get a yellow and then really be in contention. I was having a blast. It's a fun race track."
WILL THE RACING IMPROVE WITH MORE RUBBER ON THE RACING SURFACE? "It's going to be awesome. I didn't figure it out as a driver for a few laps, but once everybody, especially in the Cup race, the guys get a bunch of pit stops, it's going to be a heck of a race. I don't think it can be any better for the fans. It's frustrating because it's so fast that it is hard to pass because of the draft. I think for the fans it couldn't be any better."
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Newspapers in Education Ford F-150 (Finished 2nd) - TALK ABOUT THE LAST FEW LAPS RACING HAMILTON. "We had some fun. Bobby got me I guess with about 20 to go. I knew I could run with him, but there was nothing I could do with him. There's a difference between catching somebody and passing him. The old flames I lit up with the green-white-checkered, and we got him off of four, but he drove by me on the outside in one and two. This track is really great. Homestead-Miami Speedway did a super job configuring the way they did. If you got a little off you could run for another lane and really make up some time."
YOU SHOWED SOME OF THE SAME MANEUVERS YOU USED TO WIN AT DAYTONA IN THE CLOSING LAPS. "I think you did, and I think I told you on Monday hen we were testing that you could possibly see something like that. When you get a run on somebody you have to make or you're going to lose a lot of momentum. We had a great time today. The Newspapers in Education Ford was great today, and this is the second-best finish of the year for us."
DID YOU THINK YOU HAD A CHANCE TO PASS HAMILTON ON THE LAST RESTART? "He was tough. At the beginning of the race I couldn't do anything with him and we got ahead of him when he made his pit stop. We led as long as we could and when he by me with about 20 to go I ran him about as hard as I could. We had a little run on him there with the green-white-checkered. We beat him to the white, but he had the preferred line in one and two and pulled me off of two, and that's all he had. I'd love to have raced him some more but the race was over, the checkered flag fell and he beat us in the Ford 200 and we took the Dodge Dealers 250 away at Daytona. I wouldn't trade that win at Daytona, but we're happy to bring it home in second."
WERE YOU PLOTTING THAT MOVE DURING THE CAUTION PERIOD? "I spent the whole caution planning that. You try to concentrate on what he's going to do. You try to drive his truck for him and you try to know where he was running good. You try to see if he was good on the restarts with transmission. Everything worked in our favor and he did what I thought he was going to do. We got good momentum through one and two and got him going into three with a little bit faster truck using the draft. But anyway, we finished second."
JON WOOD-50- Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 8th) - "It was fun. We had a little help there at the end in the left rear. I'm not real sure what happened, but that's just how it goes. We really didn't have good track position all day and that was the one thing that hurt us. All in all, we still ended up fifth in points."
YOU WERE INVOLVED IN A FOUR-WIDE BATTLE WITH THE THREE POINT CONTENDERS IN THE CLOSING LAPS. WERE YOU CONCERNED RACING THEM? "I knew going into three that the three of those guys didn't care what happened, they were all racing for the championship. That was their last-ditch efforts, and sometimes you can call a person's bluff, but that time I wasn't going to. I was the one on the top side and it wasn't going to work."
DID TODAY'S RACE HELP YOU PREPARE FOR THE BUSCH RACE TOMORROW? "We learned a lot of stuff. I don't know what will really help for the Busch race, but we'll see."
WILL THERE BE TWO-WIDE RACING TOMORROW BASED OFF OF WHAT YOU SAW IN TODAY'S RACE? "Yeah. It's just one big groove and it keeps moving up to the wall."