TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Finished 1st): "There is one race that you want to win all year long and that's earmarked early in the season; it's a tradition here at Indianapolis Raceway Park and that's the Power Stroke Diesel...
TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Finished 1st):
"There is one race that you want to win all year long and that's earmarked early in the season; it's a tradition here at Indianapolis Raceway Park and that's the Power Stroke Diesel 200. I just can't think of a better way to help cap off this awesome season at my home track, Power Stroke's home track, and have to have all the people from Power Stroke here to celebrate with us, that's just awesome."
YOU DOMINATED THE RACE TONIGHT, PULLING AWAY ON THE STRAIGHTAWAYS AND RESTARTS. "I had more fun racing from seventh to the lead than I did all night long. I enjoy racing in traffic, and we have a great group of guys in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series; they race you clean. Man, I just had a ball out there tonight. IRP has the greatest action."
YOU WON THE RACE FORM THE POLE, THE SECOND TIME YOU HAVE DONE THAT THIS YEAR AND PICKED UP THE CRAFTSMAN BONUS. "That's pretty nice. That's the second time that we've won that. I really appreciate Craftsman putting up that money. Maybe that will help repay some of the money that we've given to NASCAR this year. It's just awesome here at IRP to get that $10,000 bonus as well."
YOU WERE THE FASTEST IN PRACTICE, WON THE POLE AND TOPPED IT OFF BY WINNING THE RACE. "This is the same truck that we've won with two times before and this makes three now. It's just an awesome piece. We just keep working on it, working on it and refining it each and every week, and the Power Stroke Diesel Ford was awesome today."
YOU MOVED INTO SECOND PLACE IN THE POINTS. DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE NOW IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP HUNT? "Well, you never take that out of your mind, but the focus is right now one race at a time. We got through the Power Stroke Diesel 200 and we did what we had to do. We led the most laps, we got the win and we maximized our bonus points. If we keep doing that each and every week, we're going to get a championship."
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 11th):
WHAT HAPPENED ON THE LAST LAP? "I really don't know what happened, but the 16 spun out going into Turn 1 on the last lap. I don't know what caused it, but he spun and did a smoke show and there was no where for us to go. I thought that maybe he was going to stay in the middle of the track or the inside and I took the high line and he came up in front of me. By the time the smoke cleared he was sideways in front of me and the 1 had me pinned up against the wall, and I just drove it out of there because I wanted to finish the race. I guess my eight-place run, I think, turned into an 11th-place showing tonight. We'll just see what happens."
HOW HARD WAS IT TO PASS TONIGHT? "If you were set up right, you could pass, but that's usually the way it is here. Track position was key and getting around lapped traffic was tricky, but that's the same at any short track."
JON WOOD-50-U.S. Navy Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 8th):
"We had a really great truck the first part of the race, but after we pitted, it never would run from there. I don't know. I don't know what caused that. We just lucked out at the end. We're lucky the wreck happened at the end and that we started in up in the top 10. We're just not running good right now, and that's the bottom line."
CAN YOU USE TONIGHT'S RACE TO HELP YOU IN TOMORROW'S BUSCH RACE? "I hope so. I think we learned what not to do. I think we learned what changes we should stay away form tomorrow. It can't hurt to get those extra laps we got tonight, but I was hoping that we could capitalize on this short-track race ands the good qualifying effort we had this afternoon."
CARL EDWARDS-63-Mittler Brothers Ford F-150 (Finished 19th):
"I felt like the biggest idiot on the track there for a minute because I missed my pit on our first stop. Otherwise, I thought we had a sure top-10 truck. Those guys worked real hard on this truck and I kinda let them down there coming into the pits. I guess that's how you learn lessons, but, boy, that's a painful one to learn."
DID YOU MISJUDGE YOUR PIT STALL? "There was a little miscommunication. Usually, Mike Mittler calls, 'five, four, three, two, one,' but he was really busy doing something else and he assumed I'd see it, and I guess I assumed he'd say something, and I drove right by it."
WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU AND THIS TEAM? "I really don't know. I think we're going to maybe go to Texas, but we're definitely going to Las Vegas. I'll tell you what, we're going to be fast; I'm not going to make any mistakes next time."
YOU RAN TWO RACES HERE THIS WEEKEND. DID LAST NIGHT'S MIDGET RACE HELP YOU TODAY? "It did, but we really had some high hopes here after qualifying; the truck was really good. It was really good in the race, too, so we know we can be competitive. I thought with the budget we operate on that this would be a track that we could run up front all night because it's more about the handling of the truck and less about what's under the hood. I had a really great weekend, but it just takes one little thing to set you back. I've just got to concentrate harder next time."