RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 14th) DID YOU THINK YOU WOULD RUN OUT OF FUEL WITH SO MANY LAPS REMAINING? "No, it shocked Ray, the crew chief, because he thought we had 10 laps over to spare, and then we had 12...
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 14th)
DID YOU THINK YOU WOULD RUN OUT OF FUEL WITH SO MANY LAPS REMAINING? "No, it shocked Ray, the crew chief, because he thought we had 10 laps over to spare, and then we had 12 laps of caution come in there and that would have added to it. When I run under caution I usually lug it down in fourth gear and don't burn any fuel at all and let it idle. I was watching him (Edwards). I was stalking him and cooling my tires and just stalking Carl and waiting on him to get in more traffic. I could catch him in traffic pretty easy and we had some traffic coming up and I didn't get the chance to put the Circle Bar Ford up in Victory Lane."
IT'S UNUSUAL FOR A DRIVER TO SHIFT ON A SHORT TRACK, BUT IT WAS MENTIONED THAT YOU WERE TONIGHT. HOW MUCH WERE YOU SHIFTING? "Shifting would help you, but it hurts you getting in the corner because you have too much gear. I used that gear to pull my distance on third place and then I had to go to the other gear in order to cool my tires. When I did I got in a rhythm and caught Carl again. I know Ray hates it because he made some good calls on the chassis today. He made some good calls and it was fun to drive, but we wanted to win the Power Stroke race tonight. You can't do it without the speed in these Yates engines though."
JON WOOD-50-Bob Graham for President Ford F-150 (Finished 5th)
"We were not very good on long runs. We lucked up at the end and took tires and that was the call. Another top-five, what can you say?"
YOU OPTED TO TAKE TIRES ON THE LAST CAUTION WHILE MOST EVERYONE STAYED OUT. IS THE POINTS RACE IN THE FOREFRONT OF YOUR MIND? "If we can't win the race, we want to come out of here with the most points possible. We're in this championship hunt big time. There aren't very many trucks that are better than us every week. It's tough running with the 16, and it's tough running with the 62, but beyond them, I think that we're one of the more dominant teams. We're just doing what we need to do and that's finish these races the way that we're finishing them."
TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel/Oil Mate Ford F-150 (Finished 9th)
"We got up there and found our way to fifth with 35 to 40 laps to go, but we just didn't have the tires. We burned the tires off the thing trying to go up through there and we had no right-front tire there at the end of the race. I was just hanging on for the ride."
WHAT HAPPENED WITH YOU AND PETREE? "I was trying to be courteous and I was going to give Andy Petree his lap back. I moved up the track and was slowing down and apparently he didn't realize what I was doing and he thought he was racing to get his lap back and he drove right into the side of me and turned me around and sent me for a ride. From then on, it changed our whole race strategy and everything. We got out of tire sequence and everything. We kept digging trying to get some spots, but it was too little too late."
YOU HAD THE DOMINANT TRUCK EARLY IN THE RACE. "We probably did at different stages at the race. IRP is a track position race. I don't know what the leader did, but I imagine he did it on one stop. He played his fuel right and I saw that some guys ran out of fuel. We knew not to get involved in that and we were going to pit at about 65 to 70 laps in because we knew we would be safe on fuel like we were last year. But, when you get back there in the pack, it's easy to work your way up from 30th to about top 10, but once you starting working from there it's hard pickings. I don't know if it's the tire we're running here, but this is the greasiest I've ever seen this track. The track down on the bottom, the middle, up top, it just didn't have any grip and that was frustrating all night."