CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 5th) "Going even into turn three on the last lap I thought, 'Man, we could still win this thing.' That was as wild as it gets. I never thought I would have so much fun running fifth in my life.
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 5th)
"Going even into turn three on the last lap I thought, 'Man, we could still win this thing.' That was as wild as it gets. I never thought I would have so much fun running fifth in my life. That was cool. I wish we could have gotten one for Superchips, but I'm just glad to be a part of a race that good."
YOU MANAGED TO GET OUT OF HERE WITHOUT A SCRATCH ON YOUR TRUCK. "That's an oddity for Carl Edwards. I'm pretty happy to have a whole truck. We were awesome there towards the end. With fresh tires, we made our final adjustments. We tried a different spring package that we've never run before at a short track. We were being pretty aggressive and it didn't pay off for most of the race, but at the end it was awesome."
DID YOU EVER THINK YOU WOULD GET BACK TO FIFTH POSITION AT THE END? "I knew if there was a yellow and we could work on it just one more time that it would be awesome. We got the yellow and got the tires and that was just an unbelievable finish. We should just have four races ever night that are 20 laps long and invert the field every time. That 20-lap fresh tire stuff is about as fun as it gets. I thought it might go all the way and that we might have to run it out without a yellow, but I'm so glad that we got a caution. We needed it to put tires on and jockey the strategy around a little bit. We got out of sequence and that was awesome. We were really aggressive with springs. We tried some stuff we'd never tried before so it took us two adjustments to fix it up."
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 8th)
"The Circle Bar Ford did a good job tonight. I hate where we started and had to play defense all night long. There at the end there weren't but a few trucks on the lead lap and we were one of them. We had to let it run there at the end and it got a little crowded. But, we made it, and a top-10 is what we need as a team. Now we can look at top fives and we'll win one here pretty quick."
YOU MANAGED TO STAY ON THE LEAD LAP BATTLING PRETTY HARD WITH CARL EDWARDS. IS THAT AN INDICATION OF HOW IMPORTANT TRACK POSITION WAS TONIGHT? "Carl had wore his stuff out and I had a little better stuff than he did. I wasn't going to take him out and I don't think he was going to take me out. If you had the faster truck, I think you ought to give the other one some room and that's what we're teammates for. I look at it that way, and if Carl was faster than me I wouldn't hold him up, just like we did at the end. I didn't hold him up and he was a little quicker than me on new tires, so we finished behind him."
JON WOOD-50-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 27th)
THIS WAS NOT THE KIND OF FINISH YOU WERE LOOKING TODAY. DID YOU SUFFER FROM MECHANICAL PROBLEMS? "We haven't figured it out yet, but there is something definitely wrong. There is no reason we should have run that bad. We were just tight, extremely tight. No matter where I was on the track, the truck wouldn't hook up."
TERRY COOK-10-Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l Ford F-150 (Finished 14th)
YOU WERE INVOLVED IN THE LAST-LAP SCRUM. WHAT HAPPENED? "I was trying to race the 21 back to the line and we were coming down to the start-finish line dead even, and I just had to stay in the throttle to pass the start-finish line and unfortunately they were wrecking in front of us. We beat the 21 and that was the most important part. The 46, I don't know who he got into, but he hit the wall hard and bounced down off the wall and I got into him as I was trying to pass the 21 to the line. The right side had a bunch of damage already, but I guessed it added just a little bit more. It was already getting a right side put on it, now we made sure it did."
YOU SEEMED TO STRUGGLE HERE THIS WEEKEND, A TRACK YOU'VE HAD PAST SUCCESS. "I think struggle a little bit is an understatement. We have just not been good since we unloaded. We went down to Greenville, S.C., and tested all day on Wednesday and we're doing everything it took to capitalize on a good run here today, but we were terrible from the first lap on the track to the checkered flag. I don't understand it and I don't know exactly what happened, but we'll go back to the shop, reanalyze it, we'll go test it somewhere else and we'll get our short-track program back on track. We have just struggled on the short tracks this year, but it's not from a lack of effort."