Indy ORP: Darnell post race interview

ERIK DARNELL -- No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150 -- (finished 3rd, qualified 3rd) "Our Northern Tool + Equipment Ford was decent tonight, but not quite where it needed to it to be at the end of the race. We had a pretty good...

ERIK DARNELL -- No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150 -- (finished 3rd, qualified 3rd)

"Our Northern Tool + Equipment Ford was decent tonight, but not quite where it needed to it to be at the end of the race. We had a pretty good practice yesterday. We qualified well and we ran up front all night. We just didn't have anything for the 23 and the 33 at the end. These races are tough when you've got only one pit stop to adjust on it and get the truck right at the end. Unfortunately, we were good in the middle of the race, but we weren't good at the end. Realistically, I think we would have finished fifth, but the 14 and the 22 had their problems and we were able to capitalize on it and come up with another top five finish."

ON THE LATE RACE TROUBLES OF THE 14 AND THE 22.

"Yeah, he got by us. We were really tight on restarts and we just kept getting worse as the night when on. He got by me in the middle of one and two. Then with about two laps later he caught the 14 and really drove down into three pretty hard. Then Rick was down on it pretty hard and Mike just cut the wheel a little too hard and lost it. It was tough racing between those two guys, but fortunately for us, it helped us out and we picked us up another spot."

ON RECENT TOP-FIVE FINISHES.

"If you look at our last five races, four of those finishes have been in the top five. We've been running very strong as of late. We may not have had a truck to finish third tonight, but we were able to finish third, which is what you've got to do as far as the championship goes. Last week in Kentucky, we had a top five truck and ended up getting wrecked 30 laps from the end, so it kind of goes both ways. We've had our bad fortunes, but tonight, good luck smiled down on us and we were able to capitalize on that and come away with another top five. That's what we need to do to get ourselves back in this championships chase. It's disappointing that you go out there and finish third and you still lose 25 points to the guy that won the race. Everybody up front in the top five in points ran very strong and we've just got to do everything that we can to make up points on them."

-credit: ford racing

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