TODD KLUEVER-50-Shell Rotella T Ford F-150 (Finished 2nd) TALK ABOUT THE CLOSING LAPS RUNNING SECOND TO TODD BODINE. "Well, the Shell Rotella T truck was really good all day, all weekend for that matter. Todd Bodine was a little bit better...
TODD KLUEVER-50-Shell Rotella T Ford F-150 (Finished 2nd)
TALK ABOUT THE CLOSING LAPS RUNNING SECOND TO TODD BODINE.
"Well, the Shell Rotella T truck was really good all day, all weekend for that matter. Todd Bodine was a little bit better at the beginning of a run. We were awesome as it went green and we got to about 20 or 30; our truck really started coming on and they started falling off. For us to have a real shot there, I think we had to have it go green from about 25 laps on. I thought I had a good run at Todd there, we were going to give it a good anyways, but I had to go on the defense instead of the offense trying to fend off the 17 and the 5. All in all it was a really good day for us with a new crew chief in Mike Beam this week and a new engineer in Hal Ralston and a new truck chief in Steve McCain. I've been with these guys for about a day and a half now, so to come out and hit the first pitch with new guys on your team is really cool and I'm really excited about the rest of the season now."
TALK ABOUT THE AFFECTS OF THE RED FLAG IN THE CLOSING LAPS.
"Like I said, we just needed to run for a long time. Restarts were bad for us for about the first two or three laps and then we could start to stretch it out. The only thing, I lost my air conditioning about halfway through and it was like sitting in an oven when you have no air moving around. That was a little overwhelming, but all in all, not too bad."
WAS IT TOUGHER, SITTING THROUGH A RED FLAG OR A GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED SHOOTOUT?
"Definitely sitting under that red flag, sitting in there overheating is the hardest thing. When you're racing you don't think anything about the heat, just beating the guy next to you. It was pretty cool racing with David (Reutimann). I tried to be as clean to him and I think he was trying to be as clean to me, and it was just a lot of fun. I was trying to put Ford up there somewhere. I was definitely trying to fend off a Toyota 1-2-3."
"I definitely thought that the chance was dwindling away. I never really gave up. I was going to fight to the end. I wanted to win really bad. Jack (Roush) has been really good at this track and I wanted to continue his streak for him. I hadn't given up completely, but at that point you kind of know your chances are getting smaller and smaller."