JON WOOD - 50 - Bob Graham for President Ford F-150 (Finished 4th) "We had a great truck all night, but not quite as good as last week in Kansas. You can't win every week, and my hat's off to Carl Edwards and his whole team and my whole team.
JON WOOD - 50 - Bob Graham for President Ford F-150 (Finished 4th)
"We had a great truck all night, but not quite as good as last week in Kansas. You can't win every week, and my hat's off to Carl Edwards and his whole team and my whole team. Roush Racing definitely has their truck program picked up. We should have walked away with second place, but a fourth-place finish on a day like this is nothing to pout about."
HOW DID YOU LOSE THE TWO SPOTS AT THE END? "On that last restart, I kind of got pinned in behind Carl and Skinner was in the way and I had to ease up to keep from hitting Carl. And then Setzer got a run on me and then again Skinner was in the way and just had nowhere to go."
WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF THIS TEAM? "The future is definitely uncertain right now for our truck program. Winning tonight should certainly help that out a lot. It seems like we're just up front every week. It's going to tough if we have to quit racing."
YOU SEEMED TO STRUGGLE ON RESTARTS COMPARED TO CARL. "We pulled the wrong gear and that's why we were good on short runs but not on long runs. That's the worst part about it. That's just the way it is. We didn't have anything for the 99, but we could just kind of hold on. We were definitely better than the 1 and the 46, but Mike Skinner kind of got in the way. I think we probably had a second-place finish wrapped up and Mike Skinner kind got in the way, but we walked away with a fourth-place finish on a bad day. It's very good for the Roush trucks to be up front all day long, and we just had a good day."
CARL EDWARDS - 99 - Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 1st)
"Man, this is the greatest day of my life. I was crying the whole last lap. Steve Shearer came here today. He taught me a lot about living life. Knowing his story, he is a cancer survivor. This is unbelievable. I'm an average guy with above-average friends and family; that's the bottom line. My crew believes in me. I screwed up in Dover and Daytona both and they believe in me.
HOW DIFFICULT IS IT KNOWING THAT THE SHOP COULD CLOSE AT ANY WEEK? "I'm just lucky. We've been very fortunate. This crew, nobody says a word about it. We all know that we're racing week to week and this crew just gives it everything they've got. Nobody is out looking for other jobs, nobody is wondering what's going to here; they've just doing 100 percent and that's all we can do. This is the dream. I can't describe it. Like I said before, everybody in the fab shop who builds these trucks, Jack Roush gave me the opportunity. The motor shop is awesome and my crew is unbelievable. My mom is over here. She told me never to give up."
WAS IT COMFORTING SEE JON WOOD BEHIND YOU N THE LAST RESTART? "It was a big help knowing he was back there because I knew we weren't going to get too racy. Jon just won his first one last week, and I thought, man, if I could have anybody behind me to just stay in line and conserve fuel it would be Jon. We're in the top five week-in and week-out and Jon is going to be an awesome contender for the championship. "
WERE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT FUEL? "We weren't real concerned. Doug Richert (crew chief) is a smart man and that's why we're here. It's great to be here and win in a Ford. Jack Roush has given me the most amazing opportunity someone could dream of. We had a great truck. Doug Richert, Steve McCain, the whole crew performed flawlessly. We had a little engine trouble, changed engine, but the motor program, the fab shop, the crew here at the race track, the people for searching for sponsors, everybody on this deal works as one team. It pays off. It's so much fun."
YOU ACCOMPLISHED THE SAME FEAT AS JON WOOD LAST WEEK COMING FROM THE BACK OF THE FIELD TO CLAIM VICTORY. "He came over before the race and said, 'I kinda wish I was starting from the back.' He said it really helped him and I can see what he meant. I learned a lot passing some of those guys. Racing with Brendan Gaughan there was so much fun. That's like Saturday night dirt racing there; we were sliding all over. It was a dream come true. I can't describe the feeling."
TERRY COOK - 29 - Power Stroke Diesel/Oil Mate Ford F-150 (Finished 9th)
"We came in for tires at the end of the race and that was a good call by crew chief Rick Ren. We were a little off by chassis there, but not by much. Man, we were pretty good, but the motor was just down tonight compared to everybody else. The guys in the Allan Vigil shop are going to work and doing their homework and trying to get us up to speed, but we were just flat down on motor tonight. That's where we were off. You cannot make up for that. We were good through both corners all night long. We chased the chassis just a little bit, but at any given ime tonight we were as good as anybody through the corners, and sometimes I think we were better. We're giving it up down the straightaway on both ends. I don't know what to say. The first half of the race we had a right-front tire come loose and a severe vibration, and fortunately it was only that way for 10 or 15 laps. It didn't get any worse, we were fortunate, and eventually overcame that. Putting tires on at the end of the race was big; there's no doubt about that. I just don't know. This team is just struggling and the only thing that I can tell you after two speedway races, I can honestly tell you that we're down on motor. There's no excuses. I don't want to point the blame to any one particular person and I know our engine shop is going to work, but we're just down on power right now."