JON WOOD-50-Bob Graham for President Ford F-150 (Qualified 1st) YOU PICKED UP NEARLY FOUR TENTHS FROM PRACTICE. IS THE TRUCK THAT MUCH BETTER? "My main focus here in not on qualifying and I think we've gotten a little sidetracked and we've ...
JON WOOD-50-Bob Graham for President Ford F-150 (Qualified 1st)
YOU PICKED UP NEARLY FOUR TENTHS FROM PRACTICE. IS THE TRUCK THAT MUCH BETTER?
"My main focus here in not on qualifying and I think we've gotten a little sidetracked and we've worked a little too much on qualifying. We had a good qualifying run and the truck handled great, but what we need to do is be good in race trim. That's what pays the money. It's cool to be on the pole, but it doesn't pay anything. The disadvantage that we have is that we went out sixth. There will probably be a lot of trucks that beat us not because they're better but because they got a late draw. My teammate has my setup and he's going at the end of qualifying, so I expect to see him on the top of the board."
ARE THERE ANY BUMPS OR TROUBLE SPOTS ON THE TRACK?
"The bumps aren't bad. They're nothing like Charlotte and here they don't upset the truck. I don't expect any problems when it comes to the track conditions."
HOW DIFFERENT ARE THE TRACKS CONDITIONS HERE DURING THE DAY AND AT NIGHT?
"This doesn't mean anything because the conditions are so different. This is just like the race at Charlotte. You can qualify good and race terrible and that's what I'm worried about."
ARE YOU STILL RIDING THE WAVE OF MOMENTUM FROM LAST WEEK'S WIN IN KANSAS?
"This is the same truck we raced last week, but this is a different track. The tracks are similar but you still have to approach this as a different race. We know we have a good truck, now we need to get it dialed in for the race. I've got the utmost confidence in the team and the reason we're running good this week is not because of last week, it's because we've been good all year long."
TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel/Oil Mate Ford F-150 (Qualified 12th)
"This is the Built Ford Tough 225, so we came here and tested to be up front. Myself and Carl Edwards tested here - we were the only two here - but Jon Wood evidently doesn't need to come test because he seems to have it up on the big pedal right now. We think we're off just a little bit here and there and it's a culmination of a lot of things. I don't think we're off all the way on chassis, I don't think it's all the way motor and I don't think it's all the way body. It's a combination of a lot of little things and we just have to get back on our game here. The truck, we're very pleased with it. It drove a lot better in qualifying trim than it had all day long in our earlier qualifying runs. We ended practiced in 14th and we qualified 12th, so if you can't qualify on the pole or up as far as you want, you always want t solid top-15 effort. That's better than we've qualified of recent, but the highlight was the pole in Milwaukee. The big speedways, this will be a good qualifying effort for us. It's a little disappointing knowing that we did come here and test and we thought we were better than that. We'll take what they give us, but I really think we'll have a better race truck."
TALK ABOUT RACING HERE AT NIGHT.
"There's not a lot of change at this track. Right now, half of the track is shadowed, getting down the frontstretch and into turn one. The track conditions here at Kentucky don't seem to change a lot from daylight to sundown. The track will tighten up, but traditionally, if you're good here in qualifying trim, you'll be good all night long. Right now it's our job to pick it up a little bit more than the top 10 to get it good in race trim."
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Qualified 16th) -
"We wanted to be a lot better than that, and we should be better than that. We came with a truck that we thought would work and it's not. We're looking for balance right now and hopefully we find it under the lights. The Circle Bar crew is proud to have Ray Stonkus (crew chief) back with us, and he'll have it fixed up for Happy Hour."
IS THIS A DIFFERENT TRACK AT NIGHT?
"There's definitely more grip in it, but you'll find the trucks that are good in qualifying and usually pretty good in the race."
CARL EDWARDS-99-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Qualified 5th)
"We didn't get to do any mock qualifying runs again. We just had some freak trouble there with the engine, but you can see how good our motor program is because we can throw a back-up engine that's been riding in the hauler forever and go out and run fifth. I'm glad to see Jon on the pole. That's good for the team. Now we have to go to the back in the beginning of the race, so hopefully it will work as good as it did for Jon last week."
JON WOOD HAD THE SAME PROBLEM LAST WEEK, BUT WON THE RACE STARTING AT THE TAIL END OF THE FIELD. KNOWING THAT HE ACCOMPLISHED THAT FEAT AT SIMILAR TRACK, ARE YOU MORE AT EASE?
"That doesn't bother me at all as long as we don't get caught up in something. I think that if I can be patient enough we ought to be just fine. I kinda enjoy starting a little farther back although it sounds funny. It gives you a little more practice racing before you get up there towards the front."
CARL EDWARDS PRESS CONFERENCE
"We broke a motor right when we went out for our mock qualifying run, so we didn't really get to try it. We put kinda the same setup Jon had on it. We should have put exactly the same setup, and we went out and ran fifth. That says a lot about our guys, and our spare motor that's riding around is definitely a good one. Starting in the back will definitely be interesting, but Jon showed me last we that he did and it worked for him, so I think we'll be all right."
"Jon is pretty amazing. He amazes me and definitely motivates me. I think that both of us kind of feed off of one another. If I see him do a little better, it makes me want to do better, and I think it goes the other way as well. I'm glad to have a teammate that really helps in situations like this. We really need some sponsors, so hopefully we can keep going like this and keep doing well, and I'd really like to get my first victory some time this year."
"Everything is good. We came and tested here a month or two ago, and we were quite a bit faster than we are now. We're hoping that we kind of find what we had then. We were really good then. If we can get it worked out, I think we'll be all right."
"It helped me a lot. We sat down and looked at Bobby Hamilton's first part of the season when he was leading the points and noticed where he finished and used that to compare our year. The way that he was finishing races, no matter how he was running, he made sure to finish as good as he could and I learned a lot from that."
JON WOOD PRESS CONFERENCE
"I'm very excited about our starting spot. We definitely have Happy Hour to go and we've only fought a quarter of the battle because the racing is the most important part. To be fast tomorrow is going to be the crucial thing. I know that Carl has a great setup; he was fast in practice. Maybe we need to go compare notes with him and see what we need for Happy Hour."
"It's not as hot as I anticipated and I don't really think that the track will change a lot between now till nighttime, which is something you battle when you go to Texas and Charlotte; places where you run in the very much heat of the day. When you race at night it's 60 degrees, so I don't think that will be a major factor. We'll just have to wait and see."
"Carl is a fantastic driver, and it's cool that both of us really want the same thing out of a truck. If you look, everywhere we go we're one right in front of the other, and it doesn't matter which one finishes ahead of the other because it's a good feeling to know that Roush Racing is back where they need to be in the truck series. They were there several years ago, and they're back now."
"It's one thing when you're secure with a sponsor. When you've got that benefit, you're looking at other things. You're wishing that you had this and that you had that, but as soon as you lose that sponsor, that's the main priority and you kind of put everything else to the wayside. It kinda motivates you a little bit more. In a way I'm kinda glad we don't have one, but then again I'm not. That's been the key thing that has made the both of us run more consistent every race and not do things stupid like take chances and get greedy with yourself. We're just mainly here to try to run up front every week. Both the 50 and the 99 are in contention for the championship."
"He (Bob Graham) called me after Kansas. He was the second person to call."
"I don't know. That 99 was awful fast. Him and these two (Hamilton, Chaffin) are going to be the ones that are probably going to be fast tomorrow. It's all about strategy. It's all about being in the right spot at the right time and capitalizing on everybody else's mistakes."
"That's what we started with; what we left off with in Kansas."