CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 33rd) WHAT PUT YOU IN THE GARAGE? "Something broke huge. Something went through the oil pan, and it was something important in the motor because it didn't run very well afterwards. The guys in...
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 33rd)
WHAT PUT YOU IN THE GARAGE? "Something broke huge. Something went through the oil pan, and it was something important in the motor because it didn't run very well afterwards. The guys in the Mooresville (N.C.) engine shop do a great job. They've given us great power all year and we've hardly had any troubles. Tonight was no exception right up until it broke. We had such a great truck. I spun earlier; we wore the right rears down to the cores. We got real fortunate not to tear anything up. We had a set of tires left and this thing was totally awesome on new tires."
IT LOOKED EARLY IN THE RACE LIKE THIS WAS GOING TO BE A GOOD POINTS NIGHT FOR YOU. "We're OK. We have a lot of races left. This team has come together; we're going to be all right. We want to win this championship really badly for Superchips, Jack Roush and everybody who has believed in me and helped me out. We're going to bounce back, it's fine. We had a truck and we'll have a better one next week."
TERRY COOK-10-International Trucks and Engines Ford F-150 (Finished 9th)
"Tires were huge tonight. This was big on tires. The International Trucks and Engines Ford was awesome by the end. We struggled all day long with this truck. It's a brand new truck and we were just flat exhausted. We qualified 27th, which was a terrible qualifying effort, and we were just dejected. The race started and we were OK. We came in and did a track bar adjustment and an air pressure adjustment and this thing turned into a rocket. We drove into the top five and then 10 laps later it just started to loosen up really bad again, and it kind of backed us up again. The key tonight was to be fast, you had to be real loose, and if you were really loose you were going to burn the right-rear tire up. We did that every run, and 20 laps into a run it was tough to hang on to. We just fought the balance. The last run, we had about 40 laps to go, we put tires on it and we thought we were going to be all right and they got bottled up in front of me on a restart and I jumped on the brakes to avoid the 14 and then jumped back in the gas and fouled a plug. We were down to seven cylinders for about six to eight laps and lost a bunch of track time. Had we not lost that track time we would have easily run in the top five, but for as bad as our day was going we'll take a ninth-place finish and take that momentum to Fontana. We're trying to get our program back righted and I think we're on the right track."
THERE WERE VERY FEW MULTI-TRUCK ACCIDENTS TONIGHT. IS THAT A CASE OF TEAMS AND DRIVERS WANTING TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE TO TAKE THESE TRUCKS TO CALIFORNIA NEXT WEEK? "I don't really think so. I hate to say to it, but we're this far in the season and everybody is starting to use their heads finally. They're being pretty cautious to each other. These tracks are pretty flat and they're fast, and as loose as everybody was tonight you couldn't drive it underneath anybody into the corner. You had to be really mindful of that. With that in mind, I think a lot of people were using their heads and that people that did spin were extremely loose and they spun out by themselves. We were fortunate to dodge a couple of bullets tonight when people spun in front of us, but I think that's the reason."
BRANDON WHITT-38-Cure Autism Now/Werner Ladder Ford F-150 (Finished 13th)
"It's always good to come back to a race track that I've been to before. All this year we've been going to tracks that I haven't seen before, and finally, Vegas is the first one that I've been to in the trucks. The Werner Ladder Ford ran good today. We were loose almost all night long, but I think it worked out for the better. The truck would come to me the longer we ran. We made good calls in the pits today and wound up with a top-15, so that's pretty good."
WERE YOU SURPRISED THAT THE TRACK CONDITIONS SEEMED TO LOOSEN UP THE TRUCKS TONIGHT GIVEN THE FACT PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING WERE RUN IN THE HEAT OF THE DAY? "Usually when it's nighttime the track tends to tighten up, but tonight it seemed to loosen up. We were looser than we were in practice and qualifying. That helped us because we usually tend to be pretty tight."
JON WOOD-50-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 12th)
"Slowly we've been showing progress. It was a little frustrating in the pits because we lost our jack man before the start of the race. The 99 team felt that they needed my jack man, and we're trying to help them win the championship, so we gave them to him. It made it a little chaotic in the pits because we had a new jack man and our pit stops really weren't all that coordinated. Other than that, we had an OK truck. We raced hard and ended up with a finish that I'll take given the past couple of weeks. I think we're capitalizing on our short-track program, but we just need to figure out what I need on these big tracks."
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 11th)
"We're making small steps and those small steps are going to turn into big strides, especially coming out of here tonight with a brand new F-150. This truck has never seen a race track. Last week we ran our oldest truck at Loudon and got back to basics. This week we brought a brand new piece that Ray Stonkus set up back at the shop. Ronnie White did a good job in the pits and made some calls and got what we needed at the end and finally got a decent finish. Starting 20th and finish 11th is decent and we ran good and ran competitive and that's what we need to go on to California with."
A LOT OF THE CAUTIONS TONIGHT WERE CAUSED BY SINGLE-TRUCK INCIDENTS. WERE YOU SURPRISED BY THE RELATIVELY FEW NUMBER OF MULTI-TRUCK INCIDENTS? "I noticed that on the first lap. We went into turn one and everybody made it through the first lap; they were tiptoeing. It was like they were running 90 mph and they should have been running 150. But, that's good. I think everybody realizes that they have to run again next week and a lot of them want to run the same truck they ran here."