Mansfield: Ford team race quotes

Travis Kvapil -- No. 6 K&N Engineering Ford F-150 -- (finished 7th) "The race was all right. We started off a little shaky; we didn't plan on pitting twice, we really didn't plan to put tires on it. But we put fuel in it right away. I didn't...

Travis Kvapil -- No. 6 K&N Engineering Ford F-150 -- (finished 7th)

"The race was all right. We started off a little shaky; we didn't plan on pitting twice, we really didn't plan to put tires on it. But we put fuel in it right away. I didn't feel like we would be able to run up front with how it was, so we decided to back come down pit road and put four tires on it, which we really gave up all our track position at that point. We made an adjustment and got the truck to where we needed to be, and then we just stayed out of trouble. We only passed a couple of trucks all day long. We went from 20th to seventh and everybody just took care of themselves. I'm pretty happy with it. We've had fast trucks the past couple of races, but we haven't been able to bring it home."


Joey Clanton -- No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 -- (finished 11th)

"Well, let's see, we had some racing, rain, racing, rain then more racing. How long was the race, really? (laughs) It was short tracking racing at it's best. Short tracks are tough because you can't drive them hard unless you have it solid to the ground. Hornaday kept coming from the back to the front and he had a good truck. I tried to follow him one time and it went right to the center and it wouldn't go after the restart. I got up in the track and lost about three spots, if I could have gotten them back, we would have had a top-10 finish. All in all, we came out with the truck in one piece with a little body damage -- and that's short track racing."


T.J. Bell -- No. 50 Heathcliff's Cat Litter Ford F-150 -- (finished 13th)

"I'm ready to go home. It's been a long day and I'm ready to get to Dover. I've never been very good with short tracks, but a top-15 finish; I'll take that any day. Especially with everything that we've gone through today and for as hard as the crew worked, I'll take it. We'll go to Dover and be better."


Erik Darnell -- No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150 -- (finished 15th)

"The truck was really good. I think everything was working out how we planned it to, pit strategy and everything. We got on the outside of the 10 truck and he drove us into the wall. It was disappointing because it was still pretty early and then we found that we bent some stuff in the right front. Our Northern Tool + Equipment Ford was good after the incident. We drove up through the field to 12th, and then we got spun out again. That's the way things go."


CHRIS FONTAINE -- No. 16 Ford F-150 (finished 17th)

"We were running up front with the leaders early in the race. It took me about half the race to get used to the truck and the track. I think we are a little better on the longer runs. All in all, I had a great experience and learned a lot. I hope I can race in this truck again sometime soon."


David Starr -- No. 10 International/MAXX Force Diesel Ford F-150 (finished 19th)

"Our International/MAXX Force Diesel Ford was pretty awesome today. We didn't qualify where we wanted to after the two practice sessions we had on Friday. It rained today, so they kept drying the track, and we had a green track plus we had kerosene and a little oil out there. So, I went out fifth and we were slipping and sliding and we didn't get the start that we wanted. All these guys on this Circle Bar Racing team, they dug all day and we just gave it all we got. They kept digging and digging throughout the race and it was running sixth or seventh. We had a great truck; it was awesome. We just had another truck get into me in turn one and two and cut the left rear tire down with about 30 laps to go. We thought we were going to get out of here with a top-five finish, but that didn't happen today. We have a lot of momentum; our team, we're getting better and better. For a new team, we're pretty excited for where we are at this year. We haven't really lived up to our expectations, so we thought we'd be a lot better sooner, but that shows you how competitive the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is -- it's very competitive. This wasn't a good day for Circle Bar Racing. My teammate Rick Crawford was leading the race and had the same problem (cut tire) I had and it's just how it went down. His truck was incredible; mine was good today. Everybody here at Circle Bar Racing did a great job. We'll just hold our heads high and look forward to Dover.

WHAT WAS THE PENALTY ON LAP 205 FOR? "I'm not sure. I was really surprised by that. I don't know. They gave us a penalty for some reason and I don't know what the reason was. When I got back on the race track, and I was a lap down and got to start there by Rick, I want to make sure that I didn't mess up my teammate because he was leading the race. But I knew I had a good truck, so I kind of let him get out there and I jumped in behind him and a caution came out. Then Dennis Connor, my crew chief, said that I didn't get the 'Lucky Dog' because of the penalty NASCAR assessed. I don't understand, we really didn't do anything wrong. He said the only way to get your lap back was to pass the leader, so when my teammate had his tire go down, I was able to go by him and the 75 truck and get my lap back. It was good, but it was a little too late. It was good short track racing and I'm excited because our International/MAXX Force team and our Ford F-150 are getting better as the racing team and we have a lot to be proud of. Although we didn't get the finish we wanted to today, we have a lot of momentum going into Dover."


Rick Crawford -- No. 14 Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford F-150 -- (finished 23rd)

WHAT HAPPENED IN THE LAST 10 LAPS? "I feel like I just missed the biggest deer, a 14- or 16- point buck in Texas. If you are an avid hunter, that means you are sick to your stomach. We cut down the right front tire. This truck was built Ford tough today, the Ford Power Stroke Diesel got excellent fuel mileage and it was really fun to drive and you how high performance it was today. We had a great pit strategy by Kevin 'Cowboy' Starland; the guys prepared me a great truck. We got behind in that first pit sequence then had a chance at the front and stayed up there for most of the race." AND THE TIRE? "Goodyear said we ran over something."


KELLY BIRES -- No. 21 Wood Brothers/JTG Ford F-150 -- (finished 25th)

WHAT CAUSED YOUR WALL CONTACT ON LAP 219? "I think I was taken out by my teammate, but I'm not sure. We were running really good, probably would have ended up in the top-10 truck, for sure. We were on the inside and I don't think he knew I was there and came down on me. Instead of wrecking him, I ended up wrecking myself. It's just a shame; I'm disappointed because I know we would have had a top-10 truck today. We'll come back stronger next week with Mark (Martin) in the truck at Dover, then I'll be back in the truck at Texas."


JACK SMITH -- No. 63 Dave Porter Truck Sales Ford F-150 -- (finished 27th)

"There was some driver error during the race. This was short track racing at its finest. We had really good truck believe it or not, regardless of where we finished. We came in to fix the flat tire and then I got caught speeding down pit road, and that's what really got us back in the field. We ran some lap times that were faster than the leaders, so I was really happy. I really need to thank Dave Porter, the Mitler Brothers, NASCAR, Ford and everybody for giving me this opportunity here. It's pretty cool to come here and run this race and at least finish. We had a lot better truck than where we finished, though."


TIM COWEN -- No. 42 Cowen Truck Line Ford F-150 -- (finished 30th)

"It was an experience for our first time. We had a lot of trouble getting the truck to turn. We kept working and working on it. Trying to run with these guys you need to have something that turns. We finished and that was our goal. We'll work harder the next time. We hope to run at IRP next."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Starr , Rick Crawford , T.J. Bell , Joey Clanton , Erik Darnell , Travis Kvapil