RICK CRAWFORD -- No. 14 Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l Ford F-150 (Finished 3rd) "It was wild from my point of view, too. I'm gonna be the first to say I hate to take third and be satisfied and go home, but it was quite a day. We're built Ford...
RICK CRAWFORD -- No. 14 Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l Ford F-150 (Finished 3rd)
"It was wild from my point of view, too. I'm gonna be the first to say I hate to take third and be satisfied and go home, but it was quite a day. We're built Ford tough and we're gonna take this one. We battled adversity at the beginning. We had a great truck all day. The F-Series pickup, the Ford Powerstroke Diesel by International is like driving a Super Duty and that's what you need here at Martinsville. It was an exciting day. I threaded the needle, made some bold moves and finished third."
CAN YOU TAKE US THROUGH THE FINAL RESTART?
"It looked like to me, and it's happened to me before, maybe not on a green-white-checker or against my old manufacturer, but what it looked like was he tried to outbrake Benson and realized he was too far. Then he tried to get it sideways. I think the side of the truck hit the 23 and all it takes when you're out there with 180 laps or 190 laps on your tires, I could stick my hand out the window and spin the truck out. All I've got to do is touch it and all it took was a little touch there at the end. I hate it for both of them. I hate it for Skinner running out of fuel. They ran a good race. I hate it for my teammate, Brendan Gaughan in the MAXXFORCE Diesel by International Ford, he ran a great race, but it pays to finish across the checkered flag line."
YOUR THOUGHTS ON SEEING BOBBY HAMILTON'S TEAM BACK IN VICTORY LANE?
"I told the Dodge guys at Daytona. I was very proud of them. It looked like they turned the corner. A lot of people don't know this but at the end of the season last year we knew we were losing our driver, David Starr, and we were trying to pick a replacement for him. I went to Dennis Setzer and asked him if he had a deal signed with Lori Hamilton yet and he said, 'No, but we're working on one.' I said, 'If anything ever happened to it, let me know because I have a ride for you.' But at that point in time I wasn't looking elsewhere because I'm not that kind of business man. I probably could have stole Dennis Setzer. I probably could have given him an offer that he couldn't refuse. I'd like to have Dennis as a teammate. I have a great teammate today in Brendan Gaughan. He kept the 10 truck alive. It's a great Ford teammate for me, but my hat's off to Dennis Setzer and the Dodge guys and Lori Hamilton, everybody up at the engine shop. I knew they were turning the corner in Daytona, so they ran good. Him and Stacy both, they're gonna be a force to be reckoned with the whole year."
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT HOW THIS RACE ENDED IN A POSITIVE AS OPPOSED TO THE LAST RACE?
"I said it earlier in an interview on Sirius radio when we got Sirius the other night, I said coming to Martinsville in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get. You might be passed on the last lap. You might not finish. You might have a blown radiator. You might finish third. You might win the race. It's happened. I've been second. I've been first. I've been now third. Last year I was fifth or sixth or seventh -- somewhere in there. It's just exciting, it's exciting for the fans. Walk up there and ask them. Ask them as they're walking to their vehicles what kind of race did they see today. They saw heroes be heroes as Dennis Setzer. They saw outlaws become outlaws as in the 23 and the 51. And they saw guys out there driving their hearts out all day long putting on a show for the fans."
-credit: ford racing