Memphis: Ford teams race quotes

PETER SHEPHERD -- No. 50 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150 -- (finished 15th, qualified 15th) "I'm pretty pleased with the run. We qualified 15th and we finished 15th. I think a lot of it was good track position. I was as good as ...

PETER SHEPHERD -- No. 50 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150 -- (finished 15th, qualified 15th)

"I'm pretty pleased with the run. We qualified 15th and we finished 15th. I think a lot of it was good track position. I was as good as everybody else. I guess I slacked off a little bit in qualifying. We were running good and had a 12th to 15th place car. We'll take the momentum and come back bettering in two weeks."

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JOEY CLANTON -- No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 -- (finished 30th, qualified 27th)

"I don't know if we blew a tire out or broke a tire rod. I think we broke a tire rod. We didn't get in it with anybody, just something failed. We just rode the rest of the race because I wanted to see if we could run laps as fast as the leaders. Our Zaxby's Ford F-150 was running with the leaders, so it was as fast as I thought it was. The truck was awesome; it was a third place truck, we just wanted to see if I could run speeds with the leaders and I could. It's frustrating, but we knew we had a good truck and that's the main thing."

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RICK CRAWFORD -- No. 14 Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford F-150 -- (finished 28th, qualified 17th)

"At the beginning of the race we were running two wide in a little over a half-mile short track. We were on the bottom and the bottom lane wasn't going anywhere, so tried to go to the topside and passed a couple of trucks. There were a lot of things going on, a lot of racing going on. We took the splitter off of another truck, which took our left rear tire off. It looked like it exploded on the left rear and exploded the inside of the truck. It took the battery; it took out all the interior sheet metal and took out the left rear quarter panel. We came into the pit several times and lost some laps. With severe damage like that, even if you are Built Ford Tough, and your trying to make Bold Moves in the Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford F-150, there's not much you can do but hang on and just finish the race and that's what we did tonight. We just need to do better for the Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers race in Kentucky coming up week after next and win the thing. We finished second there last year, so we just need to pass one truck this year."

CREW CHIEF KEVIN "COWBOY" STARLAND MENTIONED THE BATTERY ACID WAS IN THE TRUCK. "Yes, I had battery acid all over me. You know, even with an exploded battery, the Ford Power Stroke by International kept running. Die Hard has been my battery sponsor since I stared in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and I've never had a battery failure. This battery was destroyed. It looked like something that you just dropped on a race track. This battery was destroyed, but the motor kept running and allowed us to get some pit stops to repair. Then we had to change the battery, I felt somebody touch me during the pit stop and I know they didn't reach in the truck and so what it was, they were reaching around to secure the battery on something and someone was touching my arm in the truck. I knew all the fire wall and stuff was blown out of the truck."

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KEVIN "COWBOY" STARLAND -- No. 14 -- Crew Chief

"I guess Rick and [Johnny] Benson were racing pretty hard and I imagine Johnny got a little loose and got into Rick's left rear tire and blew it out and backed Rick into the wall from there. It was survival after that."

YOU WERE PUSHING THE CREW HARD TO GET AS MUCH FIXED AS YOU COULD SO CRAWFORD WOULDN'T GO A LAP DOWN. "I think we would have stayed on the lead lap if the battery didn't explode when the tire went down. When the tire went down, it destroyed the battery. We had nothing to attach it to; NASCAR wouldn't let us out [of the pits] until we properly attached it. We lost a couple of laps in the pits trying to reattach the battery. But overall, I think we could have stayed on the lead lap all night. We were just surviving after that incident. It was Built Ford Tough -- it just kept running."

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ERIK DARNELL -- No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150 -- (finished 9th, qualified 7th)

"The Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150 was running great especially at the early part of the race. So we were just cruising around in fourth, letting it role and not pushing anything too hard and the truck was good. We were fourth and finished the race in 14th or 15th. It is hard to pass here and track position means a lot, it's tough to overcome."

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DAVID STARR -- No. 10 International MaxxForce Diesel Ford F-150 -- (finished 13th, qualified 14th)

"I'm a little disappointed in our International MaxxForce Diesel Ford F-150 today. We were too tight in the center and kept sliding. We made some adjustments, but we just couldn't fix it. It seems like it stopped in the center of the corner instead of rolling through the center. They were right in front of me all night and I just couldn't do anything with it. I'm disappointed, but we're getting better as a whole racing team and I'm excited about that. It's just unfortunate; I thought we'd get out of here with a little better finish than that. We'll keep working and keep making this International MaxxForce Diesel team better and better. We're learning and we're getting there."

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KEVEN WOOD -- No. 21 Ravenswood Ford F-150 -- (finished 27th, qualified 19th)

"I don't know what to say. This is a whole different world out here. We started off tight and got the truck running better there near the end. There were times when I could have been in the top-10, but being my first time, I gave plenty of room to let the others go by. I was running hard, but also trying to get some respect out there and not get labeled as a 'weapon' or anything. I wanted to finish the race and that's what we did."

-credit: ford racing

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