Brooklyn, MI (July 22, 2000- In an awesome battle for the win, the Roush "Killer B's" finished 1-2 for the third time this season followed closely by Mike Wallace in third today at Michigan. Rick Crawford, in his first race with Roush Racing...
Brooklyn, MI (July 22, 2000- In an awesome battle for the win, the Roush "Killer B's" finished 1-2 for the third time this season followed closely by Mike Wallace in third today at Michigan. Rick Crawford, in his first race with Roush Racing power, finished seventh to round out the top-10 for Ford.
#50 Grainger Ford F-150- (Finished 1st)-"When the caution flew on lap 52 it really bunched the field up again. I think at that point, I was leading by 5 seconds or so. Right there on the checkered flag I was able to break the draft and start to pull away again right away. The trucks go faster down the straightaway drafting but definitely not through the corners. Once I was able to get away from them I was ok. I can't quite go down the straight-away's as fast as some of the other trucks but I can really get through the corners because of our aero package. We have really worked hard on getting through the corners fast and it really paid off. I think the fans really got their moneys worth today. I'm really proud of the Grainger team today. I think that we had the fastest pit stops we've ever had today."
Post Qualifying Press Conference
GREAT RACING OUT THERE TODAY, WHAT DID IT LOOK LIKE FROM YOUR SEAT?
"You probably would have much rather watched it from the grandstands than from my seat today. The fans definitely got their money's worth today. NASCAR has done a great job with the aero packages on these trucks with the 8-inch spoilers and 80-inch-wide front end. It really makes them safe and fun to drive. I can't remember any of my wins being anywhere as difficult as this one though. I was doing everything I could to stay out front. Kurt really did a great job and helped me out several times out there today. It was a close race right to the end."
WITHIN THE LAST 7 LAPS YOU HAD FALLEN, AT ONE TIME, TO THIRD. DID YOU HAVE ANY FEAR OF NOT BEING ABLE TO WIN?
"Yeah. I didn't think that I was going to win with about 6 to go. The truck really stuck good at the top and I was able to get a great run on those guys and squeeze through there and get under Kurt for the lead. The last few laps really were close. I was glad that I was finally able to pull away a little when Kurt and the #2 were racing each other behind me. We didn't really need to win out there today in the championship points race. The truck was so awesome it was pretty neat to drive that race truck out there today."
#02 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Ford F-150-(Finished 3rd)-"The Team ASE Ford F-150 guys did a good job today. It was a really good, clean race. I just couldn't battle both Roush trucks out there by myself. When I would get by one, the other would help him get back by. Those guys ran really good today. My hat's off to Greg and Kurt today. I don't think that we could have put on a better race for the fans and that's why were here."
Post Qualifying Press Conference
IT LOOKED LIKE YOU REALLY HAD A FEW CHANCES TO GO AFTER GREG FOR THE LEAD AND THEN YOU WOULD FALL BACK.
"Greg was really fast at the top of the racetrack and whenever I would get a run on him, Kurt would go and help him back by me. These guys really work well together out there. As long as I could keep clean air on the nose I was ok. We all had to run different lines out there and we were all fast. I think it was a boring race for the first fifty laps but once we got that caution it tightened the field back up and all I remember about then was tightening the seatbelts and getting ready to race."
DID YOUR TEAM MAKE ANY CHANGERS TO YOUR TRUCK THROUGHOUT THE RACE?
"We were trying to loosen the truck up some because it was really tight. You really have to be careful here not to loosen it up too much. This is a track where you can't run fast if you're pushing and you're scared if you're loose so you have to be careful. The fact is that we finished third to the two Roush trucks. They really have been dominant the last 7 or 8 races and we'll just have to keep going out there and racing them. I thin that we will still go out every race looking to win, but Greg can cruise the rest of the season to the win. He would have to wreck for a race and a half for anyone to have a good shot and I don't think that's going to happen."
#99 Exide Batteries Ford F-150-(Finished 2nd)-" I knew that I needed to get out front early because Wallace would race me all the way and that's what happened. I don't know what I need to do on these restrictor-type races; that's really what this is with the big spoiler. The Exide Batteries Ford team was awesome again to give us the 1-2 finish with Greg. I really couldn't get a good run on Greg but I did get under him a couple of times and by him too. He was really good up in e high groove and really made it stick. I think I learned a lot today about the draft and were happy to bring it home second."
Post Race Press Conference
DID YOU AND GREG PLAN THE DUAL-DOUGHNUTS AT THE END OF THE RACE?
"I called the spotter and asked him what we could do to celebrate our 1-2 finish and he suggested that. I'm sure glad that I am on this side of the teammate deal; having one I mean. I feel sorry for Mike out there by himself. Having a teammate really helped out there today."
WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE RACETRACK HERE AT MICHIGAN?
"It's a great racetrack. I enjoy this far more than Fontana. It's a lot wider and a lot racier and puts on a better show. I might have mixed it up too early out there, but I think we really put on a good show for the fans."
#14 Milwaukee Electric Tools Ford F-150-(Finished 7th)- "It really ran great. It sure feels nice finishing seventh because you outran the other trucks rather than because of another team's mistakes. This Milwaukee Electric Tools/ Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 ran great all day. We didn't have to make any adjustments all day. Mike Cheek and all the guys did a great job. I'm real happy and proud to be a member of the Roush Racing family for engines and I think that it really made a big difference today. I look forward to the remainder of the races to come. The first fifteen laps when you're caught in a pack of ten trucks and you're in the middle of them and you can pick them off one at a time without being in a hurry it's great. Then when you get to the lead of that pack and the next truck is twenty truck lengths ahead of you and when you can run him down and pass him for fifth; that's my idea of a good motor."
#46 Acxiom/AbiliTec Ford F-150-(Finished 18th)-"It was pretty good. The truck was running really well up near the front and really felt good. Then it started getting loose and we started dropping like a rock. Then we got a really good set of tires but we left a tire out on pit road and got penalized and lost a lap. We got a really good restart there at the end and just flew by Sprague and Houston. Then Ruttman moved into the spot in front of me and I got an aero push from behind and got into Ruttman's left quarter panel. Instead of wrecking him I just turned the wheel a little more to the left and ended up spinning the truck. It really wasn't anyone's fault, I just did everything that I could not to tear up a bunch of trucks and it worked."
-Scott C. Davis-