Milwaukee: Ford driver race quotes

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 3rd) "Not bad for the Circle Bar Motel & RV Park team. Fred Wanke has come in and this is his second week here, so just wait till we get going and we'll show them where the Circle...

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 3rd)

"Not bad for the Circle Bar Motel & RV Park team. Fred Wanke has come in and this is his second week here, so just wait till we get going and we'll show them where the Circle Bar Ford needs to be in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. We've got a chance at the championship. I didn't have much for the 62, 2 and the 1 and all of those Dodges, but we finished third and had good day. The guys on the crew did a super job and Greg Jacobs with the engine under the hood. I couldn't ask for anything more than that. I don't know how many races we have left, but we'll race them hard until the end."

YOU MATCHED YOUR CAREER-BEST FINISH AT MILWAUKEE WITH A THIRD-PLACE FINISH, BUT WAS THE FINAL PIT STOP THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINNING AND FINISHING THIRD? "I don't think it was. I never blame anything on the crew. They do a heck of a job and they work real hard. If something happens, that's part of racing. Just like last week. They didn't blame that on me last week and I don't blame anything on them this week. We should have been able to pass the 62 and the 2. I kept waiting on the sun to come out and then I waited on traffic because I caught them every time they got in traffic. But, they were pretty strong. I wish Ray (Stonkus) would come back, but Fred Wanke did a heck of a job today. I knew it wouldn't take us long to mesh and get this race team back up front where it should be in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. We led all but two laps at Kansas City last year, so I can't wait to get back there next week."

JON WOOD-50-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 10th)

"We had all kinds of problems today. The radios didn't work and the alternator quit working there at the end. You name it and it happened. There's just a lot of stuff we need to work on. I don't know what the deal was, but I just know that both trucks weren't any good and we've got to fix it. We were good early on, so this is just frustrating, but we'll figure it out."

CARL EDWARDS-99-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 15th)

"That was not as near as bad as Dover, but it was a tough day for us. The team made the most of a real bad day. We lost a cylinder, we lost a tire under green, we had a terrible push all day and we finished 15th ahead of the points leader, so I don't think given those circumstances that we could do much better. The guys did a great job and everybody kept their heads on straight. It was pretty straightforward. We cruised around and salvaged the best finish we could, and that's what we did."

DID YOU RUN OVER DEBRIS TO CUT YOUR TIRE? "I don't know. You know when everyone says that I've got a tire going down, now I know what it's like when I have a tire going down. It just went. It was pretty speculator. I'm glad it didn't happen going into the corner because it could have been a lot worse. At the speed that we were traveling I don't think it would have made a difference. If you pop a tire at any time, seven cylinders and coming off a corner is the best time to do it. We got lucky there just getting around and getting in the pits pretty quick."

TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel/Oil Mate Ford F-150 (Finished 7th)

"The truck was just so tight through the center of the corner, and apparently there was nothing we could do about it. We tried to make a couple of adjustments, but it just didn't happen. We couldn't get it fixed, so it was tight through the center the whole race. We freed it up a little bit twice, but both times both adjustments didn't fix the problem, which was it just wouldn't roll through the center. The thing wouldn't cut up off the right-front tire. We need to go home and do our homework on this tire apparently. We thought we had a little bit better handle on it here, but we don't. I don't know what to do on this particular tire. I wish we just quit running it and then we wouldn't have worry about this problem. We are and we have to figure it out. We're going to go home and do our homework."

DID THE CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS MAKE IT TOUGH TO GET A HANDLE ON THIS TRACK TODAY? "I don't know. To be honest with you, at one point when the sun came out and the track got a little hotter, I thought maybe it was hurting us, but we went back in and had some shade and it went back to doing what it was doing. I don't really think the weather affected us much today."


Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR Truck