TODD KLUEVER -50-World Financial Group Ford F-150 (Finished 9th) Press Conference "Obviously, the reason we're here is because I'm the highest finishing rookie with a ninth-place finish. All in all, it was a good day for our World Financial ...
-50-World Financial Group Ford F-150 (Finished 9th)
"Obviously, the reason we're here is because I'm the highest finishing rookie with a ninth-place finish. All in all, it was a good day for our World Financial truck. We've been struggling the last couple of weeks after a pretty decent start to the season. We've just been working real hard to try and get our season turned around and going in the right direction. It started last week with a decent qualifying effort compared to where we had been, and a 15th-place run, which isn't stellar, but it's a lot better than the 26th that we were running. We came here and had a decent sixth-place qualifying effort, and a ninth-place run. A solid top-10 all day, so it was a good day for our World Financial Group truck."
DID YOU SWAP PIT CREWS TONIGHT?
"Yeah, Ricky (Craven) is in championship contention and that's sort of been their weak point, so being a one-unit team here and trying to keep everything the best for both teams, we were moving some guys around trying to get them a good pit crew as well as us. My pit crew has been solid all season and they've really struggled, so maybe if we got some guys from each team in different positions or something we can make them both a little more competitive, which is what we were trying tonight."
TALK ABOUT THE ADDITION OF MAX JONES TO THE TEAM.
" I got the chance to meet Max at Texas for about five minutes. He was with Eddie Cheever Racing before and we were with the IRL cars, so he was there and just came over and said, 'Hi.' I really had no idea that anything was going to happen after that. With John Reiser retiring and Dave Cody, who is our finance manager at the truck and Busch shop, he was trying to do both jobs and it's such a hard thing to try to run three teams. From what I can tell, when Max ran the truck teams before they ran superbly and I think if we can have a guy back in that role where he can make sure both teams are even and getting the same things, it would just be a really good situation for all of us involved."
"I think we were pretty good to start the race and we got tighter and tighter as the race went on. I think we could have been a little more aggressive with the changes to free the truck up, but about midway through the race I could smell gear lube and I didn't know if it was from our truck or a different truck, but we came in and the inside of the left-rear tire was covered in gear lube. The rear end is about empty and the rear gear is about to blow up. I guess I can't complain. There's a locker differential in there and if that would have maybe broke, maybe that would have been the reason that we tightened up so bad. I don't know. We just got too tight at the end, and when you're real tight in the center like that you can't get off the corner as good as you'd like. As I said, it was a solid day."
"From what my guys have just told me we were fortunate. It was a ticking time bomb."