Milwaukee: Rick Crawford race report

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 3rd) "I was hoping for some more sunshine because my truck was running better. It was a little tighter when the clouds came out. When the sun was out we were running pretty good.

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

"I was hoping for some more sunshine because my truck was running better. It was a little tighter when the clouds came out. When the sun was out we were running pretty good. If I could catch those two guys in traffic - I made up a lot of ground if you noticed that - and I think that if I kept the pressure on I could have done something with them. There toward the end I didn't have it done."

TALK ABOUT THE THREE-WIDE RACING TODAY. "Last week I wasn't sending Jason a Christmas card. I'm going to race him week-in and week-out. We're friends. He doesn't live too far from me and we talk all the time, but I'm not going to give him any room. I tried to pinch him down. I already had got to his outside and I tried to pinch him down behind that lapped car and he didn't stand for that for he pushed me three-wide, but I still wasn't going to get up in the marbles. It was just good flat-track racing; that's what it is. Nobody was hurt. My truck wasn't hurt, but that's what the fans come to see. The come to see the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series because we don't mind rubbing a little bit, and rubbing doesn't hurt anything. When you get knocked out it sort of hurts your feelings a little bit, but it's because the team works so hard to put you in the championship race. That's racing. I hate that word, but that's racing.

WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN YOU SAW THE POINTS-LEADER HAMILTON GO BEHIND THE WALL? "He didn't tell me until the end with probably 35 laps to go. That didn't take any fire out of my spark. We race. I won't say any easier, but we do race like a veteran when that happens, but we're still here to win. Fred Wanke has taken over for Ray Stonkus as the crew chief, and we look like we're jelling after the second week. The first week was education for both of us, and this week I knew what to expect and he knew what to expect, and we unloaded a great truck off the hauler and it was a good truck all day, except for maybe the first third of the race. The adjustments that he made were perfect; they were right on. They even adjusted on the truck during that green-flag pit stop. We were second out of the pits after all of them shuffled and then took Jason for the lead. He adjusted right and we went on and ended up where we ended up."

YOU CAME INTO THE PITS IN THE LEAD AND LEFT IN THIRD PLACE ON THE SECOND PIT STOP. WAS THAT THE DIFFERENCE TODAY? "I'm not going to say anything about my crew. They work really hard. They didn't say anything last week to me. My truck liked the lead. That's where it wanted to be was out front, and that's where I wanted to be, but I take what I can get and do the best with it, and today the best was third."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Rick Crawford