Nashville: Ford Racing qualifying quotes

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Qualified 8th) - "I guess you can say we backed up what we ran earlier today, but we sure would have liked the pole. We felt like we had a shot at it after practice, but a few guys really...

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Qualified 8th) -

"I guess you can say we backed up what we ran earlier today, but we sure would have liked the pole. We felt like we had a shot at it after practice, but a few guys really picked up the pace. The Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford was running good all morning; it's been running good since we unloaded it here. I don't know where that will put us, but I'm sure it won't stay fourth. I think we have a good race package, and we'll just have to take it to the front." THE LAP TIMES ARE QUICKER THAN LAST YEAR.

TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE THAT? "It's still a new track and it doesn't get run on that much, and I think the surface is coming around. I just think the track is getting added rubber to it with the tires that we've got and that's where the speed is coming from. When we first went out for practice, we were in the (31.) 40s and now we're qualifying in the 30-second bracket."

IS THE TRACK SURFACE SMOOTH OR HAVE ANY BUMPS RESURFACED? "It's your typical concrete race track, but like I mentioned in the rookie meeting today, the faster you go the smoother it is."

JON WOOD-50-U.S. Navy Racing Ford F-150 (Qualified 19th) -

"I'm encouraged because the truck's handling felt better than it did in practice, but I think we have something going on in the motor. When I got off of the gas and back on, it just wouldn't go. The truck was a ton better in the corners, and I was able to get through the corners quicker, but I gave all of that away on the straightaways. We've still got some more work to do before the race and now we have to figure out what, if anything, is wrong with the motor. If that turns out to be the problem, I'd feel better because we'd know what the problem is and we can fix. We changed everything before qualifying and we ran just as fast as we did at our best in practice, so once we start tuning that a little bit, I think we'll just get better. Right now, we are we needed to have unloaded, but the more we run in Happy Hour, the better I think we'll be. It's just going to take some time to get there."

HAS THE TRACK SURFACE CHANGED SINCE LAST YEAR'S RACE? "Not really. We were just so far off in practice that we really couldn't do anything."

TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Qualified 9th)

YOUR QUALIFYING TIME WAS PRETTY CLOSE TO WHAT YOU RAN IN PRACTICE. "The track is repeating itself right now. Unfortunately, the Power Stroke Diesel Ford didn't pick up any from where we were at in practice; we thought we could pick up a little bit. The truck bottomed out real hard getting into Turn 1 on both laps, and that's something we tried to repair for this qualifying run. We were having problems with that in our simulated runs and we thought we were heading in the right direction to get it repaired, but apparently we didn't make the right changes to get that better, so it still bottomed out real hard and kinda shot it up the track. It's kinda hard to go fast through the corner when you're sliding up, bouncing off the track."

ARE THERE ANY TROUBLE SPOTS ON THE TRACK ITSELF? "We just had that problem getting into Turn 1. Everybody is running these trucks so soft in the front any more, trying to keep the front end down and you just get down in there, and as fast as we're going, you use a little bit of brake to knock some momentum off, and it just bottoms out the front end and slides it right up the track. That's kinda what we've been fighting since we've gotten here, but I'm quite confident that once we get it out of qualifying mode and into race mode that we'll have a little bit better truck."

A LOT OF LAPS WERE TURNED IN THE FIRST PRACTICE SESSION. WILL TIRE WEAR BE AN ISSUE TOMORROW? "We were one of them turning a lot of laps this afternoon. We probably ran 40 or 45 laps in that two-hour session and I looked at the tires that came off and I didn't see a lot of wear, so I don't think tire wear during the race will be an issue from what I saw earlier in practice. I think Happy Hour will be the true deciding factor, but the track is in good shape. It's your typical concrete track in that it doesn't change much. We'll just roll the dice and see what we get for the race tomorrow."


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