TERRY COOK-10-International Truck and Engines Ford F-150 (Qualified 21st) "I didn't think that it would be that difficult. That's not good at all. We thought we could run a 30-flat. We ran a 30.32 earlier and thought we had a little bit left...
TERRY COOK-10-International Truck and Engines Ford F-150 (Qualified 21st)
"I didn't think that it would be that difficult. That's not good at all. We thought we could run a 30-flat. We ran a 30.32 earlier and thought we had a little bit left in it after that and made some adjustments. For whatever reason, I can't blame it totally on the track because there are other trucks that are going fast right now. We were just searching for grip. It just didn't have real good grip in the front or the back of the truck. We got into the corner and the nose started to push up the track and the back followed it there shortly after. We just kind of struggled with grip front and back and we're not really sure what the deal is."
IS THIS ONE OF THOSE DAYS WHERE YOU MISS NOT RUNNING A HAPPY HOUR PRACTICE SESSION? "Honestly, I really do. I'm not sure exactly what we're saving by not having Happy Hour. We're only allocated four sets of tires, so it's not like we're going to save a sticker set and bring them to another race. I can see not having Happy Hour on a one-day show, that makes sense, but to have us here for two days and to not run a Happy Hour, I guess I kind of scratch my head and wonder what the theory is on that one. But nevertheless, here we are and these are the rules and that's what we have to do."
BRANDON WHITT-38-Cure Autism Now/Werner Ladder Ford F-150 (Qualified 14th)
"It seemed to gain a little grip from practice. We ran pretty close to what we ran in practice, so it's only a half of a tenth off where we ran before. We'll see what happens. We practiced in the top 15 and hopefully we end up in the top 15."
THIS IS YOUR FIRST RACE AT NASHVILLE. WITH THE RACING SURFACE BEING CONCRETE, WAS IT EASIER FOR YOU TO GET A HANDLE OF THE TRACK? "This place is pretty neat. I liked it right when we got here. It wasn't very hard to get a hold of the race track. It kind of reminds me of Dover; once you get a hold of it you're pretty good. It just seemed the more rubber that gets down on the surface the tighter the tracks gets. I think you'll see a lot of adjustments being made during the race to accommodate for that."
BEING A ROOKIE HERE, DOES THE LACK OF A HAPPY HOUR PRACTICE PUT YOU AT A DISADVANTAGE? "Not really because we got a lot of good practice in today. We followed a lot of good guys out there and we learned a great amount, so I think we're all right for the race."
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Qualified 24th)
"It was just uncontrollable loose. It was really, really loose, but I think we'll be all right when we untape it. It's very frustrating. We didn't get a good mock qualifying run in because the chain on the front swaybar broke, but I felt like the time we did get to spend on qualifying trim, I thought it was going to be very, very good. It's pretty frustrating. We ran two tenths faster on our first qualifying run and I left off the gas off of four and rolled across the stripe. It was a .60, and I don't understand how we are so far off, expect for the track must have changed or something is different."
DOES THE LACK OF HAPPY HOUR COMPOUND THE PROBLEMS GOING INTO THE RACE? "No, I don't think it really maters. We did all of our race trim stuff and I feel pretty good about race trim; I think we're going to be OK. I think if we untape right now we're going to be fine."
JON WOOD-50-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Qualified 18th)
HAS IT BEEN A STRUGGLE HERE TODAY FOR THE FORD TEAMS? "It is. I think what's throwing us for a loop is all of the Fords tested at Chicago and we brought our Chicago setup, and this place is so different that they don't work. I was a little surprised with that, but the Toyotas tested here, this is what they're shooting for, this race. We'll just take what we can get."
CAN YOU PARK THE TRUCK AFTER QUALIFYING ON A DAY LIKE TODAY AND FEEL CONFIDENT FOR THE START OF THE RACE? "I don't know. That's a question I can't answer right now. I'm not confident enough with what we've got with the limited amount of practice time that we had, but I think our truck has enough adjustability in it that we can come up with something for tomorrow."