TODD KLUEVER-50-Shell Rotella T Ford F-150 (Finished 5th) YOU MANAGED TO GAIN THREE SPOTS ON THE FINAL LAP. HOW DID YOU DO THAT? "I knew all race long that everybody was getting into three too hard, and I knew that if I just backed up my...
TODD KLUEVER-50-Shell Rotella T Ford F-150 (Finished 5th)
YOU MANAGED TO GAIN THREE SPOTS ON THE FINAL LAP. HOW DID YOU DO THAT? "I knew all race long that everybody was getting into three too hard, and I knew that if I just backed up my entry a little bit and kept it on the bottom that I could get off the corner a lot better than they could. I got into three right and kept it on the bottom, and I knew I could turn underneath a bunch of them, but I didn't know that I was going to get all of the way up to fifth. But, I knew I was going to get one or two. Unfortunately, it took us two laps to get going after a restart and then we were an absolute rocket ship. Unfortunately, we couldn't get it going right away. Again this week, I didn't need that last caution. I don't know what we're doing because we have truck that run like Jack the Bear on long runs, but they're just a little bit slow on the restarts. I can't complain because we've running in the top five since Mike Beam came over, and if we keep running like this we're going to win."
HOW MUCH DID THE TRACK CONDITIONS CHANGE FROM THIS MORNING WITH THE OVERCAST SKIES THAT MOVED IN LATE THIS AFTERNOON? "I definitely think it freed up a little bit. It must have been a little colder, but we were definitely freer today than we were yesterday. It took us a couple of stops to get it adjusted to where we wanted it, but once that happened we were really good."
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO COME TO A TRACK YOU'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE AND TO FINISH IN THE TOP FIVE? "It's definitely a confidence booster to run in the top five everywhere we go now. What's enabling me to do it is Mike Beam, and Hal Ralston (engineer) and Steve McCain (truck chief) just giving me really good trucks off the trailer that drive awesome. It helps me speed my learning curve up so much because I don't have to worry about learning how to drive a track with an ill-handling truck. I have to thank those guys for that; they're making me look really good right now. Hopefully I'm doing my part to make them look really good right now, and we're just having a lot of fun."
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford F-150 (Finished 10th)
"We had another strong truck early in the race, but I don't know how come it won't last. The Circle Bar Truck Corral F-150, and it seems like to me all of the Ford teams are struggling. We're not in contention to win the race and something needs to be done about that. We tested here and thought with that knowledge we could come in here this weekend and be contenders. I guess we need to work harder."
HOW MUCH DID THE TRACK CONDITIONS CHANGE FROM THIS AFTERNOON WITH THE CLOUDS ROLLING IN LATE? "It didn't. You had to keep up with it and you had to work on your truck a little bit during the race, but minor adjustments. Cowboy (Kevin Starland, crew chief) stayed on top of that and made it fun for me to drive, but it's a handful."
TERRY COOK-10-Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l F-150 (Finished 32nd)
WHAT HAPPENED? "The driver screwed up is about all I can say. The Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l truck was awesome today. We made some adjustments early - we weren't real good at the start - and we made some great adjustments early on and we were coming. The truck was going to be one of the trucks to beat. The driver was fighting, just trying a little too hard too early and got down underneath the 50 truck into the corner. It started sliding up, and once you get up out of the groove it has the air taken off the spoiler, and it just came around. It was my fault 100 percent."