TERRY COOK-10-International Trucks and Engines Ford F-150 (Qualified 29th) "We're definitely not happy with the speed we've gotten out of the truck right now. We've kind of chased it since we've been here back and forth, tight and loose, and ...
TERRY COOK-10-International Trucks and Engines Ford F-150 (Qualified 29th)
"We're definitely not happy with the speed we've gotten out of the truck right now. We've kind of chased it since we've been here back and forth, tight and loose, and we've got a balance where we feel it's driving decent, we just don't have any speed. That concerns us because we've been that way a lot this year, but we've raced extremely well every time that we kind of get caught in this situation. It seems we've struggled here a lot more than we thought we would. We thought we'd be pretty good when we came out here, but we're way off the speed chart from where we need to be, so we're going to put our heads together and think about it tonight and figure out what we can do for Happy Hour. Qualifying is over, and now we have to worry about the race."
HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO PASS HERE? "You can definitely pass here. If your truck is working you can definitely pass here. This is a track that it doesn't really matter where you start as far as passing is concerned, the problem you have at this track is that it's a small track that races like a big one because the leaders in the top five will drive away from you like there's no tomorrow. They can be a half of a lap ahead of you on the restart and you have to make up that deficit, so it's a situation where you don't want to start this far back, but that's kind of the cards we're dealt now."
BRANDON WHITT-38-Werner Ladder/Cure Autism Now Ford F-150 (Qualified 31st)
"We just missed it a little in qualifying. We ran the same time we ran in practice and we were hoping for an improvement, but unfortunately we didn't get it. We'll have to see where we end up and race our way up; that's probably what's going to happen."
HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO PASS HERE? "Generally, this place puts on some pretty good racing, so starting in the back won't be as bad of a thing as some tracks like Martinsville. I think we'll be all right. I think we have a pretty good race truck, we just missed it in qualifying."
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Qualified 3rd)
"The truck was perfect, I just didn't drive it quite fast enough. We should be on the pole right now. We ran a (27).48 and it should have been a (27).38. I just didn't go quite fast enough. I expected it to not stick quite as well in one and two, but it did. Cowboy and the guys did an awesome job getting this truck set up. If I had another shot at it, we would have been faster."
THE THREE FASTEST TRUCKS IN PRACTICE HOLD THREE OF THE TOP FOUR SPOTS IN THE POINTS. DID YOU THINK ABOUT THAT GOING INTO QUALIFYING? "I didn't even think about that. The race is going to be the important thing. We spent a lot of our time on racing stuff. We went about 15 minutes longer in race trim than we thought we were going to because I feel like tomorrow's Happy Hour temperature-wise is not going to be a good practice for the race. As long as we're in the top five or six and we get to start up there, I think we're going to be awesome."
THIS IS A ONE-MILE TRACK, BUT DOES IT DRIVE LIKE A SHORT TRACK? "To me, this is the perfect size race track. It's big enough that you can move around and try different lines, but it's still small enough where you actually do a lot of driving and the setup is really important. I think it drives more like a real big track with the way the momentum is such a big factor."
IS THE ASPHALT PATCH IN TURN FOUR A CONCERN FOR YOU THIS YEAR? "I haven't been running up there, but last year it was a little different and you had to drive a little different when you got to that. I like the way the pavement is a little wore out and there are spots on the track that have more grip and others that have less grip, and to me that is fun."
JON WOOD-50-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Qualified 16th)
"We're still considerably off where we were last year, but we've made gains from practice. We were a very dominant truck last year and hopefully with the extra practice time tomorrow it should put us back where we need to be. I think we now where we're lacking, so we just have to help it off the corners."
ARE YOU RELAYING HEAVILY ON LAST YEAR'S NOTES? "I think so. I think that's what's hurting us right now. We're relying too much on last year's notes and there have been too many changes that it doesn't work any more."
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Qualified 24th)
"We're struggling a little bit right now. Maybe the guys that are here this weekend that haven't been here in a while are taking at shot at it and hitting and the guys that have been coming here and are looking at last year's notes and that won't work."