Phoenix: Ford teams race quotes

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford F-150 (Finished 4th) YOU AND JOHNNY BENSON BATTLED ON THE TRACK LATE IN THE RACE. "It was a lot of fun. It was half-mile short-track racing on a mile track. Me and Johnny have raced hard together...

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford F-150 (Finished 4th)

YOU AND JOHNNY BENSON BATTLED ON THE TRACK LATE IN THE RACE. "It was a lot of fun. It was half-mile short-track racing on a mile track. Me and Johnny have raced hard together before. In fact, we raced the same make of car back when we ran short tracks. It was a lot of fun, and that F-150 was built Ford tough. The Roush-Yates engine got me a lot of momentum going into three and he pulled the crossover on me and bumped me a little bit, but we ran side-by-side for quite a while. I gave it all I had. I had a lot of fun, but we just finished fourth tonight. Everybody on the Circle Bar Truck Corral team did a super job tonight. This whole weekend we talked about the engine needing a lot of torque and it did, and I don't think anybody passed me down the straightaway. Johnny's truck just got better after 10 or 15 laps, and when he had me hung out on the outside I just used mine up. I tried my best to choke him off and all of that kind of stuff, but he was just better on the bottom."

TODD KLUEVER-50-Shell Rotella T Ford F-150 (Finished 12th)

"It wasn't bad. Our Rotella truck was a handful, but it was decent; definitely good enough to run in the top 10 with. That last restart there, as soon as the 17 got outside of me, I was just hanging on. It was too tight in the center and as soon as they started lining up on the outside of me, I was done. I feel bad for my guys. We ran around seventh there with that last restart, and top 10 all night, and the driver gives away five spots at the end of the race." DO YOU FEEL LIKE PIR IS MORE OF A DRIVER'S TRACK THAN THE MILE-AND-A-HALF VENUES? "I think so. It's also an experience track. I struggled getting off of four all night and I just couldn't figure out how to make it any better. Next time I come back here I'll know exactly what I need my truck to do, but it was just a little off, but not bad. We could have been so much better, it's a shame."

TERRY COOK-10-Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l F-150 (Finished 25th)

"We weren't real good all night long, but we were able to hold ourselves right around 15th there for the longest time. We were hoping to get back on the lead lap and make something happen, and unfortunately I gave the 60 truck plenty of room down there and he just slid up into me and got us turned around. Unfortunately with this tire rule, we were out of tires - that was our last good set on there - and everything in the pits was worse than what we had on there. What we had on there was flat-spotted and shaking, and there was no way that we were going to make up any time; it was just out of control. We were just off tonight. There was no excuse and we should have been a lot better than we were. We'll just go home and try to figure out what we did wrong, and try to make it better next time."

RICKY CRAVEN-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 32nd)

WHAT PUT YOU OUT OF THE RACE? "It blew up. It broke a valve or something. We've had a lot of problems this year, but we haven't had motor issues. It lost a cylinder, and then when I left pit road, I got after it off of pit road and it blew up. I really wished we had qualified better because we never really got to show what we had. Our lap times were very strong, we just gave up so much track position. It's really a shame. We've got one more to go and we'll try to end this season on a good note."

BOBBY EAST-33-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 30th)

WHAT HAPPENED? "I don't know really. The truck was tight and we were running three wide going into the corner. I don't know if I came down on Robert a little bit, but that's not the way we wanted to finish our first truck race. I did learn some things about the trucks this weekend and got to run most of the laps, so I'll take what we learned this weekend to Homestead next week."

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