TERRY COOK-10--Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l Ford F-150 (Finished 14th) "It was an aggressive race today. The track got real slick there at the end and everybody was just sliding around bad. You had to fight for the bottom and our truck was...
TERRY COOK-10--Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l Ford F-150 (Finished 14th)
"It was an aggressive race today. The track got real slick there at the end and everybody was just sliding around bad. You had to fight for the bottom and our truck was just terrible at the beginning. Wes Ward and the entire Power Stroke team went to work and we just kept working on it. We got it better, but we never got it great. We got it 50 percent good, and when we started we were 99 percent junk. We took a terrible truck and made something where we could get up there and make some things happen late in the race. It was just kind of one of those deals at the end where everybody was pushing and shoving each other around, and we were fortunate that I was aggressive getting into turn one and I trapped a bunch of trucks down to the bottom there and that was working pretty good for us on the restarts and we just kept working at that."
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 10th)
WHAT WAS THE CAUSE FOR THE GREEN-FLAG PIT STOP EARLY IN THE RACE? "I think we just had a right-front wheel work itself loose. That's frustrating, but we had a really good truck; it's just really hard to pass. If we would have been out in front it would have been awesome, but there were just a lot of good trucks here today, and it was really hard to pass. Our truck was awesome and the guys worked hard on pit stops to gain back what we got back."
TALK ABOUT THE MENTALITY OF COMING BACK FROM ONE LAP DOWN TO FINISH 10. "I'm just trying to learn how to make it to the end. You can't finish the race if it's all banged up. I've proven that, so hopefully we race like this for a long time."
WERE YOU KEEPING TABS ON THE 4 AND 46 TRUCKS ATT THE END? "I saw them right there at the end and I was trying my hardest to catch the 46, but everybody is really good. That's why they're up there in points, they race really well. It's frustrating that we didn't capitalize as well as we could have with such a good truck, but this is a championship-caliber team no matter what happens."
JON WOOD-50-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 26th)
WHAT WAS THE CAUSE FOR THE CUT TIRE YOU SUFFERED MIDWAY THROUGH THE RACE? "There was a lot of beating and banging out there. We were racing for eighth and you usually can say that sometimes when you get a flat due to hitting somebody in the corner, maybe it's the person on the outside's fault for pinching him off, but I got a flat due to some stuff on the straightaway."
WERE DRIVERS BEING TOO AGGRESSIVE TODAY? "Yeah, for Phoenix, this was ridiculous. There were way too many trucks with cut tires today. There was no reason for as many trucks to be tore up as there were. I don't know what else to say."
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 11th)
THERE WAS A LOT OF BEATING AND BANGING IN TODAY'S RACE. "It's OK if you're chasing somebody for position, but when you're driving in defense it makes it a little hard. We had to make that F-150 pretty wide at times, and the Circle Bar crew did a heck of a job in the pits. They gave me a good, stable truck to drive. I wish it was a little faster, but we'll have to take this 11th and go on. That's about what you hope for, you want a top-10 but we finished 11th."
DID THE TRACK CONDITIONS CHANGE DRASTICALLY AS THE SUN SET AND WAS THE SETTING SUN AN ISSUE? "Not necessarily in one and two, but down the front straightaway from the flagstand to the entry in turn one the sun gets you pretty hard. You depend on that spotter because here's on the top of turn two over there. You really depend on the spotter a lot here, especially when the sun is going down, but as the sun goes down the track temperature gets a little cooler and the trucks get tighter. You just have to plan for that adjustment, and we've been here a lot, so we knew what it was going to do."