Phoenix: Rick Crawford press conference

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 3rd) TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN, AND THE BATTLE YOU HAD WITH KEVIN HARVICK. "It was a lot of fun. I've raced Kevin several times and we even had a good run at Richmond at the beginning...

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 3rd)

TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN, AND THE BATTLE YOU HAD WITH KEVIN HARVICK.

"It was a lot of fun. I've raced Kevin several times and we even had a good run at Richmond at the beginning of the year, and he said he would eventually win one and he won one today. We gave it all we had. We had a good truck, great pit stops by the boys, the Circle Bards guys. We came in first and went out first. We tried to lead all of the laps that we could. We didn't want to relinquish the lead to Kevin, but I did and then Musgrave got by me and the clouds came over and my truck tightened up. I just hung on for third I guess. I ran them back down when the sun came back out and we loosened back up a little it. Anyway, we finished third and did what we had to do."

"It doesn't matter to me if you're the champion or not or if you've won a race not. I've surrounded myself with great guys on the Circle Bar race team and Ray Stonkus being the crew chief and Ernie Elliott putting engines under the hood. We've had a total package and a great year. If the season was over right now and we ended up second and still didn't win a race, we had a super year."

WILL YOUR TEAM OWNER TOM MITCHELL BE IN HOMESTEAD?

"He's an invisible man, I guess. He did say that he was going to take the team to a winter vacation in Acapulco, and I told him to pack his shorts, he's going on that trip. He's been in Indy car racing and Winston Cup racing before, just to give you a small background. He's just had another birthday, and I think he's 71. He enjoys sleeping on his own bed each night and giving me the reins for his race team and furnishing the money for something to be proud of. Everybody on the team appreciates that. I know I do. I count my blessings, I'm very fortunate every day."

"I guess I ate that for breakfast and pressure, too. I don't know if you'd call that comfort or not. I'm feeling pretty good, although the best medicine in the world is having a fast truck. If I can got to Homestead and unload with a nice fast truck and we're in contention to win the race, let the best man lead. We've got 134 laps to prove it. When I won down there I believe it was 167 laps, 400 kilometers. Comfortable? No, I'm not comfortable, but I'm ready to win."

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Series NASCAR Truck
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