CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 25th) WHAT HAPPENED WITH YOU AND THE NO. 59 TRUCK? "What happened was that we couldn't get it freed up enough, so I was really tight in the middle of the corners. The higher I ran I could get it...
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 25th)
WHAT HAPPENED WITH YOU AND THE NO. 59 TRUCK?
"What happened was that we couldn't get it freed up enough, so I was really tight in the middle of the corners. The higher I ran I could get it to free up a little bit, so I kept running higher and higher until finally I got just got a little too much crud on my tires going into one and it got loose and I slapped the fence."
DID THE LACK OF PRACTICE HURT THE ROOKIES TODAY?
"It could have, but you can see how good Jon Wood ran. This is the first race for Cowboy (Kevin Starland), my new crew chief and I. We're trying to learn how to work together and this is just one of those tracks that I haven't been to in a stock car. We learned a lot and it was a case of me trying too hard when I should have waited for another chance to adjust it. That's a rookie mistake and we'll learn and go on to the next one."
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 6th) -
"That's what you call close racing and all of these cautions didn't help because everybody got to think about who they wanted to hit. It was a good run tonight for the Circle Bar Ford. I think it was a good day for the Fords, but it should have been better since it was the day of the launch of the new F-150 production truck for 2004. We just wanted to uphold their tradition of fast trucks."
IT LOOKED LIKE TODAY WAS GOING TO BE A DAY TO CAPITALIZE IN THE POINTS WITH THE PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED BY GAUGHAN AND KVAPIL.
"It could have been, but then they came back and then they fell back behind us. I think it was a pretty good day for points, but we'll just have to see what happens. We just finished the race. I said on TV before the race that we had Tony Stewart's number, but it doesn't look like it. Still, the Cup guys that come over here with their information and Andy Petree has a great team, so they deserved it."
DID THE VETERANS HAVE THE ADVANTAGE TODAY WITH THE SHORTENED PRACTICE SCHEDULE?
"Yeah, the veterans come out especially when the race track changes. I had to learn something from Spencer and that's why we finished sixth tonight. If I hadn't, we probably would have finished 10th or 11th."
JON WOOD-50-Bob Graham for President Ford F-150 (Finished 4th)
"We had a great truck all night. We got a little bit behind there after our first pit stop. We had a great pit stop, but I think some of those other guys took two tires or something to that nature. All together, we just had an awesome truck and it showed up. I've never run good at Richmond and I pretty much owe it all to my team and my crew chief and my engine program. It was a good day for us and a good day for Bob Graham."
YOU WERE THE ONLY DRIVER WITHOUT WINSTON CUP EXPERIENCE TO FINISH IN THE TOP FIVE.
"You can't beat experience. I know young guys are winning right now, and it's a lot of fun to win, but you can't beat the experience that Ted Musgrave, Tony Stewart and all those guys have."
IT SEEMED LIKE YOU WERE RUNNING IN THIRD WAITING FOR THE TOP TWO TO WRECK ONE ANOTHER AT THE END.
"I was. I just felt it coming, but it didn't. We just weren't very good on restarts. For three or four laps we were junk, so we just kind of had to bide our time and hope for long runs. Unfortunately we didn't get any at the end, but all in all, we really did have a good truck."
THERE ARE A LOT OF FORMER WINSTON CUP DRIVERS IN THE TOP FIVE.
"We've been here two years, but this is the first year that I would even consider us being at the race track. The other two, we were just riding around. It's real good to be able to come and run up front in the nature that we did all night. We were actually a threat. It's one thing to coast along and finish in the top five, but it's another to compete with these guys."
TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel/Oil Mate Ford F-150 (Finished 16th) -
"We had a black cloud all day here at Richmond and I thought it was going to clear out for the race. The race didn't start off so good, but we made some adjustments to the truck and we never gave up and kept working on it. We got to where we thought it was decent after a pit stop and we started making headway and we got a right-front flat. I can't tell you how many flat tires we've had this year. In my entire NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career, I've probably doubled the amount of flat tires in my whole career this year. I don't know, it's like the black cloud follows us. Then it looked we were going to salvage a finish inside the top 15 and the 88 is out of control and caused the wreck with Spencer. He's a weapon right now. I don't know if he's trying to impress a new team owner, or what, but he's out of control. He about killed Jimmy Spencer down in turn one pushing us three wide. I don't understand it. This is the second week in a row that we've had problems with him. We're going to get this turned around because we have some good tracks coming up. We have New Hampshire next week and we won there last year, so we're going to go up there and hopefully we can give it a good run. I just don't know what we have to do to get this monkey off of our back. We've been carrying it since Daytona all the way here in Richmond, and hopefully we can shake it here in Richmond."