TERRY COOK-10-International Truck and Engines Ford F-150 (Finished 9th) "I owe this result to the team. ppc Racing stepped up this week. We went to the Ford testing facility in Romeo, Mich., and learned a great deal about our program. We...
TERRY COOK-10-International Truck and Engines Ford F-150 (Finished 9th)
"I owe this result to the team. ppc Racing stepped up this week. We went to the Ford testing facility in Romeo, Mich., and learned a great deal about our program. We really learned what I think what we've been missing for most of the summer. We went back to the shop and made a lot of changes to the truck and it paid off. We ran in the top five all day in practice, the truck just wouldn't run in qualifying, but we knew we had a good race truck. It showed today with a solid finish. Because of the fact that we kind of have a direction to go with our trucks now, we can build on this and go from there."
YOU OPTED TO STAY OUT ON THE TRACK AND NOT PIT WHEN MOST OF THE OTHER COMPETITORS CHOSE TO PIT. WAS STRATEGY A KEY FACTOR FOR YOU TONIGHT? "It did. We had a good truck and we knew that we could take a chance of going to the back and not having to go a lap down and race our way back. We got to lead some laps and our goal is to get back in the top 10 in points before the year is out. It's not even an option. We will finish in the top 10 before the season is out."
WAS THERE MORE THAN ONE RACING GROOVE TONIGHT? "There were definitely two grooves, and for a while I was working in a third groove. At the beginning of a run we had to run the bottom, but after we got into the run our truck worked better in the second and even a little bit higher than that. I'm very pleased with the track tonight."
BRANDON WHITT-38-Cure Autism Now/Werner Ladder Ford F-150 (Finished 16th) - "This was just one of those nights that you don't want to have every race. The Werner Ladder Ford was really consistent. We had to make changes on it all night, and sometimes we'd be good and sometimes we'd be bad. Luckily the cautions fell our way and we ended up with a 16th-place finish. That's all we could ask for with something like that."
AS A ROOKIE DRIVER, DID THE CAUTION PERIODS ALLOW YOU TO REGAIN YOUR COMPOSURE? "It helped me a lot since this was my first time here. This place is fast to get around and you need time to think about what your truck is doing and learn the track, so the cautions really helped me out."
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 5th)
"That was great. We were 25th here last year, so I have to thank Jon Wood and all of the guys back at the shop. Our short track stuff hadn't been all that great lately, and Cowboy (Kevin Starland) took it upon himself to get this right. They went to Memphis and tested for two days while I tested a Cup car here, and Jon Wood went from my truck to his truck to my truck back to his truck. That made the difference. That really helped us out, so I owe it to those guys."
HOW MUCH DID THE CUP TEST HERE HELP YOU TONIGHT IN THE TRUCK? "It helped me a lot. We kind of had a little vote on it and Jack (Roush) and Cowboy decided that it would be best if I got laps here because I was so terrible here last year. These guys are smart, and they made the right calls and it seemed to help me a lot. This place is way easy to overdrive." YOU MADE UP GROUND IN THE POINTS RACE. "That's as good of a points night as we could have ever hoped to have. This is a good night for us."
YOU HAD A SPIRITED BATTLE WITH JIMMY SPENCER AT ONE POINT TONIGHT. "I didn't even know Jimmy Spencer was in that truck until real late when I was following him, and then I realized it was Jimmy Spencer. I really like him a lot. We had an awesome battle a year ago at New Hampshire and I ended up coming out on the bad end of that one, but I respect him a lot as a racer, and it's always fun to race with him."
DID THE POINTS RACE ENTER YOUR MIND EARLY IN THE RACE WHEN BOBBY HAMILTON HAD PROBLEMS? "Oh yeah, for sure. We just had a great points day and that's as good as we could have asked for. We are going to give this championship pursuit 100 percent effort."
WERE THERE TWO RACING GROOVES TONIGHT? "Absolutely. As the weekend goes on, I think it's going to be like a dirt track where one groove is better then another one is better and then back to the first one as the rubber builds up. That's what it feels like to me. I love that. I hate one-groove race tracks. I love tracks like this where you can move around. I just we would have gone green for about 125 laps because when our tires were wore out we were so fast. It's going to be a fun Cup race."
JON WOOD-50-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 14th)
"We just chased the setup all night tonight. We just missed it."
COULD YOU SEARCH FOR A ANOTHER LINE ON THE RACING SURFACE TONIGHT? "I couldn't really go anywhere. It was a two-groove race track, and I think that's why you saw a lot of side-by-side racing, and early on if you were on the outside groove you were bad, but towards the end of the race the outside groove came in. I don't know where we missed it, but we missed it."