TODD KLUEVER-50-World Financial Group Ford F-150 (Finished 32nd) YOU GOT KNOCKED OUT OF THE TOP FIVE IN THE CLOSING LAPS. WHAT HAPPENED? "Our 50 truck wasn't too bad. We were going to try to finish somewhere in the top three, but even top...
TODD KLUEVER-50-World Financial Group Ford F-150 (Finished 32nd)
YOU GOT KNOCKED OUT OF THE TOP FIVE IN THE CLOSING LAPS. WHAT HAPPENED? "Our 50 truck wasn't too bad. We were going to try to finish somewhere in the top three, but even top five would have been great. It would have been a good points night for us, but unfortunately you get run over. I saw the 38 truck spin out. I think something broke on it; it was damaged. I just checked up, just trying to make sure what way he was going to go and had no problem and got run over from behind by a truck that was two laps down. It's really disgusting because he had nothing to gain by it and we had nothing to gain by it, and there was a straightaway back to the next lapped truck. It was really, really disgusting what happened."
TERRY COOK-10-Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l F-150 (Finished 19th)
YOU HAD A TOP-THREE RUN GOING UNTIL THE FINAL LAPS. WHAT HAPPENED? "I want to say typical Richmond short-track racing. We see that a lot here. We see a lot of green-flag runs from about lap 100, and then it seems like caution after caution after caution. This is really disappointing. We probably had a fifth-place truck. The 47 got by me and then the 1 had a run at me. I was going to give him plenty of racing room, and then I went into turn one and stayed on the bottom and kind of blocked him a little bit - he had a decent run on me - and that's what you're supposed to do with six or eight laps to go. I guess he didn't like that and he just dumped me getting into the corner. It's just the way our season has gone. Ted is a good racer and I don't have any ill feelings against him. What happens at Richmond stays at Richmond and we'll move on, but it is disappointing for the entire race team."
BRAD KESELOWSKI-29-Samson Stone Ford F-150 (Finished 16th)
"I think we had a better truck today than what we finished. It was kind of a track position game there. I see a couple of guys that finished in the top 10 that we outran pretty much the whole race. We got a lot of cautions there at the end and just didn't get a chance to use our tires. That's just the way this deal goes. You're really guessing at how the strategy is going to play out, and we were just a little off on our guess. I'm real happy for the Samson Stone Ford team to get what we got with what we've got."
YOUR FATHER WON THE TRUCK SERIES RACE HERE IN 1997. WITH THIS POSSIBLY BEING THE LAST TRUCK RACE AT RICHMOND, WAS THERE ADDED IMPORTANCE FOR YOU TONIGHT? "It meant a lot to me. I really wanted to win bad here or get a real good run the last time the trucks are set to come here. I'm still shooting to be the first father-son combo to win a race in the truck series. I'm looking forward to getting up there and doing that. I'm sorry that we're not coming back here in the future, though."