St. Louis: Ford teams race quotes

St. Louis: Ford teams race quotes
Sep 2, 2007, 8:38 PM

TRAVIS KVAPIL No. 6 K&N Filters Ford F-150 (finished 6th, qualified 23rd) "Our whole weekend was okay. We had a really good truck yesterday and we wrecked our primary. We brought out the back up out and really struggled in practice and struggled ...

TRAVIS KVAPIL No. 6 K&N Filters Ford F-150 (finished 6th, qualified 23rd)

"Our whole weekend was okay. We had a really good truck yesterday and we wrecked our primary. We brought out the back up out and really struggled in practice and struggled in qualifying. But like I told Mike [Beam, crew chief] and the guys it drove pretty good, it just didn't have any speed. And it kind of showed that in the race this afternoon. We were pretty good through the corners and slowly worked our way up through there. Good pit stops got us a couple of good adjustments on pit road. We drove a smart race and kept our nose clean and slowly worked our way into the top-10. It feels like we definitely had things that we could improve upon. I think our engine package was down a little bit, especially compared to the Toyotas. I think having to use the back-up motor it wasn't our best stuff. We'll take a hard look at that. All in all, I was waiting for the day when the 5 truck [Mike Skinner] was going to have a bad day and I didn't know it was ever going to come. We still have a lot of ground to make-up. The 33 [Hornaday, new points leader] is going to have to have some bad luck. We just keep plugging along, doing the best we can. Hopefully, when we're in Homestead we'll have a shot at it."

THE ROUSH FENWAY TRUCKS SEEMED TO RUN IN A PACK. "It's definitely how it played out. If you look at the set-ups on paper, that kind of make sense. All three of our trucks set-up wise were about identical. It kind of makes sense that we all ran good. T.J. [Bell] did a great job; I know he got caught up in something there. Erik [Darnell] did a good job with his truck as well. I really have to compliment my K&N team; they worked really hard yesterday to get our back-up F-150 out there and get some speed out of it. We had a smart day today and got a good finish out of it."


ERIK DARNELL No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150 -- (finished 7th, qualified 7th)

"Honestly, I thought we'd have a little bit better run than we did. Our Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150 was tight pretty much all race. I didn't think we'd be as tight as we were based on practice yesterday, but we were. John Quinn [crew chief] and all the guys on the crew did a great job making adjustments on the truck and trying to get where we needed to be. We never just quite got the fine tuning and ended up seventh."

TALK ABOUT RUNNING SIDE-BY-SIDE WITH YOUR TEAMMATES. "Yes, we were racing together for a while. I was happy to see Travis run as well as he did. After they had to go to the back-up truck yesterday and not running very good in practice. It was good to see him up there today running well. It was real good to see T.J. run well, too. I thought T.J. was going to get a top-10 run along with me and Travis and we could have all three of our trucks up there. Unfortunately, he got taken out there at the end. It was good to see all of us running well."


RICK CRAWFORD No. 14 Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford F-150 (finished 11th, qualified 22nd)

"It was a rather difficult day for the Power Stroke Diesel by International F-Series pick-up. Our F-150 started 22nd and it didn't bother me at all. I made it up near the top-10 near the end; we just had it running too high in the corner and we weren't making it up in the straightaways. We'll be fine come Loudon and we'll take 'Elvis' back there. He's performing well, just outside the top-10 and I wished we'd be in the top-10 today. We've been fighting real hard, but it's just one of those things. We made-up a lap, got the Lucky Dog and came back from a lot of adversity today. I'm glad it hung in there with no drips, runs or errors."


JON WOOD No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford F-150 (finished 14th, qualified 35th)

YOU HAD A SOLID FINISH FOR HAVING TO START IN THE BACK TODAY. "It's still not what we are looking for. Our short track program is not up to par in comparison to our downforce package. We're doing different things instead of re-doing what's wrong. We are searching for something that's going to work. We're making improvements, with little testing time, it's just going to take more races to figure it out."


T.J. BELL No. 50 Heathcliff's Cat Litter Ford F-150 -- (finished 24th, qualified 13th) accident with No. 4 and No. 00

"Before we talk about the race, I want to send my thoughts and prayers out to Jack [Roush] and his whole family about his mother. I can't thank him enough for giving me this opportunity in this [No.] 50 Ford F-150; this thing was just unbelievable. We had a top-10 run going and I haven't been in a truck in about two months. I just got taken out by stupidity; it's not a good thing."

WERE YOU ABLE TO USE WHAT YOU APPLY WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED OUTSIDE OF THE TRUCK IN THE RACE? "Yeah, I think so. I think on restarts and air pressure we were a lot better. It's easy for people to tell you about until you see it in person. I think it really helped us. That's what kept us in the top-10 in this great truck. It's a shame what happened."

YOU WERE RUNNING IN THE TOP-15 ALONGSIDE TEAMMATES KVAPIL AND DARNELL. "That's how are trucks should run. We should be one, two and three. That's how Roush Fenway works, that's how Ford works. I just can't thank them all enough."


JOEY CLANTON No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 (finished 34th, qualified 24th) accident with No. 15

WHAT HAPPENED? "I think we're a magnet for the 15 [J.R. Norris] truck. It was dumb. He just ran right over me. He was going backwards; he had a good lap. We were in traffic, right there, and we caught the cars in front of us. [Mike] Bliss got a run on those guys and I let him back in line and the 15 was all over me trying to get in. It was his first time in a truck and he took us out. He was going backwards just as fast as he could go. He got a good lap and we got tied-up in traffic. This doesn't help our run for the rookie title. We got a bad qualifying run there. We knew we had a good race truck and the guys worked hard on our Zaxby's Ford F-150. We were making our way back up to the front right there. My crew chief Gary [Cogswell] just told me we ran the fastest lap of the race and it just felt awesome. We ran into some slower traffic and had to check-up a little bit and the 4 [Mike Bliss] got a tight by me, he got by me and I let him go. I went to fall in line and the 15 just ran into me."

-credit: ford racing

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Drivers Mike Skinner , Mike Bliss , J.R. Norris
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