RICK CRAWFORD -- No. 14 Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l Ford F-150 (Finished 2nd) "I would have loved to have been in Victory Lane today. I thought I made the right move. If I second-guessed myself or looked in the rearview mirror, I would have...
RICK CRAWFORD -- No. 14 Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l Ford F-150 (Finished 2nd)
"I would have loved to have been in Victory Lane today. I thought I made the right move. If I second-guessed myself or looked in the rearview mirror, I would have done it the same way. The Ford F-150 and Powerstroke Diesel by International was home alone in the top five today with that foreign brand Johnny drives and Todd drivers and those other guys in the top five that they drive, but what bold moves today -- bold move there at the end to try to make it exciting for the fans here in my home state of Alabama. I'm from LA -- Lower Alabama. One other thing is I watched Red Farmer last night still kick ass at the Talladega short track and I was very proud of Red Farmer last night. He won his heat race to get in the show and anytime you win over there it's a win. Red has over 1,000 feature wins, but 75 years old and can still get the job done -- the head of the Alabama Gang -- my hat's off to him. Somebody asked me, 'When you get to 75 are you gonna be racing like Red?' I said, 'Nope.' There ain't but one Red Farmer and I watched him last night and my hat's off to him. He's a great gentlemen. In the late seventies Red Farmer gave a kid from Mobile a chance, so thanks. It was a fun day. We gave the fans an exciting race the last 600 feet."
IS THERE ANY WAY TO DESCRIBE WHAT WINNING AT TALLADEGA WOULD HAVE MEANT TO YOU? WOULD THIS HAVE TOPPED YOUR DAYTONA WIN?
"No. There's not but one Daytona. Talladega would have been great for Rick Crawford as far as being from Alabama and this being my home state and the fans. They sell a ticket and they sell the whole seat, but I know at the end they were standing up and they weren't using their ticket. The back straightaway grandstands were nearly full today and just being at this showplace in my home state, but to win -- hell, I finished second so I'm gonna party anyway. Todd is a great racer. We met by accident the last month or so and he deserved to win today and I just came up a little short. I wish I was in Victory Lane and it would be one party and Sweet Home Alabama, but there's gonna be a party anyway."
HOW DID YOU GET UP TO SECOND FOR THE FINAL RESTART?
"The restart before last didn't turn out the way I planned it because I made a move 25 laps earlier that took the lead and got to lead some laps here at Talladega. The move on the next-to-last restart didn't work out that way, so we found ourselves 10th, 11th or 12th -- somewhere along in there -- but on the last restart before the green-white-checkered, you just have to watch. You've got to have high concentration with what's going on around you. You follow the faster trucks. There are some trucks out there trying to make moves right now and I knew which groove was working for me and which trucks were the fastest all day, so that put us in position to win. That's something we've been talking about at Daytona and Talladega -- that you have to be in position to win in order to win."
WAS THERE ANY THOUGHT OF PULLING OUT SOONER AT THE END?
"I thought about it and I was getting a really good run off of four, but say Johnny is gonna try to win the race or help his teammate -- if I would have pulled out coming off of four, I would have finished fifth through tenth or 15th, so I had to take the draft. I had to use it as much as I could -- not that I was trying to help Todd. I had to use the draft as much as I could. I got the side draft off of him, but I was just four feet short."
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