T.J. BELL -- No. 50 Heathcliff's Cat Litter Ford F-150 (Finished 31st) "I'm not really sure what happened. I was going along there talking to my crew chief about the truck. Our F-150 was really, really good. It's a shame. We were...
T.J. BELL -- No. 50 Heathcliff's Cat Litter Ford F-150 (Finished 31st)
"I'm not really sure what happened. I was going along there talking to my crew chief about the truck. Our F-150 was really, really good. It's a shame. We were overheating a little bit, but I'd drive to the front and then come to the back and let it cool off. We were just waiting for the next pit stop and, unfortunately, we were the caution that brought it out. I hope Travis can go out there and run good. He's in the chase for the championship, so I wish him the best."
ERIK DARNELL -- No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150 (Finished 29th)
"We had a really good truck and were running third before the pit stops. Then we were in the back after having a right-front tire come apart. We got a lap down after having to change that under green and we were just fighting to get our lap back. I don't even know what happened up in the front. I saw Sprague spinning and the next thing I know I got run over from behind and that put us out. Our Northern Tool + Equipment Ford was good this weekend. I was looking forward to a good finish after our qualifying run and practice yesterday, but, unfortunately, we didn't get it."
TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 6 K&N Ford F-150 (Finished 26th)
"Our truck was pretty strong. We had a great K&N Ford, but it was just really hard to get track position. We got it at one point and I tried to go for the lead. I probably should have just sat there in third, so we lost a little track position. I was content to just ride there because it was all gonna go crazy in about the last two laps. I don't know what happened, but I know the 60 had a tire rub for a while and I don't know what happened. Right there, it was almost like somebody was trying to get to pit road and they all checked up. I kind of think that's what happened, but I don't know. I saw them stopping in front of me and somebody came across two trucks in front of me and we just wiped the front end off of it.
THE 60 DID CUT A RIGHT-FRONT TIRE. "Yeah, I saw it 10 laps ago. I thought he was blowing a motor or something and finally he had to get to pit road and it stacked the whole field up, I guess.
FROM A POINTS STANDPOINT THIS IS A TOUGH BLOW. "It's a huge hit. I don't think we were gonna make big gains, but I think we were in a position to gain a few points on these guys. It's disappointing. Now we've got to watch our back and make sure we can save third because I know Bodine and Benson are out there and probably will be running strong, so it's disappointing. Our Ford was awfully good and it was all about track position for sure. It was hard to get up there and I realized I just needed to bide my time and wait for the last few laps and battle it out then."
RICK CRAWFORD -- No. 14 Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l Ford F-150 (Finished 2nd)
"I needed about four feet for this Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford F-150 to win today. Congratulations to Todd Bodine. He probably had the fastest truck here last year, so it owed him one. To run second here today, I'm just so happy in my home state for Ford, everybody at International and everybody on our Circle Bar race team.
IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS FUN. "I was having a ball as long as I was up front, but when I got behind there was a lot of work to it.
WHAT WAS YOUR PLAN DOWN THE STRETCH? "I didn't want to make my move too soon and I didn't. I made it at the perfect time, but we just didn't have enough. We did all we could and it was a great race, a perfect race with no mistakes. We took the lead for a few laps against this foreign brigade out here and it shows we're built Ford tough."
DAVID STARR -- No. 10 Int'l MAXX FORCE Diesel Ford F-150 (Finished 11th)
"It was an awesome day for Circle Bar Racing. Our International MAXX FORCE Diesel Ford F-150 was pretty awesome today. I was really just kind of being patient and kind of testing the waters. I knew the low line was the fast line. You could see it and I was watching it, but I was trying to see -- once I got up on the outside and moved up towards the front, you could just see that the outside wasn't gonna be the spot. But you needed the outside to kind of pull you up towards the top and if you got lucky and got a hole down on the bottom, you could take advantage of it. We had a great truck. The team did a heck of a job. Rick Crawford did a great job to finish second. Coming off of turn four, I don't know what happened. We were running sixth or seventh and I guess the leader's right-front tire blew out. He almost spun and I guess he overcorrected and came back into the race track and the next thing you know it was him headed right for my left-front fender and the left front of the truck. I did everything to miss him, but he got us. That says a lot for the Circle Bar team. All the guys that go over the wall, to come back and finish 11th with a tore up truck and tore up nose like it was, it actually drove pretty good to be as tore up as it was. We were looking for a top five or a win today, but it wasn't meant to be. When we walk out of the gate tonight we're not gonna hang our heads down because we gave it all we had and it was a great effort by the whole team.
DID YOU KNOW YOUR TRUCK WHEN YOU HAD TO WORK YOUR WAY FROM THE BACK AFTER THE START? "I was mad at myself. That was a stupid move on my part. I didn't think I had passed the guy until we got to the start-finish line, but sometimes you're just so excited that you're ready to go. I actually forgot the start-finish line was way down there (in turn one), so I was hoping the caution would come out so we could get back in the race and it did. We were fortunate to get back up there. We knew we had a good truck. We knew in practice we had a good truck. We kept going from the back to the front and worked with Rick and it was awesome. We knew we both had good trucks, but this wasn't the finish we were looking for. Then again, compared with all the circumstances we went through, it's not a bad day for Circle Bar Racing."
JOEY CLANTON -- No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 (Finished 19th)
"We were hoping for a better finish than that, but we just got caught up with some slower trucks on a restart. I don't know what they did. They let a gap get in there and then they ran into each other and stopped and you can't pass them, so then when they took off there was nobody behind me. The truck just wasn't quite what it was in Daytona and I need to be in the main draft to keep up and get going, but we got a lap down and couldn't get that lucky dog. I thought we had it a couple of times, but it just didn't work out for us."
JON WOOD -- No. 21 Bush's/Winn Dixie Ford F-150 (Finished 10th)
"I wanted to make sure I was capable of being there at the end. On one of the restarts, everybody was bunched up and I was at the tail end of the pack doing OK and someone hit Brendan Gaughan. He made a miraculous save, but in the process I saw that happen and I just backed off for a split-second and that was all it took. That caused me to lose the draft and, in turn, caused me to go a lap down. We got it back and then came in the pits, but after that it seemed like we had a lugnut loose. I'm not sure if we did or not, but the smart thing to do was to check it, so we did that as NASCAR gave one to go, so I restarted more or less a half-lap behind. I was banking on the caution then, and then I just ran out of laps to get anywhere. I didn't really have a whole lot of cooperation. You kind of depend on your manufacturer to work together, but there weren't any Fords in my vicinity. A lot of them wrecked out and Starr was tore out, Crawford was up front, but I do owe a decent finish to Joey Clanton. He was a lap down and he came along and pushed me all the way to where I ended up, so that was very nice.
ARE YOU HAPPY? "To get out of Talladega with a respectable finish, yeah. There's so much that can happen here. A tenth place finish on a normal day, you could maybe say it's disappointing, but it's still a top 10 and my truck is in one piece."
-credit: ford racing