Talladega: Pole winner interview

Ford driver Erik Darnell qualified first for Saturday's Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. ERIK DARNELL -- No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150 "It was a good lap for our Northern Tool + Equipment Ford. We found out in ...

Ford driver Erik Darnell qualified first for Saturday's Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway.

ERIK DARNELL -- No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150

"It was a good lap for our Northern Tool + Equipment Ford. We found out in practice yesterday we had a pretty good truck. All three of the Roush Fenway trucks were pretty fast, but we concentrated primarily on getting it to run well in the draft, which I think we accomplished. This is the same truck we had at Daytona. It was pretty good there. We led a bunch of laps there with it and, like I said, we were just trying to get it to where it runs well in the draft and I think we got it there, and wherever qualifying panned out, that's what it was gonna be, but just getting the pole is kind of icing on the cake."

WAS THERE A PROBLEM AFTER QUALIFING?

"Yeah, I guess. I'm not really sure. I haven't talked to the crew chief yet, but, apparently everything is all right. We rolled the truck to Victory Lane and we're good to go for the race. I don't know what's going on yet."

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT DAYTONA AND THAT DISAPPOINTMENT?

"This is the same truck we had at Daytona. That was kind of a heartbreaker. We led a bunch of laps there and leading inside 15 to go and end up not getting the win was a little bit frustrating, but Roush Fenway has a very strong track record with their truck program. Mark Martin won both races at Daytona and Talladega in '06 and we're always up front with these things and we're looking to be there when we end the day tomorrow."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Erik Darnell , Mark Martin