BOBBY EAST-21-State Fair Corn Dogs/Edy's Dibs Ford F-150 (Qualified 14th) YOU WERE ABLE TO PICK UP QUITE A BIT OF SPEED FROM PRACTICE. "We've just got a good truck. In practice, we were just trying to prepare ourselves for the race and that's ...
BOBBY EAST-21-State Fair Corn Dogs/Edy's Dibs Ford F-150 (Qualified 14th)
YOU WERE ABLE TO PICK UP QUITE A BIT OF SPEED FROM PRACTICE. "We've just got a good truck. In practice, we were just trying to prepare ourselves for the race and that's usually what we do. We didn't tape it up and make a mock run in practice because we just weren't worried about it, basically because we feel like we have a pretty good race truck."
YOU ARE A YOUNG DRIVER THAT DOESN'T HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE IN RACES OF THIS LENGTH. IS THE HEAT A CONCERN FOR YOU TOMORROW? "From inside the truck, not really. I've just been preparing myself for it in the off-season. I got a little taste of it last year, and it gets real hot. I've just been preparing real hard for it, just like these guys prepare real hard at the shop, and I just try to hold up my end of the deal and I just look forward to racing that State Fair Corn Dogs Ford."
ERIK DARNELL-99-Woolrich Ford F-150 (Qualified 13th)
"We were looking for a little more than that. Our Woolrich Ford was real good in practice and I don't know what happened there in qualifying. The speed wasn't there, but I'm not really worried about it, though, because I know the thing is going to race real well. It doesn't really matter where we start because this is a wide race track and we'll be good in the race."
DO YOU EXPECT THE RACE CONDITIONS TO BE DRASTICALLY DIFFERENT FROM THOSE IN QUALIFYING? "I'm hoping it's going to be cooler when the race starts tomorrow night. I'm assuming that track is going to tighten up a little bit, but I don't know because I've never run here before. We had a real good truck in race trim today and I think that will carry over into the race tomorrow night."
TERRY COOK-10-Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l F-150 (Qualified 2nd)
DID YOU GET EVERYTHING OUT OF THE TRUCK IN QUALIFYING? "Yeah, we did. We just had to lift off the throttle to three-quarters throttle just for a hair in the middle of three and four. It was just a little tight, but as I told them I was a little tight, I was putting that much wheel to the right, too. We were a little tight, a little loose, but we got out of it everything we had in it. The Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l crew just did an awesome job. It rolled of the trailer and it was almost perfect. We worked on it the entire practice sessions to make it even better than perfect. We felt like we got off on a tangent at one point and then we got it back to where it needed to be, which was real good. It's on the outside pole, and that's a great qualifying effort."
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALIFYING FOR AN IMPOUND RACE? "Qualifying means a lot because track position is pretty huge here. I think there are some good trucks back there that didn't qualify as well, but I've always seen it here where typically if you have a good race truck, you'll qualify well. I think at this track if you qualify well, you'll race well; that's a product of this track. I think our truck may have been a pinch tight during qualifying, but they'll make the impound adjustments to free it up for the race, so we're pretty good."
ANY CONCERNS WITH THE HEAT? "Not really. I don't think it will be a big issue because we're racing at night, so the sun's not beating on the track. It's a mile-and-a-half track so you're going to get plenty of airflow into the race vehicle as well as into the motor area. With those two aspects, I don't think heat will be as big of an issue at this track liked it would be at Memphis, where don't air flow into the race vehicle. It's a lot more comfortable heat-wise than it was in Dover and I think we're 10 degrees warmer."
MARCOS AMBROSE-20-Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Ford F-150 (Qualified 21st)
"We're really pleased. We're just trying to turn laps right now. We're in a hole with three wrecks in three races, and we want to ride through the next couple here and get as much experience as we can and stay out of trouble again if we can."
IN TERMS OF SPEED, IS THE FASTEST TRACK ON WHICH YOU'VE COMPETED? "No, Dover felt pretty quick. This place is really a challenge, too. I've been a little bit limited on laps here and I haven't quite done enough laps in practice. We're really excited about the race and the future. I've got a great team and a great opportunity, and I'm having a blast."
MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR-50-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Qualified 30th)
CAN YOU TAKE A DEEP BREATH NOW THAT YOU KNOW YOU MADE THE RACE? "Of course, that's good. I struggled myself a lot early in practice and we made so many changes, so we're starting to come back on them. This truck just drives quite a bit different from the Busch cars, so I'm just trying to get used to it. The guys are doing a great job, and this is the first part of it. We've made it into the race and we'll see how it goes tomorrow."
WERE YOU ABLE TO RUN WIDE OPEN IN QUALIFYING? "We were a little bit too tight to run wide open in qualifying, and I lifted a little bit. We were just too tight. I could have probably, but I would have had to turn too much and bind it up."
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford F-150 (Qualified 5th)
FIFTH IS NOT A BAD STARTING POSITION. "No, it's not. I've started a lot worse than that here, and this is our home race track here in front off Circle Bar Truck Corral. The Ford F-150 came on strong there in the second hour of practice, and those qualifying laps were two pretty good laps and that's what you needed on the second lap. I wish we would have been first, but we'll take fifth and we'll try to win tomorrow night. We have something we can probably win with."
HOW IMPORTANT IS TRACK POSITION HERE? "It's big because we have that safe tire, and if you've got that track position that means you don't have to pass them. Here, this race track is getting wore in to where it's going to have more than one groove. I'd look for that tomorrow night. If you can't beat them on the bottom, you can go upstairs and beat then."
ANY CONCERNS WITH THE HEAT? "Heat an issue for me? I don't think so. The sun will be down by the time we get started."