JON WOOD-50-Bob Graham for President Ford F-150 (Qualified 5th) YOU MANAGED TO PICK UP FROM PRACTICE. "Anytime you can do that, especially when the track temp going up, that's good. I think we should have a pretty decent race truck. I don't...
JON WOOD-50-Bob Graham for President Ford F-150 (Qualified 5th)
YOU MANAGED TO PICK UP FROM PRACTICE.
"Anytime you can do that, especially when the track temp going up, that's good. I think we should have a pretty decent race truck. I don't quite know how we'll qualify, that was wide open. That's all I had, so beyond that, that's it."
YOU AND YOUR TEAMMATE CARL EDWARDS RAN UP FRONT MOST OF THE RACE HERE IN JUNE AND FINISHED SECOND AND THIRD. HOW IMPORTANT IS QUALIFYING AT TEXAS? "We didn't even qualify last time and started ninth and 13th, and 10 laps into it you're up front. This is a place where qualifying isn't all that crucial."
BOB GRAHAM PULLED HIS BID FOR THE PRESIDENCY THIS WEEK, YET HE REMAINS ON YOUR TRUCK. WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN TOLD ABOUT THE SPONSORSHIP OF THIS TRUCK? "I'm paid to drive the truck and whether or not he's running in the election, he's still my sponsor this week and I'm going to represent him to the best of my ability."
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Qualified 3rd)
"It was pretty good. Other than working on it that was kind of like Daytona, it was wide open all the way around. The Superchips Ford went pretty well for two laps, and that's all it would get. I think the laps were pretty close to identical just because they were wide open. I had to breathe a little bit the second lap and I think if we would have made it a little softer in the rear to get it to go a little faster, we might have gone better. Heck, I'm pretty happy with that as long as we can race that well."
YOU WERE RUNNING FIRST WITH FIVE LAPS TO GO IN JUNE ONLY TO BE PASSED BY BRENDAN GAUGHAN. IF THE CIRCUMSTANCES ARE THE SAME WITH FIVE LAPS TO GO TOMORROW, WILL THE OUTCOME BE DIFFERENT? "I watched the video of that race the other day, and I could have blocked him a lot more. Just like everyone here, we're getting our stuff together a little better. All of the speeds are faster than they were earlier and everybody is getting better and better. I'd really like to run one spot better than we did in the spring."
WITH THIS RACE BEING RUN IN THE AFTERNOON, WHAT CHALLENGES DOES THAT POSE TO A DRIVER? "Hopefully it just makes it slicker. I think we have a good downforce package. I think the slicker the track gets the more competitive we'll be. I'm really looking forward to racing in the sunlight this time."
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Qualified 8th)
"I was trying to make it as free as possible and it was a tick tight, but I never let off. It's a good truck. It's been good in practice and we were going for the pole, and that's just the way it is sometimes. When you go after something like that either you're going to after big or you might lose a little bit, and we lost a little."
CAN YOU TAKE A CHANCE HERE IN QUALIFYING SINCE THE TRACK IS SO WIDE AND QUALIFYING DOESN'T MEAN AS MUCH HERE AS IT DOES AT A SHORT TRACK? "I think qualifying is important everywhere. Sometimes if you know you have a good race piece, you don't dwell on qualifying a lot, and sometimes when you're real close to the pole you're going to take a little extra chance to make it sit on the pole and that's not good."
THERE IS USUALLY ONE LONG GREEN-FLAG RUN DURING A RACE HERE. IS IT HARDER TO OVERCOME A MISTAKE WHEN YOU'RE AT A TRACK WITH THAT CHARACTERISTIC? "I think just about every race track on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has to be a prefect race in order to win. What I mean by that, you have to have a perfect piece of equipment that's out on the race track, too. It has to be bulletproof and it has to be fast. If you can add all of that to your crew, crew chief and driver, I'm not going to say you're guaranteed to win, but you have a good shot at winning."
TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel/Oil Mate Ford F-150 (Qualified 6th)
"It's been a long time since the 29 truck has run good at Texas, so we're pleased so far. We unloaded good and we were mildly competitive since we've been here up on the time sheet. This will get us a solid top-10 effort. I don't think it's going to hold in the top five, but it will get us a solid top-10 qualifying effort, and I don't think we've only had one or two of those in my history at Texas. It's kind of like the Matt Kenseth syndrome, if we can qualify that well, we're going to race really well and I'm excited about that." WITH THIS RACE BEING RUN IN THE AFTERNOON, WHAT CHALLENGES DOES THAT POSE TO A DRIVER? "It changes the game plan a little bit because we know a lot of the setups and characteristics of what Texas does at night. Now we have to think back to the last time we ran a day race here, and I can only remember a twilight race here a few years back. We've got our work cut out for us to find the right combination for us. We've got a Happy Hour coming here in the same type of conditions, and we're happy with the Power Stroke Diesel truck. I think the balance we've had for racing in the daylight, we practiced early today and we'll be good for the race."