JON WOOD-50-Bob Graham for President Ford F-150 (Finished 6th) "With about three to go something went in the motor. It's very frustrating to have this happen especially off of Vegas. It's aggravating, but we usually don't have this problem so...
JON WOOD-50-Bob Graham for President Ford F-150 (Finished 6th)
"With about three to go something went in the motor. It's very frustrating to have this happen especially off of Vegas. It's aggravating, but we usually don't have this problem so I can't say anything. We had a strong truck all weekend, and I don't think our sixth-place finish is representative of how good we were today. We'll just go back to the shop and see what happened and get ready for a good run in my home state of Virginia next week."
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 4th)
DID YOU GET THE AIR TAKEN OFF YOUR SPOILER AT THE END BY THE NO. 1 TRUCK?
"We were tight before that last caution so we came in on that last pit stop and loosened it up and added fuel also. It was just too much, so the truck was plain loose. That was all I could do to hang on. I was a little faster than Wood, but Musgrave was a little faster than me, so we were kind of piling up and it took all of air off of me. I'm just really lucky to be standing here next to a straight truck that's the full length. That was wild."
YOU MADE NUMEROUS STOPS IN THE CLOSING LAPS TO WORK ON THE TRUCK'S HANDLING. WAS IT A CASE OF WORKING ON THE TRUCK TOO MUCH TODAY?
"No, not too much. It was really good strategy by Cowboy (Kevin Starland) because there's not enough trucks on the lead lap and if it would have turned out well, if it would have been a perfect setup, I think we would have been real close to the front. It was a gamble, but, heck, we're fourth and we were third when we came in, so I don't think we could have been much better."
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 9th)
DID YOU SUFFER MOTOR PROBLEMS AT THE END OF THE RACE?
"No, we had 900 horsepower today. Robert and Doug Yates do us a fabulous job putting the horsepower we need under the hood. It probably made it look easy today for the Circle Bar Ford that Tom Mitchell provides us the funding to go do this. It was an error in the pits. We didn't get the lugs tight on the first pit stop. We got saved by the caution and put more tires on it and tightened the lug nuts up on it on the last pit stop which put us in our window to finish the race. With 20 laps to go, the other wheel was coming off. Either you put it in fence or you back off."
UP FRONT YOUR TRUCK WAS DOMINANT. WAS CLEAN AIR THE KEY TO THE RACE TODAY?
"You needed clean air. I owe a lot to Blake Bainbridge for coming on and helping Ray (Stonkus) out this weekend and myself. He was the crew chief and I appreciate Rusty Wallace loaning him to me this weekend. He'll be in Phoenix with us and he was the key this weekend of a lot of success. Having a good truck and a lot of horsepower makes it look easy but Blake knows what he's doing."
TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel/Oil Mate Ford F-150 (Finished 7th)
"That's typical Texas, it's unpredictable and you never know who's going to finish in the top 10 before the last lap. The finishing order may change 10 times in the last 10 laps and sure enough it did again today."
AT ONE POINT THERE WERE ONLY EIGHT TRUCKS ON THE LEAD LAP.
"That was nothing more than a few guys pitted on lap 10, and at that time we were running third on the track and we're not going to pit for fuel that early. A lot of those guys at the back of the pack had nothing to lose, so they came in fuel and it put them on a whole different sequence. It's really nothing we could do there; it was out of our hands as far as that. It was a situations when the caution did come out we found ourselves on the tail end of the lead lap and we were able to make it up from there. We had a good truck all day long. We were able to put it back on the lead lap, and I'm kind of proud of that because we didn't even need the Lucky Dog award; we did it without that. It was just a good day for the Power Stroke Diesel. We kind of fought the balance of it right there the last 40 laps back and forth. We tried to free it up because it was getting too tight at the end of the runs, and we got it too free. They were just moving me up the track and I had to let them go by because they were making me too loose. Eventually we got it tightened back up, but we went the other way and got it too tight. We kind of chased the balance of it back and forth."
WAS THE TRACK SURFACE SLICKER WITH THE RACE BEING RUN DURING THE DAY?
"No, it really wasn't. Texas Motor Speedway has great grip no matter if it's daytime or nighttime. I thought the track has the same amount of grip it has at night. You saw Brendan go by us on the outside up top. Guys were racing side by side pretty much everywhere. I didn't see much difference. One thing that did help was that it was severely overcast. It was basically nighttime racing, it just wasn't as cool."
NOTE: CARL EDWARDS POINT BATTLE PRESS CONFERENCE
WHAT HAPPENED IN TWO TURN?
"I was just thinking of that dirt track out there off of turn 2. That was pretty wild. The Superchips Ford, we had a little bit of trouble in Happy Hour and I'm just proud of my guys for putting it back together so well. It was just a little bit loose there. We're pretty happy with fourth place. Just a good day of practice for a championship run next year. These are the days we've got to make out of the bad ones."
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO CATCH BRENDAN AT TEXAS?
"Brendan is doing really well. I think the aero package of the Fords will better for the Roush camp, so next year we should be a little bit stronger on these big tracks and hopefully we can keep up with him all the way around."
"In the back of my mind, that rookie crown is the main thing we're shooting for this year, but I want to beat Kurt Busch's record. We want to win four or more races. We've got some good tracks coming up. I love Phoenix. I really like Martinsville a lot. I'm just looking forward to getting more laps so I can run with these guys on a regular basis."