Texas II: Ford teams qualifying quotes


CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Qualified 17th)

YOU HAD A LONG WAIT ON PIT ROAD WHILE THE TRACK WAS BEING CLEARED OF THE INCIDENT WITH THE NO. 0 TRUCK. DID THAT HAVE AN AFFECT ON YOUR QUALIFYING RUN? "There was a little bit of debris still out there, but that didn't affect us. We were just loose. We were loose in the corners because it got hot and we just didn't account for it as much as we needed to. It was just too loose and we probably could have used a little more rear spring to make it a little tighter."

DOES THE LACK OF HAPPY HOUR PRACTICE MAKE IT A GUESSING GAME FOR YOU TOMORROW IN TERMS OF SETUPS? "We'll have to make an educated guess at it. It's going to be a little different. To be honest, I think we're going to have a little bit of trouble because we might be too free and we can't change anything in the truck before the race. We'll have to go over our notes to see what kinds of changes we can make during the race tomorrow."

ARE YOU PLANNING ON STAYING HERE TONIGHT OR WILL YOU TRY TO MAKE FINAL NEXTEL CUP PRACTICE TONIGHT IN CHARLOTTE? "I've decided to stay here tonight. I don't think we'd make it now at this point in the day, so I'm not going to go."

BRANDON WHITT-38-Werner Ladder/Cure Autism Now Ford F-150 (Qualified 18th)

"We've been to California and Vegas twice and now coming to this track twice, it helps when you've been there before so you're not worried about learning the track and trying to get the truck set up. You just focus on getting the truck fast. We got a little looser than we were in practice. We lost about three tenths from practice and I don't know why."

DOES THAT LACK OF HAPPY HOUR MAKE IT A GUESSING GAME TOMORROW? "It might because we practiced so early in the morning and we race late in the afternoon. It got a lot hotter now for qualifying than it was in practice and I think we learned a little a bit off of qualifying, and we can see what we can do from there."

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Qualified 21st)

YOU WERE THE LAST TRUCK TO QUALIFY TODAY. WAS THE LATE DRAW A DISADVANTAGE TODAY? "The track should have cooled off a little bit. I wish we had been in the top 10 like we practiced today. We were up in the top 10 quite a bit. The truck's a little tight; that slowed us down. The Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford, that's the best you've got when you come to Texas for Tom Mitchell. It just ain't good enough today."

DO YOU HAVE TO COMPRISE ON SETUPS WHEN YOU QUALIFY AND THEN IMPOUND THE TRUCKS? "You can overstep your boundaries there a little bit. You can be too good in qualifying and then not be good on the long runs. A lot of people get a decent qualifying effort in there at a medium speed and they'll be good on the long runs. I think that's more important here because it takes two stops no matter what, so if you're good on the long run you can win here."

JON WOOD-50-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Qualified 10th)

"We were good in practice and we were able to finally back that up in qualifying. We've made some changes to our aero program and tested well at Atlanta this week. I've been working real close with Bernie Marcus and Terry Satchel from Ford and they've got us on the right track with our aero stuff, and it's made all the difference. That will be the best that we will have qualified in a long time. It did exactly what we thought it would, so it just backs up what we did in practice."

WITH THE TRUCKS BEING IMPOUNDED AFTER QUALIFYING, DO YOU FEEL YOU'RE IN A BETTER POSITION FOR THE START OF THE RACE SINCE YOU HAD A GOOD-HANDLING TRUCK IN QUALIFYING? "It helps because we aren't allowed to make any major changes to the truck before the race tomorrow. It was a help having Carl go early because we did know the track was a lot looser, but all in all, I think we had the best setup we could in the truck for today. I think we have a real good chance tomorrow at hitting it right because it, to me, backed up what we felt in practice. It was a little bit slicker track, but overall it's going to be the same in the race tomorrow, so I think if you hit it right today you're in good shape tomorrow."

ARE THE TRACK CONDITIONS CONSISTENT TO THE RACE THAT WAS HELD HERE IN THE SPRING? "The only difference is the spoiler change. That's really made a difference, but we're pretty much where we were when we were here in the spring with the blade, but we have a better truck now."

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