Texas II: Ford teams race quotes

RICK CRAWFORD -- No. 14 Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford F-150 (finished 5th, qualified 7th) AFTER THE RED FLAG, YOU WERE IN FIFTH, WHAT HAPPENED IN FRONT OF YOU? "I saw two trucks wrecking in front of me. I went as low as I could. I...

RICK CRAWFORD -- No. 14 Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford F-150 (finished 5th, qualified 7th)

AFTER THE RED FLAG, YOU WERE IN FIFTH, WHAT HAPPENED IN FRONT OF YOU? "I saw two trucks wrecking in front of me. I went as low as I could. I was trying to get fourth from Brendan [Gaughan] and we had a truck that I told them on the radio that I need two trucks per lap. This Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford F-Series pick-up was going to win this thing for [team owner] Tom Mitchell. I hate to say it, but it looks like I've been racing a bunch of alligators because the right side of my truck is gone. But she's built Ford tough and she spun around, made some bold moves tonight. We grabbed another gear and finished in the top five, so we'll see how we end up."


ERIK DARNELL -- No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150 (finished 14th, qualified 23rd)

ONCE THE RED FLAG WAS LIFTED, YOU WERE INSTRUCTED TO MOVE UP TO SIXTH PLACE BEHIND RICK CRAWFORD, THEN WHAT HAPPENED? "I'm not sure. We were in front of Skinner and behind Crawford on the last restart and got the green and trucks were wrecking everywhere. I don't know what happened, but I guess the 60 [Jack Sprague] and the 8 [Chad McCumbee] got together and I had nowhere to go. It is pretty unfortunate, our Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150 was really good tonight. We got to lead some laps. Matt [Puccia, crew chief] made some really good calls on pit road as far as getting the adjustments we needed. I was pretty sure we were going to come out of here with a top-10 finish. We had fresh tires there at the end. I don't think some of the guys in front of us did. We're looking to make a charge to get up there. We had a shot at it and it unfortunately it didn't work out that way."


T.J. BELL -- No. 50 Heathcliff's Cat Litter Ford F-150 (finished 17th, qualified 29th)

"We are up as far as third there when we stayed up with the 5 [Mike Skinner] and the 9 [Ted Musgrave]. Then guys came out with new tires, so we knew that was going to happened. We had to make a green stop there and we made a little mistake. I can't be happier with the boys that work on this back at the shop. I doubted myself and they were getting down. I want to end this year on a good note. I'm looking forward to going to Phoenix and Homestead for the Ford week and run better there."


DAVID STARR -- No. 10 International MAXX Force Diesel Ford F-150 (finished 19th, qualified 30th)

"Our International MAXX Force Diesel Ford F-150 was a monster tonight. It was hard to drive. We gave it all we got. We just couldn't get it in the corners. We were very free on the entry and tried to fix it on the first pit stop and couldn't fix it. Dennis Connor [crew chief] and all the guys, after going two laps down, we finally got it to where it was decent. The only thing good about tonight is that we finished the race. It was a disappointing night. Hopefully, we didn't lose too much in the points. It was a frustrating night for the MAXX Force team. We'll put this one behind us and go to Phoenix and have a good finish there. Then go to Homestead and get us a good finish there. I'm looking to try to stay in the top 10 in points and try to win a race one of these last two races. There's always hope and I have hope that we can still pull off a top 10 in the points and try to win us a race. I've got hope and that's all I can do. It wasn't a good night and everyone is disappointed. It was what it was."


TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 6 K&N Filters Ford F-150 (finished 26th, qualified 6th)

DID YOU REALIZE THE TRUCK WAS ON FIRE? "I knew it was on fire on pit road and I was looking for somebody. It was a bad chain of events. We had an awesome K&N Ford and we definitely were contending for the win. The right front tire blew up and about five laps before that, I saw that my engine was going down and we lost a cylinder. We just kept riding it out and riding it out and we got to the point where we were only going to need fuel. So I said, 'let's just ride it out.' I was on three-quarters throttle in the draft when I was back in the pack because we were down a cylinder. I was trying to save enough fuel to make it until the end. Then about two laps before I spun there, I told that that I had a vibration in the tire and it was going down. We were going to try and ride it out. It was unfortunate; we had a truck that was capable of winning the race. It was just a bad set of circumstances for us to end up like this."


JOEY CLANTON -- No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 (finished 32nd, qualified 21st)

"The 16 [Brian Scott] was trying to go harder than he could and he just turned it around in front of me. I couldn't see where to go and the spotter said stop and lock it up. I hate it for Zaxby's and Ford because we're trying to win the Rookie of the Year title and we didn't need back luck like this. We need to be out there getting a top-10; the truck was good enough. I was backpedaling off of him just to stay away from him and he was all over the track. He just got us. He got loose and lost it. He turned it sidewise coming off turn four and he blocked the whole race track up. I had nowhere to go. And we got caught-up in an unfortunate mess. We're battling for the Rookie of the Year and it's not the way we wanted to end the race tonight for Zaxby's or Ford. We wanted to make sure we had a good run. The truck was awesome yesterday in practice. I hate it, we didn't need this kind of finish. The crew is working on the truck. They're going to get us out as soon as they can so we can make-up as many points as we can. The truck isn't too bad, but it's beat up pretty good."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Jack Sprague , Chad McCumbee , Brian Scott