CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 9th) YOU APPEARED TO HAVE A TOP-SIX FINISH UNTIL THE FINAL RESTART. "Yeah, the 16 just turned down and ran into me on the restart, but that was as good as our truck was going to run there. I think,...
CARL EDWARDS-99-Superchips Ford F-150 (Finished 9th)
YOU APPEARED TO HAVE A TOP-SIX FINISH UNTIL THE FINAL RESTART. "Yeah, the 16 just turned down and ran into me on the restart, but that was as good as our truck was going to run there. I think, at best, we had third or fourth-place truck, and it's just frustrating we didn't end up there. I feel terrible for running into Steve Park in the final laps; that's twice that I've done that. I just had a big run on him and kept going farther and farther down, and I was real mad after the restart. I should have taken it a little easier on him."
DID YOUR THOUGHTS BEGIN TO TURN TO CHARLOTTE AS YOU SAT IN THE TRUCK DURING THE RED FLAG? "A little bit, but not much. I really tried to focus on what we're doing here. This is really important to me to win the championship. We had a pretty good truck and if everything went perfectly we would have been third or fourth. I was trying to really focus on that, but hopefully we make it to Charlotte on time. I was just hoping that everything was OK. Either way we'll be fine at Charlotte. If I don't get there on time Dave Blaney will start and I don't know if I will get in it, but either way we'll be fine. I'll do my best to get there, but Blaney is awesome; he was fast there last night. The biggest thing is to run well for both sponsors, here and on the Cup side, so we'll try to get there and see what's the best scenario."
BRANDON WHITT-38-Werner Ladder/Cure Autism Now Ford F-150 (Finished 15th)
"We started out and we were super-tight. We loosened it up as the race went on, and we got looser and looser, and, of course, on the last round of pit stops we finally get to where we needed to be. If we could have got there earlier we could have got a better finish, but all in all, it was a pretty good day."
TALK ABOUT THE MENTALITY OF GOING FROM A LONG RED-FLAG PERIOD BACK TO RACING. "It's hard and it makes you think a lot about what you've got and you try to strategize. Sometimes I think it could be a bad thing because you over-strategize, but I think it worked out. It let everyone clam down and gather our thoughts and then we were able to move forward and finish in the top 15."
WAS THERE ANY TREPIDATION ON YOUR PART RESTARTING THE RACE AFTER SUCH A HORRIFIC ACCIDENT? "It's always kind of scary to see something like that happen; I hope they're both all right. You have to kind of put that out of your mind sitting there under the red flag and think about what you have to do at the end of the race."
RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 7th)
YOU CAME HOME WITH A QUIET TOP-10 FINISH TODAY. "That's all right. We raced our race and that's the only race we had. The Circle Bar team, we raced our race all day. We knew we were tight and a little under-horsepower with the other makes, so we had a good day. We couldn't run the corners as hard as we wanted to because we it was tearing the front tires off of it. Me and Ronnie White, the crew chief, made some good calls in the pits today and adjusted well. We talked about race strategy this morning and stuck to it and that's how come we're in the top 10 and best in class."
DID THE SPOILER PACKAGE HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE EXCESSIVE FRONT TIRE WEAR? "Not really, but if you take a racing vehicle, no matter what it is, and you try to overpower the corner with it and the first thing you're going to do is eat up the front tires. It puts a lot of heat and a lot of pressure in the front tires and the drivers are like that. They don't realize they're tearing up front tires when they are. We had to go over 45-lap runs and in order to do that you had to protect your tires. During the run it didn't look like you were fast as you wanted to be, but you stayed consistent all day."
WAS THERE ANY TREPIDATION ON YOUR PART RESTARTING THE RACE AFTER SUCH A HORRIFIC ACCIDENT? "When you're sitting over there hot and sweaty and you turn everything off and it gets quiet, you wonder about them and you pray for them because I've been in that situation before. But, when they say to start your engines, you're back at work. Now I can pray for them again, but the last 15 laps we were back at work."
JON WOOD-50-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 26th)
YOU SPENT SOME TIME IN THE GARAGE EARLY IN THE RACE. WHAT HAPPENED? "It's looks like it was some sort of transmission failure. It's very frustrating because had a really outstanding truck today and we were just going to bide our time and kind of cruise and something like this happens, so it's real frustrating. It's nobody's fault and we got it fixed quickly, and we just went back out to run some laps. Hopefully some of the things we learned after going back out will help us in the last few races this year."
TERRY COOK-10-Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l Ford F-150 (Finished 32nd)
WHAT PUT YOU BEHIND THE WALL TODAY? "We thought we had a really good race truck and made a couple of adjustments on the first pit stop, and unfortunately I think the distributor broke; we had an electrical problem."
YOU MADE AN ENGINE CHANGE THIS MORNING, SO THIS ISN'T THE WAY YOU THOUGHT YOU'D END THE DAY? "No, we sure didn't. The motor shop is doing a great job; we're just having a rash of bad luck with motors here recently. This weekend was not another good weekend for the Power Stroke Diesel race team, but we know there are good things on the horizon. We have some great stuff coming for next year. We've got some more races to run this year, and we're not giving up on this year, but right now we're just trying to get through the year the best we can and rebuild for '05 and make sure when we come out next year that we're hitting on all eight cylinders."