NASCAR-CTS: Kansas City: Ford Racing race quotes

NASCAR-CTS: Kansas City: Ford Racing race quotes

Post by pr.. » Mon, 08 Jul 2002 07:36:45

TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Finished 6th)

DID YOU GET
INTO THE FLUID LAID DOWN BY THE 14 TRUCK?  "Yeah, and it's a shame for
the Power Stroke Diesel Ford.  We played our cards right and had a great
restart with six to go, and moved up to fifth and thought we had
something for fourth, for the 46.  Unfortunately, when the 14 blew up, it
blew an oil line or something; all I know is that there was a lot of oil
on the track.  It just put a bunch of oil down.  I saw the 2 go sideways,
I saw the 18 in the mirror, and I was sideways and hit the wall with both
ends.  I guess I should be thankful for a sixth-place finish after that
deal.  It's disappointing when you can get up into the top five with less
than five to go.  It wasn't the best day for the Power Stroke Diesel
Ford, but we were going to salvage a top-five, but it looks like we
salvaged a top-10.  We'll just go on from here and go to Kentucky."  

PIT
STRATEGY PUT YOU IN THE TOP FIVE AFTER YOU SUFFERED FROM AN EARLY SPIN.
"It was a real good call.  Crew chief Bob Keselowski used his head on
that, and we just spun in turn 1; it was just an aero deal.  I was on the
bottom of a three-wide situation going into the corner.  It took the air
off the spoiler.  I got pinched down quite heavily by the 8, and
unfortunately just went around.  Thank goodness we were able to keep it
off the wall and finish sixth."

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Finished 12th)

WHAT HAPPENED?  "We had the truck to beat today.  I was able to keep the
2 truck in my mirror all race long.  With three laps to go, something
flew off the race track and broke the filter going from the rear-end pump
to the rear-end and it broke the gear, and, plus, it lost all of the
fluid.  The Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford was unbeatable today.  I
don't know where we need to change our luck, or whatever we can do to
change our luck.  We tried to get back in that points race today.  We
were 50 out of the lead and it would have been a great points day.  Ray
Stonkus, Ernie Elliott engines under the hood, the whole Circle Bar gang,
the people behind this team deserve all of the credit.  We'll win next
week in Kentucky."

CARL EDWARDS-63-Mittler Brothers/Blazin' Pits Ford F-150 (Finished 8th)

"YOU HAD A CLOSE CALL WHEN YOU GOT TOGETHER WITH THE 11 TRUCK.  "The
truck just got tight in the draft.  This is the first time that I've ever
been in the draft, and, boy, you go in there and it's like taking the
front-end away from the deal.  And so they kept going down and down with
the wedge, and we got it close in the end.  I could drive in there and
turn, but we just didn't have enough for the really fast guys; we had
enough to make the team happy."  

THIS IS YOUR THIRD TRUCK SERIES RACE.
DID YOU EXPECT TO HAVE EARLY SUCCESS?  "These guys are some of the
hardest working guys in the garage.  They're probably doing the most with
the fewest resources.  This is the happiest that I've seen Mike Mittler
(owner/crew chief).  He's sweating more than I am.  Man, we had a good
time."  

DID YOU FEEL EXTRA PRESSURE TRYING TO PERFORM IN FRONT OF THE
HOMETOWN CROWD?  "I was nervous, period.  It's a big track and I almost
crashed the whole deal in practice over there (turns 1 and 2), just going
for too much too quick.  Mike (Mittler) kinda talked me out of that mode
and we got faster.  I'm just so happy now.  This is the best that this
team has finished in two years.  They're so happy.  Mike told me 10th
place is like winning, so this is great."

RICK BICKLE-15-Dickies/Popeyes Ford F-150 (Finished 13th)

"At the end
of the race, the truck got a whole lot better.  We got it within three,
four or five tenths instead of being eight tenths off the pace.  Still,
we have to cut the body off of this to make it a speedway truck.  We
brought a squirt gun to a battle, and you can't have any fun doing that."

JON WOOD-50-U.S. Navy Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 9th)

"The breaks
didn't go our way at the start of the race, but then they did at the end
of the race.  We were way too loose early on.  We came in and made the
right call by coming in and pitting and putting wedge in it under the
first caution.  Then, we had a rear-end cap come off or something and had
to go to the tail end of the line one more time.  We got back up in the
top 10 one more time and then broke, I think we broke fourth gear.  On
that last restart, it just wouldn't go into fourth gear and I had to pull
on the apron.  That last caution is what really saved us and gave us the
top-10 that we needed.   Given the bad luck that we had all weekend, it
wasn't all that bad of a finish; I was pleased.  We've got something
wrong with our speedway qualifying and our short-run package and we've
got to figure it out and in a hurry.  We're going to Kentucky next
weekend, a track similar to this and we're going to have a hard time
finding it."

RANDY BRIGGS-93-Extreme Grafix Ford F-150 (Finished 23rd)

"We were a
little bit embarrassed today.  We had problems all day long, and,
especially, the driver made some rookie mistakes.  We were a little rusty
on pit stops, but we brought it home to a finish.  We started way in the
back, so we really couldn't go backwards.  The track is very smooth and
very fast.  We were on and off all day.  We had some major problems, so
we just tried to finish the race and stay out of the way of the leaders
when they were coming and just finish.  It's tough to run with the
caliber of these guys week-in and week-out.  Just being a hometown race,
we had to do this, and, actually, I believe we're going to go to Kentucky
next week and try it again."

-Ford-

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