MARK MCFARLAND, HARRIS TRUCKING DODGE: "We got in that wreck. I
thought we were going to be OK but the guys behind us wasn't paying attention
and hit us in the rear and spun us around. I feel bad for this team. They worked
hard getting this truck ready for this race. We have to go back to the shop and
get ready for Texas and go there. There was a wreck happening before we got
there and I slowed down. When I got there it was worse than I thought and we
checked up and the guy behind us hit us in the rear end and spun us around. If
we hadn't hit the inside wall we would have probably been all right but we hit
the wall the busted the radiator and kind of made a mess."
BRAD KESELOWSKI, #29 K AUTOMOTIVE FORD: "I went through the corner and it
blew up right away. I heard it go and all I could do was get it close to the
wall because I knew I was going to hit no matter what I did and the oil finally
got on the tires and took it right into the fence. There wasn't much I could do.
I'm real sorry for all the guys It was one of our best trucks but we'll have to
move on and take another one to Texas. We were running fairly well. It's a
200-lap race and I wanted to be there at lap 200. We were trying to mind our Ps
and Qs and it's just an unfortunate deal. I got out as fast as I could so I
didn't really feel any heat. Luckily the fire went out pretty quick, too. The
fire wasn't a problem."
ROBERT HUFFMAN IN THE #12 TOYOTA TUNDRA TOYOTA WAS THE RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF
Huffman finished 11th and took top Raybestos Rookie honors for the second
consecutive race. He scored his best finish in seven career Craftsman Truck
Series starts. "It started out just a normal race for us this year I guess
. You can see that stuff coming. We've seen it every week. All you can
do is try your best to dodge it. We just haven't been able to. Man, these guys
had some awesome pit stops. The truck wasn't the greatest; I feel certain that
we bent some ball joints and stuff on the right front. Those guys worked hard
and got it to where it was drivable. We just stayed in it all day."
HOW MUCH DAMAGE DID YOU GET IN THE ACCIDENT? "It knocked the toe-in out a
half-inch and they straightened it out back up and generally when it does that
it bends the ball joints. I'd like to thank all these guys: Innovative
Motorsports, Toyota, Lee White, Dave Wilson, all the guys out there have a lot
of confidence in me and these guys here do to and that means a lot to us."
IS THE TEAM STARTING TO BUILD MOMENTUM? "We are. We've been running good all
year and been qualifying good. We came here and didn't qualify as good but ran
better. To be the top Raybestos Rookie two races in a row is awful good. We've
got to keep missing that little bug so we can run better."
WHAT WOULD IT MEAN TO THIS TEAM TO WIN RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR? "That's
what all people race for: the championship, Raybestos Rookie of the Year, or
both. We'd be crazy to say that we wasn't racing for that. We've got to
concentrate on finishing these races and not tearing our trucks up so we can go
on to the next one. If we keep doing that we'll keep finishing like we have
been." WHAT IMPRESSED YOU ABOUT RACING HERE AT DOVER? "It reminded me a lot of
Bristol. You've really got to stay up in the seat and we had a different seat in
this truck than I've been using. It wasn't comfortable at all. My back and my
rear is hurting . We're going to have to work on that before we come
back to these type tracks."
SHANE SIEG, #07 AUTO-AIR COLORS CHEVROLET: "It was all right. At the
start it wasn't too good but we worked on it and got it a little better. It
still wasn't where we needed to be but we tried to hold on there at the end just
to ride it out. It was a good truck, we just pulled the wrong gear and turned
too many rpms the whole race and kind of set us back. I had 11th and I don't
know if Huffman got into me or not but that's racing I guess." WERE YOU CLOSE TO
ANY ACCIDENTS? "I was close the 67, that's was my main problem. I got into the
wall trying to pass him and then he spun right in front of me and I about got
into him but other than that, nothing really close. There was a lot of tight
racing out there. I guess that's the way that it is here." YOU HAD GOOD RUNS
HERE AND AT CHARLOTTE. "I'm pleased. I'm just ready to go back to a track that
I've been to before where I've got a little more experience on these guys where
I can get out there and race with them. Dover is a tough track to learn but I
finally got around to it there at the end of the race."
DAVID REUTIMANN, #17 NTN BEARINGS TOYOTA: "That's a joke. It's bad luck,
really. You get caught two laps down in the pits and there's not a whole lot you
can do about it I guess. We kind of adjusted on it and maybe we over adjusted a
little bit because it was really, really bad at the end. We got a lap back, got
to the point that we were one lap down, but at that point there's eight or nine
laps left. You're pretty much at the mercy of what's going to happen at that
point. You've got to get in single file but all in all it wasn't bad. We ran in
the top-10 all day and to get caught out like that is really aggravating. It's a
little bit hard to take because the truck was good all day. It was way better
than a 17th place truck but I guess that's the way it goes."
TRACY HINES, #88 MENARDS CHEVROLET: "Typical racing luck I guess. If this
Menards team ever has some luck maybe we'll be in good shape. I don't know what
the guys were thinking there at the first of the race crashing five laps into
it. I guess we're trained professionals and shouldn't crash that early in the
race. But it happens and unfortunately it got us tangled up in it and we fought
all day catching up. We actually thought we were in good shape. The last yellow
came out with 46 to go and we were in 13th and had tires left which many didn't.
We came in and put 'em on and we were like 'OK let's make some spots up' and cut
a right rear tire when we take the green. I hobbled around for like 20 laps
until I couldn't stand it no more and had to come in and I was begging for a
caution then. I had to pit under green and sure enough the right rear was cut.
There's nothing that we could do about it, just the way that our luck is going
BRANDON WHITT, #38 AUTISM NOW/MCMILLIAN HOMES FORD: "It happened about
lap three or four. A couple of trucks got together in front of us and we got
into the back of them and everything started bottling up. It's real unfortunate
for the Cure Autism Ford. We felt like we had a pretty good truck for the race
and we were looking forward to the longer runs toward the end of the race.
Unfortunately that wreck set us back and we had to finish early today. It was
one of those deals where two trucks got together in front of us and the next
thing you know you're right in the back of them. There's really nowhere to go.
It's real unfortunate."
KELLY SUTTON, #02 TEAM COPAXONE CHEVROLET: "We hate it for the Team
Copaxone Chevy Silverado. We felt like in the first couple of laps we were
decent, we were happy with it. But for some reason we kept gaining right rear
pressures and it was so loose I couldn't drive it. No matter if we changed
tires, it was wicked. I didn't want to go running in there and take out a lead
truck so we ended up coming in. We'll be at Texas next week and hopefully have a
little bit better run. I learned a lot so when we come back next year we'll be a
little bit ahead of the game than we were this year."
KEVIN LOVE, #67 FIDDLE BACK RACING FORD: "The truck was a little tight
the first stop. We pitted, loosened it up, and it was a little too loose. I was
sort of fighting it, just holing on to the next caution and I wound up losing
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF RACING HERE AT DOVER FOR THE FIRST TIME? "It was tough.
I didn't catch on until I got out there racing with them, about 25-30 laps into
it. I started getting the hang of it and I felt like if we had put some new
tires on it there at the end I believe that we could have been a little
competitive but we were already two laps down. I want to thank the Fiddle Back
crew for giving me the chance to drive for them. I just hope it all works out."
CHASE MONTGOMERY, #8 BIG DADDY'S CYCLE WORLD DODGE: "It was a bad end to
a long weekend. We struggled yesterday and Bobby and I talked this morning and
went over and watched the Cup guys. I think I finally figured out how to get
around Dover and we took off. I was running with the 24 truck and he's obviously
fast. I was running with a bunch of real good trucks. I was tucked up behind Jon
Wood and I couldn't see much but I was going off into one and there was smoke
everywhere. The 29 blew up and I got in his oil. It's disappointing. We're in a
hole as it is and working hard to get back out of it. We just can't get it to
happen. We tested really well at Texas and we're looking forward to going there.
I think we've got a great truck and maybe that will be the start to our season."
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