All-Star: Bill Elliott race report

Elliott Finished 19th In Showdown; Wood Brothers Racing Gain Knowledge Concord, NC. (May 19, 2008)-Racing in the All Star Race was the ultimate goal for Wood Brothers Racing Saturday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway, yet it's the knowledge that...

Elliott Finished 19th In Showdown; Wood Brothers Racing Gain Knowledge

Concord, NC. (May 19, 2008)-Racing in the All Star Race was the ultimate goal for Wood Brothers Racing Saturday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway, yet it's the knowledge that was gained over the course of the weekend that will go a long way for the Coca-Cola 600.

Elliott and the no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion were shooting for a top running spot in the Sprint Showdown. Bill Elliott took the green flag in the 21st position in the first of the two 20 lap races that make up the Sprint Showdown. Immediately on lap one, Bill Elliott reported a vibration that mimicked a loose wheel.

On lap four, the "21 Team" got a break with the first caution of the evening. The team chose to pit to put on four tires at fuel. The no.21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion restarted in the 24th position and the vibration was immediately relieved. Throughout the course of the short segment, Bill Elliott dealt with a "tight" conditioned race car. The team had to gamble with the condition and track position so they decided to stay on the track for the remainder of the 20 laps where Elliott finished in the 20th position.

After a mandatory caution in between the first and second segment, the team decided to make some air pressure adjustments, changed four tires and added fuel. The no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion restarted the second segment in the 19th position. The second segment had two cautions when the team elected to stay out on the track for both of them and not make any adjustments for the last remaining laps. Bill Elliott took the checkered flag in 19th position.

Since The Wood Brothers no. 21 didn't finish in the top two spots, it was unable to advance to the All-Star event. The team's effort in the campaign to elect Bill Elliott for the third spot fell short as Kasey Kahne won the Sprint voting contest and ultimately won the race and its million dollar prize.

Despite not making the All-Star Race, the "21 Team" gained valuable information in preparation for the Coca-Cola 600. Crew Chief Mike "Andretti" Smith said, "We got a lot of track time under race conditions. We learned what works and what doesn't, so we'll spend this week making some changes and come back prepared for the race next weekend."

Wood Brothers Racing also had a successful two day test on Monday and Tuesday, May 5th and 6th with Jon Wood driving. He ended the second day with an 11th position overall finish with a lap time of 29.618 seconds. Jon will be piloting the no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion in the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday May, 25th with the Salute To The Troops themed race car at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Congratulations to newlyweds, Crew Chief Mike "Andretti" Smith and Misty Almond on celebrating their wedding day Sunday May 18, 2008.

-credit: wbr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jon Wood
Teams Wood Brothers Racing