All-Star: Wood Brothers Racing race report

Major Adjustments For Wood Brothers Racing; No. 21 Finishes 19th Concord, NC (May 20,2008)-"Adjustments" was the theme of the night for The no. 21 U. S. Air Force F-150 in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Friday, May 16th at Lowe's Motor...

Major Adjustments For Wood Brothers Racing; No. 21 Finishes 19th

Concord, NC (May 20,2008)-"Adjustments" was the theme of the night for The no. 21 U. S. Air Force F-150 in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Friday, May 16th at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Jon Wood took the delayed green flag (due to the late running Sprint Cup All-Star qualifying) in the 27th position after qualifying with a very loose race truck on a slick track in the heat of Friday afternoon.

By the time the race actually started, the temperature had dropped at least 15 degrees which made the already loose race truck difficult to handle right off the bat. On lap 4, Jon Wood reported a chatter when he drove in the center of the corner and found it difficult to get the race truck going the way he wanted it to.J On lap 8, the caution flag was brought out when the 16 truck drove up into the left front fender of the U.S. Air Force F- 150 and spun which didn't cause any major damage to the no. 21, except for some fender damage that needed attention. The no. 21 came down pit road to make the repairs and tire air pressure adjustments, along with four tires and fuel. Wood returned to the race track in 30th position, however, the team received a NASCAR penalty because pit crew members went over the wall too soon. The 21 had to restart the race at the end of the longest line in the 33rd position.

When the restart began on lap 16, Jon radioed in stating that the truck felt better, yet something was not quite right with the front end of the truck. The chatter was still present. On lap 22, caution flag flew once again and Crew Chief John Monsam called the no. 21 F-150 down pit road to put some tape on the nose of the truck, add fuel and make more adjustments to the air pressure in the tires. The no. 21 returned to the track but received yet another NASCAR penalty for not having the gas catch-can positioned correctly according to NASCAR rules. Jon again had to restart the race at the tail end of the longest line in 32nd position.

On lap 82, the caution came out again and the no. 21 team brought the U.S. Air Force Ford F-150 down pit road for major air pressure adjustments to help with the extreme loose condition. The Wood Brothers no. 21 restarted in the 24th position with a penalty of too fast on exiting pit road.

After a few more laps, the truck was not responding as expected and on lap 99, when debris on the track caused yet another caution, Crew Chief John Monsam made the call to reverse some of the aggressive adjustments that were made in the previous pit stop. The race restarted on lap 103 and Jon was still scored in the 24th position.

As the laps ran down and Jon climbed toward a top twenty position; he dealt with the ill-handling race truck and took the checkered flag in the 19th position.

The Wood Brothers Racing no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford F-150 will head to Mansfield, OH on Saturday, May 25th with Keven Wood making his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut in the Ohio 250. Jon Wood will be driving the no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion in the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 25th.

-credit: www.woodbrothersracing.com

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jon Wood
Teams Wood Brothers Racing