Daytona: Jon Wood qualifying report

Family Matters for the Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Barnhill Group Ford F-150 Daytona Beach, FL. (February 15, 2008) - Jon Wood is not just another 26 year old race car driver striving to succeed in NASCAR's top series'. He's an heir to the...

Family Matters for the Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Barnhill Group Ford F-150

Daytona Beach, FL. (February 15, 2008) - Jon Wood is not just another 26 year old race car driver striving to succeed in NASCAR's top series'. He's an heir to the oldest race team in Sprint Cup History, Wood Brothers Racing. This year he's driving a partial schedule in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. To this young driver, this race season is not about winning a championship or running a point's race, it's about the pride of running for his family, finishing well and carrying on the family name in NASCAR.

He wants to put on a good show, not only for the sponsors, but for his team and his family. Jon said, "Now that I'm solely driving for my family, I take pride in just doing well for my last name's sake. That's the biggest thing. Having my grandpa and my dad and everybody down here in Daytona, I want to give them my best showing." He is also very proud that the Wood Brothers NASCAR Craftsman truck team is sporting The Barnhill Group, Inc as a primary sponsor and the U.S. Air Force as an associate sponsor.

The team had planned for a less than stellar qualifying position as the truck is set up to race rather than qualify well. The no.21 Barnhill Group Ford F-150 will start in the 31st position in tonight's Chevy Silverado 250 at Daytona International Speedway with the focus on moving up to the front. Jon explains, "I'm approaching this race with a complete different mentality than in years prior that stems from the fact that I'm not necessarily racing for a points title, I don't have to look five races down the road and hope and prepare to be in the top 35. There are no limiting factors that will make me be patient like I've had in years past, I can just race."

In prior years, Jon has taken the safe approach by just riding for more than half a race then charging to the front, ending with a satisfactory result, now he's changed his thinking on this. He remarks, "It has worked more times than not, it always produces a decent finish and rarely produces an outstanding finish, but then what glamour and what pride do you take in using only strategy to make your way into the top ten?" Wood added, "It's a cooler deal for the guys and it's not so much confidence, it's more of desire to impress".

-credit: wbr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jon Wood
Teams Wood Brothers Racing