Homestead: Damon Lusk preview

Race Information: Event: Ford 200: Friday, November 17, at 8:00 p.m. EST; Track: Homestead-Miami Motorsports Complex Qualifying: November 17, at 5:00 p.m. EST; Track Length: 1.5-mile oval. Last Race: Handling problems kept Woodard Racing at bay...

Race Information: Event: Ford 200: Friday, November 17, at 8:00 p.m. EST; Track: Homestead-Miami Motorsports Complex Qualifying: November 17, at 5:00 p.m. EST; Track Length: 1.5-mile oval.

Last Race: Handling problems kept Woodard Racing at bay last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. After starting 29th, the team couldn't get their No. 25 to grip to the racetrack forcing a night of handling woes. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series rookie, Damon Lusk finished the race in 26th, one lap off the pace.

Still Searching: With only one NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race remaining, Woodard Racing is hoping that they will score their first top-ten finish as a rookie team this weekend at Homestead. The team has proven to be competitive in its inception year, but obstacles have kept them from reaching one of their main goals for the 2006 season.

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Woodard Racing is searching for primary and associate sponsors for this week's season finale at Homestead-Miami Motorsports Complex as well as the entire 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season. The team has exciting and competitive sponsorship opportunities available. Interested parties are urged to contact Woodard Racing officials.

Locked In: Thanks to their solid results in their rookie season, Woodard Racing has been guaranteed to make every NCTS event this season as the team has maintained a healthy balance in the top-30 in owner's points. NASCAR rewards the regulars by locking the top-30 teams in based upon their points earned throughout the season for their perspective team owners. Currently, Woodard Racing holds the 27th position in the car owner standings, just a mere 58 points from the top-25.

HMS Debut: Woodard Racing will make their Homestead debut this Friday night. While the team is new to the tri-oval, the team is no stranger to success on the mile-and-a-half tracks where the team has excelled this season. A benefit to the team this weekend is driver Damon Lusk has experience around the Miami-based track. In 2003, he drove in a NASCAR Busch Series event for the former NBS championship team, BACE Motorsports (No. 33 Chevrolet).

2006 Quick Stat: Rolling into Homestead-Miami Motorsports Complex, Woodard Racing has 24 NCTS starts to its credit. The team has amassed nine top-20 finishes including a career best qualifying effort of 18th at Nashville Superspeedway (August 2006).

Did You Know?: Truck owner Rick Woodard was partnered with an ARCA RE/MAX Series team in 2005 with Boca Bay Racing and driver Johnny Leonard. The team ran the entire ARCA schedule, collecting three top-ten finishes and a respectable tenth place in the final championship standings.

Woodard Racing, Homestead-Miami Motorsports Complex Pre-Race Quotes:

Damon Lusk, driver of the No. 25 Woodard Racing Dodge:

On Phoenix: "I'm really disappointed about performance at Phoenix. We had a very good truck, we just couldn't get the truck to handle the way we needed to. We made changes all night long and it didn't work. We finished the race in one piece, so I'm happy about that."

On Homestead: "I'm never competed in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Homestead, but I have a Busch Series start back in 2003. I started and finished in the top-20. My goal is to beat that this Friday and give Woodard Racing their first top-ten finish."

On Driving For Woodard Racing: "It's been a blast driving the Woodard Racing Dodge. We've had some good runs, and I feel we've come a long way in a very short period of time. I've got a great crew and owner. We're really on the sponsorship hunt to keep this team alive heading into the 2007 season."

Rick Woodard, Owner of the No. 25 Woodard Racing Dodge:

On Phoenix: "It just wasn't our night. We did the best we could and just missed a top-25 finish. We started in the back and worked our way up, but just couldn't hang on to the lead lap. Damon did a good job, he fought the truck all night, sometimes that's just the way it goes."

On Driver Damon Lusk: "Damon has done a great job for the Woodard Racing team. We've had some great runs with him and I'm looking forward to Friday's event. We are looking for sponsorship to keep this team in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series next season and have Damon as the driver."

On Homestead: "We've run very well on the mile-and-a-half tracks this season and Homestead is another one of those tracks. I'm feeling very good about this week's finale and I hope we can bring home a top-ten to close our season on a high note."

-credit: www.woodardracing.com

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Damon Lusk , Johnny Leonard