Jon Wood, driver of the No. 21 CarRacing.com Ford F-150 will lead the field for Friday night's Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Wood set a new track qualifying record of 31.18 seconds (173.199 mph). This is Wood's third pole position in his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career.
JON WOOD - No. 21 CarRacing.com Ford F-150
WE TALKED EARLY AND YOU SAID THE TRUCK WAS JUST OKAY. WHAT TYPE OF CHANGES DID YOU MAKE BEFORE QUALIFYING?
"I don't really like to get my hopes and everyone else's hopes up and set myself up for a let down. I knew from the get-go that we had one of the dominant trucks here up to the point of qualifying. Of course, that doesn't predict what will happen in the race. But qualifying certainly demonstrated that we had our stuff together up to this point. We've had an awesome truck all day long and hopefully it will hold up for the race as well. It's fun to come down to Ford Championship Weekend and all the fan appreciation activities. From the Ford executives to the Race to the Dream contest winners and everything going on. There's all this enthusiasm and excitement around Ford Racing. What better way to start off the night than to have a Ford on the pole."
HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING LAP?
"I only ran one and it didn't really feel all that fast. That's what is so astonishing. We had an awesome draw and going out last was a huge plus. It's just optimum conditions. We had a good truck and a good draw and that's just the way it works out."
YOU'VE HAD A YEAR. WHAT DOES BEING ON THE POLE FOR THE FORD 200 MEAN TO YOU?
"There won't be another pole sitter for the rest of the year. I will be the last pole sitter until Daytona and that's pretty cool. For the rest of the winter, I can say that I finally got my qualifying efforts together. I just want the race to follow in the footsteps of my qualifying run today."
-credit: ford racing