Kentucky: Wood - Ford Friday interview

Jon Wood, driver of the No. 21 Bubba Burger Ford F-150 returns to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for this weekend's Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers at Kentucky Speedway. Wood has four top-15 finishes at ...

Jon Wood, driver of the No. 21 Bubba Burger Ford F-150 returns to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for this weekend's Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers at Kentucky Speedway. Wood has four top-15 finishes at Kentucky in the truck series. In 2003, he won the pole position.

JON WOOD -- No. 21 Bubba Burger Ford F-150

WELCOME BACK TO THE NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES. HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE IN THE TRUCK HERE AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY? "The Kentucky Speedway is a race track that I've always been excited about going to, whether it be in a truck or Busch car. Obviously this weekend's Built Ford Tough 225 is sponsored by the Cincinnati Ford Dealers, so that makes it a little more special for me as a Ford driver and the Wood Brothers/JTG Racing Team. And I'm not going to lie; this is a big paying race. That always comes into account as well. It's fun to know the truck that I'm going to driving is very capable of whatever I'm capable of doing. It has already established itself as one of the most sought after trucks in the Truck Series."

HAVE YOU SET GOALS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON? "I haven't set any goals per se, but I do have very high expectations of myself because there is no weak link in the team right now. The pit crew is awesome. The truck has been great. We've had a few issues, it's been a little bit of a snake pit at sometimes, from a finishing standpoint, but that's been all luck. That's not of anybody's doing. I'm overly eager to get racing again and very happy to be back."

JOHN MONSAM -- No. 21 Crew Chief -- THOUGHTS ON KENTUCKY? "We've had success here in the past and I don't see any reason why we can't pick-up where we left off. We've had good trucks this year and I'm happy to give Jon a truck that we can contend with. That's what it's all about, racing for the top-fives and the wins. We haven't had as many good finishes that we would have liked, but we've run well. At a place like Kentucky, you've got to put it all together. We really haven't been able to put it all together earlier in the year. We've had a lot of pieces on different days hopefully, we'll be able to put all the pieces together this weekend and fight for the win. We ran this truck in Texas, Stacy Compton finished in the top-10; Kelly Bires ran the truck in Atlanta and finished in the top-10; and at Kansas, we were running third and broke an engine after our last pit stop. That was really disappointing because we passed the truck running in second three times. So, we may not have been able to beat the 99 [Erik Darnell] for the win, but we would have been able to run with him at the front. It was very disappoint to have blown-up, we really wanted to race John Quinn [crew chief, No. 99] and those guys -- we're old friends."

IS KENTUCKY A FAVORITE TRACK FOR THE WOOD BROTHERS/JTG TEAM? "As far as racing in Kentucky, we enjoy racing here because it is a newer track. The garages are nice; the facility is really nice. The people are very hospitable. The fans are great and they really enjoy racing.

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Stacy Compton , Jon Wood , Erik Darnell , Kelly Bires