Mansfield: Keven Wood debut preview

Keven Wood To Debut In The No. 21 U.S. Air Force F-150 In Mansfield Harrisburg, NC (May 21, 2008) - Keven Wood, son of Co-Owner of Wood Brothers Racing, Len Wood, will be making his debut in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this weekend in the...

Keven Wood To Debut In The No. 21 U.S. Air Force F-150 In Mansfield

Harrisburg, NC (May 21, 2008) - Keven Wood, son of Co-Owner of Wood Brothers Racing, Len Wood, will be making his debut in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this weekend in the Ohio 250 at the Mansfield Motorsports Park.

Keven began his racing career in 2002 in the INEX Legends Semi-Pro division where he finished in the top 10 in points. He advanced to the Late Model Series where he accomplished 3 wins and several top five finishes.

At 23, Keven is sharing the #21 Air Force Ford F-150 ride with his cousin, Jon Wood, and will be driving eight scheduled races this season.

Keven said, "I can't wait, it's been a long time coming. We tested South Boston in Virginia and had a really good test. It's a track that I've raced on in a late model and I'm comfortable with. It's very similar to Mansfield, so I'm pumped up to get on the track and race."

Keven realizes that he is new to the series and is aware of the respect that he will have to earn, but he is also not going to let that hinder a top running finish. Wood said, "The main goal is to get the best finish and as many laps of the 250 as possible. I've been given the "okay" to race since I finished Memphis last year, but I still keep in mind that this is only my second start and I need to show respect because they [NCTS veterans] deserve the respect. Hopefully, they will pay the respect back in time."

In addition to preparing for his eight truck races, Keven has also been running Late Model Stock races and tested the no. 21 Sprint Cup Series Ford Fusion car this past Tuesday, May 19th in Nashville. According to Keven and the Ford research and development team, it was a successful test day as they recorded data from more than 200 laps at speeds over 180 mph.

Keven was excited with the new experience. He said, "It was a completely new experience for me. It's the first time I've been on a track that size, at that speed. It wasn't before long; I think by the third lap, I was going as hard as I could. I just got in it like any other race car and ran it."

Keven is scheduled to race the 21 truck later this year at Nashville.He noted, "The laps that we turned will be extremely beneficial for when Igo back to race there in the truck."

Watch Keven Wood and the Wood Brothers Racing no. 21 U.S. Air Force F-150 race on Saturday, May 24th at 1:00pm ET on Speed.

-credit: www.woodbrothersracing.com

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jon Wood
Teams Wood Brothers Racing