Wood Finished 30th in Kroger 200 at Martinsville Martinsville, VA (October 18, 2008)- It was typical short track racing at Martinsville Speedway with an event that was filled with cautions. Unfortunately, Jon Wood and the no. 21 AQUASUN ...
Wood Finished 30th in Kroger 200 at Martinsville
Martinsville, VA (October 18, 2008)- It was typical short track racing at Martinsville Speedway with an event that was filled with cautions. Unfortunately, Jon Wood and the no. 21 AQUASUN Motorsports Ford F-150 were victims of several of the incidents that caused the caution flag to fly and ultimately finished 30th.
Jon Wood took the green flag in the 21st spot after running two qualifying laps on Saturday morning. Jon used the initial laps of the 200 lap event to warm up the tires on the cold racing surface on the chilly afternoon.
On lap 44, a caution occurred when an incident just ahead of the no. 21 forced Jon to hit the brakes hard, which put flat spots on the tires. At the same time he slowed down, a truck hit him from behind and pushed him into another truck which caused grill and hood damage.
When Jon could pit he took the opportunity to get four fresh tires and fix some of the damage to the nose of the truck. Crew chief John Monsam did not want to take any chances on losing a lap to the leaders. He instructed the pit crew to put on two tires and sent Jon back to the track to make a lap and immediately return to the pit for the remaining two tires and to fix more damage. Jon restarted the race on lap 51 in the 28th position.
On lap 77, Jon reported a tight condition but had moved up one spot to 27th.
Just prior to the halfway point on lap 91, the yellow flag flew again when Jon forced up into the wall by another truck. The impact caused some damage to the right side and tore up the splitter on the front.
The team took two pit stops to put on new tires, fuel and fix the damage as much as they could. He returned to the track and restarted in 33rd- four laps down on lap 96.
During the next caution on on lap 111, Jon radioed to the crew, "The truck is okay but, I'm just in the way now." Monsam responded, "Just do what you can. We may be able to pick up some spots by the end." He was scored in 32nd.
During the remaining laps of the race- Jon did what he could to keep going and gain spots while heran lap times that were equal to top 10 positions. However, the damage to the splitter and other damagemade the truck very difficult to handle. Jon took the checkered flag in the 30th position and five laps down from the leaders.
Wood Brothers Racing will travel to Atlanta Motor Speedway with Jon Wood behind the wheel of the no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford F-150 for the running of the Atlanta 200 on Friday, October 25th.