This Week in Ford Racing April 13, 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Jon Wood, driver of the No. 50 Ford F-150, captured two wins last year in his second full season of competition in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Wood's second...
This Week in Ford Racing
April 13, 2004
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
Jon Wood, driver of the No. 50 Ford F-150, captured two wins last year in his second full season of competition in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Wood's second career win came at his home track of Martinsville Speedway just miles from his family's home in Stuart, Va. In addition to his two victories in 2003, Wood ended the season with two poles and a fifth-place finish in the final point standings. Wood, the 22-year-old son of Wood Brothers Racing co-owner Eddie Wood, spoke about returning to Martinsville and his season to date.
JON WOOD -No. 50-Roush Racing Ford F-150
HOW SPECIAL WAS THE WIN LAST YEAR AT MARTINSVILLE?
"It's so tough to get a win anywhere, but to win at Martinsville in front of my family and friends was a great experience. I remember going to Martinsville as a kid and saw some of NASCAR's biggest names win there. A lot of people say that Darlington is the track too tough tame, but in my opinion Martinsville is. You never can go there and leave saying that we did everything we could do and had the perfect day because it just doesn't work like that."
THE TRUCK SERIES HAS HAD A MONTH-LONG BREAK BETWEEN RACES. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE IN THAT TIME TO KEEP SHARP?
"Here lately we're just getting ready for our whole season. For some reason, the way our season goes, we start out racing once a month for the first three months, but then we're racing every week and you just have to have all of the trucks prepared. You do all the video games and go-kart racing, and all of that helps. Just to be able to keep racing is beneficial. I raced this past weekend at New River Valley (Va.) Speedway. Racing people and passing vehicles is the same no matter what you're doing. It always makes you have to think and it always keeps you alert and on top of your game."
HAS THE SCHEDULE HURT YOUR SEARCH FOR A SPONSOR?
"It's tough because all of the other series get going and they're at full force and we're barely racing once a month. The media only wants to talk about what's happening week to week, and if you're not doing anything they're don't want to talk about it. I think that has an effect on sponsorship. If you're not racing very weekend it makes it tough to get a sponsor and it's tough enough as it is."
WITH THE TRUCK SERIES MOVING TOWARDS COMMON TEMPLATES THIS YEAR, DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE EACH MANUFACTURER COMPETITIVE AT EVERY TYPE OF RACE TRACK?
"It's not going to change the short-track racing. Last year, you never really saw a Dodge run very well at a place like Martinsville or Bristol, somewhere that body style didn't make a difference. Last year you had guys like Dennis Setzer and Travis Kvapil, people that weren't so competitive at the mile-and-a-half tracks and would win on the smaller tracks. The discrepancy in the aerodynamics of the trucks last year showed up at the bigger places and the driver's talent showed up at a smaller place. I think this year the common templates should tighten up the field a little at places like Daytona and Texas, but I don't think the racing will change at tracks shorter than three-quarters of a mile."
DOES THAT PLACE A PREMIUM ON TALENT BEHIND THE WHEEL?
"It does and with the way the economy is you're seeing some of the veteran drivers resurfacing. With all of the manufacturers increasing their support of the series, teams now have more money to spend and they have more money to hire the experienced people. Money buys speed, and with the money and the speed you have with these trucks now, you have to have somebody that can drive, and Jack (Sprague) and those guys have proven that they can get it done. It makes winning tougher, but I think it will make winning even sweeter"