Phoenix: Damon Lusk preview

Damon Lusk, Woodard Racing, No. 25 WoodardRacing.com Dodge Last Race -- Woodard Racing collected its second straight top-20 finish with new driver Damon Lusk last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. After starting in the rear of the field following...

Damon Lusk, Woodard Racing, No. 25 WoodardRacing.com Dodge

Last Race -- Woodard Racing collected its second straight top-20 finish with new driver Damon Lusk last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. After starting in the rear of the field following a parts failure, the team rallied back despite handling issues to score an 18th place finish.

New Addition To Woodard Racing: It's been a big week for driver Damon Lusk. On Tuesday, Lusk and wife Robin became proud parents of a healthy baby girl. Daughter Taylor Diane Lusk was delivered at 5:00am weighing in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces. Both mother and daughter are doing great.

Still Searching: With only two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races remaining, Woodard Racing is hoping that they will score their first top-ten finish as a rookie team this weekend at Phoenix. The team has proven to be competitive in its inception year, but obstacles have kept them from reaching one of their main goals for the 2006 season.

Locked In: Thanks to their solid results in their rookie season, Woodard Racing has been guaranteed to make every NCTS event this season as the team has maintained a healthy balance in the top-30 in owner's points. NASCAR rewards the regulars by locking the top-30 teams in based upon their points earned throughout the season for their perspective team owners. Currently, Woodard Racing holds the 26th position in the car owner standings, just a mere 51 points from the top-25.

PIR Debut: Woodard Racing will make their Phoenix International Raceway debut this Friday night. While the team is new to the flat-oval, driver Damon Lusk is no stranger to the desert as he holds prior starts in the Southwest Tour Series.

2006 Quick Stat: Rolling into Phoenix International Raceway, Woodard Racing has 23 NCTS starts to its credit. The team has amassed nine top-20 finishes including a career best qualifying effort of 18th at Nashville Superspeedway (August 2006).

Did You Know?: Truck owner Rick Woodard was partnered with an ARCA RE/MAX Series team in 2005 with Boca Bay Racing and driver Johnny Leonard. The team ran the entire ARCA schedule, collecting three top-ten finishes and a respectable tenth place in the final championship standings.

Woodard Racing Phoenix International Raceway Pre-Race Quotes:

Damon Lusk, driver of the No. 25 Woodard Racing Dodge:

On Phoenix: "I'm really looking forward to this Friday's race. The Woodard Racing team has worked really hard preparing for the race and I feel we have a good chance of a top-10 finish."

On Crew Chief Wayne Setterington: "I can't say enough about Wayne. He has really helped propel this team to look stronger and stronger each race. I have high hopes for the final two races and I'm looking forward to working with Wayne."

On Woodard Racing: "It's been a pleasure and honor to drive the No. 25 Dodge. We had a rough start at Martinsville, but that's racing. Since then, we have nailed two top-20 finishes in a row, now I'm looking for more and I'm going to give Rick (Woodard, truck owner) 150 percent."

On The Birth Of His Daughter: "Man, it's an awesome feeling. I'm one of the luckiest guys in the world and I'm very thankful for my family. Hopefully my great week can continue in Phoenix."

Rick Woodard, Owner on the No. 25 Woodard Racing Dodge:

On Phoenix: "I'm looking forward to the race. I think we're going to have a competitive truck and I know the guys are really pumped up about the final two races. We're looking for our first top-10 finish, I hope we can grab it on Friday night."

On Driver Damon Lusk: "Damon has done a great job for the Woodard Racing team. We've had two good runs at Atlanta and Texas and I think the next two tracks he will do very well at. We've learned a lot from him and he works well with the team, so I'm happy."

On The 2006 Season: "It's no secret we've had our fair share of ups and downs this season. We've had some good runs spoiled by bad luck. But, with every event we enter to give our best and try to win. Overall, it's been a solid season for the Woodard Racing team. Now, if we can grab a top-ten finish, I think we can put the final checkmark next to our goals."

-credit: www.woodardracing.com

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Series NASCAR Truck
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