Improvements Showat Texas Motor Speedway inWood Brothers Racing no 21 U.S. Air ForceFord F-150 Fort Worth, TX (June 8, 2008)-Jon Wood drove an exciting top 5 run for most of Friday night's Sam's Town 400. His skillful driving and communication...
Improvements Showat Texas Motor Speedway inWood Brothers Racing no 21 U.S. Air ForceFord F-150
Fort Worth, TX (June 8, 2008)-Jon Wood drove an exciting top 5 run for most of Friday night's Sam's Town 400. His skillful driving and communication along with the pit crew support helped bring him home to a 10th place final finishin a race that went into overtime and ended under the green, white, checkered flag scenario.
Wood took the green flag in thefourth starting position after a stellar qualifying run on Thursday evening at Texas Motor Speedway. Within the firstfive laps of the race, Jon drove to the third position where he held off the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion Todd Bodine for several laps until he reported a tight condition in the early going of the 167 lap event.
On lap 20, he radioed into Crew Chief John Monsam that the truck was extremely tight in handling and could only run on the bottom groove of the race track. At this point he was scored in the sixth position and holding. Monsam rallied the team together to come up with a plan for adjustments on the first opportunity to make a pit stop as the no. 21 U.S. Air Force F-150 was battling for position with the no. 9 race truck. Wood and Marks kept the battle going until Jon finally won and a caution for debris on the race track caused the yellow flag to wave for the first time of the evening on lap 32.
Wood drove the no. 21 into the pit stall where the team implemented all of the adjustments that were planned to ease the tight condition. The team had a speedy pit stop and sent Wood back to the race track in the fifth position where he restarted on lap 37. After just a few more laps, the tight condition surfaced again. Even with the handling issues, Wood was still running hard in the seventh spot by lap 50.
Monsam and Wood put their heads together to come up with another plan for adjustments on the next pit stop. On lap 60, caution flew again and the no. 21 U.S. Air Force F-150 came down pit road where the 21 team pit crew made the tire and chassis adjustments and sent Jon back out in the seventh position on lap 65. By lap, 75 he drove the no. 21 up to the fifth position and he radioed into the crew, "It's tighter than it's ever been. I don't know if those last adjustments were the right way to go."
During the next scheduled pit stop on lap 85, the team made more adjustments going in the opposite direction of what they have been. Jon was sent back to the race track on lap 91 in the fifth position. However, the condition still persisted and he fell back several positions. The team had an opportunity to pit again under caution on lap 112 and made several extreme adjustments even further in the opposite direction. Jon restarted the race in 18th position due to the lengthy adjustments and some trouble with the crew getting the car high enough to get the adjustments done under the car.J The setback was only temporary as Jon wheeled the no. 21 truck up to 15th and then to 11th by lap 137. As the laps wound down, drivers became inpatient and cautions ensued. The 21 team decided not to pit to keep track position. With 10 laps to go, Jon was scored in the 10th position. With the last caution of the evening on lap 165, he moved to ninth place. As the clean-up crews took the next five laps to put down speedy dry on the oil laden track from the wreck, the race would restart for the last 3 laps of the evening since the race laps had gone over the slated 167. Under the "Green, White, Checkered" scenario, Jon took the green flag in ninth, however, coming to the white flag, Mike Skinner passed him, and Jon took the checkered flag in the 10th position.
Overall, it was a positive move forward for Wood and the entire Wood Brothers U.S. Air Force team and the team is looking toward Michigan next week tobegin the racewhere they left off at Texas Motor Speedway.