BUSCH: Kansas: Wood post-qualifying interview

JON WOOD - No. 47 Clorox/Wisk/Country Mart/Thriftway Taurus Second fastest qualifier "This is a very special place. It's more or less how I got my start in the upper tier of NASCAR's racing. After this race I got hired by Jack Roush and this,...

JON WOOD - No. 47 Clorox/Wisk/Country Mart/Thriftway Taurus
Second fastest qualifier

"This is a very special place. It's more or less how I got my start in the upper tier of NASCAR's racing. After this race I got hired by Jack Roush and this, of course, is my first Busch start here so it's good to always be successful at a specific race track. To do it here nevertheless is even more special."

THOUGHTS ON THE WEEKEND AND NEEDING A GOOD RUN AFTER A LONG SEASON. "We've been fast since we unloaded here. We tested very well and practice and qualifying went very well, too. Everybody at ST Motorsports has worked so hard to try to keep us caught up throughout the season and we did get a little bit behind probably 90 percent of it was because I was wrecking every week and that never helps, but we're back on track now. We're back where we started the season with top five starts and very good finishes. We just need to capitalize on what we're capable of tomorrow."

ARE THESE 1.5-MILE TRACKS THE ONES YOU'RE MOST COMFORTABLE ON? "Absolutely. I don't know if it's just that we have a good package for our mile-and-a-half race tracks or what it is, but we seem to really do well there. With the exception of one or two race tracks, I think we've qualified top 10 at every one. We qualified second at Kentucky and this place is so much like that so we pretty much unloaded with the same setup there. We just need to have a little bit better luck tomorrow than we did at Kentucky."

HOW MUCH INPUT DOES FATBACK HAVE ON YOUR TEAM AND THIS RACE? "We haven't started to reap his benefits as much as a lot of people probably think. There's a lot of hustle and bustle going on with the two teams to make changes for next year. We haven't really had a chance to do anything for the races that we've previously run and the ones coming up. It's mainly focused on next year's stuff. He tries to help out every now and then. He's there for practice and here and there and everywhere. He has a lot of influence on the guys at the shop, but, overall, it was Jay Guy and ST Motorsports that did it today."

DID THE COOL WEATHER HELP AS FAR AS BREAKING THE TRACK RECORD? "It being 15 degrees outside probably didn't hurt (laughing). I think that had a lot to do with it. With this year's tires proving to be fast every week there have been a lot of track records broken, so this is just a trend that everyone has been following."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jack Roush