HIGH POINT, N.C. (June 26)-- Nick Woodward's NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) debut occurred in June at the"Monster Mile," so how bad could"America's Legendary Oval" be? That's the attitude Woodward is taking as he mentally prepares for the Milwaukee...
HIGH POINT, N.C. (June 26)-- Nick Woodward's NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) debut occurred in June at the"Monster Mile," so how bad could"America's Legendary Oval" be?
That's the attitude Woodward is taking as he mentally prepares for the Milwaukee Mile,"America's Legendary Oval," which plays host to Sunday's GNC Live Well 250. Woodward will drive the No. 49 Ford fielded by Jay Robinson.
Woodward drove Robinson's entry to a 30th-place finish earlier this month at Dover International Speedway, also known as"The Monster Mile." The high-banked, concrete oval failed to intimidate the trim 22-year-old, and the flat, one-mile format of the Milwaukee Mile is also unlikely to faze Woodward.
"From what some of the other competitors tell me, Milwaukee is a lot like a stretched out Martinsville Speedway or Lakeland," said Woodward, a native of Preston, Md. "Milwaukee is more like the short tracks that I have the most experience racing on. So the amount of laps I have won't matter as much there as it would say a Nashville or a Kentucky."
Sunday's event will be a refresher course in what Woodward knows best: short-track racing. Woodward has spent most of his racing career on the short tracks, and that's why he believes Sunday might be his best opportunity yet to showcase the talent he exhibited in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series.
While being crowned Champion of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series' Atlantic Seaboard Region in 2000, Woodward collected 21 wins, 12 poles, 39 top-five and 42 top-10 finishes in 46 starts. In that same year, he won the Southampton Motor Speedway Track Championship and South Boston Speedway Track Championship. His efforts helped him to lay claim to runner-up honors in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series National Championship.
"I was a wheel bearing away from completing the Busch race at Dover in the heat, and that's a pretty difficult track," Woodward said. "That experience helped acclimate me to the horsepower, the handling and the exhausting conditions of the NASCAR Busch Series. I expect Milwaukee to be another learning experience, but I think it will take me a lot less time to get acclimated at Milwaukee than a lot of other places.
"Jay (Robinson) is bringing a good car to Milwaukee. The car has run well in the past. We have a good motor from Mark Smith and Tri-Star engines. We're just really excited about racing on Sunday."
FX's live coverage of the GNC Live Well 250 will begin Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET. The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will provide the live radio broadcast of the race.