USAR: Jon Wood Montgomery preview

STUART, VA (September 14, 2000) -- Jon Wood and his No. 116 Ford Taurus are set for battle this weekend at Montgomery Motor Speedway in Montgomery, Alabama. Team Ford Racing has returned as the primary sponsor for this weekend but car owner Eddie...

STUART, VA (September 14, 2000) -- Jon Wood and his No. 116 Ford Taurus are set for battle this weekend at Montgomery Motor Speedway in Montgomery, Alabama. Team Ford Racing has returned as the primary sponsor for this weekend but car owner Eddie Wood is seeking additional sponsorship for the remainder of the 2000 season and beyond.

"Ford has been a big part of our 50 year history," stated Eddie Wood. "They've come on as a sponsor with Jon and his Hooters ProCup car for the rest of the year but we are looking for additional sponsors.

"Jon has enjoyed a successful season during his rookie year. He's won some poles, led some races, and I believe he'll win before this year is over. Ford was there when we won our first race in NASCAR and we're hoping Jon enjoys his first win in Hooters Cup with them this year."

Jon Wood, the 19-year old from Stuart, Virginia, summarizes his season to date as successful but also feels he's had to overcome his share of adversity.

According to Wood, "We started the season with some strong, consistent runs. We've run into a little bit of bad luck lately but we're definitely not going to give up. We were leading at Lakeland and we had a loose lug nut that forced us to break a wheel. I felt like that was our race to win, instead we came home very disappointed. We've tested a lot this season and the tests have been very helpful. We've found some things in the past month that we feel has put us ahead of most of the competition.

"If we can get a little luck on our side this weekend I'm confident we can run inside of the top-5, which is what has to happen if we're gonna win races. I've found the key is to put our team in position to win by running up front and staying out of trouble. Races are won by staying on the lead lap and by being in position at the end. The only lap that awards the win is the last lap and that's the one we've yet to lead. Hopefully we will change that this weekend. We have six chances left this season to do it."

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