USAR: Wood seeks first win

STUART, Va. -- Jon Wood began his rookie season in the Hooters ProCup Series facing a lot of unknowns. Wood faced a series new to him, new and improved competition and the fear of failure. With just five races remaining on the schedule, Wood has...

STUART, Va. -- Jon Wood began his rookie season in the Hooters ProCup Series facing a lot of unknowns. Wood faced a series new to him, new and improved competition and the fear of failure. With just five races remaining on the schedule, Wood has proven he has the ability and team to run at the head of his class.

"We're 8th in the standings and we're still in the hunt for rookie of the year honors. We need to finish the season with some strong finishes and in order to do that we are going to have to step it up for the rest of the year. Morgan Shepherd went with our team last week to test at Hickory Motor Speedway. Morgan has been a great friend of ours since he drove the Winston Cup car back in the early 90is. He helped us tremendously on the chassis setup and I'm confident our results for the rest of the year will prove we found some things to make us a better race team.

"The season has definitely had its share of adversity. We've won a couple of poles and we've led some races. We've had equipment fail when we were leading and we've been caught up in some wrecks after not posting a good qualifying effort. It has been good experience for me to be able to make qualifying runs instead of running heat races. But, we have to race what we qualify so we aren't allowed to make many changes to the car after qualifying. That presents a challenge especially to me as a rookie because during practice I have to be in qualifying mode as a driver but also focus on getting the car in 'ready to race' mode.

"I still want to win a race before this season is over. I have 5 more chances beginning with tonight and this team is going to give it everything we have to get this Ford into Victory Lane."

Jon Wood and his Team Ford Racing Taurus will compete at Tri-County Speedway tonight in Hudson, North Carolina. The 250 lap event is slated for 8 p.m. ET.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Jon Wood , Morgan Shepherd