Jon Wood in the no. 21 Wood Brothers Barnhill Group Ford F-150 Finished 16th in O'Reilly 200 Bristol, TN (August 20,2008)-It wasa race full of cautions in typical Bristol fashion, with a seemingly bleak startin the 34th positionnear therear of...
Jon Wood in the no. 21 Wood Brothers Barnhill Group Ford F-150 Finished 16th in O'Reilly 200
Bristol, TN (August 20,2008)-It wasa race full of cautions in typical Bristol fashion, with a seemingly bleak startin the 34th positionnear therear of the field, JonWood had a decent runin the no. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Barnhill Group Ford F-150 andcompleted the race in 16th place.
Jon took the green flag in the in the 34th position afteran afternoonof battling with a tight handling race truck during both practice sessions and qualifying on Wednesday August 20th. Throughout the event, there washard racing with beating and banging, multiple cautions and a red flag. Jon reported a tight condition from the start, but began to move up in the field by lap 40. He was in the 30th position and one lap down to the leader. At that point he discovered that if he drove on the high side of the track, he ran pretty well, but on the low side of the track, it was extremely tight.
After the fourth caution and close to the midway mark of the 200 lap race, Jon realized that the issue at hand was that they most likely over adjusted the springs after qualifying, trying to fix the tight condition that still persisted.At that point there was nothing they could do to change it, just adjust the truck the best they could to help with the handling issues.
As the race restarted on lap 92, Jon was scored in the 27th position. He radioed to the crew, "The truck is flawless if I drive on the high side of the track." As another caution came out of lap 109, Jon won his lap back by being the first car one lap down from the leader. The team made a pit stop for four tires and fuel. He restarted on lap 116 in the 20th spot.
On lap 124, a multiple truck wreck caused the caution flag to wave; Spotter Danny O'Quinn gave precise instruction for Jon to move out of the way of the crashing race trucks. With the good calls, Jon escaped with no damage. He restarted in the 21st position on lap 134.
As the laps wound down, the team struggled with a loose condition that came into play. Caution on lap 178, was the second multi-truck accident that brought out the red flag for track clean up. Jon and Crew Chief John Monsam, contemplated on whether to pit or not at that point. The restart would leave only 20 laps to the finish. They decided not to pit and ride the rest of the race out dealing with the condition the best they could. Jon restarted the race on lap 183 in the 18th position.After three more cautions ensued, the green, white, checkered flag scenario went into play. Jon finished the event in the 16th position.
Wood Brothers Racing and the no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford F-150 will head to St. Louis, MI for their next race on September 6th with Keven Wood back behind the wheel for the Camping World 200.