Daytona Test: Saturday testing report

Wood wows 'em at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 19, 2002) - Jon Wood, driver of the No. 50 Roush Racing Ford, wasn't exactly looking forward to coming to Daytona International Speedway for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series test. But after ...

Wood wows 'em at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 19, 2002) - Jon Wood, driver of the No. 50 Roush Racing Ford, wasn't exactly looking forward to coming to Daytona International Speedway for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series test. But after posting consistently fast times on the 2.5-mile tri-oval, things have started looking up.

"Up until the test I was dreading coming to Daytona, but we've been doing really well here," said the 20-year-old Wood. "I'm learning what to look for and expect on a high speed track. It's a lot different than running a mile and a half track, but all in all it's going pretty good."

Wood posted the eighth fastest time in the first day of testing on Friday and led the chart today with a fast lap of 184.790 mph. Turns out that being a rookie at Daytona doesn't matter as much when you've got good equipment and a good team.

"Being with such a great organization as Roush definitely helps," said Wood. "Daytona is not a driver track, it's a handling track. It all comes down to who has the best equipment, not who's the best driver."

The Feb. 15 Florida Dodge Dealers 250 will be the first race for Wood at Daytona. The young driver, son of NASCAR Winston Cup Team Owner/Manager Eddie Wood, is enjoying the speed and thrill of his first competitive turn at the "World Center of Racing."

"We're looking to have a good qualifying effort. Qualifying well here is important. It shows who really has their stuff put together. The speeds here are fast but I think everybody can handle it. There's going to be a lot of passing and we'll definitely be bumper to bumper just like last year. Running in the pack here is what you have to watch out for. It comes down to luck and who can dodge the wrecks when you run that fast all together like you do in this race."

While Wood and his team were enjoying a successful day at the track, the No. 37 Quest Motorsports Ford team packed up and went home early after an encounter with the wall on the Speedway's Superstretch. Driver Mike Hamby was unhurt.

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series testing continues Sunday. Guests can view testing for free at Daytona with entry through the lobby of DAYTONA USA. Tickets for the Feb. 15 Florida Dodge Dealers 250 and other Speedweeks events are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway at (386) 253-7223.

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Series NASCAR Truck
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