Learning Experience for Keven Wood at Debut ORP Indianapolis, IN (July 25, 2008)-O'Reilly Raceway Park is a track known for beating and banging, short track racing. Keven Wood in the Wood Brothers Racing no. 21 Barnhill Group Ford F-150 ...
Learning Experience for Keven Wood at Debut ORP
Indianapolis, IN (July 25, 2008)-O'Reilly Raceway Park is a track known for beating and banging, short track racing. Keven Wood in the Wood Brothers Racing no. 21 Barnhill Group Ford F-150 discovered that first hand while working a tight handling race truck and finishing the 200 lap event in the 24th position.
Keven began the Power Stroke Diesel 200 in 26th after fighting a loose handling race truck during his qualifying effort. Since qualifying was earlier in the evening on Friday, the team speculated that with the cooler temperatures under race conditions later that night would lead to a tighter handling truck. The speculation was correct and the no. 21 Barnhill Group Ford F-150 was tight from the start.
As Keven ran the first 10 laps of the event, he worked to find the fastest line around the track to race. However, by lap 25, he fell to 29th. With the first caution flag flying on lap 38, the 21 team brought Keven down pit road for four tires, fuel, air pressure adjustments and a chassis adjustment to ease the tight condition. Keven restarted the race on lap 43 in the 28th position and one lap down from the leader.
On a "double-wide" restart, Keven made an effort to race with the front of the pack, yet played it smart as he was bumped around a bit and settled in the 30th position. On lap 50 he found his rhythm and started to make up some ground. Unfortunately, the no. 15 truck held Keven up on lap 75 and he was put another lap down by the leader in the no. 33 truck.
The yellow flag flew on lap 84 for the second time of the night when Keven reported that his truck was a bit better on entry, but still tight. Crew Chief John Monsam radioed to the #21 to pit for major adjustments, four tires and fuel. He was sent back to the track in 30th and two laps down on lap 90.
On lap 115, Keven reported that the no. 21 was still tight and at the same time, the caution came out again. The Wood Brothers Race team took the opportunity to make more adjustments and add four new tires and fuel. The 21 pit crew made a quick stop keeping a time of 16. 7 seconds with all of the adjustments.
For the next 40 laps or so, there would be five cautions but the no. 21 Barnhill Group Ford did not opt to pit during any of them. Keven reported that the truck was better and was able to drive his way to the 26th spot. The last pit stop of the night for the 21 team was on lap 174 to make some slight adjustments and add new tires. By lap 181, Keven moved to the 24th position where he would take the checkered flag on lap 200.
The one day show at O'Reilly Raceway Park would be one that Keven and the Wood Brothers Race team will take as a learning experience. Keven Wood commented on his first experience at the short track. He said, "We didn't have a great night, but I'll take it as a learning experience and character building, lots of character building. There was a lot going on during the restarts because I was just getting banged around. This race showed how important it is to have a truck that works. We got it to where we were actually decent there at the end. We finally got it freed up enough. We had an idea going into it that we were going to be tight, but it was just so tight that I couldn't do anything with it. Then we got it freed up enough to where I could get on the gas hard and we were already three laps down by then. We just pulled to the back and let the guys run hard.
I give my guys credit. They worked really hard getting our Barnhill Group Ford F-150 where it needed to be. I'm looking forward to Nashville. It will be my first speedway. I've got some laps there, so it's one of the few tracks that I actually have laps on. I'm looking forward to going there."
Keven Wood and the Wood Brothers no. 21 Ford F-150 will have a weekend off but will head to Nashville Superspeedway flying the U.S. Air Force colors on Saturday, August 9th.
-credit: Wood Brothers Racing