Kansas: Jon Wood press conference

Jon Wood, driver of the No. 50 Ford, picked up his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory today at Kansas Speedway wining the 167-lap race with the help of pit strategy. Wood took over the lead on lap 140 when Brendan Gaughan was...

Jon Wood, driver of the No. 50 Ford, picked up his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory today at Kansas Speedway wining the 167-lap race with the help of pit strategy. Wood took over the lead on lap 140 when Brendan Gaughan was forced to pit for fuel and went on to lead the final 28 laps, while Carl Edwards, his Roush Racing teammate, completed the one-two sweep. Wood's first truck series victory came in his 48th start and ended Roush Racing's winless streak at 32 races when Greg Biffle last piloted a Roush Ford to Victory Lane (Phoenix, 2001). With the win, Wood also vaulted Roush Racing back into the top spot in all-time series wins with 29.

JON WOOD-50-Bob Graham for President Ford F-150 (Finished 1st)

TALK ABOUT COMING FROM BEHIND TODAY. "I don't know what else I can say about that; it was tough. I think we went to the back three times and back up to the front three more times. That was kinda frustrating, but in the end, it kinda made it feel a lot better. There's a lot of people that win a race on gas mileage, but I think we earned this one today."

YOU CHANGED A MOTOR AFTER PRACTICE YESTERDAY, SO WAS THERE EXTRA MOTIVATION FOR YOU TODAY? "The thing that motivated me the most was how competitive my teammate is. He's up front every week, and I think that accelerates both of us. You can push yourself so far and then you kind of get comfortable, but not when your teammate is in front of you; you just drive that much harder and harder. I owe a lot to him. We work very well together. I think the two of us have the same feel for a truck and it makes it to where we can go to a race track and kinda have opposite setups and one of us will hit and one of us will miss, and we combine and figure out what to do."

DO YOU THINK THIS WIN WILL SILENCE SOME OF THE CRITICS? "We had a sponsor this weekend and we still did good. There's always something. I think that motivates me as well. To see what some of these critics say, it makes you want to do even better, and I think we did."

HOW BIG IS IT TO GET YOUR FIRST WIN? "It's big, it's real big. I really can't say enough about it. It's kinda like a blur. I sat on my first pole here in a real race car, which was a Winston West car. I should have won the race, but we had a little bit of trouble, so it's good to finally sit up here."

TALK ABOUT THE SPEEDWAY. "The race track is a cool place. I think its' probably the best track that we go to. If they could build a lot more tracks, 24 or 25 to be exact, just like it, it would be a lot of fun. The way that it's set up where the fans can interact with drivers, and they get to see what goes on through inspection and stuff like that. The way the stands are set up, everything is a lot of fun. It's just a great race track."

TALK ABOUT THE HEAT TODAY. "It was hot. I think that probably played a toll on everybody. To what extent, I don't know. I know that I'm pretty tired, but nevertheless, we came through."

HOW IMPORTANT IS TEAMWORK ON THE TRACK? "Very important. Not so much here as it could be at a smaller place where you kind of follow each other to the front. Kinda here too, but Daytona is where it really plays off. I think when we go back there next year we will really be cool. It helped today. Knowing what Carl's truck was doing and they changes that they were making, what maybe I needed to be doing, it's a huge benefit."

TALK ABOUT THE TUESDAY MEETINGS WITH JACK ROUSH. "I hope that we did everything right because Jack is really hard on everybody. I think that finishing one-two is about as good as you can ask for, especially starting as far back as both of us did. I think it will be a good one."

TALK ABOUT WORKING YOUR WAY UP THROUGH THE SLOWER TRAFFIC. "There were a lot of opportunities that I had to crash. I think I was almost in the grass on the frontstretch no telling how many times. I don't know what I was doing, but it worked. There's a lot of stiff competition out there, and to outrun Ted Musgrave and Bobby Hamilton is saying a lot. Those guys are tough every week."

DID YOU THINK YOU HAD A SHOT TO GO FROM THE BACK TO THE LEAD TODAY? "I knew I had the truck to do it, I just didn't know if I was capable of it. The truck that they gave me this weekend was far superior to any one we've had all year. We're just going to keep doing the things we've been doing every week. We've been successful so far, and I'm sure we will be in the future."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Greg Biffle , Ted Musgrave , Jon Wood , Brendan Gaughan , Carl Edwards