Las Vegas: Wood post race interview

JON WOOD -- No. 21 Smith's/Air Force Ford F-150 -- (finished 3rd, qualified 14th) IT LOOKS LIKE YOU COULD HAVE WON. TELL US ABOUT YOUR RACE TONIGHT. "Everybody is so disappointed right now, my guys and everybody. But, I think that's a ...

JON WOOD -- No. 21 Smith's/Air Force Ford F-150 -- (finished 3rd, qualified 14th)

IT LOOKS LIKE YOU COULD HAVE WON. TELL US ABOUT YOUR RACE TONIGHT.

"Everybody is so disappointed right now, my guys and everybody. But, I think that's a very respectable night. We battled a lot of adversity. We had a little issue on pit road on the first pit stop. To come back from 24th to leading in 40 laps or whatever, is pretty impressive. So, I think it was a very good night. It was an awesome night to have Air Force colors on the truck and being this close to Nellis, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I think it was an awesome night."

YOU HAD THE FASTEST TRUCK TONIGHT. DID THOSE GUYS SPEED UP THE LAST 15-20 LAPS OR DID YOU SLOW DOWN?

"We all went faster. We all ran the fastest that we had gone at the end of the race, but they went a little faster. Travis, I think his truck was a little bit freer on long runs. My truck was without question; the best truck here if I got a long green flag run. And that was very pronounced in that long green flag run when I took the lead from Benson. I just never could get those types of runs there at the very end. As soon as my truck would take off, the caution would come out. This track has been very good to me, the new surface has. I ran my first Cup race here and I've had nothing but good luck. That's pretty cool to say at Vegas to have good luck here."

YOU'RE GOING BACK TO CUP NEXT WEEK?

"Yup, I'm going to run the second car in Kansas. It was a race for Little Debbie that was scheduled for early in the year with the 21 battling in and out of the top-25; it wasn't a good idea to take a chance on knocking the primary car out of a starting spot. So, it's going to work out next week. Schrader is definitely going to be in the race and I'm either going to be in it or I'm gonna knock the back glass out of it, so to speak. It's all or nothing, there's no being conservative in qualifying."

YOU'VE HAD A ROUGH SUMMER, WITH THE HEADACHES AND THEN THE TRUCK ACCIDENT.

"The truck accident was freaky."

WHEN YOU LOST THE AIRBAGS OR SOMETHING?

"Yeah, that was unreal. When it rains it pours. But everything seems to be turning around. Our finishes are getting better and better every week and nothing ever stops. Bad luck turns to good. Good luck eventually turns to bad. The Air Force is very proud with the things are going this year and they're very pleased. That's what I'm worried about."

WERE YOU SURPRISED WHEN TRAVIS CAME FLYING BY ON THE OUTSIDE AT FOUR?

"I had a little trouble off of four on that particular lap, so I didn't even have to look up to see what was happening. I knew he was coming. Clean air being out in front was key to having a fast truck. I think there were three or four trucks for the most part that were battling for the lead, lap after lap. And three of those four finished in the top-three. It was pretty consistent night."

WHAT DID THAT RESTART WITH 12 TO GO WHEN HORNADAY'S TRUCK BASICALLY IN PIECES, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING AT THAT POINT? YOU NEEDED A LONG GREEN FLAG RUN AND THIS WAS BASICALLY GOING TO BE A 10-LAP DASH TO THE FINISH?

"I was very surprised to get under Travis in the middle of one and two on that last restart. Shocked. I thought that it was going to be a deal where I had to hold on for a top-five. And I'm sure Johnny's [Benson] is a little mad at me right now. But we went down the backstretch and I was watching my mirror, I knew I wasn't clear of Travis. I'm watching my mirror to see Johnny and I see his truck coming and he was pulling down. And the whole time, I'm not looking where I'm going. I'm just watching my mirror, inching down toward the bottom and I look before I get into turn three and I'm below the yellow line. And I'm like, 'uh-oh' and that's when the little skirmish back there and almost wrecked. I do have to take credit for that one, but we didn't so, I guess it's okay."

-credit: ford racing

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