Keven Wood's 2008 Debut Under His Belt; Ready For the Next Step Mansfield, OH (May 25, 2008)-It was an exciting race weekend for Keven Wood and the Wood Brothers U.S. Air Force Ford F-150 in Mansfield, OH this weekend. Keven made his second...
Keven Wood's 2008 Debut Under His Belt; Ready For the Next Step
Mansfield, OH (May 25, 2008)-It was an exciting race weekend for Keven Wood and the Wood Brothers U.S. Air Force Ford F-150 in Mansfield, OH this weekend. Keven made his second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start and first in 2008 at the Ohio 250 on Saturday, May 24th.
The 23 year old rookie finished a solid 22nd place, however, the finish did not reflect the competitive racing he did all day. Keven took the green flag in the 18th position. Within five laps, he gained four spots and moved into the 14th position. The first of 15 cautions came out when the #30 truck spun on lap 8.
Crew Chief John Monsam made the call not to pit since it was still the beginning laps of the 250 lap race. The race restarted on lap 12 and the no.21 was scored in the 13th position. The beating and the banging began and Keven held his own as he worked around the 15th position for the next several laps until the caution came out again on lap 37. Monsam, still believing that it was too early to pit, called for the U.S. Air Force F-150 to stay out on the track. Wood reported that the truck was a little tight but was drivable.
The restart commenced on lap 43 with Keven in the 13th position. The yellow flag flew once again and Monsam called the no. 21 U.S. Air Force F-150 down pit road for fuel and a small adjustment to help with the tight condition. Keven restarted in the 17th position.
On lap 117 another caution came out and the team made the decision to pit for tires and fuel. Wood reported an extremely tight handling condition. In order to save track position and not fall a lap down to the leaders, the no. 21 pit crew changed right side tires and sent Wood back onto the track. He came back down pit road to change the left side tires and restarted the race in the 24th position on lap 124. Monsam reported that they found a slow leak in the right front tire in the last pit stop that could have been the cause of the tight condition. By lap 151, Keven moved into 26th position and within 10 more laps he was up to 21st.
After a few more caution flags Keven found his groove and moved up to the 17th position. With only 38 laps to go, the no. 51 ran into the back of no. 21 and spun. There was no significant damage to the U.S. Air Force F-150; however, track position was lost. Monsam brought the no. 21 down pit road to change tires. The no. 21 pit crew had its best pit stops of the day as they got the 21 back out onto the track for the final laps of the race. Still on the lead lap in the 30th position, Wood drove hard up to the 22nd position as he took the checkered flag on lap 250.
Crew Chief John Monsam commented on the excellent driving ability of Wood and the pride for his team. He said, "Everyone did an excellent job. Keven really hung in there. I'm so proud of how the team worked this weekend and I'm looking forward to working with him again in Milwaukee."
Keven Wood described his debut race as a learning experience and feels ready for the next step. He said, "I got a new lesson in how to run short tracks, but I wasn't quite ready to make any enemies. Other than that it was just another short track race with a little bit more horsepower and a little bit heavier vehicle. My team did a great job adjusting the car and as for my pit crew, I would take them over any other crew, any day. I'm ready to go to Milwaukee and see what happens there."