Harrisburg, NC (July 1, 2008)- It was a competitive weekend overall at Memphis Motorsports Park for Keven Wood and the U.S. Air Force Ford F-150. Keven drove his way from a 31st starting position up as high as 19th, passing trucks strategically ...
Harrisburg, NC (July 1, 2008)- It was a competitive weekend overall at Memphis Motorsports Park for Keven Wood and the U.S. Air Force Ford F-150. Keven drove his way from a 31st starting position up as high as 19th, passing trucks strategically until an unavoidable incident on lap 198 that put the team out of the race early.
The weekend started with a decent practice on Friday, June 27th where Keven ended the final session in 16th position overall. However, with the hotter track temperatures from Friday to Saturday during qualifying; the no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford F-150 proved to be a loose handling race truck and ended up 31st on the starting grid for the O'Reilly 200 on Saturday evening, June 28th.
Keven took the green flag and immediately moved up to the 24th position by lap 10. He patiently ran in 24th until an opportunity allowed for passing on the inside and outside grooves driving him up to the 19th position by lap 40. On lap 54, the caution flag flew. Keven reported that the no. 21 was handling a bit tight because of the cooler night time temperatures. Crew Chief John Monsam made the call to pit and the no. 21 pit crew put on four tires, added fuel and made an adjustment to help with the tight condition. Keven restarted the race in the 24th position.
As the race went on, the truck became tighter, yet Keven ran in and around the 23rd position for the majority of the event. On lap 198, the #59 truck was invovled in a wreck directly in front of the no. 21 and the group of trucks he was racing. As the no. 59 slid down the track, the #'s 15, 21 and 40 tried to go around - unfortunately the no. 59 slid back up the track hitting the #15. Keven and the #21 truck had nowhere to go as he was pinned in between the #15 and the #40 in turn four. Unable to fire the truck back up with front and rear end damage, Keven walked away from the wreckage unharmed; the 21 team ended the night early and finished in 30th place.
Crew Chief John Monsam commented on Keven's performance in his third race of the 2008 season. He said, "Keven ran good, he just needs more experience and he's gaining that. Every week he's passing more trucks than the week before. He was eighth in the number of trucks passed at Memphis, I'm really happy about that." Monsam added, "He followed the no. 30 truck for about 30 laps and at times looked good enough to pass him but he was patient and didn't push the issue. He just tried to learn and watch how he [Bodine] got through traffic. I think he did a good job."
Keven commented on his experience at Memphis, "I saw the 59 truck spinning and he went up high, so I went low. Then I saw him come down and then my hood was folded in half with no place to go. I was in the back of the 15 and had help from the rear and I think he had help in the rear too getting into the back of me. It was one of those things. We were good at the beginning then I don't what happened after our first pit stop, but we tried to make adjustments to free it up, but it just got tighter and tighter. I don't know if the temperature dropped a little bit more dramatic than we thought, or what, but that's how it goes. I've got to thank my team, crew chief John Monsam for all the hard work they put into this Air Force Ford F-150."
The Wood Brothers Racing no. 21 Ford F-150 will have a few weekends off from the race track but will be back in Kentucky with Jon Wood behind the wheel for the Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers on Saturday, July 19th.