Wood Brothers Racing Moves Further In Right Direction In Michigan Brooklyn, MI (June 15, 2008)- The Wood Brothers Racing U.S. Air Force Ford F-150 and Jon Wood are heading in the right direction and improving with each race. Jon Wood delivered a...
Wood Brothers Racing Moves Further In Right Direction In Michigan
Brooklyn, MI (June 15, 2008)- The Wood Brothers Racing U.S. Air Force Ford F-150 and Jon Wood are heading in the right direction and improving with each race. Jon Wood delivered a sound performance as the no. 21ran in the top 15 for most of the afternoon and finished 14th in the Cool City Customs 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, June 14th.
Wood took the green flag in the 15th position after a decent qualifying run Saturday morning before the 3:00pm start of the race. Within the first few laps he radioed into the 21 crew the race truck was a little too tight, but running good. On lap 3, the caution flag flew for the first time of the afternoon and Crew Chief John Monsam made the call not to pit, since it was too early in the 100 lap event.
Wood restarted the race in the 13th position and as they were drafting three and four trucks wide, he got stuck behind a slower truck in the middle and fell back to the 17th position. By lap 11, he was back up in the 13th position. He radioed to the crew about how much he liked the race truck. Wood said, "It's ridiculous! I'm going down the straightaway by myself and can pull away. It's really good."
As Wood ran close to the 15th position, Monsam made the decision to make a green flag pit stop for adjustments, four tires and fuel. He returned to the track in 19th position. As he ran more laps, the no. 21 truck's handling became loose and Wood wanted to make more adjustments during the next pit stop.
On lap 46, the caution flag flew once again and the crew chief called the U.S. Air Force F-150 down pit road for adjustments, tires and fuel. Under the same caution, Monsam brought the no. 21 down another time to top off with fuel since it may be the last pit stop of the day. On lap 48, Wood came to top off the fuel tank. As he was leaving pit road, he exited too fast and NASCAR imposed the penalty that sent the no. 21 to the end of the longest line to restart the race. On lap 50, Wood took the green flag in the 23rd position.
As the laps wound down, on lap 60 the yellow flag flew again and the 21 team made the decision to take a gamble and get fuel only, no tires. Wood restarted the race in the 7th position on lap 61. However, the decision did not pay off as planned. Jon fell back to the 21st position by lap 86 passed by trucks with fresher tires. The team hoped for another caution so they could get new tires and that happened on lap 95. With only five laps to go, Jon wanted to make another stop on lap 96 to put a little tape on the nose of the truck to experiment and see if it would help at all. The 21 team pit crew quickly added tape and sent Wood back to the track to restart the race on lap 97 in the 22nd position. As a wreck occurred on the final lap, the checkered flag still waved and Wood made his way through the melee finishing in the 14th position.
In the end, the team felt they had made some strides, even if a few of the trials didn't quite pan out the way they had hoped. Wood commented on the progress in today's race, "We're improving by leaps and bounds, but there are times when we don't. Today was one of those days when we went a little too far with some stuff, and it hurt us. But, all in all, I would rather salvage a powerful second-half of the season than to accept what's mediocre and keep getting mediocre results and without any doubt, we are improving."
Next weekend, the no. 21 U.S. Air Force F-150 will once again be piloted Keven Wood as he makes another start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at the Milwaukee Mile for the Milwaukee 200 on Friday, June 20th.