Phoenix: Ford - Jon Wood interview

Jon Wood, driver of the No. 50 Ford F-150, will start tomorrow's race from the rear of 36-truck field after changing a motor following Thursday morning's final practice session. Wood spoke about what necessitated the change and how it...

Jon Wood, driver of the No. 50 Ford F-150, will start tomorrow's race from the rear of 36-truck field after changing a motor following Thursday morning's final practice session. Wood spoke about what necessitated the change and how it will impact his race strategy tomorrow.

JON WOOD-50-Roush Racing Ford F-150

YOU WERE FIFTH FASTEST IN FINAL PRACTICE, BUT YOUR TEAM HAS DECIDED TO CHANGE THE MOTOR. "It will be all right. It seems like every time one of the Roush trucks changes a motor we run pretty well. I won at Kansas and Carl won at Kentucky doing that. It's better to be safe than sorry. We're sitting fifth in the point standings right now and one bad finish because of a bad motor could certainly knock us back to seventh. We're just trying to capitalize on that and we're taking every precaution not to have something bad happen.'

WAS IT SOMETHING YOU DIAGNOSED BECAUSE YOU SEEMED TO BE RUNNING WELL? "Yeah, it's not indicated on the time sheet, but it's just a little problem we think we might have. It's not performance related. The last time we changed a motor prior to a race was at Kansas so we know we can get it done tomorrow. I'm not really concerned about it. This place, if you can run around on the bottom pretty good, it's easy to pass. We'll just take our time. It's a pretty long race, so we'll see what happens."

HAVE THE CHANGES MADE TO THE TURN TWO WALL HELPED MAKE PASSING HERE EASIER? "A little bit. It just makes the track a little bit wider, and if you slip up, it gives you a little more room for error. It's just going to be one of those things, if we can stay out of trouble and not have anything break or have anything go wrong, we'll be OK."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jon Wood