South Boston: Nick Woodward preview

Nick Woodward to compete in South Boston's truck race HIGH POINT, N.C. (Sept. 30) -- Normally, Nick Woodward would not need an introduction at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway. He is the 2000 Track Champion and continues to compete there in...

Nick Woodward to compete in South Boston's truck race

HIGH POINT, N.C. (Sept. 30) -- Normally, Nick Woodward would not need an introduction at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway. He is the 2000 Track Champion and continues to compete there in his Romeo Guest Construction Chevrolet on a semi-regular basis in Late Model races. But this Saturday, his fans may not recognize him after he straps into the No. 84 Long Brothers Racing Ford for the John Boy & Billy 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event.

Woodward has made two previous starts in the Truck Series and both have been in the top 19. His debut came in 2001 at Indianapolis Raceway Park, where he finished on the lead lap in the 11th position. He made his second start later that season at South Boston, where tire problems relegated his strong-performing truck to a 19th-place finish.

"I'm looking forward to the race because of how we did two years ago," Woodward said. "I hope we can run as well as we did then, just have a better finish. It will be great to be there in front of all our South Boston fans."

As he did in his first two NCTS attempts, Woodward will drive a Ford F-150 for Long Brothers Racing. That is also the same team that fields his No. 21 Romeo Guest Construction Chevrolet Late Model Stock car.

"I've got a group of guys that work well together, "said the Preston, Md., native. "They're the same guys that help out on my Late Model car. Together, we all have a lot of experience at South Boston."

Woodward has made 13 Late Model starts at the .4-mile oval this season, resulting in two wins, nine top-five finishes and 10 top-10 finishes.

While Woodward, a native of Preston, Md., cannot really call it a homecoming, it's safe to say his racing resume has done a lot of growing up in the speedway's confines tucked away off of Virginia's Highway 360. He won five of the 20 points events he entered at South Boston in 2000 en route to clinching the track championship. More impressive, he sported an average finish of just a shade over third place and finished second six times during that stretch.

"It's really a track that I just felt comfortable with right away," Woodward said. "I always seem to get myself into a good rhythm. It's really a momentum track and you use that momentum in the corners - just rolling in and off. I've liked the place all along and it shows with the way we've been able to run."

Woodward, a graduate of High Point University in North Carolina and a native of Preston, Md., had a magical 2000 season in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, capturing track championships at historic South Boston Speedway and Southampton Motor Speedway, both in Virginia. He was Champion of the highly competitive Atlantic Seaboard Region and finished second in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series National Championship. Motorsports Magazine named Woodward "Racer of the Year" in 2000.

Live TV coverage of the John Boy and Billy 250 begins at 4:30 p.m. EDT on the Speed Channel. Live radio coverage on MRN also begins at 4:30 p.m. EDT.

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