Jon Wood in the no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford F-150 Harrisburg, N.C. (October 1, 2008)- Jon Wood will be back behind the wheel of the no. 21 Wood Brothers Racing U.S. Air Force Ford F-150 at Talladega Superspeedway. Jon has had extensive experience...
Jon Wood in the no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford F-150
Harrisburg, N.C. (October 1, 2008)- Jon Wood will be back behind the wheel of the no. 21 Wood Brothers Racing U.S. Air Force Ford F-150 at Talladega Superspeedway. Jon has had extensive experience in a race truck on superspeedways and is looking forward to returning to the NCTS for the Mountain Dew 250 on Saturday, October 4th. In 2007, Jon received his best finish in the no. 21 Wood Brothers race truck at the 2.66 mile tri-oval in 10th place. He will also be piloting the no. 21 Wood Brothers Motorcraft Ford Fusion in the Sprint Cup Series where he previously started the Aaron's 499 in April of this year in the 12th spot.
Wood talked about heading to Talladega with a new approach for running practice in the no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford F-150 and is looking forward to the challenge of doing double duty although, he doesn't see it as doing double duty but, "double-opportunity".
"I don't consider it double duty. I call it more double opportunity. Talladega is not really a physically demanding type race track and these truck races are not long enough to cause any type of exertion so, it won't be too bad," Wood said.
What are you looking forward to this weekend in the Mountain Dew 250?
"I've been pretty hands-on with the truck that we're taking to Talladega. I feel like we should pick up quite a bit of speed from where we left off at Daytona. I do expect to be a lot faster at Talladega and I'm taking a much different approach in practice as well."
Can you explain the idea of your approach?
I've decided that in all of the previous truck races that I've been in, we've always taken the approach that since we are guaranteed in the race anddon't have to worry about qualifying, we did not do any qualifying runs. We've only run in the draft and we've just made runs that were in the pack. Since Talladega is not a handling race track, you can throw that aspect of it out. We do have several setups that we need to run through but, in the end, it's all about raw speed. It's all about which one's the fastest. I don't care who tells me any different, there is no way that if a truck runs faster by itself that it's not going to run faster in a pack. So, we're just going to do single truck runs. That way, there are no other variables that can enter in and give a false reading on which one is the fastest. I've done enough drafting there that I am not apprehensive about doing it that way.Typically, there are always about five or six trucks that get torn up in the process, so there's no sense in taking any chances."
If you don't run in the draft during practice, how are you surethe truckwill keep up with the draft during the race?
"I've never seen a truck that couldn't keep up. There's nothing about those trucks that would make one faster by itself, less capable of keeping up. It's always this way, if they run faster by themselves, they run faster in the pack. Always."
Watch Wood Brothers Racing and Jon Wood in the no.21 U.S. Air Force Ford F-150 in the Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, October 4th with live coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m ET on Speed.