This Week in Ford Racing May 31, 2005 NASCAR Busch Series Jon Wood, driver of the No. 47 Clorox/Wisk Ford Taurus, has made quick progress in his rookie season of Busch Series competition. Wood, a third-generation racer from the famed Wood...
This Week in Ford Racing
May 31, 2005
NASCAR Busch Series
Jon Wood, driver of the No. 47 Clorox/Wisk Ford Taurus, has made quick progress in his rookie season of Busch Series competition. Wood, a third-generation racer from the famed Wood Brothers Racing family, is currently 13th in the driver standings heading into this weekend's MBNA RacePoints 200 at Dover International Speedway. He had a season-best second-place finish April 30th at Talladega Superspeedway.
JON WOOD-No. 47 Clorox/Wisk Ford Taurus
IT'S 13 RACES INTO YOUR ROOKIE SEASON AND YOU ARE ALREADY TURNING HEADS. DID YOU EXPECT TO GARNER ATTENTION SO QUICKLY?
"It took us a little bit of time to get up to speed this season, but now we're starting to put together the finishes that this team deserves and we're doing it as an independent Busch team. That's pretty respectable considering the advantages that you get when you have ties to a Cup team. With that being said, I think that's raised some eyebrows and made people start asking me questions as to what I was going to do next year because there are two potential race cars that could open up - Ricky Rudd's and Mark Martin's. I don't know at the moment if I'm considered for either or both, but nothing has been said to me yet."
ARE YOU ON LOAN TO ST MOTORSPORTS FROM ROUSH RACING?
"I am under contract with Roush and they did get me to the point of driving the 47 car. However you want to look at it, it could be viewed as if I'm on loan from them. It confuses me sometimes because there are a lot of people I have to thank whenever it comes to interview time."
DO YOU THINK THAT CARL EDWARDS' SUCCESS HAS HELPED YOUR STOCK?
"It probably helped some. Carl's first year in the truck and my first year with the teams being housed in the Mooresville (N.C.) shop, we ran neck and neck every week and we finished relatively close in the point standings, and that was a pretty stellar year for both of us. We won races; we had poles; we did a lot. Now that he jumped right in a Cup car and did so well, and then I jumped in this Busch car and started turning heads, it made me evaluate my development. In my opinion, truck racing at times can be the toughest thing there is. Although these Busch races are longer and what I would call strategic in nature, the general feel and drive of a Busch car is much easier than a truck."
SOME TEAMS USE THE BUSCH SERIES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF ITS DRIVERS, BUT ROUSH GROOMS ITS DRIVERS IN TRUCK SERIES. DO YOU AGREE WITH ROUSH'S PHILOSOPHY?
"Absolutely. You can make it as hard on yourself at the beginning or you can make as easy as you want. If you have a Craftsman truck and Busch car both prepared by the same race teams, crew chiefed by the same guy and driven by the same guy, you're going to have quicker success in a Busch car in my opinion because they're easier to drive. A truck takes a lot longer time to learn how to maneuver. If you experience all of the hard times and difficulties of racing when you're a rookie and when you're willing to learn, then when you get in a Cup car or a Busch car it's that much easier."
IS ONE YEAR IN A BUSCH CAR SUFFICIENT BEFORE ADVANCING TO THE NEXTEL CUP LEVEL?
"I would definitely think so. I look at a lot of the races that I've run so far in the Busch Series and the Craftsman truck are the same. The races are shorter and you don't have 55 appearances to do a year and you don't have all of the glory and the notoriety of a Cup car, or even a Busch car for that matter, but racing is the racing; it's all the same."
HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO MAINTAIN YOUR FOCUS WHEN PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT NEXT YEAR LESS THAN HALFWAY THROUGH THE SEASON?
"It's not hard to maintain focus and this is why: it'd be one thing if I was hearing that I was being replaced in the 47 car, but what they're talking about is a step up and not a step down. Anything above and beyond driving the 47 Busch car next year is just a bonus. I know that I'm going to drive that car next year and if I do anything else then that's just something that I didn't have yesterday. So, to answer the question about keeping focused, I maintain the same focus because it's going to be a bonus if I make it to the Cup level next year."