BUSCH: Nashville II: Nick Woodward preview

Woodward makes concrete plans for Nashville. HIGH POINT, N.C. (June 5) - Nick Woodward will drive the No. 85 Met-Rx Ford in the Inside Traxx 300 presented by Met-Rx at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, one week after he made his NASCAR Busch...

Woodward makes concrete plans for Nashville.

HIGH POINT, N.C. (June 5) - Nick Woodward will drive the No. 85 Met-Rx Ford in the Inside Traxx 300 presented by Met-Rx at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, one week after he made his NASCAR Busch Series debut with a 30th-place finish at Dover International Speedway.

Last week at Dover, Woodward drove a Ford fielded by Jay Robinson. This week the 22-year-old rookie teams with Havill-Spoerl Racing, which fielded a car for Jason Schuler at Nashville in April. Schuler, who will drive the No. 73 Met-Rx Ford, will compete again Saturday as Woodward's teammate.

Charlie Long worked with Woodward in both of his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events last season and will be Woodward's crew chief again this weekend. Woodward finished 11th at Indianapolis Raceway Park and 19th at South Boston in Long's truck last season.

"Charlie and I have worked together in the past," said Woodward, a native of Preston, Md., and a resident of High Point, N.C. "He owned the truck that I drove last year in both the truck races I ran. We communicate well, and I have developed a good trust with Charlie and his setups. Havill-Spoerl Racing was nice enough to let me bring somebody along, and Charlie and I made a pretty good team when we worked together last year."

Saturday's MBNA 200 ended for Woodward on lap 177 of 200 due to a broken wheel bearing. A top-25 finish was prevented, but he still believed the day was a success.

"Our goal was to run 200 laps and gain some valuable seat time," Woodward said. "I stayed out of trouble and learned a tremendous amount. I got more comfortable with a Busch car and running at higher speeds. Overall, it was a great learning experience."

Woodward's experience from Dover will prove invaluable this weekend as he tackles another concrete track - one of three on the NBS circuit. Nashville Superspeedway's 1.33-mile concrete surface has 14 degrees of banking in the turns.

FX's live coverage of the Inside Traxx 300 presented by Met-Rx will begin Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network (MRN) will provide the live radio broadcast of the race.

Before last Saturday's event at Dover, Woodward's last competitive seat time came in a NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model Stock race. He finished third at South Boston Speedway in Virginia on April 27. In 2001, he competed in two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events. He finished 11th in his debut at Indianapolis Raceway Park and 19th at South Boston Speedway. He won the OktoberFast 250 Late Model all-star event at Southampton Motor Speedway in Virginia in October 2001.

While being crowned Champion of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series' Atlantic Seaboard Region in 2000, Woodward collected 21 wins, 12 poles, 39 top-five and 42 top-10 finishes in 46 starts. In that same year, he won the Southampton Motor Speedway Track Championship and South Boston Speedway Track Championship. His efforts helped him to lay claim to runner-up honors in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series National Championship.

A 2001 graduate of High Point University, a private college in North Carolina, Woodward earned a 3.4 grade-point average and a degree in business. He minored in computer information systems.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Nick Woodward , Jason Schuler