This Week in Ford Racing April 11, 2006 NASCAR Busch Series Jon Wood, driver of the No. 47 Ford Fusion, is a third-generation racer from the famed Wood Brothers Racing family and knows something about NASCAR traditions. This weekend's...
This Week in Ford Racing
April 11, 2006
NASCAR Busch Series
Jon Wood, driver of the No. 47 Ford Fusion, is a third-generation racer from the famed Wood Brothers Racing family and knows something about NASCAR traditions. This weekend's Busch Series race at Nashville Superspeedway will be the second standalone Busch Series race of the season -- the first being held in Mexico City -- and the sixth consecutive season the Busch Series race has been run at the 1.33-mile speedway in conjunction with the Easter holiday weekend. Wood spoke about competing at a Busch Series standalone event and whether the race at Nashville has become synonymous with the Easter holiday.
JON WOOD -- No. 47 Clorox/American Red Cross Ford Fusion
HAS THE BUSCH RACE IN NASHVILLE BECOME AN EASTER WEEKEND RACING TRADITION? "This is only my second season in the Busch Series, so I don't necessarily link the two together. I think when it comes to races held on holidays, people usually link Memorial Day weekend to the 600 at Charlotte, and there used to be a strong connection between Darlington and Labor Day, but that's no longer relevant. I guess this can be seen as a tradition, racing Easter weekend at Nashville."
IS IT TOUGH COMPETING ON A HOLIDAY WEEKEND WHEN THE OTHER TWO MAJOR NASCAR SERIES HAVE THE WEEKEND OFF? "It's not so much giving away a holiday, really, as it is that we like to have any weekend off. It seems like the Busch Series schedule is a little bit more demanding than the Cup schedule for the first half of the year. The two weekends that we do have off we really appreciate."
THE PARTNERSHIP FORMED BETWEEN ST MOTORSPORTS AND WOOD BROTHERS RACING IN THE OFF-SEASON CREATED ONE CUP TEAM, TWO BUSCH TEAMS AND TWO TRUCK TEAMS. GIVEN THE SCHEDULE AT THE START OF SEASON, HAS IT BEEN TOUGHEST TO GET THE CAR INVENTORY FOR THE BUSCH SERIES TEAMS BUILT? "We took every car that we had last year and rebuilt it, and sometimes rebuilding a car takes longer than building a brand new car. Compound that with the fact that we've raced almost every week so far, and it's made it a little more difficult for us."
TALK ABOUT HOW THE RACING ON CONCRETE TRACKS DIFFERS MOST FROM ASPHALT TRACKS. "The concrete tracks seem to be a little more consistent and they don't change as rapidly as asphalt tracks do with changes in temperature. They are a little bit more difficult to get a grip on, so you have to treat it a little bit different. You have to treat it like Dover more than any other race track that we go to."
DO YOU ANTICIPATE TWO-WIDE RACING AT NASHVILLE THIS WEEKEND? "I think there will always be just one groove at Nashville. It's too much like Bristol and Dover in the fact that the concrete tracks, the smaller radius you can make around the turn, the faster you're going to be. I don't think there will ever be a two-groove track at Nashville."
THIS WEEKEND'S RACE WILL BE THE FIRST STANDALONE BUSCH SERIES RACE HELD IN THE U.S. THIS SEASON. IS THERE LESS PRESSURE WHEN THE CUP SERIES IS NOT COMPETING AT THE SAME VENUE AS THE BUSCH SERIES? "You can learn at every race track for every other track you go to, so you don't really look at it from that respect. It's a little bit less pressure because it's not a Cup weekend, so it's not going to be an overwhelming amount of fans and the hustle and bustle that a Cup weekend has, so it feels more like a truck weekend than anything. It's a little bit more refreshing to have a weekend off from the Cup guys, so to speak."
THE WINNER'S TROPHY AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY IS ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE ON THE CIRCUIT. IF YOU WIN THE GIBSON GUITAR, DO YOU HAVE ANY PLANS FOR WHAT YOU'LL DO WITH IT? "If I ever won that trophy, I'd take guitar lessons. It's so hard to win any race any more that you don't care what the trophy looks like as long as you win the race, but any time you can win a unique trophy, it's a pretty big deal."