USAR: Wood set for Peach State battle

STUART, VA (August 3, 2000) -- Jon Wood gained ground in the Hooters ProCup point standings after a 2nd place finish at New River Valley Speedway, advancing himself to 4th. He also reassumed the lead in the Rookie of the Year race. This week's...

STUART, VA (August 3, 2000) -- Jon Wood gained ground in the Hooters ProCup point standings after a 2nd place finish at New River Valley Speedway, advancing himself to 4th. He also reassumed the lead in the Rookie of the Year race. This week's goals are to progress in the standings once again, and get what he's worked so hard for all season, his 1st win in the Hooters ProCup Series.

Wood's challenge is set to take place in Jefferson, Georgia, home of the Peach Tree Speedway. The small, fast track offers unique challenges according to Wood.

"The track is very fast but it changes several times during the race," stated Wood. "The asphalt has not been re-paved in a while and when I raced there earlier in the year I found the fastest groove around the race track changed as the night went on. We were very fast at Peach Tree last time but we never had a shot at contending with the leaders so I'm really looking forward to seeking revenge on the race track this weekend.

Wood's last outing at Peach Tree resulted in a 5th place qualifying effort and a 13th place finish. Wood lost a lap early in the race due to an overheating problem. Wood pitted on lap 3 and the crew scurried to remove tape from the grill of the car, which allowed the water to cool. Wood returned to the track and was one of the fastest cars for the remainder of the night, but did not have the track position to take advantage of the car's potential.

According to Wood, "The past is behind us and we're focused on winning this weekend. We tested at Peach Tree two weeks ago and we found some things that we believe will help us outrun the competition."

The Hooters ProCup cars are forced to qualify race ready. As a result, when Jon Wood Racing tested just two weeks ago, the majority of their focus was on the race, and not qualifying.

Crew chief Talmage Thomas stated, "Jon qualified good at Peach Tree Speedway earlier this year and we had a good car but we felt like we needed to test in order to not fall behind to what some of the other teams are doing. The test went great and this team has been very close to winning on several occasions this season. We're hoping this weekend is the weekend we get what we deserve, a trip to Victory Lane."

In ten Hooters Pro Cup races Wood has posted four top-5's and six top-10's. The team also has qualified on the pole on two occasions.

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