Unfortunate Circumstance Takes Wood Out of Contention Early at Texas Motor Speedway
Fort Worth, TX (October 31, 2008)-On this Hallowed Eve at Texas Motor Speedway, Jon Wood in the no. 21 Wood Brothers Racing U.S. Air Force Ford F-150 received tricks rather than treats as he was involved in a multi-truck incident on lap two that put him out of the race for the rest of the evening.
Wood took the green flag of the Chevy Silverado 350k in the sixth starting spot after a top qualifying performance on Thursday night. As the race got underway and the 34 truck field made their way into turn two, the spotter, Danny O’Quinn, radioed that there was a wreck occurring just ahead. As Wood began to slow down for the caution, he was hit from behind with a blow so hard that it turned the 21 into several trucks. The damage was terminal and ultimately sent the Wood Brothers Racing team home early and would ultmately receive the 31st place finishing spot.
Wood, understandably frustrated, commented on the incident, “Until something drastically changes and races can be won on lap zero, I don’t really see the point in racing the way that a couple of other guys were racing, particularly up front. There’s no sense it in whatsoever. It’s very difficult because these other drivers cause these wrecks and they’re the ones that are still on track and we’re back here in the garage with a truck that can’t be fixed. The people that weren’t really to blame or were at fault were the ones that fall victims to circumstance. It’s just not good.”
Wood added, “I didn’t run into anybody. I got run into from behind. That’s another thing, as fast as these trucks are able to stop, there’s no excuse to run into somebody from behind. It’s just the wrong people being up front really.”
Wood Brothers Racing and Jon Wood in the no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford F-150 will travel further West to Phoenix for the Lucas Oil 150 on Friday, November 7th.