Keven Wood Back Behind the Wheel of the Wood Brothers Racing no. 21 in Homestead
Harrisburg, NC (November 12, 2008)-It may be the final stop of the 2008 Nascar Craftsman Truck Series season for Wood Brothers Racing but it’s Keven Wood’s debut on a 1.5 mile track at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Wood will be behind the wheel of the no. 21 Aquasun Motorsports Ford F-150 entry on Friday night, November 14th for the running of the Ford 200.
Wood Brothers Racing has had some success in the past with the no. 21 NCTS Ford –F150, with Jon Wood winning a pole position in 2007 then finishing 13th after leading 18 laps. With fond memories of that race and being a proud Ford partner during this Ford weekend, Keven Wood talked about running on new territory at MHS and making his own memories.
"Jon went down there and sat on the pole and that was pretty cool but, I’m just looking forward to making my own memories. This will be my first mile and a half so, that will be the first memory for me.
It’s a Ford weekend and I’m running a Ford and that’s pretty special. I just hope we put on a good show for them and just getting on a big track and I’m looking forward to it,” said Wood.
The biggest track you’ve been on up to this point was Nashville, what are the differences between there and MHS?
“It’s bigger, it will be a little bit faster and the corner speeds will be faster than Nashville but straightaway speeds will be about the same.”
How will you prepare since you’ve never been on this track?
“Like I do with any of the other tracks that I’ve been to; I’ll just go down there, try to get behind a veteran, follow them and see what happens, then start making changes for myself as they come.
I’m going with an open mind. That’s all I can do. I’ll talk to people and see what they do and how I can apply that to myself.”
Who are you planning on getting advice from?
“I’ll go talk to [Rick] Crawford, who is in a Ford, he’s always been helpful. Whoever is around me, I’ll ask them. Whoever is in the rookie meeting, I’ll talk to them some. I’ll ask them, what type of lines they run, if they try to hold it wide open all the way around and if they use the brake, drag the brake or anything. When they will change their line and start to run up higher. Anything I can think of.”
Being the last race of the season, do you feel any pressure since Jon sat on the pole last year?
“No, I don’t feel any pressure. It’s just another new track for me. I’m going to go out there and learn as much as I can. I’d like to have another top 15 for sure and it would be great to go down there and run like we did at Nashville and have a top 10 truck.”
Even though you haven’t been behind the wheel every race this season, you’ve been working with the team every weekend, how would you sum up the season?
“I’d like to have a good finish, not only for myself but for the team. They’ve been working hard throughout the year and it seems like whenever we have a truck that doesn’t run well, we stay out there and finish the race. Then when we have a good truck and the possibilities are good for a great finish then all of our hopes are shot down and it comes home in a box or something. I’d like to give good credit for all of us as a team and hopefully all of our hard work will be rewarded.”
How do you feel about working with the new crew chief this weekend?
“This will be my first time working with Gere [Kennon] and I’m really looking forward to it. We had a good truck going into Texas and then things happened and we didn’t get to see what it could do. At Phoenix we had a bad truck and it was just a struggle. It wasn’t for lack of effort; we just couldn’t figure it out. Things just kept changing and changing and nothing was working. So, we’ll see what happens in Homestead.”
Watch Keven Wood and Wood Brothers Racing in the Ford 200 on Friday, November 14th with live qualifying beginning at 5:00pm ET on SPEED and live race coverage beginning at 7:30pm ET on SPEED.