Jon Wood Headed To Texas with New Crew Chief On Board
Harrisburg, NC (October 29, 2008)-Jon Wood in the no. 21 Wood Brothers Racing U.S. Air Force Ford F-150 will head to Texas Motor Speedway for the second time this season with a fresh outlook along with recently hired crew chief Gere Kennon.
Kennon, a veteran crew chief of NASCAR’s top tier Sprint Cup and Nationwide series is now being welcomed back to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with the no. 21 team. He’s had two Nationwide Series Championships and currently holds the record for the most wins in a single season in that series.
He’s also been the car chief for successful drivers such as Mark Martin, Bill Elliott, Ted Musgrave, Michael Waltrip and Ron Hornaday. Most recently, he was crew chief in the Arca/Remax Series with Spraker Racing and driver Dexter Bean finishing out the ’08 season. He’s looking forward to working with Jon Wood and Wood Brothers Racing. Kennon commented on working for the legendary Wood Brothers. “I’ve known Eddie, Len and Leonard for so long when I worked at Roush’s and at Junior Johnson’s. It’s an honor that they asked me to do it,” said Kennon.
Kennon welcomes the challenge of starting late in the season and has jumped full force in getting up to speed with the team. “Jon’s been in the shop both days that I’ve been here. I’ve just been talking to him and trying to get to know him a little bit. We’re trying to get back to basics and see where we are at and where we’re going. I’m excited about going to Texas.” He added, “We need to run as good as we can, qualify well and make the truck as comfortable for Jon as we can get it. When it gets down to the end, maybe we’ll have a shot at winning. We’re using a lot of the data from the previous race at Texas, it’s a different truck but, we’re using the same set up just to get a base line. We’ve got another direction to go in if we need to. With [David] Hyder’s [crew chief of the 21 Sprint Cup team] support, I’m hoping we’ll have a good weekend.”
Wood is also looking forward to the weekend and working with a new crew chief, “I’m pretty pumped about going to Texas because we unloaded in Atlanta with our Texas setup and we ended up eighth or so in practice, which was not bad at all. Now we’ve got Gere Kennon as our new crew chief,” said Wood. Wood qualified fourth and finished 10th in the spring race, he said, “I think we’ll be fine. We ran well there in the spring and it’s another night race. I’m looking forward to it.”
Watch Wood Brothers Racing and Jon Wood in the no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford F-150 in the Chevy Silverado 350K on Friday, October 31st with coverage beginning at 8:30pm ET on SPEED.