Jon Wood, driver of the No. 50 Ford, picked up his first career NASCAR
Craftsman Truck Series victory today at Kansas Speedway wining the 167-lap
race with the help of pit strategy. Wood took over the lead on lap 140 when
Brendan Gaughan was forced to pit for fuel and went on to lead the final 28
laps, while Carl Edwards, his Roush Racing teammate, completed the one-two
sweep. Wood's first truck series victory came in his 48th start and ended
Roush Racing's winless streak at 32 races when Greg Biffle last piloted a
Roush Ford to Victory Lane (Phoenix, 2001). With the win, Wood also
vaulted Roush Racing back into the top spot in all-time series wins with 29.
JON WOOD-50-Bob Graham for President Ford F-150 (Finished 1st)
has just improved so much from last year, I really can't say enough about
it. The Roush guys are one-two, and it's really cool that we've got a great
sponsor on this race. I can't say enough about Bob Graham."
TALK ABOUT THE
CAUTION FLAG WHERE YOU CAME INTO THE PITS A LAP LATE BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T SEE
THE PIT-OPEN FLAG. "I looked and the flag wasn't out or something. I guess
I was just confused. It just made it more fun and exciting. I know I
passed every truck at least five times. The only thing I was worried about
was my radio not working. That happened last week and it happened again
today. Man, what a great truck. I saw Mike Bliss try to cave in his
decklid at Homestead and I think I got my pretty good."
TALK ABOUT THE
ONE-TWO ROUSH FINISH. "That's the best person to see on your bumper and the
worst person to see on your bumper. That's great that we could both run as
well as we did. My hat's off to Carl, he raced me clean all day, everybody
did. It was a great race. It was a great day and it's been a great
weekend. We've been really fast and I knew going into today that we were
going to be really good."
HOW TOUGH IS IT RACING YOUR TEAMMATE FOR THE WIN?
"It's really cool to race him. The guy has an incredible amount of talent.
To finish one-two like that, with him being a rookie and me having a
brand-new team like I do. I kept saying at the beginning of the year that
this was going to be a different team, but nobody seemed to listen to me.
Now I guess they will."
TO MAKE YOUR WAY FROM THE TAIL END OF THE FIELD,
THE TRUCK MUST HAVE BEEN PERFECT. "It was. I passed so many trucks all day
long. It was frustrating at the time, but now that it's all said and done,
I think it's cool because I went to the back so many times."
JOHN MONSAM, Crew Chief-50-Bob Graham for President Ford F-150
such a great win for Roush, one-two, I couldn't be happier. Jon wood is
YOU'VE WON BEFORE WITH RICK CARELLI, MIKE BLISS AND DENNIS SETZER,
AND NOW JON WOOD. "Every win is special, but this one, this is his first
win. Those other guys, it wasn't their first win ever. That's what makes
this so much better. This is fun for all of these guys. Some of them have
never won a race and are new to this team or have been with me for a little
while. These guys are cool."
DID YOU THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE GIVEN THE RACE
AWAY WHEN YOU DIDN'T PIT WHEN THE PITS FIRST OPENED? "I was worried about
that, but we made it back. Being a winner is what it's all about.
Everybody likes a winner."
An emotional Eddie Wood addressed members of the media in the No. 21
Motorcraft hauler after his son, Jon, won for the first time in the NASCAR
Craftsman Truck Series. Eddie watched the race in the team's lounge, along
with Judi Moritz of Motorcraft, Dan Davis of Ford Racing and Don Hawk.
EDDIE WOOD, Father of Jon Wood - No. 50 Bob Graham for President F-150
DO YOU FEEL? "I cannot talk. I had Judi up there from Motorcraft, Dan
Davis from Ford and Don Hawk. It was like a little family up there. It was
great. He's come so close and for it to finally happen is just so good. I
can't talk. It's been over 10 minutes and I still can't talk." WHAT DO YOU
DO NEXT WITH JON? "I don't know. He's my son, but he belongs to Jack
(Roush). It's up to Jack. Jack got him here, so whatever Jack wants to do
next is fine with me."
BOB GRAHAM IS ON THE TRUCK. "Yeah, Bob Graham came
on board for a couple of races. He's down here in Florida and is a
democratic candidate (for president) and that really worked out well. They
went back to our old colors of red and white with the gold number. I hope
it was good for Bob. I don't know a lot about politicians and politics and
stuff like that, but he's got my vote. He helped them get to this race. I
understand he's a working man's man and there are a lot of working people in
this garage and the truck garage and everywhere. I think he'll fit in
HOW GOOD OF A DRIVER IS JON? "He looked pretty good today. He's
been racing karts and everything. I'm happy for Jon and Carl (Edwards) -
one, two for Roush. The cool thing is it put 'em back ahead of Jimmy Smith.
That put Roush Racing back ahead of Jimmy Smith and the Dodges, so that's
pretty cool. Jimmy will be here in a little while. I'm sure he was out
there. He'll be headed in here."
IS JON COMING TONIGHT? "No. I don't
think I would want to be around Jon tonight, he might get you in trouble
HE HAD TO START FROM THE BACK TODAY. "Yeah, they had a
problem and had to start from the rear and he actually came from the rear
three or four times with the way the flow of the race went. That's what
made it special. He and Carl had the best two trucks and they finished
one-two. I think it's just a great thing for Roush Racing and Ford Motor
Company. Without their help, that couldn't happen. It's just good for the
family. We're the Woods. They're the Roushes, Ford Motor Company. It just
doesn't get any better than that."
WHERE DO THEY GO NEXT? "They go to
Kentucky next week. I think that's a Ford sponsored race, so that will be
really exciting going into that. The first race track that Jon ever ran a
Cup car or a car fast was at Kentucky three years ago in my car, so that's
kind of a special place for him, too. Kansas was really special also
because we almost won a Winston West race out there with him. The very
first race that he got in with Roush Racing two years ago, he almost won it.
It was always almost, but didn't quite get it, but today it all came
WHAT WILL THIS DO FOR HIM? "I don't know. He's just Jon. All he
wants to do is race. He doesn't care about anything else. That's all he's
about. That's all his world is - racing. I just want to thank Jack and
Geoff (Smith) and everybody at Roush Racing for sticking in when they didn't
have any sponsorship and kept going. There's a lot to be said for those
guys because it's hard to do this without money."
IS THERE A SPONSOR FOR
KENTUCKY? "Yes, Bob Graham is on the truck for Kentucky."
CARL EDWARDS-99-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 2nd)
"Man, that's what
we needed. I hope Jack Roush is watching right now. I couldn't be prouder
of everybody on this team. We work together as one unit, and
congratulations to Jon wood, he needs that. I'm proud to see him over in
HOW BAD WAS THE HEAT TODAY? "It was pretty bad. I was all
right. I work out every day. Cowboy (Kevin Starland) keeps us in shape.
Everybody works hard, and running second, it was a cool 72 in here."
SEEMED TO HAVE TROUBLE ON THE RESTARTS. "We had ignition problems. It
started in Happy Hour, and we thought we had it fixed. Roush engines, we
hardly ever have any problems with the engines. On the restarts, it would
not go. You could switch the box and it would finally take off, and then on
the long runs, it was dead on the end of the straightaways. I could get Jon
in the corner a little bit, but I couldn't get him on the straightway. If I
had to follow one guy to Victory Lane, Jon Wood is the man. This is awesome
for Roush Racing."
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