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Sunday March 25, 2007
Jon Wood Suffers a Couple Hard Knocks in No. 47 Clorox Ford at Bristol
Jon Wood felt the wrath of the Bristol Motor Speedway twice before Saturday's Sharpie Mini 300 got up to full speed.
The driver of the No. 47 Clorox Ford spun out and crashed during pole qualifying, then he wrecked his backup car during the main event on the eighth lap. Wood wasn't hurt, and he vowed to get his Wood Brothers/JTG Racing team back up to speed when the Busch Series resumes in two weeks at the Nashville Superspeedway.
Wood's car lost grip in the fourth turn of his second lap of qualifying and smacked the outside wall. It marked the first time in his three-year Busch Series career he's had to rely on a backup car. In the main event, the car made a sudden right-hand turn into the fourth turn wall and crashed again.
Since the Busch Series impounds cars between qualifying and the race, Wood wasn't allowed to practice his backup car. He also had to drop back to 43rd before the race started.
Officially he was credited with a 28th-place starting position and a 43rd-place finish.
WHAT THE TEAM HAS TO SAY
Jon Wood No. 47 Clorox Ford Fusion:
"We had nothing but bad luck since we got to Bristol. The car just jumped out from under me during qualifying. I really hate that because I've never had to unload a backup car. It was amazing to watch all the guys from Wood Brothers/JTG Racing - our Clorox team, the Kingsford team and the guys over on the Little Debbie team - work on the backup to get it ready. At one time, we had 22 guys working on the car.
"Once the race started, I don't know what happened. They said it looked like the steering wheel came off. I wish I could use that as an excuse, but that's not what happened. Something broke. I was driving along, and all of a sudden I was in the wall.
"I'm really disappointed because we had good cars for Bristol and I really like racing here. We're off next week and it looks like I'll be spending the off time helping fix a couple cars. When we get to Nashville, I'm confident we'll be at full speed. This team is too good to stay down for long. You can't stop a train. You can derail it, but you can't stop it."
-Wood earned $25,304 to push his season earnings to $230,809 and his career Busch Series earnings to $2,300,868.
-Wood's next race is the Pepsi 300 at the Nashville Superspeedway on April 7.
-The top-five finishing order at the Bristol Motor Speedway included: Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer.
-Wood is 17th in the NASCAR Busch Series rankings.
This report was provided by an outside PR source and posted by Ren Jonsin.
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