Jon Wood

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Jon Wood
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Born (1981-10-25) October 25, 1981 (age 32)
Stuart, Virginia
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
2008 position 60th
Best finish 60th - 2008 (Sprint Cup)
First race 2007 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 (Las Vegas)
Last race 2008 AMP Energy 500 (Talladega)
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
85 race(s) run over 5 year(s)
2007 position 45th
Best finish 14th - 2006
First race 2002 Kroger 200 (IRP)
Last race 2007 Carquest Auto Parts 300 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
12
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
2008 position 25th
Best finish 5th - 2003
First race 2001 Advance Auto Parts 250 (Martinsville)
Last race 2008 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
First win 2003 O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 (Kansas)
Last win 2003 Advance Auto Parts 200 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 51 3
Statistics current as of September 26, 2009.

Jon Wood (born October 25, 1981 in Stuart, Virginia) is a NASCAR driver. He is the grandson of Glen Wood, one of the famous Wood Brothers who founded what has become Sprint Cup's longest continuously active team. Wood is currently a free agent.

Early career[edit]

Jon Wood joins sailors during a special pre-race reenlistment ceremony at Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas, (September 13, 2002)

Wood was given his first go kart as a child by Dale Jarrett[1] driver for the Wood Brothers at the time. After racing go-karts, he moved up to stock cars, racing in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series and the NASCAR Winston West Series. Wood made his major-league NASCAR debut in 2001 at Martinsville Speedway, driving the #15 Ford F-150 for Billy Ballew Motorsports. He started and finished 31st after suffering rear end failures. The release of Chuck Hossfeld allowed Wood to drive Roush Racing's #50 Eldon Ford for the rest of the year. He claimed a pair of top five finishes (Kansas and Fontana) in his limited appearances. In 2002, Jon ran the entire schedule, earning ten top-10s with sponsorship from the United States Navy. That year, he made his first Busch Series start at IRP, subbing for Jeff Burton in the #9 Gain Ford Taurus. He started and finished 6th that day.

In 2003, Wood notched two poles, 10 top fives and 20 top ten finishes, including two wins on his way to a fifth-place standing in points. He ran most of the season with sponsored by Bob Graham. He ran his second Busch race that season at the Ford 300 in the #15 for ppc Racing. He finished 22nd. Unfortunately, the 2004 Craftsman Truck Series season was a struggle for Wood, who was forced to run unsponsored for virtually the entire season. As a result, Roush Racing focused more[citation needed] on teammate Carl Edwards, and he had a pair of top fives and a fifteenth-place point result.

2005-Present[edit]

2007 Busch car after a wreck

Wood moved to NASCAR's Busch Series full-time in 2005, driving for ST Motorsports (which later merged with the Wood Brothers to form Wood Brothers/JTG in 2006.) Wood had two top-fives and finished fifteenth in points, finishing fourth in the Rookie of the Year standings. In August 2005, Wood was released from his development contract with Roush Racing, and became a member of the Wood Brothers driver development program. Wood had one top-five finish in 2006 and moved up one spot in the standings.

Originally, plans called for Wood to move up to Nextel Cup full-time in 2007; however, because of sponsor issues and the need for more experience, Wood ran only a partial schedule during the 2007 Nextel Cup season. Wood was to continue to drive full-time in the #47 Clorox-sponsored Ford Fusion in the Busch Series, but was pulled from the ride following medical issues. He spent the rest of the season back in the Truck Series in the #21 Ford and had six top-tens in eleven starts as well as a pole position. He shared the #21 truck in 2008 with his cousin Keven but only had two top-ten finishes. He also made three Sprint Cup starts that season but failed to finish higher than 33rd. At the end of the season, the Woods' truck team closed down and he has not raced since.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Catchfence.com

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