Hard work paying off for Wood

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Jon Wood is trying to make a name for himself in the family business.

Wood, the 20-year-old son of Wood Brothers Racing co-owner Eddie Wood, is beginning his first full season on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

''I kind of had to seclude myself in high school,'' Wood said. ''I didn't have time for sports. I was doing the racing thing.

''A lot of the guys were playing football and stuff and getting recognized for that, but I was racing. I never went to the prom. I missed my graduation. At the time, it kind of looked like a dumb decision, but now it's starting to pay off.''

After two races this season, he's ninth in the standings driving the U.S. Navy-sponsored Ford for Roush Racing.

''I'm with a really good team. We have good equipment, good motors, good bodies, good chassis, good everything,'' Wood said.

PICTURE PERFECT: Elliott Sadler has his eye on himself in his triumphant return to Bristol Motor Speedway.

''I'm looking forward to seeing my picture on a ticket, and they say that some of the parking passes have my picture on it,'' said Sadler, defending his first Win ston Cup victory.

''I don't know what the program is going to look like, but, hopefully, we've got a picture in there somewhere, too.

''It's a fun race track. I really like it because the fans are right on top of you. That's one of the places that you can really hear the fans and you can really feel it when they cheer for their favorite driver or when they say, 'Gen tlemen, start your engines.' It's just a complete roar, so I always love going back to Bristol.''

NEW WEB SITE: Bobby Ham ilton Racing has launched its Web site, www.bobbyhamiltonracing. com.

''I'm pretty excited about it,'' Hamilton said. ''When I started this team, we had a small building with a handful of employees. Over the past three years, the team has grown beyond my hopes.''

Hamilton, who drives for Andy Petree Racing on the Winston Cup Series, fields Dodges for Robert Pressley, Bill Lester and Brian Rose on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

CART NEWS: Fox will broadcast the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach live April 14, the first CART race on the network.

CART also announced it will open the 2003 season in St. Petersburg, Fla. The inaugural Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is scheduled for Feb. 23.

ASA RIDE: Brandon Miller, 20, will drive a Chevrolet for API Motorsports on the American Speed Association series. Miller, who will team with two-time ASA champion Gary St. Amant, will make his first start Sunday in the W.J. Pleamons Investments 200 at USA International Speedway.

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