Sunday, August 5, 2012

David Wood Wins Heat Race, 5th in Feature

Osborn, Missouri - David Wood overcame a flat tire to win his division of the qualifying races at US-36 Raceway, securing the pole position for the Sunday-special modified race that drew several standout local competitors to the 3/8ths-mile banked clay oval.

Dave used a forward starting position in winning the first of two heats, despite first lap contact that cut a left front tire on his #82 Wood Racing/Fast Lane Engines/Machine Supply racer.

Starting first in the main event, Dave saved ground along the inside for the initial laps while surrendering a handful of positions. Car builder and driver John Allen (#98) worked to the lead from fourth on the starting grid and stayed there for the win, while the #82 crossed the wire fifth. Sixteen qualifiers contested the race.

Levi Jones (#20) drove his Tony Stewart Racing sprintcar to victory in the USAC National Series's US-36 meet.

US-36 Raceway, Osborn, Missouri - Results

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Russ Wood 4th at US-36 Raceway

Osborn, Missouri - Russ Wood's #14 Wood Racing/Fast Lane Engines Chevrolet inched closer to early-season form with a qualifying race win and a solid feature performance here at US-36 Raceway tonight. The Osborn bullring hosted a full card of races on this Thursday evening, with the MLRA Late Model tour headlining.

Wood started second in his division of the qualifying races, jumping out front immediately and staying there for the duration of the sprint, winning by nearly a half-lap and securing a good starting post for the main event.

Sixteen challengers lined up for the B-mod feature, Wood on the outside of the second row, fourth among them. The #14 made an early move into the second position and stalked the pace of the leader throughout the first two-thirds of the race, the front pack putting a few carlengths between themselves and a slower pack of trailing cars.

Wood held off challenges from the third- and fourth-place runners into the late laps, saving ground along the inside groove, but finally giving way as the two rivals found a faster line around the top. The #14 came home in a respectable fourth place, with Steve McDowell (#22) heading to the winner's circle.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Russ Wood 9th at Valley Speedway

Grain Valley, Missouri -- Russ Wood started 9th and finished in that same position at Valley Speedway tonight, in a patient drive while still seeking the sure handling of this season's earlier races from the Wood Racing/Fast Lane Engines Chevy modified. Brad Smith (#99) won the race.

Valley Speedway, Grain Valley, Missouri - Results

Friday, July 13, 2012

Marrant Pilots David Wood's #82 in Lakeside USMTS Show

Kansas City, Kansas -- Local standout Aaron Marrant climbed in the #82 Wood Racing/Machine Supply Chevy modified usually piloted by David Wood for tonight's USMTS midseason showdown at Lakeside Speedway. Marrant gave the Shaw-built racer a steady drive in his division of the qualifying races, lining up 4th on the grid and finishing 5th. Not good enough for an immediate ticket to the main event, but a decent set-up for the secondary qualifier, where Marrant started 7th in a field from which 11 would transfer. A patient race, incident-free, was not enough to maintain track position and the 82 fell back gradually before settling in the 14th spot for the finish, kept out of the night's feature.

Defending USMTS champion Ryan Gustin (#19) continued his recent dominance in the A with his second win in as many nights.

Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas - Results

Russ Wood 14th in Lakeside USRA Action

Kansas City, Kansas -- The fast 1/2-mile Lakeside Speedway hosted Russ Wood's #14 Truelove Auto/Fastlane Engines Chevy modified tonight for a date with the USRA Ironman B-Mod tour. Still seeking the handle in a rebuilt racecar, Wood drew the 6th starting spot for the qualifier, and crossed the line one position forward, in 5th.

The qualifying dash set the #14 on the outside of the seventh row in 14th to begin the feature, and Wood brought the Chevy home with a careful drive in the same 14th position. Brad Smith (#99) won the event, extending his lead through the final laps.

Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas - Results not available at publication

Thursday, July 12, 2012

David Wood in I-35 USMTS Meet

Winston, Missouri -- David Wood hauled his #82 Machine Supply/Wood Racing Chevy modified to I-35 Speedway near Winston for the USMTS tour's second 2012 renewal at the 3/8ths-mile track. Some 50 hopefuls entered the event, many of them USMTS regulars, leaving Dave and other locals to race their way in. Starting his qualifying heat race in a lucky-draw 2nd position, Dave was unable to capitalize and drove a patient race to finish 8th. The #82 would have to make the race through the last-chance "B" feature, a 15-lap dash from which the top six would transfer into the night's main event. Dave patiently stalked the bubble spot from a comfortable 8th-place ride until a flat tire halted his drive and left him out of the paying race. Ryan Gustin (#19), from Marshalltown, Iowa, picked up the victory in that one.

I-35 Speedway, Winston, Missouri - Results

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Russ Wood 6th In Late Surge at LA

La Monte, Missouri -- Weeknight dirt track races mark the summer holiday season in Northwestern Missouri, and tonight Russ Wood and his #14 Fast Lane Engines/TeamVeryAggressive Chevy modified headed to the 3/8ths-mile clay roundabout of La Monte's LA Raceway. Racing through about 30 entrants, the #14 started 5th of 8 in the qualifying heat and gained ground, finishing up 3rd to secure a starting spot in the feature event. Wood, with one win at 1/2-mile Lakeside Speedway on the season, lined up 8th among 15 starters in the main, tracked near the pace despite losing positions while patiently sorting a recently-repaired Allen/Wood Racing chassis throughout, slipping as far back as 10th. Wood found a favorable line in the final laps, passing cars and advancing in a journeyman drive to come home 6th. Columbia, Missouri's, Galen Hassler (#25) took the win.

LA Raceway, La Monte, Missouri - Results (B-Modified - Feature)