Wood Hits Big Time At Madison
OREGON, Wis. – John Wood took the lead on lap 15 and never looked back as he held off a field of 18 ASA Trucks to win the 40-lap feature on Salute to America Night at Madison Int’l Speedway.
Bill Collins and Camden Murphy brought the 18-truck field to the green flag for their 40 lap feature event. Murphy pulled ahead for the lead at the start followed by Collins and Vince Wilkinson, but the caution came out on lap two when the truck of Jacob Van Wazer hit the wall coming out of turn four.
Murphy retained his lead after the green waved again with Collins and Wilkinson still chasing him. John Wood and Chad Wood were up to fourth and fifth on lap four with John Wood getting by Wilkinson for third on lap five while Murphy coasting out front.
On lap seven John Wood moved past Collins for second with the hard charging Chad Knaus going by Collins one lap later. Murphy, Wood and Knaus built up a large lead over the field with Wood working his way to the inside of Murphy on lap 14 to take the lead one lap later.
Knaus was able to take the second spot on lap 18 after moving his way to the inside of Murphy. On lap 21 Knaus was up to challenge Wood for the lead and the duo were set to do battle.
Wood gradually increased his lead to five truck lengths as he and Knaus worked their way through lapped traffic. Murphy remained a distant third followed by James Swan and Jeff Watters.
By lap 33 Wood’s lead had increased to ten lengths and it appeared that the only thing that would stop the local favorite would be a caution flag which never happened as Wood cruised to victory lane beating Knaus by 1.055 seconds.
The best race on the track was for third between Murphy and Swan who raced the final two laps side by side with Murphy getting the nod at the stripe.
Bob Heine won the 10 lap feature for the Midwest Vintage cars. Jim Heiland started on the pole with Heine on the outside. Heine grabbed the lead on the first lap with Gary Mitidiero quickly up to second place.
Mitidiero tried everything he could to cut the gap between himself and the leader but Heine proved to be too strong and led all the way to victory lane. Jerry Schneider finished in third place with Heiland in fourth.