MARTINSVILLE, VA. (October 18, 2003) -- For years, Jon Wood has been in the stands watching friends win football games, baseball games and basketball games. Finally, the tables were turned Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway. With...
MARTINSVILLE, VA. (October 18, 2003) -- For years, Jon Wood has been in the stands watching friends win football games, baseball games and basketball games. Finally, the tables were turned Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway.
With hundreds of friends and family members spread through the estimated crowd of 38,000, Wood raced to victory in the Advance Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.
Wood, who finished just ahead of Roush Racing teammate Carl Edwards, picked up $40,561 for his second career Craftsman Truck Series victory.
More importantly, though, the win came on his home track, about 20 miles east of where he grew up in Stuart.
"That's one of the fun things about coming here to race. There's always somebody here to cheer for me, even if I hit the wall," said Wood, the third generation of the Wood Brothers Racing family.
"I always went to high school games watching my friends. Now I can share that same feeling with them."
Wood, who started second, first took the lead on lap 58. He pitted on lap 111 and lost the lead to Dennis Setzer. But Wood got around Setzer on lap 176 and never trailed again.
But the win didn't come easy. When the race restarted with three laps to go after the sixth and final caution period of the day, Edwards did everything but turn his teammate. Twice he almost got past him and on the next to last lap, Edwards slammed Wood's rear bumper hard, but Wood held him off.
"Carl and I've raced so clean all year and we did again today," said Wood. "It's not always going to happen that way, but I'm glad it did today."
Wood shared the victory stage with the two older generations of Wood Brothers Racing, his grandfather Glen, who founded Wood Brothers Racing, and his father Eddie. Glen won two races at Martinsville, one in 1952 and another in 1962. Eddie is co-owner of the Wood Brothers Race Team who fields a Winston Cup car for Ricky Rudd.
"This had to have been a big deal for my grandfather," said Wood. "He has so much history and heritage at this race track. We didn't get a chance to talk much, but I know it was a big deal.
Setzer saw his string of consecutive Martinsville wins snapped at two. He wound up third behind Wood and Edwards. Rick Crawford was fourth and Bobby Hamilton fifth.
The next three spots were filled by either present or past Winston Cup drivers. Jimmy Spencer was sixth, three-time Winston Cup champion and present FOX commentator Darrell Waltrip was seventh, and Winston Cup regular Ken Schrader was eighth. David Star and Ted Musgrave rounded out the top 10.
Action continues at Martinsville Speedway Sunday with the running of the SUBWAY 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race. Tickets remain and can be purchased when the ticket gates open at 7 a.m. The SUBWAY 500 takes the green flag at 12:50 p.m. Sunday.