USAR: Jon Wood finishes second at New River

STUART, Va. (July 24, 2000) -- Jon Wood returned to his home track in Radford, VA for his inaugural Hooters ProCup race at New River Valley Speedway. Wood is a former winner at New River Valley and wasted little time defending his home turf. ...

STUART, Va. (July 24, 2000) -- Jon Wood returned to his home track in Radford, VA for his inaugural Hooters ProCup race at New River Valley Speedway. Wood is a former winner at New River Valley and wasted little time defending his home turf. Wood impressively sat on the pole for the event, led several laps and finished the race in second. By doing so, he regained the lead in the rookie of the year standings, won rookie of the race and advanced to 4th in the point standings.

After starting the race from the pole position, Wood led the first 95 laps of the 250-lap race. His first pit stop came under caution on lap 128 when he and the rest of the top-5 darted down pit road. Wood won the race on pit road, but restarted the race from the fourth position after several cars opted not to pit.

After just 10 laps Wood had regained the race lead. He remained at the point until lap 181 when Bobby Gill slid by, taking over the 1st position. Gill led the remainder of the race and Wood drove the goracing.com Taurus home second after an exciting green - white - checker finish.

"We had a great racecar but we came up a little short," stated Wood as he spoke of his runner-up finish. "We're happy with 2nd especially since we made up some ground in the standings. If we keep running in the top-5 every week we're going to get our first win here pretty soon. The hometown crowd was great. I wish we raced here two or three more times before the season ends. We have a lot of racing left to do this year and I look forward to every lap of it."

Wood also competed in the NASCAR late model stock event on Saturday. He qualified 11th and finished 20th in the Duncan Ford-Mazda Taurus. After dodging several early accidents, Wood fell victim to an unavoidable wreck.

According to Wood, "I didn't have any where to go. The track was blocked and the nose of the car was torn up pretty bad. We weren't able to race for the win after the wreck but we were able to finish."

Jon Wood and the goracing.com Taurus next head to Peach State Speedway in Jefferson, Georgia on August 5, 2000. The 250-lap event will be televised live nationally by Speedvision on August 13, 2000 at 8:00 p.m.

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