Danny Wood expects to race at Talladega

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (April 17) -- Danny Wood is recovering from the injuries he suffered Saturday at Eldora Speedway and says he will be back in the ...

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (April 17) -- Danny Wood is recovering from the injuries he suffered Saturday at Eldora Speedway and says he will be back in the #6 Casey's General Stores Maxim this weekend when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series races at the Talladega Short Track.

Wood and Stevie Smith collided and flipped early in the Second O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash. Wood completed one lap in the "A" Feature, coasted into the pits and was transported to Coldwater Hospital. Doctors treated his injured shoulder and determined he suffered a mild concussion in the crash.

"I really don't know what happened, to be honest," Wood said Wednesday. "I remember time trials, but I don't remember the heat race or the (O'Reilly Auto Parts) dash. "I hurt my shoulder in the same place I did a couple of years ago at Nebraska (Raceway Park). I don't think I hurt it quite as bad this time. It doesn't feel as bad as it did before. They also said I also had a concussion.

"I'm feeling better now. They kept me over night in the hospital and they said I would probably have headaches and some dizziness. I haven't had any of that, so that's a good sign. When I broke my shoulder before, they X-rayed it and did all kinds of things to it. Now, they say I just have to let it heal. It's going to be sore for a while. I'm glad for these few days we have off here. I've been trying to work the soreness out. Hopefully, it won't be as bad as last time.

"The main thing is, the concussion wasn't major. It's not as bad as they originally thought, because I haven't had the headaches and dizziness. You can race when you're hurt and sore, but the central controller up there has to be right."

The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will run a $95,350 event at the Talladega Short Track Friday and Saturday. Wood finished 19th and fifth in the preliminaries and eighth and 15th in the "A" Features at the Talladega Short Track last year while driving Sher-Don Racing's #21 Hop & Sac J&J. The 2000 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year ranks 12th in the current Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings. Wood's best performance so far this season was at Hollywood Hills Speedway March 10th when he raced into 10th place from outside the seventh row.

-WoO

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