There were fireworks in the sky, and sparks on the track as the ASA OREGON Midwest Truck Tour returned to Madison International Speedway in front of a great crowd for the "Gordie Boucher 40" lap feature. The ASA Midwest Truck Tour joined the Big 8 Series along with the Madison local divisions Friday night. John Wood swept the night away. Wood was the fast qualifier with a lap time of 18.618, won his heat race, and was the victor by only 0.098 seconds over his older brother Jerry Wood in the feature event.
Tom Roney and Vince Wilkenson led the field to the green flag only to be slowed for the first caution for debris after completing the first lap. At the restart, Wilkenson took the early lead only to be slowed yet again after Tom McCardle made contact with the wall and Tom Roney suffered from mechanical problems.
Wilkenson once again led the field to the green flag followed by Camden Murphy, Bill Collins, John Wood, and Conrad Jorgenson. Collins challenged Murphy on the inside on lap 15, but the young driver from Itasca, IL was able to hold on to the second spot and made a run to take the top spot away from Wilkenson. Less than half-way into the 40-lap event, John Wood was up to third and was able to follow Murphy around Wilkenson.
As they headed into turn three, John Wood drove past Murphy to take the lead on lap 19. Conrad Jorgenson was hot on Murphy's bumper and made a move to take over the second position on lap 21. Two laps later, a spin brought out the third caution of the night. With the double-file restart rule, Conrad Jorgenson restarted on the outside of John Wood. They battled side-by-side for several laps until Wood was able to secure the top spot once again on lap 27.
After another spin, the field was set for the last 10 laps of the event. At the restart, Conrad Jorgenson once again found himself on the outside of the double-file restart. Only this time, Jorgenson laid back with the intent to build momentum as the field came to the green flag. Unfortunately, Jorgenson slipped all the way back to fifth. This left the door open for Jerry Wood and Tom McClintock to move into second and third.
A final caution on lap 35 set up a familiar site. With brothers, John and Jerry Wood starting side-by-side and a hungry Tom McClintock right behind, a three-truck battle was shaping up. As the Wood brothers continued to fight for the top spot, McClintock made a move and it was now a three-wide fight for the win.
On the final lap, McClintock dropped back and settled into third with John and Jerry Wood still side-by-side. As they were coming out of turn four for the checkered flag, John edged out his brother and picked up his second consecutive victory of the season. Jerry Wood, Tom McClintock, Conrad Jorgenson, and Bill Collins rounded out the top five.
Tonight's victory was special for several reasons. John Wood was racing for the UW Carbone Cancer Center to help fund cancer research. Cost Cutters Family Hair Salons agreed to donate $500 for the #72 truck to start the race and up to $2500 for winning the race. Trackside Charities also stepped up and matched the Cost Cutters donation. A total of $5000 will be donated to the UW Carbone Cancer Center for cancer research on behalf of Cost Cutters Family Hair Salons and Trackside Charities.
"There's nothing better than this in the world. To finish first and second with my brother Jerry and to have Trackside Charities match a donation in the honor of my win is just something really special," a very happy John Wood said from victory lane.
To find out how you or your company can have your funds for cancer research MATCHED, log on to tracksidecharities.org. Also please visit www.costcutters.com and thank them for their support by finding the salon location nearest you.
The next event for the ASA OREGON Midwest Truck Tour is Tuesday, August 3rd at Wisconsin International Raceway. This will be another televised event in conjunction with the American Speed Association® Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment and grandstay.net.
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# Driver Name Hometown
1 - 72 - John Wood - Sun Prairie, WI
2 - 73 - Jerry Wood - Madison, WI
3 - 40 - Tom McClintock - West Salem, WI
4 - 1 - Conrad Jorgenson - Lakeville, MN
5 - 63 - Bill Collins - South St. Paul, MN
6 - 27 - Vincent Wilkenson - Sandwich, IL
7 - 85 - Camden Murphy - Itasca, IL
8 - 12 - Butch Mirendorf - Waterloo, IA
9 - 52 - Kyle Brinkmann - Elkhorn, WI
10 - 28 - Bobby Yonke - Willowbrook, IL
11 - 8 - Tom Collins - Lake Mills, WI
12 - 55 - Nate Anderson - Forest Lake, MN
13 - 74L - Todd Lockington - Mindoro, WI
14 - 74M - Gary McDonald - DeForest, WI
15 - 83M - Tom McCardle - Jackson, WI
16 - 10 - Tom Ronney - Crystal Lake, IL