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July 23, 2013

Nathan Wood gets 100th Career Win

Hello race fans and welcome to The Pit Stop.

Sigourney racer Nathan Wood made his 100th career trip to victory lane back on Friday, July 12, at the CJ Speedway in Columbus Junction.

Wood started racing in 2001 in the Hobby Stock division and raced a Hobby Stock for six full seasons before he made his move to the Stock Cars. Wood was the 2006 United States Racing Association Hobby Stock National Champion and has several track championships to his credit over the years. Congratulations to Wood on reaching the milestone.

Danny Lasoski picked up his 99th win at The Knoxville Raceway this past Saturday night. The “Dude From Dover” will be gunning for number 100 at Knoxville in the upcoming weeks with some big events coming up at the Sprint Car Capitol of the World which might make for some tough sledding to record number 100 for Lasoski at Knoxville.

The NASCAR Truck Series will be racing tomorrow night at The Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Eldora is a half-mile dirt oval and is owned by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart. Stewart purchased the track in 2004 from legendary promoter, Earl Baltes, who had owned the track since it opened in 1954.

Eldora hosts some big dirt racing events each year that include the Prelude to the Dream, Dirt Late Model Dream, Kings Royal and the World 100. With the trucks making their appearance at Eldora, this marks the return of a NASCAR Series to a dirt track for the first time in 42 years.

The last dirt track race for NASCAR was September 30, 1970, at The North Carolina State Fairgrounds where Richard Petty won his 117th of 200 career wins. That race was also conducted on a Wednesday night and also on a half-mile dirt oval.

When the NASCAR series heads to road course events during the year there are always some of the race teams that bring in drivers that have excelled on road course events. It was speculated that this Truck Series event might bring in some dirt-track racers and that speculation is correct.

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