Stafford Springs, CT — With two races on tap for this Friday night at Stafford Speedway, the Limited Late Model division points race could take a crazy turn for one of the championship contenders. But for current points leader Josh Wood, he views this Friday night as a good opportunity to pick up points on his competition while preaching that caution will be the way to go.
“Our strategy is going to be to use extra caution during the first race because you don’t want to miss the second race,” said Wood. “We’re going to be starting in the back and 15 laps isn’t a lot of time to get to the front. So we want to stay out of traffic, miss the wrecks, and finish as close to the front as we can. I’m looking forward to it, it should be a fun night. It’s an opportunity for us to pick up some more points. This Friday is going to be very important for the championship. If one of us wrecks in the first race, anything could happen points-wise. If we miss a race, that would be terrible and someone who is third or fourth could come out leading in the points chase.”
For Wood, the 2012 season has been a dream ride thusfar. After winning 5 races in the DARE Stock division last season, Wood has continued his winning ways as he moved up to the Limited Late Model division. Wood has won 6 out of the first 11 races of the season, but despite that dominance he only enjoys a 16 point lead over Cory Casagrande and a 38 point lead over last week’s feature winner David Arute.
“This year has been way above and beyond what we expected,” said Wood. “At the start of the year, I was thinking maybe a win or two. Our car is getting better and better every week. 6 wins is really just a number. All you need to do is look at the points standings and you can see wins aren’t going to make the championship. It’s all about consistency, and that’s what is making this year fun. Cory is always consistent and even if I get 10 wins, Cory or David could win the championship. All it takes is one bad race. If Cory, David, and me all get into a wreck, Duane [Provost, 4th in points] could end up leading the points if he wins that race.”
The mantra of caution that Wood will carry with him during this Friday night’s twin 15-lap features is one that Wood will carry with him throughout the second half of the 2012 season as he looks to keep himself at the top of the points standings.
“Our goal for the rest of the year is to stay out of everything and get to the front,” said Wood. “If we can’t get to the front, we need to take what we can get, and most importantly keep on having fun. Everyone is getting faster and getting things figured out with their cars. We’re still coming to the track to win races, but we want to be cautious at the same time for the rest of the season.”
Tickets for the Limited Late Model Double Duty event are available and on sale now at the Speedway Box Office. Tickets are priced at $20.00 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating will be priced at $22.50 for all ages. All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking with overnight parking available. Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking, with overnight parking available.
For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.
Sources: Scott Running/Stafford Motor Speedway PR