Wood motoring to Arena title

Published 8:57 pm Monday, March 28, 2011

Bill Carr/MotorSports Photo News Service Jordan Wood, center, celebrates his eighth Top Dog win of the Arena Racing season and 10th win overall following the 50-lap Structural Mechanical Top Dog race Saturday night at the Hampton Coliseum. Wood is the points leader going into the last night of the season, Saturday, April 2, in Hampton.

By Gary Daughtrey

Special to the News-Herald

HAMPTON – Continuing his march to the 2010-11 Arena Racing Hampton Roads Pro Series title, Jordan Wood picked up his 10th victory of the season in the 50-lap Structural Mechanical Top Dog race Saturday evening at the Hampton Coliseum.

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Aaron Leach drew the pole for the start, sharing the front row with Jake Harberts. Wood lined up third, alongside Denver Alvis. Wood moved into second on the opening circuit and went after Leach for the lead on lap 3, completing the pass off Turn 4.

Wood’s charge to the victory was nearly derailed on lap 18 when he was momentarily held up by a slower car in Turn 4. Scott Prillaman spotted an opening and drove to the outside of Wood, but couldn’t wrest the lead away.

The fourth caution flag of the race appeared on lap 37 when two cars tangled and collected Wood and Prillaman. Wood’s No. 02 machine sustained some cosmetic damage to the front end. Officials determined his car was safe to continue and returned him to the lead.

The last of the race’s five caution flags was unfurled on lap 49 setting up a “green-white-checkered” dash to the end.

On the final restart, Prillaman stayed to the outside of Wood and the two jostled for the lead. Prillaman, though, couldn’t get the better of Wood, who finally cleared him off Turn 2 on the white-flag lap.

At the stripe, Wood was the winner by a car-length over Prillaman. Adam Florian was third, followed by Robbie Davis and Alvis.

Adam Florian took the lead on the opening circuit and dusted the field for his fourth feature victory in a caution-free 50-lap KeesVacations.com A Main.

Florian, starting on the pole, beat front row mate Derek Miller to Turn 1 on lap 1 and gained the clear-cu edge exiting Turn 2.

Robbie Davis emerged in the second spot and by lap 4 Florian and Davis had pulled away from the pack by half a straightaway.

At the finish, Florian was the winner by a straightaway over Davis. Spencer Saunders was third, followed by Wood and Travis Wall.

Charlie Green moved out front on lap 31 and rolled to his seventh victory of the season in the 50-lap Quaker Steak & Lube B Main. Green has posted four B Main and three Top Dog wins.

Denver Alvis took the lead on lap 21 and cruised to his second feature win of the season in the 50-lap C Main.

With one more event remaining on the 2010-11 schedule, Wood holds a 434-408 edge over Prillaman in the Pro Series standings. Each driver’s two worst finishes will be thrown out. In the “adjusted” points, Wood leads 379-361, a nearly-insurmountable gap.

With just seven Youth Series drivers on hand, the slated pair of 30-lappers was scrapped in favor of one 40-lap event. The extra distance proved to be a boon for Cullen Roberts, who took the lead on lap 33 and dashed to his third win of the season.