Del Oro High School Senior Jack Wood sits third in the Spears Srl Southwest Tour Rookie-of-the-Year Standings, after six of nine events in the 2018 championship season. Overall, Wood has jumped back into the ninth position overall, by being able to take the checkered flag in every championship event.

Despite his standing ahead of pre-season championship favorites, Craig Raudman, Jacob Gomes and Blaine Rocha, Wood is a little disappointed in how the season has gone, and is looking to step it up in the final third of the schedule.

“This has been a tough season for us so far, although running the full schedule has allowed me as a driver, and Velocity Racing as a team, to learn how to overcome adversity and gain knowledge and experience from the best Super Late Model drivers and teams in the country”, Wood told the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series. “With only a few races left, the time has come for us to find the success we deserve, and we are willing to fight to achieve our goals.”

Wood is headed to the perfect track, for he and his Cooks Collision Chevrolet Team, to get back on the road to success. Wood began the season at Madera Speedway with a 12th place effort in a 27 car field. The speedway is also the site of his best SRL finish of eighth, in 2017. In addition, he has two top five finishes, in Madera’s televised RPM Mortgage Pro Late Model Division. It is a track on which Wood possesses the most experience, on the 2018 SRL schedule.

Wood explained, “Now we head to Madera, which out of all the tracks on our schedule this year, I have the most laps at with all my racing experience there with the RPM Pro Late Models. Hopefully that track time will pay off, and we can have a successful weekend. Madera seems to be a great track to race on, with the SRL Super Late Models, and our team has been working hard to get a good finish, with the SRL, in the books this season.”

The 2017 Pacific Challenge Series Rookie-of-the-Year, and fifth place championship finisher, will be looking for his first top-ten finish of the SRL season, after finishing every event in that position with the PCS last year. With a good run in the “SPEARS Southwest Tour 125 presented by 51 FIFTY Energy Drink” on September 29th, Jack would love to make that happen.