Cole Wood – A Nationals to Build On!
(Bill W) August 11, 2014 – The Cole Wood Racing #17w put a solid Knoxville Nationals behind them last weekend. If not for some issues in qualifying, it could have been a great week. The Auburn, California driver moved forward in virtually every feature he ran, and gained valuable experience at the “Sprint Car Capital of the World”. The team is tentatively planning a weekend off before heading to Knoxville’s Season Championship August 26.
Southern Iowa Sprintweek started on Thursday, July 31 with the 360 Nationals at Knoxville. Cole would time in 29th quick. “I think we could have qualified better, but the silver lining was, we were in a good starting spot for our heat race,” he says. “We were able to win that one.”
In the feature, he would move up from row nine to checker 15th. “We fell back at the start a little, and it really took us a long time to get going,” says Cole. “At the end, we got a lot better and we were able to get by several cars. It just took us too long to get going.”
The qualifying effort hampered Cole’s point total, and he lined up 16th for Saturday’s 360 Nationals B main. “We were able to get a few cars (checkering 13th),” he says. “When you’re back in a B main that’s tough like that…it’s just hard to get to...more