Many of you that attend the races at
Merrittville Speedway regularly will know about the career
of modified racer Scott Wood, but how many of you will
remember the career of Scott’s father, Lyndon Wood.
Like many of us he caught the racing bug
in 1957-58-59, helping out race teams, such as George
Winger’s #18-Jack Munn owned Chevrolet Coupe, along with
crew members Norphy Rosetto and Junior High. This team
would win back to back championships in 1959 and 1960.
During 1961 Lyndon Wood decided to try his hand at racing,
in the new late model division, driving a 1949 Ford, along
with Kent Smith.
As Lyndon gained experience, he moved up
to better equipment, purchasing the 1955 Chevrolet formerly
owned by Mike Zajac. The white #38 late model evolved into
many forms of various Chevrolets, but competing in the late
model division at Merrittville Speedway and Speedway Park,
against the likes of former champions Harry Sittler’s #37,
Bob Webster’s #5, Ed Leach’s #16 and Don Shirton’s #55,
honed his skills. During the 1967 season, the 1964 Chevrolet
#38 of Lyndon Wood was a threat at Ontario dirt ovals, but
in particular capturing the late model championship at
One of Lyndon’s favorite tracks was
Stoney Creek’s Speedway Park, where he won many features.
During the waning years of the late models, Lyndon Wood’s
#38 was a top competitor and a fierce rivalry developed for
the championship with Terry St. Amand in that division.
When the late models disappeared, both competitors carried
on their rivalry in the modified division, along with Carl
Game and Mike Granton.
Lyndon Wood’s first modified was his #38
white coupe, formerly owned by Bill Sheldon, labeled
“Underdog”. From the 1970's to the 1980 season Lyndon Wood
was a top competitor in the modified division.
When son Scott decided to try his hand at
driving, first in the bomber class, then the 6 cylinder
sportsman, and finally the modified division, Lyndon Wood
was there to lend his support and direction. Retiring from
Hayes-Dana, after a 33 year career, Lyndon and his wife
Sandra became the proud supporters of the Wood modified
racing team. Lyndon is the patriarch of the Wood racing
family and very committed to the sport of dirt track racing
at Merrittville Speedway and has been for over 44 years of
our 54 years of consecutive racing. Tonight we are pleased
to induct you on to the Merrittville Speedway Alumni Wall of
Fame, in your hometown of Thorold, Ontario.