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 Merrittville Speedway.
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.