In their 64 seasons on the NASCAR circuit (now known as Sprint Cup) the Wood Brothers race team and Ford Motor Company have worked hand-in-hand to give Blue Oval fans plenty to cheer about on race days.
For the Woods and their No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team, there’s no better way to close out a season than to be a part of the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
With Ford sponsoring the weekend, as well as being the title sponsor of all three season-ending races for NASCAR’s top touring divisions, the race has a “home track” feel for Ford and its executives.
“This weekend is always a big one for us,” said Eddie Wood, one of the co-owners of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion. “Michigan International Speedway is considered Ford’s home track, but Homestead is a special place for them too. All the Ford executives will be there, and it’s also a big weekend for Motorcraft and Quick Lane.”
Wood, like many others in the Ford racing family, will be closely following the battle for the Sprint Cup championship, where Joey Logano and his No. 22 Ford Fusion from Team Penske will carry the company colors in the four-team championship battle that will play out during Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400.
“Of course our focus will be on the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion and ending the season with a strong run,” Wood said. “But we’ll also be pulling for our fellow Ford driver in the Chase for the Championship.”
Wood said he’s encouraged by the speed his Fusions have shown this season, even if the finishes don’t always reflect it.
“We’ve had a lot of fast cars, but for one reason or another haven’t had the results to show for it,” he said. “So far there are only 43 cars entered this weekend, so that should allow us to work more on our race setup a little more, rather than to have to totally focus on getting the car in the field.”
“Our goal is to be running at the end of the race and have a shot at a good finish.”
Qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 400 is set for Friday at 6:15 p.m. Eastern Time, and the race should get the green flag just after 3 p.m. on Sunday with TV coverage on ESPN.