Category: Classic Memories

Bonnett Weaved His Way to a 1980 Win at Pocono

  Throughout their 60-year run in NASCAR, the Wood Brothers racing team has been known for its innovations back at the shop and on pit road. Sometimes, it’s been their drivers who pioneered new tactics. In the 1980 Coca-Cola 500 at Pocono Raceway, Neil Bonnett, driving the No. 21 Mercury Cougar, prevailed over Buddy Baker […]

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Elliott’s First Coke 600 Start Was a Tough One

 Throughout his career, Bill Elliott, driver of the Wood Brothers’ No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford, has seen the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway evolve into a much different challenge for drivers and crews than it once was. His first start in the race, then known as the World 600, was in 1976. At that […]

Speedy Thompson Gave Woods Back-to-Back Wins in 1960

Leonard Wood remembers the ribbing he and his brothers got back in the fall of 1960 when they picked an essentially out-of-work driver in the twilight of his major league career to wheel their bright red No. 21 Ford in the prestigious National 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. At first glance it did look like […]

Wood Brothers' 1980 Talladega Win Had Modern-Day Feel

Thrilling, late-race, come-from-behind wins have become the norm this season on NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, but the truth is they’ve always been a part of the sport. That’s been the case for years at Talladega Superspeedway, especially since restrictor plates were put on the cars to keep them from flying out of the track. But […]