Fall racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway has come a long way since the inaugural fall race on October 16, 1960. The Wood Brothers won the first fall Charlotte race with Speedy Thompson behind the wheel of the #21 Ford. (Pictured are Driver Speedy Thompson and Owner Glen Wood in Victory Lane)
This will be the Wood Brothers 100th start on the 1.5 mile quad-oval having compiled a record of 6 wins, 24 top fives, 38 top tens and 20 poles. Driver Bill Elliott has competed in 59 races at the famed speedway earning 2 wins, 11 top fives, 22 top tens and 4 poles.
During this year’s spring race, the #21 team started tenth and finished 15th and began a run of strong performances that to date has resulted in 7 top 20 starts and 5 top twenty finishes. The team is looking forward to building on the successes of its intermediate track performances this weekend during the “NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America.”
The #21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion will be sporting a special “Warriors in Pink” paint scheme in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Bill Elliott will be wearing a “Warriors in Pink” fire suit and helmet that will be available through an online auction - all proceeds benefiting “Susan G. Komen for the Cure.”
The teams take to the track on Thursday for practice and qualifying. Two practices are scheduled for Friday with race action scheduled for Saturday night at 7:25 pm.