Wood Brother Racing Ford Championship Weekend Preview
Bill Elliott Behind the Wheel of the No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Harrisburg, NC (November 13, 2008)-Bill Elliott will make his 8th start at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford Championship Weekend behind the wheel of the no. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion.
Elliott made history in 2001 when he won the race from the pole. In 2003, he led an exciting race for 189 laps and battled Bobby Labonte going to the checkered flag, but cut a tire and finished 8th. “It’s an unfortunate thing, I don’t know if I’ve won one like that before, but I’ve sure lost them like that,” said Elliott in the post race interview.
Elliott is looking forward to going back to HMS as the season is winding down but, he looks back on how far Wood Brothers Racing has come this season. “We’ve come a long way, but we have a long way to go. When I come to the race track it’s kind of enjoyable to me, where the first part of the year, there was nothing good about it. You just get to the point where the struggles you go through are not worth it,” said Elliott. “The main thing is that we can see we helped ourselves. It just seems like a few select teams have everything figured out and that sure does make it hard on everybody else.”
Crew chief David Hyder is also looking forward to the last race of the season and is bringing the same chassis that ran in Texas. “We’re bringing the same car that we had at Texas; it was a new car at Texas and we evaluated our situation and what we had there. We looked at the difference between Homestead and Texas. It’s the same tire too, and that’s going to help us a little bit going into Homestead already knowing a little about the tire. Now we’re just catching up to where we need to be, we’ve balanced the car a little different, seeing how we had all of the problems at Texas, we got going mid-way through the race, and took what we learned there and applying it to Homestead.”
Being a part of a Ford team in this Ford Championship Weekend, Hyder expresses his gratitude to those who have supported the team over the years. “I’ve always liked Fords, and back in my old days of racing, I always ran Fords. I respect all of the guys at Ford for what they’ve done with the sport. At the end of the day, I can say that I’m with one of the best groups in the business,” said Hyder.
Hyder continued on about how far the team has come since he started at Indianapolis. The team has made strides moving up in the points. “When you go to the last race, we don’t have anything but something to gain out of it and I’d like to get by that 45 car, as we’re only a few points behind. When I came over here, I saw where I could help the team. It’s been a tough road the last couple of weeks and we haven’t really gotten the finishes that we deserve but, I can’t say enough about the guys who worked so hard on the car. There are little pieces of the puzzle that were not quite together. I recognized a lot of the little issues we had from week to week. I’m just looking forward to going to Homestead and putting all that behind us.”
Watch Wood Brothers Racing and Bill Elliott drive the no. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion in the Ford 400 on Sunday, November 16th with coverage beginning at 3:30pm ET on ABC
*Photo by Dorsey Patrick Photography