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Michael Waltrip Made All-Star History with The Wood Brothers Ford

When Len Wood, co-owner of the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford Fusion, considers his team’s all-time accomplishments, he counts 98 wins in the series now known as Sprint Cup plus a victory in the sport’s All-Star race. Although the annual event at Charlotte Motor Speedway doesn’t pay points, it pays big bucks and is a […]

Cale Yarborough Got First Darlington Win in No.21 Wood Brothers 1968 Mercury Cyclone

This weekend at Darlington Raceway, Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 car will sport a special paint scheme honoring Hall of Fame member Cale Yarborough.  The Timmonsville, S.C. native won 55 races in a car numbered 11. Yarborough also won 13 races in a car numbered 21 and fielded by the Wood Brothers of Stuart, Va. Yarborough […]

Pearson-Wood Brothers Combo Was A Winner From The Start

Forty years ago this month, one of the great pairings in the history of NASCAR hit the track for the first time. It was at Darlington Raceway, on April 16, 1972, that David Pearson first drove a car for the Wood Brothers race team. Pearson, who hadn’t won a race in NASCAR’s premier division in […]

Leonard Wood’s Lawn Mower Is A Mechanical Marvel

Throughout the decades in which he served as crew chief for the Wood Brothers race team, Leonard Wood was known for being able to take his machine tools and solve most any problem and create some innovative components as well. It was that same approach to problem solving that led Wood to build one of […]

Before There Was A Speedway, NASCAR Raced on Daytona’s Beach – Courtesy of NASCAR

For Immediate Release Before There Was A Speedway, NASCAR Raced On Daytona’s Beach Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne To Make Ceremonial Visit In Woods’ No. 21 Ford DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2012) — You could call Daytona’s Beach & Road Course one of America’s first off-road competitions. At least part of it. More than […]

Glen Wood’s Final Run Was A Fine One

A wise man once said that the best time to leave a party is while everyone is still having fun. The same can be said for race car drivers in deciding when to end their driving careers. Many a race car driver hangs on to the steering wheel long after they’ve passed their driving prime, […]

The Woodchopper Lived Up to His Hard-Earned Nickname

Only those who know just how hard the work is around a sawmill can fully appreciate how much Glen Wood’s early nickname “The Woodchopper” says about him. They know it goes a long way toward explaining how he and the race team he founded went on to win 98 Sprint Cup races and earn the […]

Weaverville Pile-Up Unique For NASCAR and Glen Wood

In his long career as a NASCAR driver and team owner, Glen Wood, who is being inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame this month, has been a part of many of the sport’s historic moments. Many of them are associated with his team’s 98 victories in the Sprint Cup division, but one in particular […]

Charlotte Paint Scheme Honors Glen Wood’s Last Winning Ride

The Wood Brothers have had lots to celebrate in 2011, including a win in the Daytona 500 and the election of team founder Glen Wood into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The celebration continues during the Bank of America 500 weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as the paint scheme on the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane […]

Pearson’s Daytona 500 Winner Was One Memorable Mercury

  As he watches his rookie driver Trevor Bayne work his way into a job in the Sprint Cup Series, Eddie Wood can’t help but think back to the days when he was just coming into his own as a mechanic on his family’s race team. One race that stands above the rest from Wood’s […]

Back Seat Driving Was A Glen Wood Specialty

When it comes to back seat driving, Glen Wood was among the best. But Wood’s back seat driving didn’t involve nagging the one behind the wheel. He did his back seat driving from the back seat. If you’ve been to the Wood Brothers Racing Museum in Stuart, Va., or saw races back in the day […]

Racing Wasn’t the Only Calling for One of the Original Wood Brothers

To see Ray Lee Wood quietly and But that he was. As a tire changer for the famed Wood Brothers crew, Ray Lee Wood helped send many of the sport’s top drivers to victory in some of the sport’s premier events. But it was during a race trip that brought his family team world-wide acclaim […]

Leonard Wood’s Little Car is a Shade-Tree Engineering Marvel

Of all the exhibits in the Wood Brothers Museum in Stuart, Va., it is one of the littlest ones that tell one of the biggest stories. It’s a little home-made car that Leonard Wood built when he was just 13 years old. It’s a marvel of shade-tree engineering and a sure sign that even as […]

Wood Brothers Appearance with 1965 Indy-Winning Lotus at Goodwood Festival of Speed

In the 60 years that the Wood Brothers of Stuart, Va., have been racing automobiles, there have been many memorable moments. But few define the innovation and professionalism of the team as well as the 41.9 seconds they worked on pit road during the 1965 Indianapolis 500. That was the total time the late great […]

The Wood Brothers’ Father Was an Innovator Too

John Walter Wood isn’t a name one would naturally associate with major-league motorsports. In his day, he refused to drive faster than 35 miles per hour. He worked in the coal fields during the days of the Great Depression, but his natural-born mechanical skills soon led to a career working on automobiles. His contribution to […]

Wood Brothers, Ford Lead the Way at Michigan

When NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway, almost in the backyards of the American auto makers, any race team worth its salt tries to steer the bragging rights to their own manufacturer. And over the years, it’s been the folks at Ford Motor Company who have been in position to do the […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Master of the Madhouse

Throughout its history, the NASCAR series now known as Sprint Cup has parked its cars on Easter Sunday. But back in the day they did run at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Mondays, including the day after Easter, and it was on one of those post-Easter Monday races that Glen Wood scored his […]

Madhouse – 1950's Style

Out there in the world of die-hard, old-school racers and race fans, the buzz is all about spoilers, wings and Madhouse. Madhouse is a 13-episode series on the History Channel that chronicles a season of Modified racing at the historic Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Stadium, which has been hosting races since NASCAR founder […]

Glen Wood Among the Best Ever at Getting Around Martinsville

Negotiating the paper-clip-shaped Martinsville Speedway seems like it should be fairly simple, but it can be quite confounding for race drivers. But the best of them usually figure it out fairly quickly. Jimmie Johnson, widely acknowledged as the most talented driver of his generation, is a master at Martinsville. In 16 career starts, he has […]

Cooler Heads Will Prevail at Bristol – Eventually

When NASCAR’s Sprint Cup circuit rolls into Bristol Motor Speedway for this weekend’s Food City 500, it’s a safe bet that no matter how cool the air temperatures may be there will be some hot tempers in the pits and on the track during the race. Even the most laid-back, low-key people in the sport […]

Kulwicki's Last Taste of Victory was Shared with the Wood Brothers

When the Sprint Cup schedule rolls around to the early season Atlanta-to-Bristol segment, Eddie and Len Wood of the Wood Brothers race team often think back to that portion of the schedule back in 1993. It was a bittersweet time for the Woods and for NASCAR as a whole. It was at Atlanta that Alan […]

Atlanta Motor Speedway: A Special Place for Bill Elliott

To truly understand how special it is for Bill Elliott to drive the Wood Brothers’ No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion at Atlanta Motor Speedway, as he’ll do this weekend in the Kobalt Tools 500, it helps to know about one of his first-ever trips to his home track. The year was 1973. Elliott was […]

Atlanta : The Old Track and The Older Track

NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series travels to Las Vegas this week for the running of the Shelby American Sprint Cup race, but the crew of the Wood Brothers #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion will be back at home base, focusing on their second appearance of the season on March 5-7 in the Kobalt Tools 500 at […]

Ontario Motor Speedway Remembered

As the Sprint Cup circuit heads to Auto Club Speedway for the running of the Auto Club 500, the crew of the Wood Brothers #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion will be back in North Carolina preparing for their next race, the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 7. But that won’t keep […]

Glen and Bernece Wood Celebrate 59 Anniversaries in Daytona

Just as faithfully as the swallows fly into San Juan Capistrano every year in late March, Glen Wood and his Stuart, Va., clan will drive to Daytona Beach every February for Speedweeks. This year marks the Woods 64th straight trip to Speedweeks. To fully appreciate just how long a string that is, it helps to […]

Wood Brothers to make 100th Charlotte Start

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 Texas Preview

Nick Kroplin, a fifteen year old from Dayton, Ohio, and an avid Bill Elliott fan, sent the Wood Brothers an uplifting letter this week. He stated that he recently became a Wood Brothers’ fan after watching his favorite driver, Bill Elliott, drive for the team. Along with his letter he included a penny with the […]

Wood Brothers Racing: A Storied History of Success at the Monster Mile

Wood Brothers Racing: A Storied History of Success at the Monster Mile Harrisburg, NC (September 17, 2008)-Wood Brothers Racing has been competing at Dover International Speedway since 1972 when the track promoter at the time, Melvin Joseph, invited them to try out the 500-mile event. The team decided to give it a shot, and with […]

Wood Brothers Racing Richmond II Preview

Wood Brothers Racing Richmond II Preview Harrisburg, NC (September 4, 2008)-Richmond has always held a special place in Wood Brothers Racing history. From the first race in 1959 on the original half-mile dirt track, Glen Wood drove the no. 21 Ford and finished second, to Kyle Petty’s first career win in 1986. Wood Brothers Racing  will heading […]

Excerpt from Great Rivalries Have Roots Deep Within Sport’s Core

Excerpt from Great Rivalries Have Roots Deep Within Sport’s Core By Joe Menzer, NASCAR.COM August 29, 2008 Getty Images David Pearson had the last laugh, in Victory Lane after the 1976 Daytona 500. 1. Richard Petty vs. David Pearson Getty ImagesDavid Pearson had the last laugh, in Victory Lane after the 1976 Daytona 500. This […]

Legends come out to play Labor Day weekend at Darlington

Legends come out to play Labor Day weekend at Darlington By Ryan McGee ESPN The Magazine Updated: August 27, 2008, 2:08 PM ET David Pearson will be back behind the wheel of the famed 1971 No. 21 Mercury on Sunday at Darlington. They’re waking up the echoes down at Darlington. They’re sending out a call […]

Bristol Preview: A Glance at Wood Brothers Racing History

Bristol Preview A Glance at Wood Brothers Racing History Harrisburg, NC (August 20, 2008)-Bristol is one of the many tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit that holds significant historical value to Wood Brothers Racing. Of the 63 races that they have started on the half-mile oval, Wood Brothers Racing has earned 10 Top 5’s, […]

Wood Brothers Racing Looking Forward to MIS with Memories of Past Success

Wood Brothers Racing Looking Forward to MIS with Memories of Past Success Harrisburg, NC (August 14, 2008)-Michigan International Speedway has been one of Wood Brothers Racing’s most successful tracks with 11 wins. The 21 team is still at the top of the Speedway’s list for the team with the most victories. Even though most of […]

OLD MEETS NEW: DAVID PEARSON FINISHES AHEAD OF CARL EDWARDS AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY

OLD MEETS NEW: DAVID PEARSON FINISHES AHEAD OF CARL EDWARDS AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY DARLINGTON, S.C. (April 16, 2008) – Old met new at Darlington Raceway on Wednesday when David Pearson and Carl Edwards turned several laps around the newly-paved surface at the track “Too Tough to Tame.” Also on-hand for the event was legendary car […]