A Look Back To The 2014 Holidays

Hello 2015! The Holidays have come and gone and the Daytona 500 is just around the corner! Before we start talking about the 500, I want to take a look back over the last month. Where did everyone spend the Holidays? Did you spend it with family? Travel anywhere adventurous? Take some time off work? We would love to hear what everyone did during the Holidays!

My family spent the majority of our time in Virginia. When we were not working, we were burning the roads to Virginia and I would not have had it any other way. Looking back on the last month, it has been so amazing to be able to spend so much time with my entire family. During the season it is very difficult for my husband to make it to Virginia because he travels every weekend. Therefore, we took full advantage of him having some time off work. We arranged our trips with my brother and his family so that we were all in Stuart at the same time. GiGi and PaPa had their hands full with 5 yorkies, 2 Labs, a 6 month old and a 2 year old all under the same roof! They handled it like champs and never missed a beat. I am pretty sure my mom is the energizer bunny. That woman is nonstop!

Our latest obsession is bowling and we spent A LOT of time at the local bowling alley, Tin Pen Alley. Jon, Michael, Amanda and I have our own bowling balls and shoes. However, the boys had to go the extra mile and purchase wrist guards, cleaning spray and rolling bags. I am sure it is quite hilarious to see us roll up into the bowling alley acting like we are professionals but then bowling a whopping 120. Okay, okay, Jon and Michael have been known to bowl in the mid-200s but Amanda and I are still working on perfecting our skills. When we were not bowling, we were chasing Riley around the house, entertaining Giselle, riding 4-wheelers, playing board games or eating.

Every morning we would have breakfast with Nannie and Pa at the Stuart Family Restaurant and many nights we would end up back in the same spot for dinner. Giselle usually ended up pitching a fit because it was nap time and Riley would run around yelling “keys, keys” because he thinks every time we go the Stuart Family Restaurant, he gets to put “Keys” (aka Quarters) into the machine and get a bouncy ball. I am pretty sure he has now collected around 30 balls and enjoys dumping them all in the floor at once.

Riley is in the “terrible 2s” stage but I like to refer to them as the “terrific 2s” because he is so funny and entertaining. Granted he has his moments where I am pretty sure he is related to Tasmanian Devil, like when he decided to flush a plastic cup down the toilet! My mom was in the bathroom and turned away for one second and then heard him yelling, “Cup Gone Gigi, Cup go Bye Bye”. That was an all-day project trying to retrieve the plastic cup from the toilet. In the end, Jon removed the entire toilet and then used a leaf blower to blow the cup out of the toilet. I am guessing he has experience with these types of destructive “accidents”??

After it was all said and done, this past Christmas/New Years has been one of my favorites to date! Being a mom puts a whole new spin on life and makes me appreciate these special times with my family so much more. Not to mention, it is very nice to have a house full of babysitters when we need them. Below are a few pictures I captured, featuring GiGi (Carol), PaPa (Eddie), Dada (Jon), BooBoo (Amanda), Ike (Michael) and Dordon (Me). Riley’s versions of our names are so much better than our actual names :) .

~Jordan

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A Wood Family Christmas Tradition

The Wood family held their annual Christmas gathering a couple weeks ago in Stuart, VA. Every year the entire Wood family gets together two times, once in the summer and once around Christmas. It is an event that I look forward to every year.

In the summer, the gathering is usually held at the Wood Brothers home place in Stuart, VA but during the winter it is held at the Wood Brothers Racing shop in Stuart, VA. “The gathering has been taking place as far back as I remember”, stated Kim Hall. All four living Wood Brothers and sister attended the gathering with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. One of my favorite Christmas reunion traditions is the handmade ornaments that Crystal Wood makes every year for each family. The ornaments are made from Nannie Wood’s, the original Wood Brothers’ mother, household items and each year the ornament is different. We will have a special blog on the ornaments at a later date.

The family gathering is an event that I look forward to every year. This is the only time that I get to see some of the family and it is great that we all take time out of our busy life’s to come together.

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Happy 80th Birthday David Pearson!!

The entire Wood family would like to wish David Pearson a Happy 80th Birthday. The Wood Brothers have many wonderful memories with David Pearson, including 51 poles and 43 victories!

Eddie Wood has a special message for David!


 

 

BULLINS TO RETURN TO WOOD BROTHERS AS CREW CHIEF

BULLINS TO RETURN TO WOOD BROTHERS AS CREW CHIEF

HARRISBURG, N.C. (December 22, 2014) – Wood Brothers Racing announced today that Jeremy Bullins will rejoin the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion team next season to serve as the crew chief for Ryan Blaney in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, beginning with the 2015 Daytona 500. Bullins returns to the Wood Brothers organization following a successful three-year tenure with Team Penske’s No. 22 NASCAR Nationwide Series team that produced 21 wins and two consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series Owners’ Championships.

Group3Bullins first worked with the Wood Brothers in 1999 on the Pro Cup and Late Model cars driven by Jon Wood. In 2000, Bullins became race engineer for the iconic No. 21 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, a position he held until June of 2002. Bullins moved on to work with ST Motorsports, Robert Yates Racing and Richard Childress Racing, where he helped drivers Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer claim a total of nine Sprint Cup Series victories as a race engineer.

A native of Walnut Cove, NC, Bullins joined Team Penske in 2012 to serve as the crew chief for the No. 22 car in the Nationwide Series, earning three wins in his first full season at the helm. In 2013, Bullins led the team to 12 wins with four different drivers and the team’s first Nationwide Series Owners’ Championship. The No. 22 Ford team won the Owners’ Title again this season behind six series victories. In total, Bullins earned 21 wins, 14 poles, 57 top-five and 79 top-10 finishes in 99 starts with the No. 22 Team Penske Nationwide Series program.

“This is a great opportunity for me at this point in my career to move to a great organization with a solid driver, while still getting the chance to work with the people that I’ve come to know and respect at Team Penske,” said Bullins. “Everyone in the sport knows about the Wood Brothers and recognizes that No. 21. To get a chance to work for Eddie and Len and the entire organization and to have Ryan behind the wheel, is pretty much everything I could have asked for.”

Eddie Wood, co-owner of the No. 21 Ford Fusion, said he’s looking forward to resuming his working relationship with Bullins, who studied mechanical engineering at North Carolina State University before joining the Wood Brothers.

“I feel like he’s coming home,” said Eddie Wood. “He worked with us when we were still at our shop in Virginia and he was just getting started in NASCAR. Now he’s a proven winner. It’s an honor to have him back with us. We’re anxious for him to get his first Sprint Cup victory, as a crew chief, which will be No. 99 for us.”

Bullins joins the No. 21 Wood Brothers team at the same time Blaney makes the transition as the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team begins its alliance with Team Penske. Bullins and Blaney worked together through all three years of Bullins’ tenure at Team Penske.  The duo produced two Nationwide Series wins along with eight top-five and 16 top-10 finishes in Blaney’s 19 starts driving the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang.

Len Wood, who owns the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team with his brother Eddie, believes that bringing Bullins on board will pay immediate dividends.

“Jeremy coming over from Team Penske to help us out will help in the transition from our past alliance to our new alliance with Team Penske,” said Len Wood. “Because he’s worked with Ryan in the past, and knows the Team Penske system, Jeremy should be able to get Ryan on the right track and running competitively right out of the box, without a long development period.”

Wood Brothers Racing
Wood Brothers Racing was formed in 1950 in Stuart, Va., by Hall of Famer Glen Wood.  Wood Brothers Racing is the oldest active team and one of the winningest teams in NASCAR history. Since its founding, the team has won 98 races (including at least one race in every decade for the last seven decades) and 117 poles in NASCAR’s top-tier series. Fielding only Ford products for its entire history, the Wood Brothers own the longest association of any motorsports team with a single manufacturer. Glen’s brother, Leonard, is known for inventing the modern pit stop.  The team currently runs the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney in the famous number 21 racecar.

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