Mid-Race Recovery in Coke 600 Gives Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Its Third Top-20 Finish of 2014

_CH62339Trevor Bayne and the crew of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion had a case of the long-green-flag-run blues early in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. But as the sun went down and the lap count went up, the No. 21 Ford Fusion picked up speed and Bayne ended up driving his way back into the top half of the field and scoring a 20th-place finish.

It was the team’s third top-20 finish in five starts this season.

Bayne started 14th, and in the early going found his car to be tight in the center of the turns. Crew chief Donnie Wingo and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew made adjustments on pit stops, but it took three stops before the car began to respond and turn quick laps with Bayne running the high groove. The problem was the laps lost during the long green-flags runs early in the race.

“When your car is right, long green-flag runs are your friend,” team owner Eddie Wood said. “When it’s not, they’re not what you want.”

“Once we got the car freed up, it was running speeds comparable to the top-five cars.”

_CH62075Wood had praise for his over-the-wall pit crew, which consistently cranked out stops in the 12- to 13-second range even while making chassis adjustments on every stop.

“That’s a strong point for us now,” he said.

The timing of the race’s eight caution flags didn’t work out in the team’s favor as most caution periods were followed by long green-flag runs that prevented them from making up lost laps by taking the wave-around during caution periods.

“We tried it three times, but it only paid off once. We gained spots on a few cars at the end because they short-pitted and the caution flag caught them,” Wood said.

Still, he was pleased with the Motorcraft/Quick   Lane team’s mid-race recovery.

“We finished 20th, but it was a strong hard fought 20th,” he said.

Bayne and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team return to the Sprint Cup Series on June 13-15 for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.


“He’ll Always Be Part of Our Family.”

Wood Brothers Racing Statement On Trevor Bayne Departure In 2015

“Trevor Bayne will always be part of our family.  And we will always share that great Daytona 500 moment together. It’s something that will always be so special for all of us,” said Eddie Wood, co-owner, Wood Brothers Racing.  “We will always be Trevor Bayne fans, so we are happy he is getting his shot to race for the Sprint Cup Championship. We are going to do everything in our power to get him to victory lane one more time in the #21 Fusion.”

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Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Set For Another Memorable Weekend At Charlotte Motor Speedway

Sm_CH43672For more than 50 years, people in the NASCAR world have said the only place to experience Memorial Day weekend is at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which hosts the sport’s longest race, the Coca-Cola 600.

Eddie Wood and the Wood Brothers have spent most of their Memorial Day weekends in the garage and on pit road at Charlotte. They’ll be there again Sunday after Trevor Bayne qualified the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion in 14th place.

“We’ve been coming to Charlotte on Memorial Day weekend for a long, long time,” Eddie Wood said. “We’ve had a lot of success in this particular race, but more than that, it just feels like this is the place we’re supposed to be this weekend.”

The Woods won the 600 in 1974 and 1976 with David Pearson, in 1982 with Neil Bonnett and in 1987 with Kyle Petty.
Wood said that in recent years, the team’s tradition has been to arrive at the speedway early in the day, watch the opening laps of the Indianapolis 500 on track owner Bruton Smith’s giant TV screen, then get to work preparing the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion for the 600-mile grind.

Wood said he was proud of his team’s start to the weekend. Despite skipping last week’s Sprint Showdown at Charlotte, which many teams used mostly as a test session for the 600, Donnie Wingo and the crew hit the track on Thursday ready to go.

Bayne was 25th fastest in practice with a best lap of 189.195 miles per hour. Then in the first round of knockout qualifying, he was 18th fastest, which allowed him to advance to the second round, where he posted the 14th best time.

“I thought during the practice sessions we were close,” Bayne said. “It’s kind of hard going back and forth between the Cup cars and the Nationwide cars because they drive so different.

“I was pretty satisfied with our first run, picking up four tenths [of a second per lap]. Donnie and those guys have done a great job all day. It seemed like every run we’d get faster and faster, making the right adjustments. The second session I got a little tight and missed (moving on) by 5/100ths.
“We’re in the race in the top half, and we get to run on Sunday, so that’s good.”

The Coca-Cola 600 is set to get the green flag on Sunday just after 6 p.m. with TV coverage on FOX.

Wood Brothers Racing Returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway

Wood Bros. Racing Returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway; A Track Where the Team was Dominant in the 1970s

  • The team’s history in North Carolina dates back to 1957.
  • David Pearson’s pole in the 1972 National 500 started an incredible streak of 14 poles for Wood Brothers Mercurys driven by Pearson (12) and Neil Bonnett (2) at Charlotte from 1972-1979.
  • Success at Charlotte includes World 600 wins in 1974, 1976, 1982 and Coca-Cola 600 win in 1987.
  • The Team’s 1,400th NASCAR start came at Coca-Cola 600 last year.

DEARBORN, Mich., May 19, 2014 – When Trevor Bayne straps himself into the iconic Wood Brothers No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion, he will be trying to re-claim the glory that once was for the Woods at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The team’s history in North Carolina dates back to 1957, includes a run of dominance in the 1970s unmatched in racing and a milestone race last year.

“The Wood Brothers have so much history everywhere that it doesn’t really add any more pressure onto any certain track,” said Bayne. “Charlotte’s always a special place that tends to add a little more pressure just because you know that everybody from the race shop is going to be there that weekend. So it makes you want to put on a good show for the hometown crowd. It’s definitely a special race.”

The Wood Brothers visited victory lane at the old Charlotte track for the first time in 1957 when family patriarch Glen Wood won a NASCAR Convertible Series race there in a Ford.

“Our dad (Glen) and uncle (Leonard), got their first superspeedway win at Charlotte in the fall of 1960 (National 500), which is actually the second race ever run at the new track,” recalls current team co-owner Eddie Wood. “The driver was a man named Speedy Thompson in a 1960 Ford.”

Marvin Panch won the pole in a Ford for the Wood Brothers at the 1963 National 400 en route to a 3rd place finish.

Cale Yarborough drove a Wood Brothers Ford to poles in both the 1967 World 600 and the 1967 National 500. Yarborough also won the pole in a Wood Brothers Mercury at the 1969 National 500.

In the 1972 National 500, the Wood Brothers fielded the Mercury-driving Hall of Fame team of David Pearson and A.J. Foyt. Pearson won the pole.

“They started first and third, with Pearson first and A.J. third,” remembers Len Wood, the team’s other co-owner. “Pearson had a fan belt come off and got a lap or two down. He passed A.J. toward the end of the race and they finished third and fourth.

“That was a huge effort for us because we only had one crew so they couldn’t pit at the same time,” said Len. “Whoever was out front got to pit first.”

Pearson’s pole in the 1972 National 500 started an incredible streak of 14 poles for Wood Brothers Mercurys driven by Pearson (12) and Neil Bonnett (2) at Charlotte from 1972-1979.

Included in that period of Wood Brothers and Mercury dominance were Pearson wins in the 1974 Word 600 and 1974 National 500, besting Richard Petty in the fall race.

“We raced Richard Petty all day, which in those years you did every week,” Eddie said. “You had to beat Richard Petty. You had to beat Junior Johnson’s car and Bud Moore’s car. That particular day, Richard’s was the car we had to outrun.”

The Pearson and the Wood Brothers also outran Petty in the 1976 World 600 during a triple-crown season. In those days, the triple crown consisted of the Daytona 500, the World 600 and the Southern 500.

Bonnett won the pole at the 1981 World 600 then won the 1982 race.

“That (1982) was a really big race,” Eddie recalls. “We beat Bill Elliott early in Bill’s career when he was just making a name for himself.”

A year later, with Buddy Baker at the helm, the Wood Brothers again captured the World 600 pole.

The team raced to victory lane in Charlotte most recently in 1987 when Kyle Petty took the checkered flag in the (renamed in 1985) Coca-Cola 600. Richard Petty was fourth.

“When Kyle won, Morgan Shepherd was second and we had a lap on him, which was pretty big back then,” Len said. “That was a huge win.”

Eddie added, “A lot of people thought a Petty driving for the Woods would never work. There was so much of a rivalry between us in the 60s, 70s and 80s. It was unheard of, but it was one of the best relationships we ever had.”

Last year’s Coca-Cola 600 was the Wood Brothers’ milestone 1,400th start in a race at the highest echelon of NASCAR competition.

“That was really special to have it there because we’ve had a lot of success at Charlotte,” Eddie said.

The Coca-Cola 600 remains an important race on the Wood Brothers limited schedule.

“Our shop is only five minutes from the speedway,” said Eddie. “Our home, where we grew up in Virginia, is only a couple of hours away so Charlotte has always been special to us.”

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