It is Charlotte race week! The Wood Brothers success at Charlotte is remarkable, with 7 wins and 20 poles. The most astonishing statistic is that 13 of these poles were back to back, 11 with David Pearson and 2 with Neil Bonnett. It was no question that the Wood boys had figured out qualifying at Charlotte, holding the pole spot from October 1973-October 1979. The poles were not the only success the team had at Charlotte, they had 7 wins, dating back to the first Fall race ever held at Charlotte. We wanted to learn more about what that race like in 1960, so Jon stopped in for a quick chat with Leonard this week.
Happy Monday!! Unfortunately, I am stuck at home with a vicious cold and a sneezing 3 month old. Therefore, I was not able to make it to the race shop today and gather the videos and stories that I planned on posting. I promise to have more racing post this week but for now you are stuck with a story about a fun weekend in Stuart, VA.
Our current race shop is in Harrisburg, NC but as most of you know, our hearts and homes are still in Stuart, VA. I live in North Carolina but as I have gotten older, you can’t seem to keep me from my hometown. What is not to love about the friendly and peaceful feel that Stuart has to offer? Breakfast at Nannie and Pa’s (Bernece & Glen Wood), The Stuart Family Restaurant or The Coffee Break, lunch at Tony’s and dinner at the Stuart Family Restaurant or El Rancho, all with the whole family present. This is our usual routine when we are in Stuart and I wouldn’t have it any other way. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend the Stuart Family Restaurant, their buffalo chicken wrap is basically the BEST thing ever!
On our off weekends or when we are not working, we travel to Stuart and visit with the family and enjoy all the perks that a small town in the mountains has to offer. This weekend we packed up and went to the Civil War Reenactment at Laurel Hill, VA, the birthplace of Major General J.E.B. Stuart C.S.A. I had never been to a reenactment and didn’t really know what to expect, especially lugging a 3 month old and 2 year old around but it was a blast! It was so fascinating to see all the people dressed up and playing the roles, just as they did during the Civil War. We walked by the tents that people had set up for the weekend, bought some fun merchandise, listened to the Generals discuss strategy (my dad referred to this as the drivers meeting), had a mini picnic with hotdogs and BBQ and watched the reenactment of the war. If you have never been to a reenactment, it is worth a visit!
When you have been in racing as long as Eddie Wood, you have seen the best of the best, the worst of the worst and everything that comes in the middle. Eddie may be a co-owner of one of NASCAR’s most historical race teams but first and foremost he is a NASCAR fan. Like all other NASCAR fans, he has his all-time favorite race memories and he shares a few of them below! Do these match up with any of your favorite memories?
1. 1976 Daytona 500 – Won with David Pearson. I was the only person on the radio with David during the race. On the last lap he and Richard crashed coming to the checker.
2. 2011 Daytona 500 – Trevor’s first win and we hadn’t won a race for a long time. Watched as Richard Petty took my Dad to Victory Lane.
3. 1972 Daytona 500- Won the race with AJ Foyt. He dominated the race from start to finish.
4. 1986 Richmond 400 - Won race with Kyle Petty. Kyle’s first win. It was unexpected. He went out of sight running fifth and came off turn four to the line as the winner.
5. 1991 Michigan 400 – Won with Dale Jarrett. Was Dale’s first win and was a very exciting finish with Davey Allison and Dale. Dale won by 18 inches.
This past weekend was full of birthday celebrations for Riley Wood. Amanda, his mom, organized a Mickey Mouse birthday party that was held at the shop in Stuart. The party was a blast and perfect for a 2 year olds’ birthday celebration, not overkill but just the right type of party for everyone to spend time with Riley and each other. I am sure many of our readers have toddlers, grandchildren, nieces or nephews that they may plan a party for one day, so I thought it would be interesting to get some pointers on how Amanda planned this perfect celebration. I realize this is not related to racing but I thought it would be fun see how this little monkey boy celebrated his 2nd birthday and give a little advice on how to have a great toddler birthday party!
1. Theme – “Go with what they are into, Riley is a huge Mickey Mouse Clubhouse fan so I knew it was something he would enjoy.”
2. Food – “Less is best, just keep it simple and fun, doesn’t need to be fancy. After all, as long as there was “coo” (ketchup), “Chep” (Chips) and “Coooookieee” (Cake, cookies and everything sweet), Riley was completely satisfied. I chose to have “Hot Diggity Dogs”, “Mickey Burgers”, “Donald’s Quackslaw”, “Plu-Ta-To Chips”, “Gooey Goofy Dip” and “Minnie’s Bowtastic Pasta”.”
3. Decorations – “Unless you enjoy crafts, keep it simple because they are basically just for picture purposes.”
4. Guest – “Know your guest, I only invited 3 other children so I didn’t do a lot of games and things, I just kept it simple with lunch, cake and gifts.”