Statement from Glen Wood on Passing of Junie Donlavey

Glen Wood:

P-WB2-560“The only thing you really need to know about Junie Donlavey is that he was probably the most well-liked person ever in the sport of NASCAR.   He was a good friend of the Wood Brothers … one of our very best friends in the sport.   I can tell you I would call him on the phone, and even before I could get a word or two out, he knew who it was that was calling.

“The thing I will always remember about Junie is that he was never mad or upset.  He took everything in stride.  He just enjoyed being around the sport and being around people.   You’d see him in the garage, and he’d always be talking with someone, and I used to love seeing him doubled-up laughing over some story.

“As far as I know, his team was never fully-funded, like you would see with most teams.  But he always wanted to run well every time he was out there.  I know he had some real good cars in the modified and sportsman days, even before NASCAR started.  He had cars that ran well all the time, so he was a competitive person..

“But he always helped out everyone, no matter who you were.  He helped out so many drivers and crew members who just wanted to get into the sport.  He always had time for people like that.”

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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.”

2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Daytona

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.