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Wood Brothers Museum Feature – NASCAR Hall of Fame

We are back! Sorry for the lack in post the last couple of weeks. Being a full time mom, employee and wife keeps me busy and I chose to sit back and enjoy the time with my husband, daughter and family the last few weeks. Since the off season, my husband and I took a nice “Parents Only” vacation and spent a lot of time in Virginia with my family. I’ll save the details for another post but just wanted to apologize for my lack of weekly blog post.

Today, I wanted to do another feature on the Wood Brothers Racing Museum in Stuart, VA. When Leonard and Glen Wood were inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame each one had an exhibit in the Hall of Honor. These exhibits had artifacts that helped tell the story about Leonard and Glen Wood.  The artifacts remained at the NASCAR Hall of Fame for a year and then they were given back to the Wood Brothers when the next inductees were honored. Len and Eddie designed a display at the Wood Brothers museum for these artifacts. They wanted to keep these artifacts separate because it is such an honor for them to be displayed at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Check out the video below to see the Hall of Fame display at the Wood Brothers Racing museum in Stuart, VA.

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The Ultimate Battle for The 2014 Trophy

What are your thoughts on the final race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship??!! In my opinion, the chase was beyond EPIC! NASCAR honestly could not have had a more exciting finish. Who in the world would have thought that all four drivers would have been battling all day for the number 1 spot? Literally, at some point during the race, each of the four drivers was leading the points. I know this because my husband is a rear tire changer for the #11 and was in the chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. A good word to describe my emotions on Sunday would be a ROLLERCOASTER.

In past years, there are normally two drivers who are racing for the championship at Homestead and sometimes it has been only one. This year there were 4 teams that had equal chance to clinch the chase at the season finale race. That means one team would go home with one of the most prestigious awards one could ever receive in their career and three teams would go home with disappointment. Unfortunately, I experienced the latter, which was quite the emotional rollercoaster.

I was obviously trying to pull for the 22 to win the championship but my heart was with the 11 because I wanted my husband to experience winning a NASCAR championship. The week leading up to the race at Homestead was a week of mixed emotions, we did not want to get our hopes up, we did not want to act like Denny could win the championship for fear you would “Jinx” the team (don’t lie, we all get that feeling) but yet deep down all you could think about was making that trip to Vegas as a part of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Team.

I kept telling my husband to treat this race like any other, go out there and dominate like always. I realize that where I watched the race had ZERO impact on the results but I guess it is the Wood in me that just felt a little superstitious. Denny started to pull ahead while I was in the 21 hauler, so I decided to stay put. Then we had a problem with our car and I had to move. I headed out to pit road and decided to stay away from the 11 pit box. I don’t know why but I have always been told to stay put and don’t head to the pit box until the race is complete otherwise you would “jinx” the finish. I know for a fact that the people around me on pit road had to think I was losing my mind. Those last few laps were INTENSE. Not to mention I was pulling for two teams at the same time, the 22 and 11. One second, Denny was winning the championship, the next second he was not, one second the 22 was in lead, the next second they were having problems. I did not have the 11 team on my race scanner so I listened to MRN call the race and whew those boys can make you a nervous wreck on a good day.  I paced back and forth, screamed at the Sprint Vision screen a few times, closed my eyes and actually just sat down on the pavement at one point. In the end, my husband and his team would be one of those teams that had to leave the track with disappointment.

In summary, I LOVE the new chase. As a fan of the sport, I want close battles and that is exactly what the new chase delivered. In my opinion, if you are still a huge hater of the new chase then it is time for you to wrap it up and follow a different sport. There could be small changes made to make the chase better or it would have been better if your favorite driver was in the chase. Bottom line, you cannot beat what you witnessed on Sunday.

I stopped in with Leonard Wood to get his view on chamionship battles. Check out the video below.

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~ Jordan

 

 

Trevor and Ashton Bayne Forever Part of the Wood Family

This weekend in Miami was an emotional weekend for our team and many others. For us, it marked the end of our driver relationship with Trevor Bayne. For other teams, the 2014 NASCAR season came to a conclusion and a champion was crowned.  For me, I am usually pumped for the season to end because that means my hubs and family will be home for a few months (I did mention I have a fussy little 5 month old at home, right?). This year was a little bit different because the season finale meant that Trevor Bayne would be climbing in our car for the final time.

_MH61624We all knew the dreaded day was coming that Trevor would be leaving the Wood Brothers but that did not make it any easier. I actually held back tears on pit road as we said goodbye to Ashton and Trevor. Yes, they will always be part of our family and we will continue our close friendships with them but I will greatly miss not being able to chit chat with Ashton during pre race and give Trevor a final “Good Luck” before he climbs in our car. Have you ever met someone that just by simply talking with them made your day better and made you feel like a better person? Trevor and Ashton both have had that impact on my family and me.

I remember spending time with Trevor at a tire test before the 2011 Daytona 500. This was actually right before we both fell in love with our future spouses and we were discussing our life plans and goals. Trevor did not talk about materialistic life goals but more about his relationship with God. It made me step back and think about what I was really wanting in life. I have always gone to church and followed the Lord’s word the best I thought I could but after meeting Trevor and Ashton, I knew they had something I wanted in my life. This was simply the unconditional love for God. Last year I was baptized and I thank Trevor and Ashton for being an inspiration to me and showing me what God can do in my life.

Last Sunday may have marked the end our journey with Trevor Bayne as a driver but it is only the beginning of a life long friendship. Trevor and Ashton will always be part of the Wood Family.

~ Jordan

Late-Race Contact Leaves Bayne, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team As Spectators For Epic Conclusion to 2014 Chase

_MI42001Trevor Bayne’s 57th and final ride in the Wood Brothers’ No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion ended prematurely when contact with another car just 60 laps shy of the finish of the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway damaged his car too much to continue on.

His 42nd-place finish was no indication of the potential of the No. 21 Ford Fusion, which was running 23rd and poised to move up when a cut valve stem on a tire led to parts of the damaged tire wrapping around the brakes, ripping the brake line loose and damaging the sheet metal in the wheel well.

“It had gotten dark, and the track was doing just what Trevor and Donnie expected,” team co-owner Eddie Wood said. “The track was coming to us, and Trevor was running some really good lap times. He had gotten in the lucky dog position, which would have gotten us back on the lead lap when the next caution came out.”

“Unfortunately, that caution flag wound up being for us. We weren’t going to win the race, but a top-15 wasn’t out of the question.”

With not enough time left to properly repair their Fusion, the Woods, crew chief Donnie Wingo and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team were left with front-row seats for one of NASCAR’s all-time greatest moments as the final race of the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup delivered the kind of “Game 7” moment that chairman Brian France envisioned when he decided on the current elimination-style Chase format.

“I congratulate Brian and everyone at NASCAR for putting on one of the most exciting races I’ve been to in a long time. It was a classic showdown between Ford, Chevy and Toyota.” Wood said of the grand finale of Ford Championship Weekend. “I was around when Bill Sr., who started NASCAR, was running things. And I was there when Bill Jr. came along and gave it a new dimension with corporate sponsorship, TV coverage and the involvement of Winston as the title sponsor of the series.”

“Now, it’s Brian’s time. He’s the chief, and he’s come up with a way to add a lot of excitement to our sport.

“It’s great stuff.”

_MH61591When the checkered flag flew to end the Ford EcoBoost 400, it also marked the final appearance of veteran crew chief Donnie Wingo atop the Motorcraft/Quick Lane pit box.

Wood said that the relationship with Wingo and Bayne has been a good one.

“It’s been a great four years,” Wood said. “They gave us one of our biggest wins ever in the 2011 Daytona 500, and they’ve been great to work with.”

“Like all the other great ones before them, they’re a part of our history now, and they’ll always be treated as such.”

“We wish them both well as they move on to their new ventures.”
The Wood Brothers and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team along with their new driver, Ryan Blaney, return to the track next February for the 57th annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

Bayne Set To Start 26th In Season-Ending Ford EcoBoost 400

SM_TE60933In Sprint Cup Series qualifying, mere fractions of a second can make the difference in a good qualifying run and a great one. On Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Trevor Bayne and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick   Lane team had to settle for a good one.

Bayne and his No. 21 Ford Fusion came within two hundredths of a second of advancing to the second round of knock-out qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 400, but instead wound up with the 26th starting position for Sunday’s grand finale of the Ford Championship Weekend.

Bayne’s best lap in qualifying was at 178.136 miles per hour, just a fraction of second slower than the 178.247 mph that it would have taken to advance to the second qualifying round. His qualifying speed was considerably faster than his best lap in practice of 175.188 miles per hour, but his No. 21 Ford Fusion was a little to loose on his qualifying run.

“Trevor didn’t get the lap he wanted,” team co-owner Len Wood said. “Coming off the corners he had to crack the throttle.”

The Motorcraft/Quick Lane team now turns its focus to Saturday’s two practice sessions, and unlike earlier race weekends this season, they’ll have an extra set of tires to use in fine-tuning the handling of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion. It’s a luxury they often don’t have, but are enjoying this week because with just 43 teams entered for 43 starting spots, they didn’t have to put as much emphasis on qualifying, something that’s tremendously important for a team running a limited schedule and not guaranteed a starting spot for races.

“We’ll work on race trim in the two practices,” Wood said. “They’re in the daytime, and the race ends at night, so there’s some guesswork involved, but we will be starting the race in the sun.”

Having a good run on Sunday is important for Wood and the rest of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team as the Ford EcoBoost 400 marks the end of the 2014 season.

“It’s bittersweet to see a season come to an end,” Wood said. “But that also means that it’s that much closer to the Daytona 500, and everyone knows how much that race means to our family and to our team.”

The Ford EcoBoost 400 is set to get the green flag just after 3 p.m. on Sunday with TV coverage on ESPN.

A Snapshot of the Wood Brothers Racing Museum

Have you ever visited the Wood Brothers Racing Museum in Stuart, VA? If you haven’t, you are missing out! The entire Wood family has put a lot of hours into making this museum something special and in my opinion, they have accomplished this and beyond. They have thousands of artifacts that date back to the formation of Wood Brothers Racing. As I have stated in an earlier blog post, Len and Eddie have recently added numerous displays, pictures and artifacts to the museum. They are both very proud of the legacy their family has created and it shows in the work they have done at the museum. We have decided to do a quick museum feature every week on our blog because we realize that not everyone can make a trip down to Stuart. Of course, these videos and post are just snapshots of what you would see if you visited the museum. The displays are much better in person and we encourage you to plan a visit to see them!

In today’s video, Len Wood describes the “Racing Shirt” display that the family has put together. It includes race day shirts from the 1950’s to present day shirts and even a couple of outfits that Eddie and Len wore as babies.

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Wood Brothers and Motorcraft/Quick Lane Are Proud To Be A Part Of Ford Championship Weekend

_CZC4983In their 64 seasons on the NASCAR circuit (now known as Sprint Cup) the Wood Brothers race team and Ford Motor Company have worked hand-in-hand to give Blue Oval fans plenty to cheer about on race days.

For the Woods and their No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team, there’s no better way to close out a season than to be a part of the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

With Ford sponsoring the weekend, as well as being the title sponsor of all three season-ending races for NASCAR’s top touring divisions, the race has a “home track” feel for Ford and its executives.

“This weekend is always a big one for us,” said Eddie Wood, one of the co-owners of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion. “Michigan International Speedway is considered Ford’s home track, but Homestead is a special place for them too. All the Ford executives will be there, and it’s also a big weekend for Motorcraft and Quick Lane.”

Wood, like many others in the Ford racing family, will be closely following the battle for the Sprint Cup championship, where Joey Logano and his No. 22 Ford Fusion from Team Penske will carry the company colors in the four-team championship battle that will play out during Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400.

“Of course our focus will be on the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion and ending the season with a strong run,” Wood said. “But we’ll also be pulling for our fellow Ford driver in the Chase for the Championship.”

Wood said he’s encouraged by the speed his Fusions have shown this season, even if the finishes don’t always reflect it.

“We’ve had a lot of fast cars, but for one reason or another haven’t had the results to show for it,” he said. “So far there are only 43 cars entered this weekend, so that should allow us to work more on our race setup a little more, rather than to have to totally focus on getting the car in the field.”

“Our goal is to be running at the end of the race and have a shot at a good finish.”

Qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 400 is set for Friday at 6:15 p.m. Eastern Time, and the race should get the green flag just after 3 p.m. on Sunday with TV coverage on ESPN.

Halloween with the Woods

I am fully aware that October 31st has come and gone but it is never to late for some Halloween fun! My family has always been a big fan of dressing up for Halloween and doing the traditional Trick-or-Treating. Some of our costumes as children included Raggedy Ann and Andy, Clowns, Vampires, A Fairy Princess, a lion and even the Coneheads from the movie “Coneheads”. My brother and I have kept the tradition alive in our own families.

Iphone  11-4-14 962My husband, Michael, and I love Halloween. We usually go all out, decorating the house with clowns, fake blood, blow ups and music (see video below of Halloween 2013). Michael even keeps a clown mask in the garage year round to give me a good scare every once and a while. This year we failed and didn’t put up a single decoration due to having a little precious 5 month old drama queen but that didn’t stop us from dressing up the little princess. We were planning to be in Texas for Halloween, so I knew we would not be taking her out for Trick or Treating this year. I couldn’t decide what to dress her as because I wanted her to be comfortable and we also have a diaper problem. Therefore, I knew I would need two costumes. I decided to go with a cute kitten and a Whoopee Cushion costume. If you have to buy a backup Halloween costume then it is only appropriate to buy a Whoopee Cushion costume. It does not matter how old you are a Whoopee Cushion never gets old! I am sure that Whoopee Cushion photo will be in her high school yearbook one day but I just couldn’t resist….poor girl has no idea :)

Iphone  11-4-14 960My brother has a insanely weird obsession with candy and he has passed this down to his son, Riley. This was Riley’s first year going Trick or Treating and once he figured out what it all meant, he had a new favorite Holiday…..well for 30 minutes until he was over it like every other toddler I am sure. Jon and Amanda dressed Riley up as Mickey Mouse because it is his favorite TV show. It is one of the few things that keeps Riley’s attention. Mickey Mouse wasn’t so happy in his costume but he enjoyed the candy after the night was over!

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Wood Family Spotlight – Eddie Wood

10628145_10152618505228145_4264316066479303327_nThe Wood family spotlight this week is on my dad, Eddie Wood. Eddie is a co-owner of Wood Brothers Racing and is one of the most passionate race fans I have ever met. Our family has always been in racing because of their love for the sport and Eddie displays this every day. Some say he loves racing because it is all he has ever known but I honestly think he would be a diehard fan regardless.

Family – Throughout his NASCAR journey, family has remained number 1 in his life, with the car 21 coming in a close second :). He met my mom, 970575_10100834206505637_836879857_nCarol, in high school and has been hooked on her since. They have two children, my brother, Jon, and myself and two grandchildren, Riley and Giselle. Jon recently married his wife, Amanda, and they have a two-year old son, Riley. I have been married for almost two years and have a 5 month old daughter, Giselle. Riley and Giselle are the apple of my dad’s eye. He adores both grandchildren and is honestly the best “PaPa” that anyone could ever ask for. My dad has always been the type of father that will go above and beyond for his children and he is the same way with Riley and Giselle. He has been known to make the 2 hour drive from Virginia to North Carolina just to babysit Giselle or Riley for an hour! And trust me both kids are a handful…Giselle has screaming fits of which you cannot stop and Riley could easily climb on top of the house if you don’t keep your eye on him 24/7.

Favorite Race Track – “Daytona, always Daytona.” Eddie said he loved Daytona for many reasons:

1. “It is the race to win, always has been the race to win and always will be the race to win”.

2. “We have had a lot of success at Daytona, both in February and July”.

3. “It is just where you are supposed to be in February”.

Favorite Race Track Food -If you know the Wood family, they are very picky eaters and they stick to what they like. Therefore, Eddie’s answer was not shocking. “If I am at Martinsville, then of course it is the Martinsville Hotdog, but any other track it is Armour Vienna Sausage and VanCamp’s Beanee Weenees”.

Favorite Hobby – Okay, so I forgot to ask Eddie this question but I can answer it for him. HISTORY! Let me tell you, this man has a respect for all things historical. It doesn’t matter if it is the history of a football team or the history of a toy (example: his beloved toy a Yo-Yo), if it has been around for a while then he knows about it and loves it. Obviously, the history of the Wood Brothers and NASCAR is at the top of his list. He spends his free time researching old races and cars and “hunting down” old pictures. If you follow Wood Brothers Racing on social media you have seen many of our throwback pictures and Eddie is to thank for all those pictures.

First job at Wood Brothers Racing – I captured this answer in the video below!

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Passion and Competitiveness Back in NASCAR

How did everyone like the race at Texas on Sunday?? Aside from our results, I thought the end of the race was AMAZING! Yes, the fight included! I am sure most everyone was uncertain about the new chase format. No doubt, there are still haters out there but bottom line….the past few weeks have been the best racing I have seen in a while. Not going to lie, I love a good NASCAR fight, I mean who doesn’t love the drama that it creates? However, it is not the fights I love seeing but it is the passion and competitiveness of the teams and drivers that is so awesome. Our sport has lacked this for some time and I think it is finally back, all thanks to the new chase format. It has created a must win or go home a loser situation for the teams, which is exactly what NASCAR has needed. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter whether you are a Brad K. fan or a Gordon fan, it was awesome to see the rage these two displayed over the final laps at Texas.

I actually had to leave the race early because we were flying back commercial with my daughter, Giselle. Of course our flight takes off right as the race ends but I paid the extra bucks to follow along on Twitter. My eyes were glued to Twitter as I read tweets about the drama unfolding. I watched the replay of the final laps and the fight several times when I got home. My husband and I actually watched in amazement as the crowd went NUTS when the fight started. Honestly, when is the last time, other than when Dale Junior wins a race, that the crowd stayed and cheered 10 minutes after the checkered flag dropped?

Love it or hate it, this chase has spiced things up and I can’t wait to see how everything plays out over the next two weeks. We honestly for once have ZERO clue who will win the championship, it can be 8 different drivers right now.

Check out what Eddie Wood thinks of the fight Sunday at Texas in the video below!!

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