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NASCAR STARS TO JOIN BILL ELLIOTT AT“BILL ELLIOTT 50 RED DIRT DASH” FOR CHARITY

NASCAR STARS TO JOIN BILL ELLIOTT AT “BILL ELLIOTT 50 RED DIRT DASH” FOR CHARITY

NASCAR’s Stewart, Kahne, Schrader, Blaney, Gilliland and Evernham to race Elliott in special feature on Famous Red Clay at Dixie Speedway

Proceeds to Benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Saturday, October 25, 2008

WOODSTOCK, Georgia (October 21, 2008) – Local racing hero and champion Bill Elliott has drawn a collection of his NASCAR racing friends to join him at the local Georgia short track where his illustrious career began over three decades ago. Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Ken Schrader, Dave Blaney, David Gilliland and Ray Evernham are scheduled to race Elliott in a special 25-lap super late model celebrity feature at the “Bill Elliott 50 Red Dirt Dash” event this Saturday, October 25 at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Ga.

Following the celebrity race is the main Bill Elliott 50 championship event that will feature 24 of the top local and regional super late model racers in a 50-lap shootout with double file restarts to win $5,000.  The evening is full of action, including limited late model, pony stock, and cruiser features and a demolition derby to close the event.

Proceeds from the event are to be donated to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for cancer research and care.  In addition, Elliott and the celebrity drivers will be signing autographs at Dixie in a private session starting at 6:00 pm.  Autograph session vouchers are available at the gate starting at 3:00 pm for $30 with proceeds also benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Grandstand and pit gates open at 3:00 pm and event starts at 7:30 pm. Advance tickets for the Bill Elliott 50 can be purchased for $30 adult and $15 children ages 7-17 by calling the track ticket office at 770.926.5315. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Adult tickets at the gate are $35 and pit passes are $40 adult and $20 children 11 and under.

Dixie Speedway is located just north of Atlanta along Hwy 92 at 150 Dixie Drive, Woodstock, Georgia 30189. For more information on the Bill Elliott 50 at Dixie Speedway fans can visit www.dixiespeedway.com or call the track’s office at 770.926.5315.

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Bill Elliott Finished 16th at Martinsville Speedway

Bill Elliott Finished 16th at Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville, Va (October 19, 2008)-Bill Elliott had his season best finish in the Wood Brothers Racing no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion. It was a typical Martinsville race with several cautions, however Elliott stayed out of trouble and with the support from the team, drove to a 16th place finish.

Bill Elliott took the green flag in the 37th position after qualifying was rained out on Friday afternoon.NASCAR lined up the 43 car field according to the rule book and owners point standings. Early on, Bill reported a very tight condition and under the first of 12 caution flags, crew chief David Hyder called the no. 21 down pit road to make adjustments, four tires and fuel. Elliott restarted in 41st on lap 33.
With pit stop strategy and optimal lap times, Elliott was able to move up to the 28th spot by lap 93. On lap the 161 the yellow flag waved and Elliott conveyed that the car was better by the end of the run. With that information, Hyder decided to pit for right side tires only on lap 164. He restarted the race 23rd.

At the halfway point of the 500 lap event, Elliott had moved to the 20th spot where he rode until lap 258 under the green flag when the caution flag waved.The no. 21 came down pit road for four tires and fuel; Elliott restarted 24th on lap 268. On lap 300, Elliott had moved back up to 21st.
The leader approached the no. 21 on lap 346 but, Elliott battled to keep his lap. The no. 48 was able to pass him two laps later to put Elliott down one lap to the leaders.

He tried to stay behind the lead car so he would win the lucky dog and continued do that until lap 368 when the leader passed another car which made the 21 team second in line for the “Lucky Dog” award.
Caution occurred again on lap 380 and Elliott came down pit road in the 17th position. The team’s goal was to get him back out to the track while staying in the top 20.The 21 pit crew did just that with a 13.60 second stop while changing four tires and fuel. He restarted the race in 18th on lap 388.

With less than 100 laps to go, Hyder radioed to Bill, “Do whatever you can here and use all of the brakes you need to-90 laps to go.” Caution came out on lap 457 and Hyder called the no.21 down pit road for two right side tires and fuel,in hopes of gaining more track position. The race restarted on lap 467. Bill was scored in 16th. Elliott stayed away from any incidents, other than the usual beating and banging. He commented to the team after caution on lap 498, “I’m just going to hang on here, It’s been a great day boys.” The race restarted on lap 502 and under the green, white, checkered flag scenario, Elliott brought the no. 21 home in the 16th position.

Elliott commented on the days performance, “I don’t care what they say–you boys did one heck of a job. We worked really hard this weekend. You did a great job and I’m proud of you.” Hyder responded, “Way to drive, you did a great job yourself. You got yourself a season best finish; we really appreciate it.”

Wood Brothers Racing and Bill Elliott will travel to Atlanta Motor Speedway with the no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion for the Pep Boys Auto 500 on Sunday, October 26th.

*Photo by Dorsey Patrick Photography

Bill Elliott Finished 16th at Martinsville Speedway

Wood Finished 30th in Kroger 200 at Martinsville

Martinsville, VA (October 18, 2008)- It was typical short track racing at Martinsville Speedway with an event that was filled with cautions.  Unfortunately, Jon Wood and the no. 21 AQUASUN Motorsports Ford F-150 were victims of several of the incidents that caused the caution flag to fly and ultimately finished 30th.

Jon Wood took the green flag in the 21st spot after running two qualifying laps on Saturday morning. Jon used the initial laps of the 200 lap event to warm up the tires on the cold racing surface on the chilly afternoon.

On lap 44, a caution occurred when an incident just ahead of the no. 21 forced Jon to hit the brakes hard, which put flat spots on the tires. At the same time he slowed down, a truck hit him from behind and pushed him into another truck which caused grill and hood damage.
When Jon could pit he took the opportunity to get four fresh tires and fix some of the damage to the nose of the truck. Crew chief John Monsam did not want to take any chances on losing a lap to the leaders. He instructed the pit crew to put on two tires and sent Jon back to the track to make a lap and immediately return to the pit for the remaining two tires and to fix more damage. Jon restarted the race on lap 51 in the 28th position.

On lap 77, Jon reported a tight condition but had moved up one spot to 27th.
Just prior to the halfway point on lap 91, the yellow flag flew again when Jon forced up into the wall  by another truck. The impact caused some damage to the right side and tore up the splitter on the front.

The team took two pit stops to put on new tires, fuel and fix the damage as much as they could. He returned to the track and restarted in 33rd- four laps down on lap 96.
During the next caution on on lap 111, Jon radioed to the crew, “The truck is okay but, I’m just in the way now.” Monsam responded, “Just do what you can. We may be able to pick up some spots by the end.” He was scored in 32nd.

During the remaining laps of the race- Jon did what he could to keep going and gain spots while he ran lap times that were equal to top 10 positions. However, the damage to the splitter and other damage made the truck very difficult to handle. Jon took the checkered flag in the 30th position and five laps down from the leaders.

Wood Brothers Racing will travel to Atlanta Motor Speedway with Jon Wood behind the wheel of the no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford F-150 for the running of the Atlanta 200 on Friday, October 25th.

Elliott to Start 37th After Washed Out Qualifying in Martinsville

Elliott to Start 37th After Washed Out Qualifying in Martinsville

Martinsville, VA (October 17, 2008)-Bill Elliott in the no. 21 Wood Brothers Racing U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion will start in the 37th position in the Tums QuikPak 500 on Sunday, October 19th  after NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying was washed out for the ninth time this season.

NASCAR made the decision to line up the 43 car field according to rule book and owners point standings for the second week in a row.  The Wood Brothers Racing team prepared the car for race set up and will have two practice sessions on Saturday.

Watch Wood Brothers Racing and Bill Elliott drive the no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion at Martinsville Speedway in the Tums QuikPak 500 on Sunday, October 19th with coverage beginning at 1:00 pm ET on ABC.

Photo by Dorsey Patrick Photography

Jon Wood and Wood Brothers Racing Head Home to Martinsville

Jon Wood and Wood Brothers Racing Head Home to Martinsville


Harrisburg, NC.(October 16,2008)- Wood Brothers Racing and Jon Wood are returning to their roots at Martinsville Speedway in the newly branded no. 21 Aqua Sun Motorsports Ford F-150 for the Kroger 200 on Saturday October 18th. Jon’s grandfather, Glen Wood, first laid tracks on the half-mile oval in 1953 in a Ford convertible and won four career pole positions there. Although he didn’t take a checkered flag, he came home with three top 5’s and five top 10 finishes.

Jon Wood is making his own history at the track with a win under his belt in 2003 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Jon spoke about his family history and how he’s looking forward to going home and racing.

Jon Wood on Martinsville:

What is unique about racing at Martinsville?

“It’s a tough little race track. The aerial view of it looks like a paperclip and it’s like driving on one, really. It’s awesome. I think the truck race is just long enough and there’s enough beating and banging to make the fans say that they got their money’s worth. You pretty much know when you get there that you’re going to be in at least one wreck. I’ve gone there talking myself into having the patience of Jobe. It just doesn’t work.”

How do you feel about going to your home track?

“Overall, it’s one of the race tracks I look forward going to the most. I’ve had a decent amount of success there. I get a comfortable feeling of going home, it’s a race track that I did not grow up racing at, it’s not what you would define as your typical home track for the reason of they don’t offer weekly racing there. You have to be in one of NASCAR’s premier divisions in order to step foot on the track. The other aspect that makes it all the more special is that my grandfather raced there during the grassroots racing period and the inception of the sport. When I won there, it was pretty surreal because my dad was there and my grandpa was there so, the family lineage that we have there is pretty unique.”

Crew chief John Monsam recalled the win and the importance of track position as he looks toward this weekend.

John Monsam on Martinsville:

How do you plan on improving your performance this weekend from the first race in March?

“I’m looking forward to Martinsville like I always do because I love that place. Knowing that we had an awesome truck the last time, we passed more trucks than anyone else. We came from the back three or four times. We just have to be able to qualify better. That’s going to be the key. We can race well but, we didn’t qualify well. This week, that’s going to be our focus, it has to be. Track position is extremely important and yes, you can pass, but you don’t want to have to come from deep in the field. It’s a whole lot easier when you’re up front. Having won there before, we qualified second and won the race. Our teammate qualified first and finished second. If you look at the history of Martinsville, rarely do winners come from outside the top 10.”

You have a lot of history at Martinsville, what is one of your fondest memories?

“Of course, the win in 2003 with Jon is my best memory. I remember running out onto the front stretch, jumping up and down, and hugging Jon wood. I felt like Hercules and I jumped the wall. He smashed me in the head with his helmet and the smoke hadn’t even cleared yet from the burn out.”

Since that win, do you put more pressure on yourself to get another win there?

The pressure to perform at Martinsville has always been there for me because this is the first place I came to in “big time” racing. I was in high school when I came here for the first time and I came down with a friend of mine who was a modified racer, we drove all night and snuck in the infield in the trunk of his car because that’s what you could do back then. You could park your car in the infield and watch the race. Then we had to drive all night to get back home. When I first went there as a crew man to work on a car with the no. 44 team and Reggie Ruggiero was our driver; we were in contention to win every time we came here. We were so focused on this track, it became like our Daytona. I’ve always run well there in any type of car and to win there with Jon was the coolest.”

“As usual, Jon is very good at Martinsville; I have a more experienced, better team than I had there in the first race. These guys have improved. It’s nice to have [car chief] Dwight DuBois back helping us and our pit crew has improved too. We have a lot of positives and we’re looking forward to these last five races. There’s no better place to kick it off than Martinsville.”

Watch Jon Wood and the Wood Brothers Racing crew in the no. 21 Aqua Sun Motorsports Ford F- 150 in Martinsville Speedway for the Kroger 200 on Saturday, October 18th with coverage beginning at 2:30pm on Speed.

Fans can visit the Wood Brothers Racing museum on the way to Martinsville and see original 1971 Purolator Mercury on display. The museum is open weekdays from 9:00am to noon, 1:00pm to 5:00pm. There is no admission fee, and the gift shop offers varied souvenir items. It’s located only thirty minutes from Martinsville Speedway, just off highway 58.

The museum and souvenir shop is also open this Saturday during the Martinsville Race weekend until 1pm. For more information on how to get to the Wood Brothers Racing Museum and Wood Brothers Racing please go to www.woodbrothersracing.com

Wood Brothers Racing and Bill Elliott look Forward to Home track Racing After Two Day Test

Wood Brothers Racing and Bill Elliott look Forward to Home track Racing After Two Day Test

Harrisburg, NC (October 15, 2008)- Bill Elliott in the no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion is heading back to The Wood Brothers home town track in Martinsville after spending a two day test session at Caraway Speedway in preparation for the Tum’s Quik Pak 500 on Sunday, October 19th.

Bill and the team tested a newly built car at the .455 mile asphalt track to ensure the car would run well at Martinsville this weekend.  Crew chief David Hyder spoke about the team’s effort.

What was the overall result of the test at Caraway?

“We learned a lot at Caraway testing. The first day, we went through a bunch of scenarios with the big stuff then we went fine tuning the second day. When I left, I was happy and pleased with the car. It’s just hard to go to a different race track with a tire that you run at Martinsville because that track is asphalt and Martinsville is concrete. All in all I really think the test went well.”

How will the test benefit the team in Martinsville?

“Well, it always does. When you go to Caraway and you get set up in [turns] one and two, it always benefits you when you go to Martinsville. There are some differences but, there is enough of a radius where if you can turn around the bottom at Caraway, you can turn at Martinsville and with these cars that always seems to be the issue. You get the thing to turn in the middle and then you’re always out of the race track off of the corners. That racetrack [Caraway] will clearly put you in the right direction for getting that taken care of.”

What was Bill’s reaction to the car at the test?

“Bill was impressed with everything that we did. Because we went through an extensive test and at the end of the day he was happy with the car. He was really interested in getting out there and seeing what we could do. I have never worked with Bill at Martinsville, we’ve tested there numerous times and understand where we need to be and we went right to it but we’ve always made a point to go to Caraway and test before Martinsville. We built a new car just for that race and it clearly showed to be a good car. It looks like we have everything headed in the right direction.”

This is the Wood Brothers home track, how do you feel about being part of that history?

“When you go to Martinsville, you always think about the Wood Brothers. It doesn’t matter which team you’re working on and you’re always thinking of being in there home town. They’ve had some good cars up there in the past and they’ve always seemed to run well there and everybody expects us to run well there. Throughout the years I’ve had some really good cars there and I’m a short track racer myself and understand it and seem like I understand it very well. I look forward to going.”


Wood Brothers Racing has been competing at the track since 1953 with team patriarch Glen Wood, who drove the no. 21 Ford convertible on the half-mile track in a rain shortened race. This will be the team’s 108th start at the historic track where they have earned eight pole awards, four of which Glen Wood holds, two wins, 28 top 5 and 42 top 10 finishes.

The museum of Wood Brothers memorabilia spans 58 years of racing.  Among some of the many items on display are; the original David Pearson 1971 Purolator Mercury, a 1989 Neil Bonnett Thunderbird, a 1937 Glen Wood Ford Coach, and cars from Jon Wood and Keven Wood’s careers.

The museum is open weekdays from 9:00am to noon, & 1:00pm to 5:00pm.  There is no admission fee, and the gift shop offers varied souvenir items.  It’s located only thirty minutes from Martinsville Speedway, just off highway 58.

The museum and souvenir shop is also open this Saturday during the Martinsville Race weekend until 1pm.
For more information on how to get to the Wood Brothers Racing Museum and Wood Brothers Racing please go to www.woodbrothersracing.com

Lowe’s Motor Speedway II

Lowe’s Motor Speedway II
Elliott Finished the Bank of America 500 in 28th

Concord, NC (October 12, 2008)-Wood Brothers Racing had no issue with speed at Lowe’s Motor Speedway as the no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion had top lap times throughout the race. However, the team was a little low on luck as Elliott was involved in two incidents that were unavoidable and ultimately hindered a top running spot. He finished the Bank of America 500 in 28th.

Elliott took the green flag in the 37th spot after NASCAR lined up the 43 car field by owner’s points due to qualifying being rained out on Thursday evening. In the early laps of the 334 lap race, he conservatively stayed near the 35th position. On lap 33, crew chief David Hyder radioed to Bill, “You’re one of the fastest cars on the track. Keep doing what you’re doing.” The first caution flag flew on lap 43 and Bill reported a slight loose condition. The team decided to pit and change four tires, fuel and made no adjustments. The 21 restarted the race on lap 48 in the 30th position.

The second yellow flag occurred on lap 55, Hyder decided to keep Bill out on the track and not pit. This moved Elliott up to the 21st spot where he restarted the race on lap 51. The caution flag flew again on lap 63; this gave the team the opportunity to pit as Bill was now fighting a very loose condition. The 21 crew made an air pressure adjustment and put on four tires and fuel. As Bill was heading back to the track, he mentioned that the motor got a little hot when he was running full speed. Hyder called him back down pit road after spotting grass on the grill.  The crew quickly cleaned the nose of the car and Bill went back to the track in 32nd on lap 70. After running a few laps under green, Bill commented that the car was very loose in the corners and he was doing all he could to hold on. Hyder assured him, “get all that you can out of it. I don’t want to get lapped. We will fix you up the next time you come in-I promise.” Caution on lap 103 allowed the 21 to pit and make air pressure adjustments, change four tires and fuel. He restarted on lap 108 in the 33rd position.

Another caution arose on lap 121 and Bill stated that  the car was a little free, but was drivable. Hyder wanted to make some more changes so, the team took the opportunity to pit. The 21 crew made minor adjustments and changed tires, Bill returned to the track in the 34th position and took the green on lap 124. Just prior to the halfway point, Bill called into the team that he felt a vibration. “Do what you can with it, we’re going to pit in 19 laps,” encouraged Hyder.  The no. 21 pit for a scheduled green flag stop on lap 174 when the team put on four tires and got fuel; Bill returned to the track in 34th. The new tires fixed the vibration issue.

A multi-car wreck brought out the caution flag once gain on lap 184.  As Bill drove in the middle of three wide, the outside car came down and hit the no. 21. on the right side. The impact forced Bill to hit the bottom car and damaged the left front portion of the car and caused a flattened tire. Elliott drove the car down pit road to have the damage fixed and put on new tires. He would make two more stops to fix damage.  He restarted the race at the tail end of the longest line in 32nd and three laps down from the leader.

On lap 204, another caution occurred and when Bill tried to avoid the accident in front of him, another car struck him in the rear. The impact did not cause much damage, but the 21 did need new tires. Elliott pit to get four fresh tires and fuel. He went back to the track in 32nd on lap 211.

As the laps ran down and a few more cautions ensued, the 21 team worked hard to keep Bill moving up the scoreboard and finish the race. Elliott took the checkered flag four laps down from the leader in 28th place.

Elliott said, “It’s too bad, we had a really good car but, we started out just a little too free. I hope to take what we learned here this weekend and go forward with it. He added, “We need build on that and take it to Atlanta.”

Wood Brothers Racing and Bill Elliott driving the no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion will go up the road from Charlotte to Martinsville Speedway in Virginia for the Tums QuikPak 500 on Sunday, October 19th.

*Photo by Dorsey Patrick Photography

Qualifying Rained at Lowe’s Motor Speedway; Elliott to Start 37th

Qualifying Rained at Lowe’s Motor Speedway; Elliott to Start 37th

Concord, N.C .(October 9, 2008)-Bill Elliott, driver of the Wood Brothers Racing no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion will start the Bank of America 500 in the 37th spot on Saturday night, October 11th.

After both practice and qualifying were cancelled Thursday due to rain showers over the 1.5 mile track, NASCAR made the decision to line up the 43 car field according to owner’s points. The 21 team will prepare the U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion for the race and will have two practice sessions on Friday evening.

Watch Wood Brothers Racing and Bill Elliott in the no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion compete in the Bank of America 500 on Saturday, October 11th  with coverage beginning at 7:00 pm ET live on ABC.

*Photo By Dorsey Patrick Photography

Bill Elliott Returns to the No. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion at Lowe’s Motor Speedway

Bill Elliott Returns to the No. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion at Lowe’s Motor Speedway

Harrisburg, NC (October 7,2008)-NASCAR past champion Bill Elliott, will be back behind the wheel of the Wood Brothers Racing no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion at Lowe’s Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500 on October 11th. Elliott has 57 starts at the 1.5 mile quad-oval and two career wins in 1984 and 1987. He also holds four pole awards, 11 top-5 and 22 top-10 finishes at the track.

1987 was a notable year for Elliott as he earned six victories and Lowe’s Motor Speedway was one of them.  He led 62 laps of the October race and brought home the checkered flag.  Another significant moment was one that Elliott had involvement in at the All-Star Race earlier that year. The legendary “Pass in the Grass” resulted from a close finish between the “Intimidator” Dale Earnhardt and Bill. After the green flag dropped with 10 laps to go,  Earnhardt, in his known aggressive manner, knocked the leaders out of the way but, when he and Bill battled for the top spot, Bill pushed Earnhardt into the grass on the front stretch. Earnhardt was able to get the car under control and stayed on the gas to pass Elliott and ultimately won. Although it was a frustrating finish for Elliott, it’s one of his most memorable and is still considered to be one of Lowe’s Motor Speedway’s most talked about incidents.

Lowe’s Motor Speedway has also been the site of many fond memories for the Wood Brothers over the years. The team has been racing at the track that was known as Charlotte Motor Speedway since 1960. In that first race, Speedy Thompson took the checkered flag in the no. 21 Ford. Wood Brothers would go on to win six more times with the most recent, in 1987, with driver Kyle Petty. The team is looking forward to Bill being back in the no. 21 this weekend for the Bank of America 500.  Elliott will also be behind the wheel of the historic no. 21 for the rest of the season as the team looks to build on the progress it has made during the second half of the season.

Talladega II Post Race

Talladega II Post Race
Jon Wood in the no. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion Finished 33rd in the Amp Energy 500

Talladega, Ala. (October 5, 2008)- Jon Wood and the Wood Brothers Racing no. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion finished a tumultuous Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. The 21 team was able to overcome the adversity of a severely damaged race car that resulted from being at the wrong place at the wrong time. The team worked together to fix the damage and get back out on the race track to run laps and gain valuable points and positions. Jon drove hard with the persisting issues in consequence of the incident and brought home a 33rd place finish.

Jon took the green flag in the 27th spot. On lap 16, he radioed to the crew that he was having a hard time driving on the bottom of the race track. On lap 23 he commented, “this car is ridiculous fast, I just need someone to go with me.” The caution flag waved for the first time on lap 34. The 21 pit crew made several changes to put the car in race trim and all under one stop, they were able to finish the changes, put on four tires and fuel. They sent Jon back to the track in 31st and restarted the race on lap 38.

The yellow flag flew again on lap 45 and Jon reported a loose handling race car in turn three. Crew chief David Hyder made the call to bring the no. 21 down pit road for adjustments to help with the condition. They also put on four tires and refueled the car. Jon restarted the race in 33rd place on lap 49.

As Jon was working with other cars in the draft, on lap 53, he was hit by the no. 24.The no. 44 blew a tire and hit the back of the no. 24. The 24 then collected the no.21 as he slammed the wall. However severely damaged; Jon was able to drive it into pit road. Hyder ordered the team and Jon to move to the garage because the car was leaking water. The end diagnosis was that it needed a new radiator and they would replace the front nose at the same time. As the team began to fix the damage in the garage another caution came out for the “Big One” with eight race cars involved in the wreck. The track needed to be cleaned from debris so NASCAR put out the red flag on lap 68. The red flag forced the 21 team to suspend their work in the garage for 17 minutes until NASCAR lifted it and put out the yellow flag. The race resumed under green once again on lap 72 and the 21 team worked diligently in the garage.

The team was able to salvage the 21 car and Jon returned to the track on lap 88 in the 42nd position.  The no. 24 returned to the track at the same time so, Jon and Jeff Gordon decided to run together and gain some positions since several cars were still off the track. As tire issues continued, a wreck on lap 98 brought out the caution once again. Jon reported that tape was coming off and he was having handling issues. Hyder called the no. 21 down pit road to fix any damage and tape. The crew sent Jon back to the track but to immediately return to put on two left side tires and an air pressure adjustment.  Jon returned to the track in 37th on lap 103 gaining five spots.

By lap 139, Jon moved up to 35th and on lap 168, he moved to 33rd. With only 14 laps left in the 188 lap event, another “Big One” happened that involved 12 cars. NASCAR elected to put the red flag out again due to massive debris on the track. After 12 minutes, the race resumed with only 10 laps to go. With only four laps left in the race, another caution mandated the green, white, checkered flag scenario to finish the event. Jon took the green flag on lap 188 and crossed the finish line in 33rd.

Jon commented on the frustrating situation of being in the wrong place at the wrong time in Talladega. “I just got run in to.”  He added, “It wasn’t really anybody’s careless errors or mistakes, it was just a blown tire.  It’s unfortunate because this thing was fast.  We just elected to ride where the other Roush cars were and then I decided to try and go to the front.  In the process of doing so, that’s when I got tore up.”

Wood Brothers Racing will return to Lowes Motor Speedway with Bill Elliott behind the wheel of the 21 Ford Fusion for the Bank of America 500 on Saturday night, October 11th.

*Photo by Dorsey Patrick Photography