Category Archives: 2009

Keven Wood Wins 2009 Caraway Speedway Legends Track Championship

For Keven Wood, his 2009 Season culminated by bringing home the Caraway Speedway Legends track championship. In route to that accomplishment, he won the final 4 feature races. Despite missing the first 2 races of the season, Keven overcame that deficit to finish the season with 11 top 5’s in 12 starts.

“This has been an unbelievable season for us. Not having raced in the INEX Legends Series in over 4 years, I knew I was in for a challenge to pick up where I left off in 2003 and 2004. Our season would not have been this successful had it not been for Curt Andrews’ powerful engine and Dan Snyder’s exceptional setup and tire cutting. I would also like to thank my Uncle, Terry Hall, for ‘dragging’ my car to the track for every race. Also, I would like to commend my fellow competitors, especially Jan Ingram and Daniel Hemric for providing great competition and clean racing.”

Keven’s racing plans for 2010 are still undecided, leaving his options open should sponsorship or driving opportunities become available.

To contact or learn more about Keven Wood go to www.kevenwoodracing.com .

Museum to Display ’09 Elliott #21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion

See the old and new this weekend at the Wood Brothers’ museum in Stuart, Virginia.  In addition to the Team’s other historical memorabilia, the Wood Brothers’ museum will also be displaying a 2009 Bill Elliott #21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion COT.

Directions:
From Martinsville, take highway 58 west. You will see TWO exits for Stuart. Take the SECOND Stuart exit for State Road #1025. At the bottom of the ramp, make a left onto 1025. We are the second building on the left.

When coming from Hillsville, VA take highway 58 east. Take the Stuart exit for State Road #1025. At the bottom of the ramp, make a right onto 1025. We are the second building on the left.

When coming from North Carolina on highway 8 north, take 8 north to the intersection of 8 and 58. Take a left onto 58 (past SunTrust Bank). Turn right on the next street, (Johnson Street) that leads to the Industrial Park. We are the second building on the right.

Visit the Wood Brothers’ Museum – just west of Martinsville

If you have some extra time this weekend, consider visiting the Wood Brothers’ Museum at 21 Performance Drive, Stuart Virginia, 24171 – located just 30 miles west of Martinsville off of route 58. Admission is free.

The #21, 1971 Wood Brothers’ Purolator Mercury Cyclone will be on display, along with a host of other Wood Brothers’ memories, including a 2009 race car. The museum will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday, October 23, 2009 and Saturday, October 24, 2009.

Should you have any questions please log on to our website at www.woodbrothersracing.com – or call us at (276) 694 – 2121.

Directions:
From Martinsville, take highway 58 west. You will see TWO exits for Stuart. Take the SECOND Stuart exit for State Road #1025. At the bottom of the ramp, make a left onto 1025. We are the second building on the left.

When coming from Hillsville, VA take highway 58 east. Take the Stuart exit for State Road #1025. At the bottom of the ramp, make a right onto 1025. We are the second building on the left.

When coming from North Carolina on highway 8 north, take 8 north to the intersection of 8 and 58. Take a left onto 58 (past SunTrust Bank). Turn right on the next street, (Johnson Street) that leads to the Industrial Park. We are the second building on the right.

#21 Warriors in Pink Powered by Ford Finishes 29th at Charlotte

The Wood Brothers were proud to support the “Warriors in Pink Powered by Ford” effort, Breast Cancer Awareness Month and “Susan G. Komen for the Cure” this weekend in Charlotte. The #21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion sported the “Warriors in Pink Powered by Ford” logo and paint scheme and driver Bill Elliott and the team wore “Warriors in Pink” logos.

From Left - Bob Tasca III, Leonard Wood, Bill Elliott, Len Wood & Eddie Wood

In addition to raising awareness for the breast cancer programs, the Wood Brothers hosted Motorcraft / Quick Lane NHRA Funny Car driver Bob Tasca, III. It was his first experience at a NASCAR event and Len and Eddie Wood enjoyed showing him around the track.

As for racing, the team overcame a number of hurdles and brought home a 29th place finish. Instead of resting on the recent improvements in the Wood Brother’s race program, Crew Chief David Hyder and the 21 Team were looking for more this weekend. Unfortunately, Mother Nature didn’t cooperate. Planning on a full hour and a half for practice on Thursday before qualifying, more than enough time to try a new set-up and revert to the old set-up if the new one didn’t work, the rainy weather shortened the first practice to forty minutes. When the car didn’t respond the way the team hoped, they were forced to implement a known set-up for qualifying. Driver Bill Elliott qualified the car 36th.

Bill Elliott : Warriors in Pink

On Saturday, the #21 Ford Fusion took the green flag under brisk conditions before a crowd of over 100,000 people. After a few laps, Bill radioed that the car felt loose. Crew Chief David Hyder responded that the car would perform better on longer runs. Unfortunately, there were numerous cautions early in the race and the 21 went a lap down on lap 96.

On lap 119 the caution flag flew again and the team made the decision not to pit – instead taking a “wave-around” in the hopes of pitting under another caution. Unfortunately, the plan did not work out and the leaders passed the #21 again putting the team two laps down. From that point, Bill maintained his position and finished the race in 29th place.

Co-owner Eddie Wood noted, “We were happy to support the ‘Warriors in Pink Powered by Ford’ effort and it was great having Bob [Tasca] at the track with us – he’s a great guy. We got a little behind this weekend trying to improve our car. The guys put forth a great effort and I really appreciate their never-quit attitude.”

Elliott Qualifies the #21 “Warriors in Pink” Ford Fusion 36th

After a rain shortened practice and having to make the race on time, the #21 team had to run a conservative qualifying lap.  Despite the less aggressive approach, Bill still picked up two tenths of a second over his best practice time running a lap of 28.77 seconds.  The time was good enough to make the race and start 36th.  The teams will be back on the track tomorrow for two practices.

Jimmie Johnson won the pole with a lap time of 28.07 seconds.

Wood Brothers to make 100th Charlotte Start

Fall racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway has come a long way since the inaugural fall race on October 16, 1960. The Wood Brothers won the first fall Charlotte race with Speedy Thompson behind the wheel of the #21 Ford. (Pictured are Driver Speedy Thompson and Owner Glen Wood in Victory Lane)

This will be the Wood Brothers 100th start on the 1.5 mile quad-oval having compiled a record of 6 wins, 24 top fives, 38 top tens and 20 poles. Driver Bill Elliott has competed in 59 races at the famed speedway earning 2 wins, 11 top fives, 22 top tens and 4 poles.

During this year’s spring race, the #21 team started tenth and finished 15th and began a run of strong performances that to date has resulted in 7 top 20 starts and 5 top twenty finishes. The team is looking forward to building on the successes of its intermediate track performances this weekend during the “NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America.”

The #21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion will be sporting a special “Warriors in Pink” paint scheme in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Bill Elliott will be wearing a “Warriors in Pink” fire suit and helmet that will be available through an online auction – all proceeds benefiting “Susan G. Komen for the Cure.”

The teams take to the track on Thursday for practice and qualifying. Two practices are scheduled for Friday with race action scheduled for Saturday night at 7:25 pm.

Charlotte Pre-race, courtesy of Ford Racing

The Wood Brothers have been running a partial schedule in 2009. Saturday night’s race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte will mark the team’s 11th race of the season. Bill Elliott drove the No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion to a season-best 15th-place finish at Charlotte in May, after starting 15th, one of four top-10 qualifying efforts this year. This weekend, the car will carry a special Ford Motor Company Warriors in Pink paint scheme.

EDDIE WOOD – co-owner, No. 21 Warriors in Pink Ford Fusion – YOUR TEAM HAS RUN A PARTIAL SCHEDULE THIS YEAR. HAS THAT PLAN WORKED OUT BETTER THAN YOU HAD HOPED? “Things have worked out a lot better than we probably would’ve expected – actually, we didn’t know what to expect. You can look at it both ways – yes, we had more time to prepare, but we weren’t there week to week, either, so you could lose a little bit there. But, you know, we are so much better than we were a year ago – and have been all year. So, as far as I am concerned, it’s been very positive. It was done out of necessity, but the good side of it is we’re better – the cars are better, the crew is getting a lot better, everything about the whole race team is really upbeat. And, knock on wood, we’ve been qualifying pretty well, and racing pretty good, too. We’ve had some things happen to us on pit road at Indy and Chicago, and had that not happened, I think we would’ve had top-10s there – and maybe a top-five at one of them. But, we just keep working, and so far it’s worked out pretty good.”

WHEN YOU DON’T RACE EVERY WEEK, AND DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT POINTS, ARE THERE ANY OTHER BENEFITS? “Sometimes, you catch yourself racing like you’ve always raced, which is to do the right thing in the big picture, but with NASCAR putting in the wave-around rule and the double-file re-starts – changes that I think are all very, very positive – you can take chances now. Let’s say you find yourself a lap down, you can get the wave-around and take a chance on it. Whereas before, you’d do the safe thing, but when you’re not running for points every week, you don’t have to do the safe thing, and if it works out, great; you’ve gained a lot. And if it doesn’t work out, oh, well, we tried, but it doesn’t really hurt you in points.”

YOUR CAR WILL BE CARRYING A “WARRIORS IN PINK PAINT SCHEME.” HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT? “Ford Racing and Motorcraft and us got together and decided to do that. The car looks good. It’s not a pink car, it’s a white car with pink numbers. It looks good.”

WHAT ARE THE NEXT RACES AFTER CHARLOTTE FOR THE 21? “Texas and Homestead.”

Wood Brothers Support “Warriors In Pink”

Warriors in Pink

The Wood Brothers are happy to announce their support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, “Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” and the “Ford Cares” program. In honor of these causes, the Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford Fusion driven by past champion Bill Elliott will feature a special Ford Motor Company “Warriors in Pink” paint scheme. The new paint scheme will debut at Lowe’s Motor Speedway during the NASCAR “Banking 500 only from Bank of America” on October 17.

The Warriors in Pink Car

Driver Bill Elliott will also be wearing a specially-designed Ford “Warriors in Pink” fire suit and helmet during the race that will be auctioned off online after the race (auction date and specifics to be announced). One hundred percent of auction proceeds will go to “Susan G. Komen for the Cure.”

“Ford came to us with the idea of running this special paint scheme, and we were pleased to be able to do it for them,” said Eddie Wood, co-owner of Wood Brothers Racing. “We’re proud to represent Ford Motor Company and all its employees in this cause, and we sure hope to be able to draw more awareness to the ‘Warriors in Pink’ initiative.”

Fans can help Ford fight for the cure by visiting fordcares.com and purchasing exclusive “Warriors in Pink” apparel featuring important symbols of hope, strength and unity. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from every purchase go directly to “Susan G. Komen for the Cure.”

Ford Warriors in Pink & Wood Brothers Race for the Cure

DEARBORN, Mich., October 9, 2009 – Ford Motor Company, with the help of Wood Brothers Racing, is giving new meaning to “racing for the cure.”

The Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford Fusion driven by Bill Elliott will feature a special Ford Motor Company Warriors in Pink paint scheme in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The new paint scheme will debut at Lowe’s Motor Speedway during the NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America on October 17.

Elliott will also be wearing a specially-designed Ford Warriors in Pink fire suit and helmet during the race that will be auctioned off online after the Race. (Auction date and specifics to be announced) One hundred percent of auction proceeds will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Wood Brothers and Ford Racing to feature our Warriors in Pink paint scheme on the No. 21 Fusion in Charlotte,” said Kim McInerney, Ford Primary Brand Sponsorship and Event Manager. “We see this as a great opportunity to reach out to theloyal fan base of NASCAR, who have always opened up their arms to important charitable causes. “Ford’s commitment to this program runs well beyond raising funds. We know that awareness leads to early detection and early detection saves lives, so we are also working to increase breast cancer awareness.”

“Ford came to us with the idea of running this special paint scheme, and we were pleased to be able to do it for them,” said Eddie Wood, one of the team owners of Wood Brothers Racing. “We’re proud to represent Ford Motor Company and all its employees in this cause, and we sure hope to be able to draw more awareness to the Warriors in Pink initiative by running our Fusion near the front all night.”

Warriors on the track, the Wood Brothers are acknowledged pioneers in the sport of stock-car racing, having earned 96 wins in 59 years of NASCAR competition – second most in Ford Racing history. The Woods and Ford have the longest team-manufacturer relationship in NASCAR history.

Fans can help Ford fight for the cure by visiting the fordcares.com, where they can purchase exclusive Warriors in Pink apparel featuring important symbols of hope, strength and unity. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from every purchase go directly to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Since becoming a national series sponsor of Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure 15 years ago, Ford has dedicated more than $100 million to the cause. More than 50,000 Ford employees have participated in the Race for the Cure events and thousands of Ford dealers support the Races in their area.

Elliott and the #21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion Finish 19th at Kansas

Bill Elliott drove the #21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion to a 19th place finish in the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway. After starting in 16th position, Bill and the Motorcraft team fought hard all day to take the checkered flag in 19th place. The race was intense and exciting, as long green flag runs and double file restarts played a significant role in the final results.

Starting on the outside of row 8, Bill took the green flag and ran in the top 20, posting lap times comparable to the leaders. The first pit stop of the day occurred on lap 53 under green flag conditions. The Motorcraft pit crew delivered a 14 second pit stop making minor adjustments to the #21 Ford Fusion. Bill returned to the in track 21st place and maintained his position until the caution was thrown again on lap 68. Under caution, the team decided to make another pit stop adding four tires and fuel in 13.45 seconds.

As the green flag was thrown for the restart, the cars in front checked up and a chain reaction occurred, resulting in Bill bumping the car in front of him. This incident damaged the splitter and put a hole in the nose of the car. With a damaged racecar, Bill fought to stay on the lead lap and maintained a top 25 position. As Bill battled the leader to stay on the lead lap, the fourth caution fell. The Motorcraft team was able to make some repairs to the nose of the damaged race car while staying on the lead lap. The #21 Ford Fusion took the green flag and continued to run in the top 25 with slight damage remaining to the nose.

The final green flag pit stop came on lap 202 with the crew changing four tires, taking fuel and making a few adjustments. After going a lap down due to a long green flag run, the caution fell on lap 235. This caution left David Hyder and the Wood Brothers Motorcraft team with a race changing decision – stay out, get back on the led lap and hope for a caution, or pit. The team decided not to pit, received the wave around from NASCAR and was back on the led lap. This strategic move placed Bill in the top 20. With only 28 laps left, the team thought they would be 8 laps short on fuel. Hyder informed Bill of the situation and “Awesome Bill” was able to be competitive and conserve enough fuel to finish the race 19th.

Co-owner and engine specialist Len Wood stated, “There is no way we should have been able to run 60 laps on a tank of fuel but we had nothing to lose and everything to gain. Bill did a great job saving fuel.”

Bill added, “Hyder and the guys gave me a good driving car all weekend and a great finish considering the amount of damage to the car. I really feel like we had a top 15 car and the team did a good job repairing the car.”

The Wood Brothers next race will be at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on October 17th.