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Wet Paint! Elliott and #21 Ford Fusion Feature Quick Lane Tire

DEARBORN, Mich., August 12, 2009 Americas fastest growing auto service brand teams up with NASCARs 16-time, fan-voted Most Popular Driver at this weekends NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. The Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford Fusion driven by Bill Elliott will switch from its normal red Motorcraft paint scheme and feature the blue, white and orange colors of Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center.

We are excited to have Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center sponsor the No. 21 Ford Fusion, especially since Michigan International Speedway is the home track of both Quick Lane and Ford, said Tom Suttles, Quick Lane Business Manager. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase our partnership with Motorcraft. Quick Lane and Motorcraft form the perfect combination of fast, convenient service and the highest quality parts. In addition to being the primary sponsor of Bill Elliotts Fusion this weekend, fans can see the No. 21 Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford Fusion at 12 Metro Detroit locations this week. Bill Elliott will be signing autographs at the Quick Lane at Varsity Lincoln Mercury in Novi and the Quick Lane at Hines Park Ford in New Hudson on Thursday, August 13. We really enjoy working with Bill Elliott and the Wood Brothers and hope to show how life is better and faster in the Quick Lane, added Suttles.

Ford Customer Service Division brands of Motorcraft and Quick Lane are primary sponsors on the Wood Brothers No. 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Ford Fusion for 12 races this season, which began in February at the Daytona 500 and will culminate with the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Wood Brothers are acknowledged pioneers in the sport of stock-car racing, and have earned 96 wins in over 50 years of NASCAR competition second most in Ford Racing history. Elliott has won 44 NASCAR Cup races, the 1989 NASCAR Cup championship, and is a seven-time winner at Michigan International Speedway.

The red and black Motorcraft logo appears on the No. 21 Ford Fusion in NASCAR, while two of Ford’s brands – Motorcraft and Quick Lane – adorn the Shelby Mustang Nitro Funny Car of Bob Tasca III, winner of the 2009 Gainesville Gatornationals.

About Quick Lane: Quick Lane provides automotive quick services for all makes and models. Quick Lane’s nationwide network of 530 facilities provides the convenience of an aftermarket company (no appointment necessary, service while you wait, evening and weekend hours, competitive prices) with the confidence of a major automotive manufacturer (quality parts, factory-trained technicians). Quick Lane is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company. For more information, visit

About Motorcraft: Motorcraft offers a complete line of original equipment-approved parts that are recommended and approved by Ford Motor Company. From routine maintenance to underhood and powertrain repairs, Motorcraft parts offer exceptional value with the highest quality and right fit at competitive prices. Motorcraft parts are available locally and are backed nationwide by Ford Motor Company’s Service Parts Limited Warranty. For more information, visit

About Ford Motor Company: Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 201,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the companys brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Fords products, please visit

This Week in Ford Racing – Courtesy Ford Racing

This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads back to Michigan International Speedway. With over 75 appearances at MIS under their belt, Wood Brothers Racing has more history at the Speedway than any other team in NASCAR history. Eddie Wood talks about racing at Michigan and the history of the No. 21 car.

EDDIE WOOD – co-owner, No. 21 Quick Lane Fusion –WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT WHEN YOU COME TO MICHIGAN? “I think every week that we show up to the race track, we’ve been fast off the truck, and they seemed to be getting better and better. The car that we’re bringing back is the car we ran earlier there in the summer. I think it’s going to be really competitive. The biggest problem we’ve had in the last two races, we can’t get off pit road. We’ve been having problems on pit road and with the pits, and we’re working on that everyday. Its something that’s really aggravating me because we finally got the car where it’s competitive, and Bill’s doing a great job, and the thing we’re supposed to be the best with we’re struggling with. We’re working on that, and if we can get in and out of the pits and stay out of trouble, I think we can run top 10 with it.”

THE WOOD BROTHERS TEAM AND THE FAMILY TRADITION IS SO WELL DOCUMENTED IN NASCAR LORE, WHAT DOES ALL OF THAT MEAN TO YOU AND THE FAMILY? “Well, it was a family run deal back then, and my Dad and uncles ran it, and now my brother and my sister do it. The basic way we do things is exactly like my Dad did it back in the day, and it works. We’ve done a little bit of everything around the race car except, the only thing we haven’t done is drove them.”

YOU’VE HAD SO MANY GREAT DRIVERS IN THE 21 CAR. SOME PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE BUT YOU ORIGINALLY STARTED WITH THE NUMBER 50 ON THE CAR? “Yeah, the first race that our Dad ever ran, I think was a 39 or 40 Ford with the number 50 on it in the year 1950, which is why they did that. The first race they ran, or they went to, they caught the thing on fire and burnt it to the ground. They were almost done before they got started, but they rebounded, and three or four weeks later they won a race with it. From the 50 they went to the number 22 and then 21, so we’ve had a few numbers in our day.”

YOU’RE ON A RESTRICTED SCHEDULE TO GET THE TEAM BACK ON TRACK, AND BILL ELLIOTT HAS SAID IN MANY INTERVIEWS HE FEELS YOU ARE HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. HOW DO YOU FEEL THE TEAM IS DOING? “It’s really helped us. We first decided to cut back, which that was due largely to sponsorship, and you start looking for money, you look for money all year long. As August, September, October got closer, we thought, man, we’re not going to get enough to run the whole deal, so what are we going to do quit? We went and had a conversation with Edsel Ford and Jim Farley at Ford Racing and thought, why don’t we just run, we’ve got some Motorcraft money, some Ford money, lets just run a few races with that money and do it properly with that money. The amount of work and preparation that goes in every week, it’s the same as racing every week, we just don’t load the car and go somewhere. We spend a lot of time with the wind tunnel, the shaker rigs and pull-down rigs that Ford Racing provides, and all of that stuff being said, it just works better. The schedule fits what we are good at, what Bill’s good at, and so far it’s really working.”

YOU CAN SEE THE PROGRESS YOU’RE MAKING. IS RUNNING A FULL SCHEDULE SOMEWHERE DOWN THE ROAD OR CONSIDERING THE ECONOMY DOES IT COME DOWN TO SPONSORSHIP? “It’s economy driven, and it’s hitting every business, every person in the country. Racing is suffering from it as well, at the tracks, with teams. For the time being, that’s where we’re going in with it. If tomorrow morning we run into a little bit of money, then we’ll run some more races this year than we planned. We’re not going to get into that situation where you do that start and park stuff like some of those guys are doing, those so called business men that are doing that, that’s not racing, that’s not us and that’s really not what NASCAR was built on. We’re just going to do what we can afford to do, and do it properly.”

WAS THERE EVER A POINT WHERE WOOD BROTHERS RACING WAS CONSIDERING CLOSING THE DOOR? “No, not really. We weren’t going to voluntarily stop. If we got in that position where we couldn’t get sponsorship, than yeah, you got to stop. Fortunately with Ford Motor Company, and the Motorcraft brand, it worked out for us. We’ve raced Fords since the beginning, 1950, and next year we’ll be going into our 10th year with Motorcraft, and that’s something to be proud of.”

26th Place Finish at Indy

After consistent practices and a 4th place qualifying effort, the #21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion took to the track Sunday before a crowd of over 180,000. Crew Chief David Hyder and the team did a great job preparing and adjusting the car. For the first three quarters of the Brickyard 400, the car raced in and around the top ten, often posting the fastest lap times.

Unfortunately, during the last pit stop of the day, a lugnut from the left front tire change became lodged between the new tire and the hub and prevented the tire from being properly tightened. The unfortunate chain of events required the car to come back to pit road and resulted in the car going one lap down. Bill eventually brought the car to the checkered flag in 26th place.

With over 60 years of racing under his belt, Leonard Wood said after the race that there was an imprint of the lugnut on the inside of the wheel and that in all his years of racing he had never seen something like that happen.

While the initial reaction was disappointment, after further reflection, the team couldn’t help but feel good about the weekend. Co-owner Eddie Wood said “With all the moving parts and pieces, strange things happen. The car ran well, Bill drove hard, and the team performed well. We can take those positives and continue to get better. The results can’t help but come. We’re getting really close.”

Elliott Qualifies the #21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion 4th at Indy

After a four hour rain delay, Indy qualifying is finally over.  Bill picked up over three tenths of a second from practice running a 49.90 second lap.  He qualified 4th for tomorrow’s Brickyard 400.  When asked about the lap, Bill stated, “I just tried to run a smooth lap.  The car ran real well.  Hyder and the guys did a heck of a job preparing the car.”

Mark Martin earned the pole with a lap time of 49.44 seconds.

Wood Brothers Brickyard 400 Pre-Race

After a weekend off, NASCAR Sprint Cup teams will be heading to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400. NASCAR teams began competing at the infamous 2 ½ mile track in 1994. The race has become a highlight in the Sprint Cup Series season schedule.

The Wood Brothers and Bill Elliott are looking forward to bringing the #21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion to Indy this weekend. The Wood Brothers have competed in 14 of the 15 Sprint Cup races held at Indy, twice finishing in the top ten. Former NASCAR Champion Bill Elliott has also competed in 14 of the 15 Indianapolis Sprint Cup races winning the event in 2002 and finishing in the top ten an incredible 9 times.

Teams will take to the track on Friday, July 24th for two practices with qualifying and two more practices scheduled for Saturday, July 25th. The race is scheduled for Sunday, July 26th, with live trackside coverage beginning at 1:00 pm EST on ESPN.

Photo courtesy of Phil Cavali.

Chicagoland – 29th Place Finish

The Wood Brothers and Bill Elliott headed into Saturday night’s race with high hopes. The team’s qualifying effort and consistency in practice all weekend confirmed the team was continuing to make progress in its intermediate track program.

The #21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion took the green flag in 8th position and climbed as high as 6th place before making its first pit stop. The car was handling well and Bill requested only minor changes to the car. Unfortunately, during the pit stop the team lost control of a tire and it rolled across pit road – a NASCAR rules infraction that relegated the #21 car to end of the longest line.

The mishap changed the entire complexion of the race for the 21 team. The team’s strategy changed from racing with the lead cars, to trying to keep from being lapped by them.

Taking the green flag at the tail end of the field, Bill drove the #21 car back into the top 20 before the next pit stop.

After multiple long green flag runs, the 21 car was eventually lapped. Unfortunately, the team could not recover from its early race mistake. Bill eventually brought the car home in 29th place.

Commenting on the night’s run, Elliott stated, “Man, I tell you what, we had a great car, but you’re gonna have nights like that. We just had a bunch of miscues. There’s no doubt we’re making progress. To run like we ran before the first caution, we’re good. We’re getting there.”

Wood Brothers co-owner Eddie Wood added, “Hyder, Bill, and the guys have worked really hard to get our car competitive, and they’ve done that. Bill fought back trying to overcome the mistake we made in the pits – we just ran out of laps. The error on pit road is completely unacceptable. We’ve been fighting problems on pit road all year, and are constantly working with our pit coach Gary Smith to fix them.”

Bill Elliott Qualifies 8th for 400 at Chicagoland

Bill Elliott picked up almost 7/10’s of a second from practice and qualified the Wood Brother’s #21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion 8th for Saturday night’s 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.  Elliott’s lap time of 29.76 seconds was fastest of the Fords.

About the qualifying lap, Elliott commented “[The car] was really good.  The guys made some really key changes in practice.  From what David Hyder and Len and Eddie, and all the guys that pull behind this deal, and Ford Motorcraft and all the people that have pulled together and helped us, we have come a long way in the last three races.”

Brian Vickers won the pole with a lap time of 29.32 seconds.

Wood Brothers Chicagoland Race Preview

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is headed to the windy city of Chicago this weekend for some Saturday night racing. However, Saturday night’s race at the 1.5 mile tri-oval is a far cry from the races NASCAR used to run at Soldier Field in the 1950’s. In the mid 50’s, Glen and Leonard Wood (Leonard Wood pictured to the left) and a handful of NASCAR regulars would come to Chicago to compete at the ½ mile paved track at Soldier Field (click here for related article – “Glen Wood 57 win”). The Wood Brothers competed in three of the races with Glen Wood winning the last NASCAR race at Soldier Field in 1957.

With positive ties to Chicago’s racing past and strong runs at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway, the Wood Brothers and Bill Elliott are looking forward to bringing the #21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion to Chicagoland Speedway this weekend.

The Wood Brothers have competed in all 8 Sprint Cup races held at Chicagoland Speedway earning their best finish (7th) in 2005 with Ricky Rudd behind the wheel. Former NASCAR Champion Bill Elliott has competed in 6 of the 8 Chicagoland Sprint Cup races finishing in the top ten twice.

Teams will take to the track on Thursday, July 9th for practice and qualifying with two practices scheduled for Friday, July 10th. The race is scheduled for Saturday night, July 11th, with live trackside coverage beginning at 7:30 pm EST on TNT.