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Ford Racing – Daytona Preseason Thunder Thursday Advance – Eddie Wood & Trevor Bayne

FORD RACING NOTES AND QUOTES                     Daytona Preseason Thunder, Page 5
January 20, 2011             Daytona International Speedway

Wood Brothers Racing announced late Thursday afternoon that 19-year old rookie driver Trevor Bayne will pilot the iconic No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion during the 2011 season.   Eddie Wood, co-owner of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion and Bayne took time between testing runs at the 2011 Daytona Preseason Thunder Thursday session to talk about the announcement.
 
EDDIE WOOD, co-owner, No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion – HOW DID IT COME TO BE THAT TREVOR BAYNE WOULD DRIVE THE NO. 21 FOR YOU THIS YEAR?  “I guess it started at Texas. We raced him there and he had a really good run. It just kind of fell together from there. I am not really sure how it all started or how it all came about, it just started to gain momentum. We are really pleased with Trevor though and look forward to having him with us.”  PEOPLE HAVE SAID THAT TREVOR HAS ‘IT’, WHATEVER ‘IT’ IS. WHAT IS IT ABOUT TREVOR THAT MAKES HIM SUCH A SPECIAL DRIVER AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE?  “For one thing, he is very mature for his age. He is very aware of what it takes to be a race car driver in the Sprint Cup series. I think he understands that really well.  He is just really good with his feedback in the race car and all-around is really ready to go racing, in every single aspect.”  DO YOU THINK YOU WILL HAVE TO GET USED TO DEALING WITH GUYS, MAYBE COMMUNICATION WISE, WITH A ROOKIE DRIVER AS OPPOSED TO VETERAN GUYS YOU ARE USED TO?  “Trevor has been racing since he was five-years old, so if you do the math he has 15-years of experience racing. Racing is racing. The communication that he and Donnie (Wingo) had at Texas and as well as the tire test here at Daytona in December has been great. They are communicating really well. They seem to really be good with where each other are at. That is where it starts, making sure that the crew chief and engineers and the people that are controlling what is in the car and why it is in there mesh with the driver. So far it really seems to be doing that. It is one of those things that you can’t really make happen. It just is or it is not. Fortunately for us it looks like it is and I think we will be fine.”  WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE SOME REALISTIC GOALS AND EXPECTATIONS FOR THIS YEAR WITH TREVOR BEHIND THE WHEEL? “We have a whole new program in place now that is different from the past. We are going to be tapping into Roush engineering and running Roush equipment this year. That is different than we have done in the past. In the past we have built our own race cars and did our own engineering. This should really make things easier and better because we have a larger group of people to pull from and I am really excited about that. That is going really well.”  HOW ARE THINGS ON DAY ONE OF TESTING?  “It seems to be going really well. We are going through a lot of engine related test runs right now. I don’t think we have gotten into very many things with the race car itself yet. Those things will come later this afternoon and tomorrow.”  HOW DO YOU APPROACH THIS TEST WITH A ROOKIE DRIVER AS OPPOSED TO THE VETERAN DRIVERS YOU HAVE HAD IN THE PAST?  “It is really no different. You come down here and you have a list of things that you are going to do and try. The crew chief and engineers come up with all that. Basically it doesn’t really change from one to the other because you are just making laps and making single car runs. Those things are really easy.”

TREVOR BAYNE, driver, No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion – YOU ARE OFFICIALLY WITH THE WOOD BROTHERS FOR 2011, 17 RACES ON YOUR SCHEDULE, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS HEADING INTO THIS YEAR?   “I am just glad to finally be able to show my excitement. I have had to keep it bottled up for a few weeks as we worked toward this. To finally get it done and announced is pretty incredible man. I couldn’t ask for a better team to be with to start out with. It is a lower pressure situation being a one car team. They can really focus on this car, which is great. I think Donnie Wingo is a great crew chief to work with a young driver and even though the Wood Brothers have never had a rookie driver before I think it is a great fit and I am really looking forward to it.”  TALK ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH DONNIE. WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP LIKE?  “It is awesome. I think he has good experience because he has kids my age. He keeps me in line because I think he looks at me like I am one of his kids sometimes. I love hanging out with Donnie, going to the shop and hanging out there. There is so much to learn from everyone in this organization. Even Leonard Wood, I love going and hanging out with him while he is building lawn mowers and RC cars and all kinds of stuff. The relationships here are almost overwhelming because it is so easy. Everybody is really personable here, especially Len and Eddie Wood. They are great owners and I couldn’t ask for a much better situation.”  THERE IS A CONNECTION THIS YEAR BETWEEN WOOD BROTHERS AND ROUSH FENWAY THIS YEAR, HOW DOES THAT HELP YOU IN YOUR ROOKIE YEAR?  “I think it is great. I signed a deal with Roush last year to drive for them in the Nationwide series and I didn’t know what the Cup side held. Here I am with the Wood Brothers, and that is really cool. It is a great relationship and I think Ford has really helped that a lot to form that relationship between the organizations. To have other cars out there that we can rely on with the RPM cars and Roush cars is great. It is great to have all those people to bounce things off of.”  WHAT ARE YOUR IMPRESSIONS OF THIS NEW SMOOTH SURFACE WE ARE HEARING ABOUT OUT THERE?  “It has settled a little bit more now. I was actually shocked today to see the difference from the first test to this test. It has settled a little having other series cars on it making laps. I think we will see those characteristics start coming back out and we will get to what we have always loved and seen here at Daytona. It is a lot more racy than when we were here last time. I think you can get three or four-wide without worrying about it too much. I think it is going to be good racing.”  WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS GOING INTO THE YEAR? HOW HIGH DO YOU SET THE BAR FOR YOURSELF?  “I think I just go out there and race. That is what I did at Texas. We went out and had to make it on time there which is different for the first five races this year because we have points. We will be able to work on race setup those first five and try to knock out a top-15. If we can run top-15’s those first five races then that would set us up to be decent on the points. That is what we need to do to try accumulating more sponsorship to keep going. We are gunning for 17 races, but if we can get more sponsorship we can keep going. We want to do as well as we can in the first five to help us set up the rest of the season.”

Donnie Wingo, crew chief of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion took time during Friday’s rain delay at the 2011 Daytona Preseason Thunder to discuss the upcoming season, his guidance of rookie driver Trevor Bayne and how the track at Daytona has evolved since the repaving project.
 
DONNIE WINGO, crew chief, No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion – EDDIE WOOD DESCRIBED TREVOR AS HAVING AN “IT” QUALITY. DO YOU SEE THAT AS WELL?  “Yeah, for sure. From the time he got in the car at Texas last year to the end of the race, he is just one of those guys that just has this knack. The part I liked about Texas was he did a real good job of racing for us. A kid like that, he has the speed, a lot of times it takes some of those guys to get the racing part down but I think he already has that down. Just from the way he raced at Texas, racing around the other cars and the way he was able to pass cars and not just sit and ride behind cars was a good thing. He searched until he found a way to get around cars. I think that is something that you can’t teach these young kids; they just have to learn it on their own.” YOU HAVE WORKED WITH TREVOR SINCE THE TEXAS RACE. HOW HAS THE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN YOU TWO EVOLVED AND HOW DO YOU THINK IT WILL EVOLVE?   “I think it is like anything else. Guys that work together for a long time build a relationship and it makes things a lot easier, especially when it comes to race time and making adjustments. A lot of times you can tell from a driver’s voice how bad or good something is. That is something that will take time for us, but as the races go on this year I think we will build that. His feedback is good. His feedback from the race at Texas was good and it has been good at the test here. If he keeps giving us good feedback then we will be able to make the car better which is what you have to do to win races.”  HOW IS IT DIFFERENT DEALING WITH A ROOKIE DRIVER AS OPPOSED TO A VETERAN GUY?  “There are some things that I think I can contribute to him at some places we go that will open his eyes to certain things about the track, its characteristics, how it will go during the race. That way he can focus on how we need to adjust the car the right way for him. I have worked with a lot of young kids over the years. It is a relationship you have to build as time goes on. Trevor is a real good kid. He is very respectful and he wants to do well and has a tremendous amount of desire and talent.”  FROM A CREW CHIEF PERSPECTIVE, HOW HAS THIS TRACK CHANGED SINCE THE REPAVE AND EVEN THE TIRE TEST IN DECEMBER AND WHAT DOES THAT DO TO YOU FOR THE 500 NEXT MONTH?  “It is kind of hard to tell right now because we have really only done single car runs. As we get into speed weeks I think we will be able to tell more. I don’t think it will be anything near what it was down here before where handling was a big issue. The track is going to have so much grip that you will have trouble trying to get the car to run free through the corner. I don’t think it is going to be a deal to where you get a big push or get real free or something like that. I think the track has so much grip that the first race will be a lot like Talladega, just raw speed.”

Trevor Bayne to Drive No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion in 2011

 

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NAME Trevor Bayne I BIRTHDATE : February 19, 1991 I HOMETOWN Knoxville, TN I MARITAL STATUS Single I CREW CHIEF Donnie Wingo

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Wood Brothers Racing has announced that 19-year old rookie driver Trevor Bayne will pilot the iconic No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion during the 2011 season.

Throughout their 61 years of racing in NASCAR the Wood Brothers historically have entrusted their cars to veteran drivers, but they acknowledge that Bayne is not just any rookie.

Bayne made his Sprint Cup debut in the No. 21 last season at Texas; qualifying in on speed and finishing 17th in the race. Those stats don’t tell the whole story. NASCAR’s loop data shows that Bayne passed 140 cars during that race and was passed only 104 times, giving a difference of 36, best among the 43 starters in that race.

With the strong Texas performance behind them, the Woods and Bayne plan to run the first five races on the Sprint Cup schedule, then make selected appearances over the remainder of the season, with an expected total of 17 starts and possibly more. Veteran Donnie Wingo returns to crew chief the team in 2011.

“It’s pretty awesome that the Wood Brothers have the confidence in me to believe that I can do it as a rookie,” said Bayne, who will turn 20 on the day before the Daytona 500. “That says a lot about our relationship already.”

 Eddie Wood, co-owner of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion, said NASCAR’s oldest team is excited to get back to the track with its youngest Sprint Cup driver ever.

 “We’re really excited to be starting the season with Trevor,” Wood said. “It’s something new for us. We had a good race at Texas last year. That’s where it all started.”

 Bayne said he’s found the Woods to be a close-knit family that is serious about racing.

“It’s been cool being around the shop,” said Bayne. “It’s really a family deal, and you don’t see that in NASCAR much any more. They still do a great job with the business side of it, but the main focus is on family and how to get the best performance for the team and Ford.”

Bayne noted that when he’s at the team shop, he often sees several generations of Woods including Leonard, Eddie, Len, Jon, Jordan, Keven and Kim, all at the shop and all enjoying what they do. 

“It makes racing fun,” he said. “It reminds me of when I was growing up racing.”

 Bayne’s early racing years also have other similarities to the Woods, including the ability to capture checkered flags. In addition to their triumphs in other racing series, the Woods have won 97 Sprint Cup races and 118 poles in Sprint Cup alone since 1953.

 Bayne, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., started racing go-karts at age five, and won three world championships, more than 300 feature wins and 18 state and track championships.  He became the youngest top rookie in the Allison Legacy Series and won 14 races, 19 poles and a series championship in two seasons.

 From there, he advanced to USAR Pro Cup Series where at age 15 he became the circuit’s youngest ever rookie of the year.  In 2008 he was signed as a development driver for Dale Earnhardt Inc. and raced in the Camping World East Series, where he secured his first win at Thompson, Conn.

 He ran his first Nationwide Series race at Bristol in March, 2009. In his second start, at Nashville Superspeedway, he sat on the outside pole, and in his seventh start, at O’Reilly Raceway Park, he earned the first of his four career poles. In just 50 Nationwide Series starts he has six top-five and 13 top-10 finishes and has led 133 laps. He finished seventh in the Nationwide standings last year, his first full-time season.

 Bayne said he’s eager to prove that he’s ready to race in NASCAR’s top series.

 “I’m looking forward to my first year in Cup,” he said. “I know it’s not full time, but it’s been my dream since I was five years old.

 “And you couldn’t ask for a better group of people to have behind you. Donnie Wingo has been incredible, and he and the guys on the team have lot of experience and have been great mentors.

 “Hopefully we’ll continue to gain momentum and represent the Wood Brothers well, on and off the track.”

FORD LAUNCHES “FORD RACING TV,” THE YOU TUBE DESTINATION FOR ALL THINGS FORD RACING

FORD LAUNCHES “FORD RACING TV,” THE YOU TUBE DESTINATION FOR ALL THINGS FORD RACING
 
DEARBORN, Mich., January 19, 2011 – Ford Racing can be many things to many people.
 
For some, Ford Racing is represented by Carl Edwards taking the checkered flag in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race or John Force dominating on the drag strips of NHRA. For others, Ford Racing is the beauty of the latest turnkey, ready-to-race offering; be it the Mustang Cobra Jet or BOSS 302R. Still others find their fix in the latest supercharger or crate engine offering as they maximize the performance of their Ford car or truck.
 
Ford Racing isn’t just competition, and it isn’t just performance parts.
 
With that in mind, Ford announced today the launch of “Ford Racing TV” via You Tube.  Represented by a chic retro TV logo, Ford Racing TV is the enthusiasts’ one-stop destination for Ford Racing video offerings.   The new site is located at www.youtube.com/fordracingtv.
 
Looking for the latest stunt from Ken Block or Tanner Foust in their high-horsepower Ford Fiestas?  Want to celebrate on the podium with Ashley Force Hood at Pomona?  Do you want installation tips from Ford Racing performance parts, or want to catch a sneak peak of the 2012 Cobra Jet?   All will be available at Ford Racing TV.  
 
Like the programs and product offerings from Ford Racing, the content of Ford Racing TV will be wide and varied.
 
“Ford Racing TV is our new, unified You Tube Channel, which will bring together all facets of Ford Racing programs and performance parts offerings,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford North America Motorsports. “In short, Ford Racing TV is your one stop-shop on You Tube for all Ford Racing video. Ford Racing is represented by the performance of our drivers, cars and parts, and it is tied together with a rich, 110-year history and a vision started by our founder, Henry Ford himself.”
 
Ford Racing and Ford Racing Performance Parts have maintained separate sites for the last two seasons, and while the old sites will remain as an archive of past clips, all new content will move on the new You Tube Channel as of 12 noon, ET, January 19.
 
While Ford Racing TV is officially launched today, both the Ford Racing You Tube page and the Ford Performance Parts You Tube page will continue to exist for a period to ease the transition for Ford enthusiasts. Many of the top videos from each site have been transitioned to the new Ford Racing TV page, creating a “greatest hits” area to kick off the launch of the new site.

MOTORCRAFT AND QUICK LANE AUCTION ‘FIRED UP FOR A CURE’ HELMET AND FIRE SUIT TO BENEFIT JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION ON eBAY

DEARBORN, Mich. – January 14, 2011 – Ford Customer Service Division’s (FSCD) Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) NASCAR Design Contest is auctioning the 2010 designed fire suit and helmet to raise additional support for great cause.

FCSD brands Motorcraft and Quick Lane, Wood Brothers Racing and Bill Elliott are auctioning the “Fired Up for a Cure” fire suit and helmet from the 2010 NASCAR Design Contest to benefit JDRF. Designed by eight-year old, Carson Luther of Wildwood, MO, the fire suit and helmet that Elliott wore at the NASCAR event at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October will be awarded to the highest bidder with all the proceeds going to JDRF.

To bid on either of the JDRF items, fans can visit http://tinyurl.com/2010JDRF-Firesuit to bid on the fire suit and http://tinyurl.com/2010-JDRF-themed-helmet to bid on the helmet. Both items will be up for auction beginning Friday, January 14, until Friday, January 21, at 5pm (ET).

“The last piece of the Ford Customer Service Division fundraiser for JDRF is to auction off the helmet and fire suit that matched Carson’s car,” said Eddie Wood, co-owner of Wood Brothers Racing.  “Both the helmet and fire suit are one-of-a-kind items unique to Wood Brothers Racing, Bill Elliott and JDRF.”

JDRF has become the charity of choice for the two FCSD brands that are the primary sponsors for Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford Fusion and Tasca Racing’s Shelby Mustang Nitro Funny Car, and the three organizations couldn’t be a better fit. Ford Motor Company is the largest global corporate sponsor of JDRF.

“It’s important for FCSD to give back to our community, and the design contest provides us a great platform to reach a large audience to bring awareness to the search for a cure,” said Brett Wheatley, Director of Marketing, Ford Customer Service Division. “We’d love to have the fans bid on these one of a kind items and raise more money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  I want to thank Carson Luther for his great design on the race car and fire suit.”

Diabetes affects more Ford families than any other disease.  Ford Motor Company has raised more than $35 million for JDRF since the grassroots campaign started in 1998.

About Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

JDRF is the worldwide leader for research to cure type 1 diabetes.  It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide.

The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.  Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal.  Until a cure is found, people with type 1 diabetes have to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections multiple times or use a pump – each day, every day of their lives.  And even with that intensive care, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its potential complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation.

Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.5 billion to diabetes research, including $107 million last year.  More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.

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“Shirtless” Jimmy Florian Gives Ford Racing First NASCAR Win

​Ford Racing enters the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season needing only one victory to reach 600.  Over the next six weeks, leading up to the Daytona 500, Ford Racing will present a weekly recap of the milestone wins and other tidbits that have helped shape the manufacturer’s history in the sport.  In addition to a list of all-time winners, this week’s edition looks back at the day “Shirtless” Jimmy Florian gave the Ford Racing brand its first NASCAR checkered flag.
 
“Shirtless” Jimmy Florian Gives Ford Racing First NASCAR Win
 
​In NASCAR’s formative days, the stars who won all the races and championships were the likes of Lee Petty, Curtis Turner, Joe Weatherly, Herb Thomas and Red Byron.  
​Not many people outside of Ohio knew who Jimmy Florian was when NASCAR’s stock car circuit came to the Dayton Speedway on June 25, 1950, but that all changed when the 27-year-old Cleveland native shocked his fellow competitors and fans alike by winning the 100-lap feature in a 1950 flathead Ford.
​Florian passed Turner with 35 laps to go and never looked back in giving Ford its first official NASCAR Grand National win.  
​“It was a car originally that belonged to the chief of police in Detroit and Euclid Ford got a hold of it,” recalled Florian’s best friend, Bill Whitley, who spoke about that day with Ford Racing in 1999.  “The night that he won the race against (Curtis) Turner, (Joe) Weatherly – all the big boys were there – he just outdrove them that’s all.  We talked about that for years and years and years.
​“I kept telling him there was no way he could outrun those Oldsmobiles with a flathead Ford, but we had been running on that track seven nights a week in midgets and sprint cars and it was just a fact that we were very familiar with it and they weren’t,” continued Whitley.  “He just outdrove them.”
​Some of his fellow drivers couldn’t believe it either and protested, but Florian’s No. 27 Euclid Motors Ford passed NASCAR’s post-race inspection.  Florian claimed the $1000 prize money for winning that day and firmly embedded himself in Ford Racing history.
​“He was about a half lap ahead when the race was over,” recalled Whitley.  “I remember a whole lot about it because it was four o’clock in the morning before we got paid.  Turner, Weatherly, Petty – the whole bunch – they protested saying there was no way they could have been outrun with a flathead Ford.”
​And while his accomplishment on the race track was big enough news, he generated even more when he got out of car in victory lane bare chested.  NASCAR eventually established a rule that a driver had to at least wear a shirt while driving.  Hence, the nickname “Shirtless” Jimmy Florian.
​“It was hotter than hell, that’s all there was to that,” said Whitley about why Florian wasn’t wearing a shirt that day.  “The rulebook back then…you didn’t have any rollbars…you didn’t have to have a seatbelt if you didn’t want it, and the seat had to be just like it came out of the factory — a plain old seat — and they were uncomfortable.
​“You couldn’t do anything to the car back then.  For ventilation, you had to run with the windows down and that was the main reason he was shirtless.  He thought that was the greatest because he had all the protection in the world around him.  We ran a midget and sprint car back then and you had to have something on because you were getting hit by rocks.  That was the main reason for that.”
​Florian didn’t win anymore NASCAR events, but continued to have a successful short track career locally.  He raced until he was 70 years old and often took his four children – three daughters and a son – to the race track with him.  He sold his final vintage sprint car when he was 72 and lived for three more years until he passed away from cancer in February 1999 at the age of 75.

Did You Know?
There have been 74 different drivers win at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with Ford Racing.
 
FORD RACING’S ALL-TIME INDIVIDUAL
NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES WIN LIST
 
 

​1.​Ned Jarrett​43
​2.​Bill Elliott​40
​3.​Mark Martin​35
​4.​Dale Jarrett​30
​5.​David Pearson​29
​6.​Fred Lorenzen​26
​Junior Johnson​26
​8.​Rusty Wallace​23
​9.​Davey Allison​19
​10.​Fireball Roberts​18
​Matt Kenseth​18
​Carl Edwards​18
​13.​Bobby Allison​17
​ ​Jeff Burton​17
​15.​Greg Biffle​16
​16.​Ricky Rudd​15
​17.​Marvin Panch​14
​Dick Hutcherson​14
​Kurt Busch ​14
​20.​Geoff Bodine​11
​21.​Richard Petty​9
​22.​Ernie Irvan​8
​23.​Curtis Turner​7​
​24.​Lee Roy Yarbrough​6
​Buddy Baker​6
​26.​Donnie Allison​5
​Dan Gurney​5
​Alan Kulwicki​5
​Ralph Moody​5
​Jim Reed​5
​Cale Yarborough​5​
​32.​Neil Bonnett​4
​Paul Goldsmith​4
​Eddie Gray​4
​Eddie Pagan​4
​Benny Parsons​4
​Nelson Stacy​4
​Joe Weatherly​4
​Glen Wood​4
​40.​Dale Earnhardt​3
​Elliott Sadler​3
​Parnelli Jones​3
​Jeremy Mayfield ​3
​Tiny Lund​3
​Speedy Thompson​3
​46.​Lloyd Dane​2
​Darel Dieringer​2
​A.J. Foyt​2
​Terry Labonte​2
​Elmo Langley​2
​Kyle Petty​2
​Tom Pistone​2
​Marvin Porter​2
​Morgan Shepherd​2
​Jimmy Spencer​2
​Jamie McMurray ​2
​57.​Bill Amick​1
​John Andretti​1
​Mario Andretti​1
​Buck Baker​1
​Johnny Beauchamp​1
​Jimmy Florian​1
​Larry Frank​1
​James Hylton​1
​Cotton Owens​1
​Jimmy Pardue​1
​Harlan Richardson​1
​Jody Ridley​1
​Shorty Rollins​1
​John Rostek​1
​Chuck Stevenson​1
​Art Watts​1
​Ricky Craven​1
​Ryan Newman​1

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Crystal’s Christmas Ornaments Evoke Precious Wood Family Memories

The racing accomplishments of the Wood Brothers over the past 61 years are well documented. Their on-track records have been compiled by NASCAR statisticians and are now available to all simply by a few clicks of a computer’s mouse. And other parts of the team’s history, artifacts that tell even more of the story, can be found in racing museums across America.

The Woods’ family history also is well preserved, thanks in large part to Crystal Wood, sister of the original brothers Glen, Leonard, Ray Lee, Delano and Clay.

Crystal Wood, who only saw her brother Glen race one time and hasn’t been to a NASCAR race since Buddy Baker was driving the family’s famed No. 21 Ford, considers herself the team’s No. 1 fan, but she also has spent countless hours documenting and honoring her family history and heritage. She’s traced her father’s and mother’s family trees back to the 1600s. The Woods are of English descent, while her mother’s family, the DeHarts, were French Huguenots.

“I have worked on heritage books within the county, and I’m into genealogy,” Mrs. Wood said. “The mantle has been passed to me.”

While the genealogy records are important to her younger family members, the things that really bring the family history forward are her home-made Christmas ornaments.

For the past 21 years, she’s made ornaments for her kin from things their grandmother, her mother Ada Wood, once used.

They’ve been made from clothes pins, hair pins, canning rings, buttons, marbles, puzzles, Christmas cards, nails, quilt pieces, beads, yarn, and even the spark plugs once used to weigh down the draperies. They’re items the grandchildren remember seeing their grandmother use.

They survived the years because the Wood family homeplace remains much as it was in Walter and Ada Wood’s day. Walter died 44 years ago, Ada’s been gone for 21.

Ray Lee Wood now lives in the home house and has made few changes. Many of Ada Wood’s clothes pins, buttons and such were still in the drawers where she left them when Crystal retrieved them to make ornaments. The neat, white-framed house still looks and feels like home to several generations of the Wood family.

“The furniture on front porch is the same,” Mrs. Wood said. “The old shed is the same, the old long table in kitchen is the same…That’s what we cherish.”

And just as going to a museum and looking at a red-and-white Mercury Cyclone with David Pearson’s name above a gold No. 21 on the door, takes a race fan back to some of the greatest moments in NASCAR history, seeing Crystal Wood’s ornaments brings back precious memories for the Wood family members who receive them.

“As they receive their ornament the memory of our mother comes back,” Mrs. Wood said.

For Glen Wood’s daughter Kim Wood Hall, the angel ornament is among her favorites. The angel’s body is a spool of thread and her arms and legs are buttons – all materials from her Nannie Wood’s sewing box. And there’s the star ornament, made from the 150-year-old beech tree at the homeplace, where the family gathers each summer. The ends of the star are seeds from the beech tree, and the center is the seed pod. A gold cross ornament is made from nails, one of them slightly bent, from her grandmother’s tool drawer.

“All the ornaments made us feel that Nannie Wood is still with us and are very special to us,” Mrs. Hall said.
Crystal Wood said the Christmas ornaments have become a family tradition in themselves.

“They are forever guessing what I’m going to make next,” she said. “They do look forward to it. I never dreamed when I first started this that it would become what it has.”

Just as her brother Leonard has a knack for fashioning innovative race car parts, Crystal seems to know just what to do when making unique and meaningful Christmas ornaments. She combines her skills as a seamstress with her craft-making talents.

“It comes natural to try to figure out ways to make something pretty of an everyday thing,” she said.

As another year rolls around and the racers in her family are looking forward to adding some new accomplishments to the Wood’s racing records, Crystal Wood is seeing to it that the family also will be able to carry its Christmas ornament tradition well into the future.

She’s been busy gathering materials and ideas.

“I’m four years ahead already,” she said.

Testing Daytona Pavement A Familiar Task For the Wood Brothers

More than 50 years after Glen Wood and his 1958 Ford Fairlane No. 21 tried out the pavement on the then-new Daytona International Speedway, the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion with Trevor Bayne behind the wheel will test the brand new asphalt on the historic track.

Bayne and the Wood Brothers are among 18 drivers and teams that are set to participate in a Goodyear tire test on Dec. 15-16.

This week’s test is the first time that race cars have run at speed on the track since the track was repaved for just the second time ever.

Team co-owner Eddie Wood said he’s particularly proud that his team is among the participants.

“Anything that’s brand new is exciting,” he said. “And it’s special for us because our dad drove on the new asphalt in 1959, when the track was built, and here we are all these years later running at Daytona with a 2011 Ford Fusion and the same number 21.”

Wood also said he and his team are looking forward to working with Bayne as he adjusts to driving a Sprint Cup car on Daytona’s high banks. Bayne’s only previous experience at the Cup level came at Texas Motor Speedway in November when he finished an impressive 17th in the Wood Brothers’ Ford Fusion.

“This will be a good chance for us to work together with Trevor and get to know each other better,” Wood said.

The Wood Brothers and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion will make their official return to the track in February with the 53rd running of the Daytona 500.

Elliott Perseveres To Post Season-Best Finish in Ford 400

Bill Elliott and the crew of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion battled back from adversity in the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to score the team’s best finish of the year.
Elliott and the team overcame damage to both front fenders of their Ford Fusion. The second incident forced an unscheduled green-flag pit stop that put them a lap down at one point, but they were able to rejoin the lead lap and come home 15th.

“Bill really did a good job,” team co-owner Eddie Wood said. “We had to fight back from a lot of things that happened, but he never gave up.”
Elliott was involved in two on-track incidents, and although he nearly steered clear of both of them. The first came at Lap 140 when Joey Logano spun, with Elliott nearly squeaking by. The second and most costly incident was an encounter a few laps later than necessitated a green-flag stop for repairs. Elliott and crew chief Donnie Wingo opted to take the wave-around at the next caution period, and the somewhat risky strategy worked as Elliott was back on the lead lap with 75 laps to go.

Starting in 30th place at that point, Elliott and the team began working their way back to the front. A decision to stay on the track as long as possible during a long green-flag run paid off as Elliott was able to make his final stop under the caution period and restart the race in 10th place.

Elliott held on to finish 15th, which meant that his season-best start of fourth came in the same race as his best finish of the year.

“It was just a topsy-turvy day,” Elliott said.

Wingo said he was encouraged by the progress the team has made since he signed on as crew chief. “I think everybody has done well with all the transition we’ve gone through the last two or three weeks,” he said. “I hate that we had issues at Charlotte because I think we had a pretty good car there, too.
Wood said a strong finish in the season finale gives his team a measure of momentum heading into the off-season, where the work done back at the shop can make all the difference when the team unloads at Daytona International Speedway in February to start a new season.

“It means a lot for your last memory of the last race of the season to be a good one,” he said.

The Wood Brothers and their No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion return to action next February in the 53rd annual Daytona 500, a race they’ve won four times. The Woods’ first victory in the Great American Race came in 1963 with Tiny Lund driving. In 1968 they won with Cale Yarborough, in 1972 with A.J. Foyt and in 1976 with David Pearson, who beat Richard Petty in a finish that many consider the best ever in NASCAR history.

Elliott Qualifies Fourth For The Ford 400

Bill Elliott and the Wood Brothers muscled their way into a share of the spotlight on Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway as Elliott qualified the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion in fourth place for Sunday’s Ford 400.
Elliott’s qualifying effort gave Ford three of the top five starting spots for Sunday’s race.

Elliott said he was “pleasantly surprised” by the speed he showed on his qualifying lap at 176.585 miles per hour, especially considering his best lap in practice was nearly three miles per hour slower at 173. 645 mph.

“The track cooled off and the car was good,” Elliott said. “Donnie Wingo and the guys do a good job.

“We made some changes the very last run we did and actually slowed down a little bit. It seemed like that last 10-15 minutes of practice a lot of people picked up, but I was really surprised to pick up that much….
‘The car was still just a little bit tight rolling through the center, but when I was able to pick the throttle up I could get everything I had….

“My hat’s off to Len and Eddie, the Motorcraft guys, Ford – everybody – they’ve just done a super job on this Ford Fusion.”

“Bill did a heck of a job,” Eddie Wood said. “He really got off Turn Four really well on his qualifying lap and made up a lot of time there.”

Wood also joined Elliott in tipping his hat to Ford Motor Company on a big weekend for the manufacturer’s motorsports ventures.

“We’ve been deeply involved with Ford Motor Company for 60 years, so it’s gratifying to have a good qualifying run for their race,” he said.

Elliott said that with the improvements the team has made over the course of the 2010 season, he’s confident he can keep the No. 21 Ford Fusion up front throughout Sunday’s season-ending race. His qualifying success, the team’s best since a fourth-place qualifying spot at Daytona this year, means Wingo will get a better pick of pit stalls than usual and then there’s the momentum the team has from its two previous races.

“Len and Eddie have worked so hard to try and turn this deal around, and it seems like we’ve made some really good improvements the last few races,” Elliott said. “I know Trevor [Bayne] had a really good race at Texas, and that was very encouraging for the whole crew. I felt like our Charlotte race was going to be pretty good, but we had those issues during the first part of the race.

“Doug [Yates] and the guys have come with a great motor, and this thing runs awfully well.

“With the combination they’ve put together, it’s made my job easy.”

The Ford 400 is set to get the green flag on Sunday just after 1 p.m. with TV coverage on ESPN.

Wingo, Woods Have High Hopes for Ford 400 at Homestead

The way crew chief Donnie Wingo is looking at this weekend’s Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he and Bill Elliott and the crew of the Wood Brothers’ No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion have some unfinished business from Charlotte to take care of.

The Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the first race that Wingo and Elliott worked together on the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion, but an electrical problem in the opening laps kept them from seeing the full potential of their car. Once the repairs were made, so many laps had been lost that Wingo and Elliott essentially turned that race into a test sessions, trying chassis combinations that can be used in future races like this weekend’s Ford 400.

Wingo and Elliott will be reunited this weekend in the Ford 400 for the first time since Charlotte, and Elliott will be driving the same Ford Fusion that rookie Trevor Bayne drove at Texas, where he finished 17th in his Sprint Cup debut and was 2nd only to Kasey Kahne, in green flag passes, according to NASCAR’s loop data. Bayne passed 140 cars, with Kasey passing 145.

Wingo said that the car he’s taking to Homestead has the potential to be even better because Doug Yates and the people who prepare Ford’s FR9 racing engines have continued to make gains every week, with the engines pumping out more power while also proving to be durable.

“Since mid-season, we’ve seen a lot of gains with the FR9,” Wingo said. “It’s been big.”

The Wood Brothers played a major role in the development of the FR9, running the new engine in early season races, before it was used by the rest of the Ford camp.

Team co-owner Len Wood said he and his team made a commitment late last year to run the FR9 in their No. 21 Fusion. Since they planned to run a partial schedule anyway, they were in a better position to try something new.

“If something went wrong, it wouldn’t be the end of the world as far as points,” Wood said.

That didn’t become an issue as the FR9 passed its early tests with flying colors.

Wood said the new powerplant, which replaced one that was plenty potent, has been helpful in many ways. For instance, it tolerates higher temperatures, which allows teams to use more tape on the grill, and thereby improve the handling of their cars.

And while there’s not a lot of data to indicate it has anything to do with the engine itself, the FR9 has proven to be a winner when it comes to gas mileage races. Carl Edwards proved that last week in winning the Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix.

“Carl Edwards has proven again that he’s one of the best, but Bill Elliott is very good at mileage too,” he said, pointing out that when Edwards won at Homestead in 2008 by stretching his fuel, Elliott got the Motorcraft Ford Fusion to run the same distance on the same tank of fuel and finished 12th.

But Wingo, the crew chief, said a more likely issue for this edition of the Ford 400 will be tire wear and how to factor that into a team’s strategy.

The veteran crew chief said the track at Homestead has become much more abrasive, and he predicts that if a caution flag flies as late as five to 10 laps to go, many teams will choose to pit for fresh rubber.

“The track has really weathered,” he said. “Tire strategy will be one of the big keys at the end of the race.”

The Ford 400 is set to get the green flag on Sunday just after 1 p.m. with TV coverage on ESPN. Qualifying is on Friday at 3:10 p.m.