Category Archives: 2010

Crew Chief David Hyder Leaves Wood Brothers Racing Team

The Wood Brothers racing team and crew chief David Hyder have mutually agreed to go their separate ways, effective immediately.

Team co-owner Eddie Wood said Hyder, who has been the crew chief of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion since August, 2008, played a key role in helping the team work through one of the worst slumps in its 60-year history in NASCAR.

“It took somebody like David to get us back on track, and he did it almost single-handedly,” Wood said. “Len and I and the entire Wood Brothers organization are eternally grateful to him for his contributions to this race team. It’s a shame we weren’t able to stay together and finish what we started.”

Wood said he expects to name an interim crew chief later this week.

Driver Bill Elliott and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team will be back on the track next week for the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Elliott Rebounds to Finish 25th As Fords Rule Kansas

Ford Motor Company dominated the weekend at Kansas Speedway, sweeping the front row in qualifying and winning the Price Chopper 400 on Sunday. But Bill Elliott and his No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion had to play supporting roles, largely because the car was simply too loose for much of the race.

Elliott started strong after a season-best 11th-place qualifying effort and held his own early in the race. But in the middle stages, the loose condition put him a lap down to the leaders.

“We were just too free,” team co-owner Eddie Wood said.

With relatively few caution periods to open up pit strategy opportunities, Elliott and his Wood Brothers team dropped back during the middle portions of the race before rejoining the lead lap late in the race.

But while the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion was finally starting to come around, the laps were winding down. With 35 laps remaining, Elliott was shown in 32nd place. He didn’t stay there long. By race’s end, he had made his way to 25th; giving him and the team their sixth top-25 finish in 10 starts this year and their fourth in a row.

“Bill did a good job driving it up through there at the end,” Wood said. “We had good pit stops all day, but the car was just too loose. We never did get it really where it needed to be. It was the best it had been all day on that last run.”

Still, it was mostly smiles in the Ford camp afterward. Jamie Allison, Director, Ford North American Motorsports, even got to make his first trip to Victory Lane.

Allison pointed out that the successes Ford achieved at Kansas were the result of a team effort.

“I am very proud of everybody at Roush, RPM and Wood Brothers,” Allison said. “It is a ‘One Ford’ effort.” 
Elliott and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion return to the track in two weeks for the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Elliott’s Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion Is One of the Fast Fords at Kansas Speedway

Bill Elliott said he knew as soon as he ran his first lap of practice that he and the crew of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane No. 21 Ford Fusion had some good times ahead of them. On his third lap of practice, he ran a lap at 172. 977 miles per hour, a speed that made the team confident they would qualify for Sunday’s Price Chopper 400. From there, the team made several changes to the chassis but wound up going back to some of their old, proven ideas on shocks and springs.

It all worked out, as Elliott picked up speed from practice, qualifying a season-best 11th with a speed of 173.751 mph, which represented a significant bettering of his best practice speed and made him the fastest of the go-or-go-home drivers who aren’t high enough in car owner points to be guaranteed a starting position.

“The key to it all was being fast from the time we unloaded the car,” Elliott said. “When things start off good, it just continues to build.”

Elliott also was impressed with the FR9 engine under the hood of the famed No. 21.

“It looks like they found something with this engine combination,” he said. “It was really crisp on the bottom. We’re definitely better in that department.”

Team co-owner Eddie Wood, like his driver, was upbeat as he left Kansas Speedway Friday night.

“It’s really cool to be a part of a big day for Ford Motor Company,” Wood said, referring to Ford’s sweep of the front row as well as placing seven cars in the top 15 in the starting grid.

Now, Elliott and his David Hyder-led crew move on to Saturday’s practice session, where he hopes they can continue to make positive changes to the car. Then it’s on to Sunday, and Elliott is as optimistic as he’s been in a while about his prospects on race day.
“I really like this race track, and I’ve had some pretty decent results here in the past,” he said. “Hopefully Sunday will be no exception.”

Both Elliott and the Wood Brothers have posted runner-up finishes at Kansas Speedway, and they’ve got a good start on another impressive run.

“Since we’ve got a decent starting position, the important thing is to get that first run under our belt and maintain our position,” Elliott said.
But with the competitive nature of Sprint Cup racing today, that’ll just be the start.

“You have to run just as hard as you can all day long,” Elliott said.

The Price Chopper 400 is set to get the green flag on Sunday at 1 p.m. with coverage on ESPN.

Elliott and the Woods Have Come Close at Kansas Speedway

In scanning the NASCAR record books and looking at tracks where the Wood Brothers’Motorcraft/Quick Lane team has had success in its 60 years in the sport, places like Daytona, Atlanta and Michigan immediately come to mind.

But the Woods, and their current driver Bill Elliott, have also had strong runs at one of the newer tracks, Kansas Speedway, where this weekend they’ll compete in the Price Chopper 400.

In 2004 the Woods, with Ricky Rudd at the wheel of the Motorcraft Ford, came within inches of scoring the victory. Joe Nemechek’s official margin of victory over Rudd was a tiny .081 seconds.

The Motorcraft/Quick Lane team has two other top-10 finishes at Kansas, both with Rudd driving. And in the entire nine years that Kansas has been on the Sprint Cup schedule, the Woods’ Ford has been outside the top 25 just once.

Elliott, likewise, has had success at Kansas, even though most long-time NASCAR fans associate him with the same historic tracks as they do the Woods.

Like his current team, Elliott has a runner-up finish at Kansas, in 2003, when he led the most laps, 115, but finished second to Ryan Newman. In six career races at Kansas, he has four starts inside the top eight, two top-five finishes and an average finish of 17.8.

“I love Kansas,” Elliott said. “It’s one of my favorite tracks.”
He said he believes he and his David Hyder-led crew can use one of his better tracks to generate momentum for the final stretch run of the season.

“I hope we can build on what we’ve learned,” Elliott said. “I know Hyder and the guys have been working hard to make our Ford Fusion competitive.”

Elliott also said he knows his crew will be thinking pit strategy since Kansas races have a history of coming down to fuel mileage contests. In 2006, race winner Tony Stewart crossed the finish line out of fuel and coasting at about 45 miles per hour. And in the Woods favor, few in the sport are better at figuring out gas mileage strategies than Wood Brothers team co-owner Len Wood.

“At Kansas, it comes down to fuel mileage ever so often,” Elliott said, adding that the old strategies have to be modified to account for NASCAR’s current rules and current car. “You have to allow for a green-white-checkered finish.”

Elliott also pointed out that as the Kansas track has aged and the racing surface has become more worn and abrasive, it’s made for better racing.

“Like other tracks, it’s gotten more conducive to running a higher line, and the tires give up more,” he said.

And when it comes to qualifying, Kansas Speedway tends to be more driver-friendly than some venues.

“It’s one of the easier tracks to qualify on,” he said. “It’s more forgiving than most.”

Qualifying for the Price Chopper is scheduled for 4:40 p.m. on Friday and the race gets the green flag on Sunday at 1 p.m. with coverage on ESPN.

Showcar Appearance 9/25/10

The #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane show car will be on display at Sparta Ford in Sparta, Illinois on Saturday, September 25, 2010.  They are located at 311 S. St. Louis Street in Sparta Illinois.  Please check with the dealership for exact showtimes!


DEARBORN, Mich., September 10, 2010 – Five finalists have been chosen from the 60 designs submitted this summer by JDRF children with type 1 diabetes, as part of a charity contest to design the paint scheme for the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion driven by Bill Elliott.

On-line voting ended on Friday, September 3, and the top five donation-earning designs are in front of a panel of Ford and Wood Brothers Racing judges for final selection. The winning design will be featured on No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion during the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 14-16.

“All of the designs this year were very well done and any of the top five designs will look great on the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion. We have a tough decision in front of us,” said Brett Wheatley, Director of Marketing, Ford Customer Service Division. “The goal of the NASCAR Design Contest was to help raise awareness for JDRF. We accomplished our goal because our generous race fans donated more than $30,000 to support a worthy cause.”

The winning designer will be invited to the Bank of America 500 in Concord, NC, with his or her parents for an official unveiling of their paint scheme, spend time with the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team and see their design run during at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

For the past two years JDRF children have helped design the paint scheme featured on the NHRA Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang Nitro Funny Car, driven by Bob Tasca III. This year, in honor of the Wood Brothers celebrating 60 years of racing Ford products in NASCAR, FCSD has decided to bring the successful contest over to the legendary race team.

This year’s NASCAR Design contest raised $33,391, and in three years, the FCSD efforts have raised more than $157,000 for JDRF.

Top Five Designers

Liam Flanagan, age 8, raised $7,186, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter

Carson Luther, age 8, raised $5,341, St. Louis Chapter

James Krist, age 11, raised $4,035, Omaha-Council Bluffs Chapter

Peyton Polivick, age 9, raised $4,029, Kentuckiana Chapter

Irene Mallano, age 8, raised $3,342, New York Chapter

To view all the 2010 JDRF designed cars, visit

About Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

JDRF is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes research worldwide. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is a disease, which strikes children suddenly and requires multiple injections of insulin daily or a continuous infusion of insulin through a pump. Insulin, however, is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating 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 $1.3 billion to diabetes research, including more than $156 million in FY2008. In FY2008, the Foundation funded 1,000 centers, grants and fellowships in 22 countries.

Diabetes affects more Ford families than any other disease. Ford Motor Company has raised more than $27 million for JDRF since the grassroots campaign started in 1998.

Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing On the Web




About Motorcraft

Motorcraft® offers a complete line of replacement parts that are recommended and approved by Ford Motor Company. From routine maintenance to underhood repairs, Motorcraft parts offer exceptional value with the highest quality and right fit at competitive prices. Motorcraft parts are available nationwide at Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers, independent distributors, and automotive parts retailers and are backed by Ford Motor Company’s Service Parts Limited Warranty. For more information, visit

About Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers

Quick Lane® provides automotive quick services for all makes and models. Quick Lane’s nationwide network will surpass 600 facilities, each providing 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 allows customers to shop online for over 283,000 Genuine Ford and Motorcraft parts. With, repair shops, body shops, fleets and do-it-yourselfers can shop for, order and ultimately receive parts 24/7 via the click of a mouse. It lets each customer remain connected to their Ford or Lincoln Mercury dealership for the parts expertise, personal delivery assistance, and post-sale follow-up associated with a traditional purchase. All customers visiting will benefit from its comprehensive, yet user-friendly nature, perhaps best expressed in the way Ford and Motorcraft parts are shopped for and selected. To do so, customers can enter a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and shop with unmatched accuracy for parts uniquely associated with the vehicle or start by entering the year, make and model of the vehicle. Adding to the site’s functionality is the ability to view 22,865 technical illustrations on many of the parts and assemblies. 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 159,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s brands include Ford, Lincoln and Mercury, production of which has been announced by the company to be ending in the fourth quarter of 2010. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit

Elliott, Woods Battle Back from Three Laps Down to Finish 23rd at Atlanta

A loose-handling race car and long green-flag runs are a frustrating combination for a NASCAR race team. But Bill Elliott and the crew of the No. 21 Ford Fusion hung tough, overcame both of them and made up a deficit that grew to three laps at one point to finish 23rd in Sunday’s Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Elliott started the race in 40th place after a disappointing qualifying run, and the team had planned to use early race pit stops to fine-tune the chassis.

But the race opened with 133 straight laps of green-flag racing. Elliott moved up six positions initially, but by the time he had completed his first green-flag pit stop he was a lap down but still within two cars of getting the Lucky Dog free pass.

The green flag continued to fly, and the breaks didn’t fall the Woods’ way initially as Elliott continued to struggle with a loose-handling condition.

On Lap 239, race leader and eventual winner Tony Stewart put Elliott three laps down, but from there the Wood Brothers crew reached into their bag of pit-strategy tricks and began regaining the lost ground.

With 27 laps to go, Elliott rejoined the lead lap. The move up from the rear of the pack caught the attention of the ESPN crew covering the race, and they pointed out to their viewers the surge of the blue-and-white Fusion.

Elliott held on over the closing laps to finish 17 positions better than he started.
It was his third straight top-25 finish.

We’re still struggling some,” Elliott said. “We’re not that bad; we just need to be better.

The car just didn’t roll through the center of the corner well enough to run like we want to.”

Elliott had a few close calls during the race but managed to steer clear each time.
His closest brush with disaster came when Scott Speed blew an engine in front of him on Lap 265.

“I was in that melee a little bit,” he said.

Elliott and the Wood Brothers team return to the circuit on Oct. 3 for the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Elliott, Woods Hoping For Repeat Performance at Atlanta

There were some long faces outside the Wood Brothers’ hauler at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday when a disappointing qualifying run left Bill Elliott and the No. 21 Ford Fusion in 40th place in the starting line-up for Sunday’s Emory Healthcare 500.

Although Elliott picked up speed considerably from practice – from 178.839 miles per hour to 182.380 mph – it wasn’t the overall result he and the team were expecting.

But after a few moments to give the situation an honest assessment, team members had regained much of their optimism, thinking back to the last race at Atlanta where despite another tough day in qualifying they went on to post a season-best 16th place on race day.

And, there was satisfaction in knowing that they’d made the starting field on speed and didn’t have to rely on Elliott’s past champion’s provisional starting spot.

Elliott said the car pushed too much in qualifying for him to post a better speed.

Team co-owner Eddie Wood explained that the crew tightened the car for qualifying but the adjustment resulted in the condition Elliott described.

“We just tightened it up too much from practice,” Wood said.

Just like the spring race at AMS, the Woods and Elliott will have several tools at their disposal as they work to secure a respectable finish in the race.

For starters, they can tune on the car before the race and during the early pit stops. A two-tire strategy could be employed, and there are other tactics that can be used by a team needing to overcome a poor starting spot.

“It’s a long 500-mile race, and we’ll be sure to build a lot of adjustment into the car,” Wood said. “We’re not going to panic.”

The Emory Healthcare 500 is set to begin Sunday night at 7:30, with TV coverage on ESPN.


JDRF children have entered their own designs in a unique race – a race to be featured on the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion at the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Charlotte this October.

All of these children with Type 1 diabetes submitted their designs in Ford Customer Service Division’s Design Contest to Support Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), and there’s just a few days left for the voting public to help decide what design will be featured on NASCAR champion Bill Elliott’s Fusion that weekend.

The NASCAR Car Design Contest voting will end this Friday, September 3, and soon, one lucky JDRF artist will see his or her winning design come to life on the famous No. 21 car.

As a special incentive for the final week of voting, Wood Brothers Racing has donated several unique items to help raise awareness and increase support of JDRF.

Ford Customer Service Division and Wood Brothers Racing encourages everyone to visit, view more than 50 paint scheme designs, and vote for their favorite children’s design by making a monetary donation to JDRF before voting closes this Friday, September 3.

All individuals who make a monetary donation to JDRF through the paint scheme contest will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win limited-edition items commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Wood Brothers Racing. Prize winners will be selected randomly for one of the limited edition items:

First Prizes

Autographed sheet metal.  Bill Elliott driver name plate from the 2010 Daytona 500 race.

Second Prizes

Official Wood Brothers Racing team shirt

Third Prizes

Wood Brothers Racing 60th Anniversary Coin

Autographed Wood Brothers Racing 60th Anniversary poster

Fourth prizes

Wood Brothers Apparel (shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies)

Autographed hero cards

The winning designer will be selected on September 8, 2010 and will be invited with his or her parents for an official unveiling of their paint scheme at the Wood Brothers Racing shop in Charlotte, NC, on Wednesday, October 13. In addition, the winning child will also get the chance to see their car design run at Charlotte Motor Speedway during NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying on Thursday, October 14.