Category Archives: 2011

Wood Brothers To Make 1400th Cup Start in Coke 600

13CLT2nk01979The sunshine in turn three at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday hampered Trevor Bayne on his qualifying lap, but a sunny day was just what Bayne and the crew of his No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion needed to qualify for the Wood Brothers’ 1,400th Sprint Cup start.

Should the rain have made its way to the track just 2 hours sooner, most likely qualifying would’ve been cancelled. The Woods, with their limited schedule, would have missed the race, as they had the fewest attempts to qualify at this point in the season, of the teams entered in the Coca-Cola 600.

Bayne will line up 29th for his team’s milestone start, and just being in the starting field is a great relief, and a proud moment, for team co-owner Eddie Wood.

“We all feel very fortunate to be where we are today,” Wood said. “We couldn’t have done it without having great drivers in our cars over the years, from my dad in the beginning to Trevor Bayne today.”

“And we couldn’t have done it without the support of Ford Motor Company. They’ve been right there with us through the great times and the struggles.”

13CMS2bc2161“The people at Ford and Motorcraft/Quick Lane have been like family to us for more than 60 years.”

The significance of 1,400 starts wasn’t lost on Bayne, but he’s more focused on the present, and a bit disappointed in the outcome of his qualifying lap of 190.409 miles per hour, which represented a significant improvement over his best lap in practice, which was at 188.022 mph.

“The results aren’t what we wanted at all, but the thing was stuck through [turns] one and two,” he said. “I felt like we had to be on the pole off of two, but then I got over to turn three where the sun was shining, and it was just so hot and slick”

“If we could have gone out late at night, I honestly think we had a shot at the pole as good as our car was in the shaded areas. In those hot areas we were just way too tight.”

Bayne and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew return to Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday for two practice sessions, then on Sunday, the Coca-Cola 600 is set to get the green flag just after 6 p.m. with TV coverage on FOX.

 

Bayne’s Signed Up For 2012 in the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion

In an off-season that has seen several surprising driver changes, there’s one winning combination that isn’t about to break up. Trevor Bayne will remain in the seat of the Wood Brothers No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion.

Bayne, who delivered the Woods their fifth Daytona 500 triumph in just his second start in the No. 21 Ford Fusion, said he’s pleased to be putting any off-season uncertainty behind him.

“I’m excited,” he said. “It’s a big deal for me. It’s what I had hoped for. We’re all excited to be back together.”

Team co-owner Eddie Wood said he too is pleased to have Bayne back behind the wheel of his family’s race car.

“It’s taken a long time to get to this announcement, but it’s good to be back together,” Wood said.

“We all wanted to do what was best for Ford Motor Company and its young drivers, and to be sure everybody had a place to race.”

For Bayne, one of the younger drivers in the Sprint Cup Series, driving for the sport’s longest running team is something he appreciates even more as time goes by.

He was made even more aware of the team’s history and heritage – and its long-standing relationship with Ford Motor Company – when he watched a video on the team’s history at the company Christmas party.

“There’s no question at all that since the beginning, the Woods and Ford were going to stick with each other,” he said. “The Woods are such a great racing family, and it’s amazing that they’re the only one of the original teams that has survived since the beginning.”

But the Woods and Bayne aren’t just interested in celebrating the past. Beginning next week, they’ll be back at Daytona International Speedway for Preseason Thunder testing and trying to figure a way to adapt to a new rules package and defend their 500 victory.

“It’s going to be very different at Daytona,” Bayne said, referring to a rule change that will block off air to the car’s radiator and thereby limit the two-car tandem racing that Bayne so quickly adapted to. “It’ll be like starting all over again, but that’s OK.

“We’ll just go try to do it again.”

Tournament of Ovals

Ford Racing announces ‘Tournament of Ovals’ to crown Facebook Fans’ Driver of the Year

 

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 30, 2011 – It has been a banner year for Ford Racing. As the ‘Blue Oval’ celebrated the 110th anniversary of Henry Ford’s historic win in Sweepstakes, its drivers in NASCAR, NHRA, action motorsports and road racing have been carrying on Henry’s tradition of excellence in their Ford-powered competition cars.  

Now fans and followers of Ford Racing’s Facebook page can help celebrate 2011 by crowning a Facebook Fans’ Driver of the Year in Ford Racing’s first Tournament of Ovals.

The Ford Racing Facebook Fans’ Tournament of Ovals features a field of 34 drivers, including brackets dedicated to Ford Racing North America’s primary programs – NASCAR (Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series), NHRA Drag Racing  (Funny Car, Pro Stock and Sportsman), action motorsports (World Rally Championship, Rally America, Global RallyCross, Formula Drift and Lucas Oil Off Road short course truck racing) and road racing (Grand-AM and Speed World Challenge).

Each bracket will crown a champion of the individual discipline. The four champions then square off in head-to-head competition until one remains. The finalist who earns the most fan votes on that final match-up will be the  2011 Ford Racing Facebook Fans’  Driver of the Year.

“It doesn’t matter if you are a fan, a driver or a crew member, when the season ends the banter and the bench racing begins,” said Jamie Allison, Director, Ford Racing. “We are bringing the passion of our fans and the inevitable driver discussion and debate online and inviting our Facebook fans to participate. It will be interesting because most of our drivers are very social media savvy, so who knows what we will see in the next 30 plus days as they look for the support of the Ford Racing fan base.”

The tournament officially kicks off on Thursday, December 1, 2011 and features a daily match-ups working through the bracket until the finale.  The driver who receives the most votes from the Ford Racing Facebook Fans in each pairing will advance to the next round.

Fans can vote once per match-up.

The competition begins with “play-in” match-ups on December 1 between action motorsport rally drivers Chris Duplessis andDillon Van Way, and in road racing between Grand-AM drivers Ryan Daziel and Enzo Potolicchio. The winners of those match ups will be inserted into the Ford Racing field of 32.

Round 1 begins on December 2 and runs daily. Voting is open to all fans of the Ford Racing Facebook page and is open from 12 a.m. ET to 11:59 p.m. ET daily.

A new match-up will post each night at midnight.

“Obviously the Ford Racing guys had a lot of spare time during the rain delays at Ford Championship Weekend,” said Tanner Foust the 2011 Global RallyCross Champion and European RallyCross runner-up.  “Once again we see the correlation of social media to motorsports. Facebook and Twitter have become critical means of interacting with your fan base and Ford Racing has found another way to interact with its fan base and give them a direct contact with their motorsports programs around the world. This competition falls right into the wheel house of Ken Block and his millions of fans and his marketing minions, and I’m not sure Ford Racing’s Facebook page can handle the surge in traffic, but the rest of us are going to do our best to take him down. Vote Tanner, vote early, vote often. “

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About Ford Racing – North America

Ford Racing – North America, based in Dearborn, Mich., is responsible for major racing operations in North America, including NASCAR (Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series, Camping World Trucks), Grand American sports car racing, NHRA drag racing, and for Ford’s action motorsport program which involves programs in Global RallyCross, Formula Drift, RallyCar and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. The department also oversees the development and marketing of Ford Racing Engines and Performance Parts, the outreach programs with all Ford Clubs and Ford enthusiasts, and the marketing of the Ford Racing brand through initiatives such as Team Ford Racing. For more information regarding Ford Racing’s activities, please visitwww.fordracing.com.

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 166,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit www.ford.com.

 

 

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Bayne Brings His Battered Fusion Home 25th At Homestead

Trevor Bayne and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion were on the move early on the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but it ended up taking some hard work from the Wood Brothers crew to salvage a 25th-place finish.

Bayne started 20th and moved up to 11th by the time rain interrupted the race at Lap 109.

Before racing resumed, the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew had to repair a rear-end leak, likely caused by a brush with the wall.

“We were awesome until the rain came the first time,” Bayne said. “I guess they saw where our rear-end housing was leaking a little bit I guess where I got in the wall and knocked a bolt loose, so the first half of the race I was pumped.

“We were coming and we got to 11th, and I thought we were going to be really good and then that happened and put us back in the field.”

Back on the trac, Bayne had a couple more brief encounters with the wall and blew a tire trying to avoid a Lap 154 crash involving Landon Cassill and Cole Whitt. The Motorcraft crew went into repair mode and got their driver back on the track in quick fashion to hold on to a 25th place finish.

“It wasn’t exactly what we were looking for at the end, but the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion was really fast, and I just wish I could have got a better finish for these guys,” Bayne said. “I enjoyed working with them all year long, and hopefully I’ll get to do it again next year because it’s been a great group of people to work with.”

Bayne Steps Up To Lead the Go-Or-Go Homers In Ford 400 Qualifying

 

Trevor Bayne’s best lap of the day on Saturday was the one that counted, as he turned a lap at 173.160 miles per hour to lock in the 20th starting position for Sunday’s season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Once again, Bayne and his No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion were the best of the go-or-go-home teams that have to make the race on their qualifying times because their car owners are outside the top 35 in the car owner points.

Of the nine races this season that the Wood Brothers’ Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew has had to qualify on speed, they were the fastest of the go-or-go homers eight times, including one start by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at Charlotte. Bayne has been the best of the group for his past seven Sprint Cup qualifying sessions.

Bayne was 24th in the first practice session, held on Saturday morning after rains washed out Friday’s scheduled session, with a best lap of 170.379 mph.

“I’m really happy with the adjustments we made,” he said. “I caught a little cloud, so that was good for us, but I think we’re going race a lot better than we qualify.”

Bayne’s fellow Ford driver Carl Edwards, the points leader by three over Tony Stewart heading into the final race of 2011, will start from the pole.

Bayne said he’s proud to have been a big part of a strong performance by the Blue Oval contingent this season, a group that has won the sport’s biggest race, the Daytona 500, a Nationwide Series championship and is on the brink of a Cup title as well.

The Wood Brothers have played a starring role in Ford’s excellent season, delivering the 500 victory and making every race they entered while running a limited, 17-race schedule and being without guaranteed starting spots for much of the season.

“I’m excited about this car so far and just excited to be a part of this all year long,” Bayne said.

“Hopefully, I’ll be back in the 21 next year.  We’ll see what happens, but I’ve just really, really enjoyed it so far.

“I remember a year ago when I was sitting on the pit box watching these guys, and Bill Elliott was driving the car.  It’s been a crazy year, but it’s been a really memorable one, and I’m just excited to have been a part of it.”

The Ford 400 is set to get the green flag just after 3 p.m. on Sunday with TV coverage on ESPN.

Wood Brothers’ Magical Season Ends with Ford 400 at Homestead

Many people in the NASCAR community look forward to this weekend’s season-ending Ford Championship weekend as there will be some much-needed down time before Speedweeks at Daytona ushers in a new season.

But Eddie Wood, co-owner of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion driven by Trevor Bayne, isn’t among those awaiting the end of the 2011 campaign. He’d just as soon see the good times continue to roll.

The 2011 season has seen his family team return to its winning ways in grand fashion, with a victory in the Daytona 500. His father and team founder Glen Wood has been elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and the No. 21 Motorcraft/ Quick Lane Ford Fusion has been consistently fast throughout the season. Despite being out of the top 35 in car owner points for much of the season and therefore not assured of starting spots for races, the Woods have qualified for all 17 races the team has entered.

The Woods’ popular Daytona 500 victory came in Bayne’s second career Sprint Cup start and was the fifth for the team, the first coming in 1963 with Tiny Lund driving. It also was the 98th for the 61-year-old team, which got its first Cup triumph at Bowman Gray Stadium on April 18, 1960, with Glen Wood driving a 1958 Ford. He went on to win two more Cup races that season at the Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., then put Speedy Thompson behind the wheel for the 400 miler at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where Thompson gave the Woods their first superspeedway victory.

The Woods spent much of this season using special paint schemes to honor both Glen Wood and the team’s most successful driver, David Pearson, in the year he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

“I’m kind of not looking forward to the season being over,” Eddie Wood said. “It’s been such a good year, with winning the 500, running really well every time out, and Daddy getting inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“It’s more than you can ask for in a single year.”

Wood is anxious to get to Homestead, but for a different reason. The Sprint Cup championship is coming down to a classic battle, and he’s proud that Bayne and his Donnie Wingo-led crew, get to be a part of it all.

“The Ford Championship weekend is coming down to Carl Edwards versus Tony Stewart, and Ford versus Chevy,” he said. “That’s what NASCAR is all about, and that’s the way it should be.

“It’s exciting to be a part of that race.”

Qualifying for the Ford 400 is set for Saturday at 2:40 p.m., and the race is scheduled to begin just after 3 p.m. on Sunday with TV coverage on ESPN.

Bayne Rallies to Finish 17th at Texas

A day after Trevor Bayne scored his first ever Nationwide Series victory and clinched Ford Motor Company’s third Nationwide Series Manufacturers’ Title and the first for the Mustang, he was poised to make some more headlines with the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion in the Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.
But one disappointing run late in the race robbed him of a chance to finish among the leaders in the AAA Texas 500.
Bayne started 13th but fell a lap down during a long stretch of green-flag racing. He eventually raced his way into the “Lucky Dog” spot as the first driver one lap down, then when Jimmie Johnson spun on Lap 241, Bayne was able to rejoin the lead lap.
Twenty laps later he lined up 14th for a restart and was ready to move on up when he went backwards instead. He suspected that oil from the blown engine on Joey Logano’s No. 20 Toyota could have been to blame.
“I don’t know if we got his oil on our tires or just garbage or something was wrong, but that run we were 14th, and I thought we were going to be able to drive to the top 10 because our car was strong,” he said. “But it was just slipping and sliding, and it drove like a different animal and I fell back to twenty-something.”

A change of tires fixed whatever was wrong, and Bayne was back on the charge. “At the end we had a good car again, and I was able to rally back to 17th.”

Team co-owner Eddie Wood said he was pleased with the team’s performance at Texas and proud of Bayne’s break-through Nationwide win, which came in a Roush Fenway Racing Mustang.

“We had a fast car most of the day; it just didn’t work out for us in the middle of the race.” Wood said. “And we’re very happy that Trevor won on Saturday. He’s been trying so hard to win one of those races.”

Bayne and his Wood Brothers team will close out a historic season that has seen the team win its fifth Daytona 500 and team founder Glen Wood elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame with the running of the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20.

Bayne Best of the Go-Or-Go-Homers at Texas

There was a time in the not-too-distant past that the Wood Brothers, being a part-time Sprint Cup team with no guaranteed starting spot, had to really sweat out qualifying day.

But lately the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion has been plenty fast, and driver Trevor Bayne and his Donnie Wingo-led crew are more concerned with where they qualify than if they qualify.

On Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, Bayne was eighth fastest in practice with a best speed of 192.041 miles per hour, then bettered his speed in qualifying, bumping his speed up to 192.589 mph.

But others picked up as well and Bayne ended up with a 13th starting position after a qualifying session that saw Ford Fusion drivers take six of the top 13 starting spots including the top three.

Bayne said he was a bit frustrated with his run, even though it was by far the best of the go-or-go-home drivers who had to make the race on their qualifying times.

“I wish I would have gotten more out of that run,” he said. “I thought for sure I had a top-five run going, but the track gained so much grip through [Turns] One and Two everybody picked up a lot, and we only picked up a little bit. “We went faster than practice, but it just wasn’t fast enough. I’m frustrated with that a little bit… but I thought for sure it would be top five. “Still, that’s all right.”

Indeed it was, as it was his third straight starting spot of 13th or better, including a 10th at Charlotte Motor Speedway and a fourth-place at Talladega Superspeedway.

The AAA Texas 500 is set to get the green flag on Sunday just after 2 p.m. (3 p.m. Eastern) with TV coverage on ESPN.

Bayne, Woods Return to Texas One Year After Their First Race Together

 

Among the many things the Wood Brothers have learned over the years from fellow Ford team owner Jack Roush is that as a race team owner you’re always working on something for the future, even if you don’t know exactly what the future might bring.

That was the case a year ago when the Woods went to Texas Motor Speedway for the first time with Trevor Bayne as their driver and Donnie Wingo as crew chief.

It wasn’t exactly what they’d planned, but it worked out just fine, as the next time out, the new combination delivered one of NASCAR’s most popular wins as Bayne, in just his second Cup start, scored the team’s fifth Daytona 500 triumph.

Len Wood, co-owner of the team’s No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion, recalled that when the decision was made to run Bayne at Texas the Woods weren’t thinking as much about the future as they were simply trying to get to the next race after their crew chief suddenly quit.

“It was kind of a quick decision,” Wood said. “We moved to Roush cars and engines, and Trevor came with the package.”

Roush had intended to run Bayne at Texas, as the rookie driver needed to race on an intermediate track to be approved to run the 2011 Daytona 500. Wingo was to be his crew chief.

Then when the Woods approached Roush looking for a crew chief, he sent Wingo – and Bayne – over to the No. 21 shop.

“We needed help, and we agreed to run Trevor,” Wood said.

It was a risk though, as Bayne had never attempted to run a Cup race and the Woods weren’t among the top 35 in car owner points and therefore had to make the race on their qualifying speed.

The results turned out to be a pleasant surprise all around. Bayne qualified 28th, safely earning a starting spot. He had to start from the rear after the team changed the transmission between qualifying and the race, but once the green flag dropped it was pretty clear that the Woods had a lot more going for their future than they thought they did before they went to Texas.

“We had a really good run,” Wood said. “Trevor passed about 140 cars. It was a great day for us.”

According to NASCAR’s stats, only Kasey Kahne, who drove by 145 cars, passed more than Bayne, who led all drivers in passing differential as he was only passed 104 times, giving his a difference of 36, tops among the 43 starters in that race.

Then Bayne followed that up with a Daytona 500 victory the next time out.

“To start with we were just helping get Trevor approved for Daytona,” Wood said. “Little did we know we were working on more of our future than we thought.”

As Bayne, Wingo and the Woods return to Texas a year after their first race together, they’re coming off two strong runs – at Charlotte and Talladega – even though their finishing positions didn’t reflect the speed of their Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion. At Talladega, the car performed well all day, but Charlotte a problem with the fueling system robbed them of a chance at a really strong finish.

“We easily had a top-10 car at Charlotte,” Wood said. “I’d like to think we had a top-five car.”

It’s that same Fusion that the Woods are taking to Texas.

“We’ve got a really good engine again,” Wood said. “Hopefully we can go out there and get us a win.”

Qualifying for the AAA Texas 500 is set for 3:40 p.m. (4:40 Eastern Time) on Friday, with the race getting the green flag on Sunday just after 2 p.m. (3 p.m. Eastern) with TV coverage on ESPN.

Trevor Bayne, Donnie Wingo, NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Glen Wood and the Original Wood Brothers To Meet Fans and Friends in Stuart, Va., on Friday, October 28

When Eddie and Len Wood haven’t been on the road racing their No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion, they’ve become museum curators, converting the team’s shop in Stuart, Va., into a shrine honoring the Wood Brothers and their 61 years in NASCAR racing.

On Friday, race fans in the area for the races at nearby Martinsville Speedway will have a chance to see the brothers’ work and meet the 2011 Daytona 500-winning duo of driver Trevor Bayne and crew chief Donnie Wingo as well as the original Wood Brothers – Glen, Leonard, Delano and Ray Lee.

The museum will hold open house from 9am-7pm on Friday, and Bayne, Wingo and the original Wood Brothers will hold an autograph session from 5pm to 7pm Friday evening. As always, admission is free.

Since the team’s most recent open house back in April, the Woods have been assembling memorabilia and displaying it in the areas where the No. 21 Fords were once prepared. Many of the tools from the team’s history – a drill press, lathe, band saw and even an old wooden desk and filing cabinet – have been hunted down, cleaned up and put on display just as they were used decades ago in their original shop. Behind each piece is a photo of the same tool being used back in the day.

There’s also a collection of carburetors, starting with one from a Model T Ford and continuing up to one off the 2011 Ford Fusion that Bayne’s been driving, as well as shocks and tools from an earlier era.

There are pit boards from the days before two-way radios and large photos of Glen’s 1950s – 1960s race cars and as well as photos of the original Wood Brothers, including the late Clay Wood.
“We were hanging pictures until one o’clock in the morning,” Eddie Wood said early Thursday morning as he prepared to resume his museum work.

But for Eddie Wood and the younger generations of Wood Brothers, the most important part of the open house is giving their fans and friends a chance to see Bayne and Wingo, as well as the original Wood Brothers. Although team founder Glen, who has been elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, and Leonard, the team’s long time crew chief and chief mechanic, are frequently seen around the race tracks, appearances by brothers Delano and Ray Lee are rare.

Ray Lee, who retired from changing tires in 1965, hasn’t been to a race since, although he did participate in an open house at Stuart back in April. Delano, who jacked the No. 21 Ford for 77 Sprint Cup victories before retiring in 1983, has been to just one race since then, at Charlotte last month when the team honored Glen with a paint scheme based on the car he drove to his final Cup victory as a driver.

The Wood Brothers shop and museum is located at 21 Performance Drive in Stuart, Va. For more information, visit www.woodbrothersracing.com