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Bayne, Woods Pleased With Their Overall Performance at Homestead

Trevor Bayne, the Wood Brothers, and the rest of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew left the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway not particularly pleased with their 23rd-place finish, but very happy about the speed the No. 21 Ford Fusion showed in the race. 

Bayne qualified 20th but ran better than that for much of the afternoon. His quest for speed came at a price though, as he made contact with the wall and the resulting damage kept him from getting the finish he’d hoped for. 

“I am four-for-four with races here at hitting the wall and cutting tires,” Bayne said. “We were really fast every single time. We were one of the fastest cars here in both Nationwide and Cup races and that isprobably the reason, because I am using up every bit of race track that I can to get that speed.” 

“The problem is there is a lot of risk with that, and I found it more than once. At the end we were still in position and we cut a right rear tire because of the damage, and we couldn’t recover from that.” 

“I think we had a top-10 type day going. We never had the track position but we were as fast as the leaders.”

Team co-owner Eddie Wood said he’s happy to be patient with and supportive of a driver who will push a car to its limits, even when he exceeds those limits at times. And he said he’s even more proud of Donnie Wingo, and the entire Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew that prepared the No. 21 Ford Fusion.

“We had a really fast car,” Wood said. “We just kept getting into the wall.” 

Both driver and team owner left the Sprint Cup finale feeling good about the progress they’ve made this year and about the prospects for the future. 

“I think we worked the best we have together all year, and that is a very good thing going into 2013,” Bayne said. Wood agreed, and said he also is excited to see this year’s championship-winning team returning to the Ford Racing team next season. 

“I’m happy for Roger Penske and Brad Keselowski and congratulate them on winning the Sprint Cup championship,” Wood said. “Having them on board next year, along with Roush Fenway, and RPM, gives Ford Motor Company a good chance to win the Manufacturer’s Championship, and that’s important to us all.” 

Bayne, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Conquer Final Qualifying Challenge of 2012

With their 20th-place qualifying effort on Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Trevor Bayne and his No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion team successfully completed a season of walking a qualifying tight rope with no safety net.

Sixteen times this season, Bayne has left pit road on qualifying day with no assurance that he’d take the green flag in the race, as his team’s partial schedule means it doesn’t have the luxury of a guaranteed starting spot.

For the Ford EcoBoost 400 qualifying session, there was even more pressure than usual. The high-profile, championship-deciding Sprint Cup season finale is sponsored by another member of the same Ford racing family that backs the Wood Brothers team.

“I broke a sweat and it isn’t even hot outside,” Bayne said. “It is a tight field here for making the race this weekend it seems like.”

In addition to the field being so competitive, he had to overcome a bobble or two to post a lap at 172.662 miles per hour.

“Coming through [Turns] Three and Four getting up to speed, I slid up a little bit too much, and I let it float up too high and had to get off the gas and drag the brake and couldn’t get a good run to the green [flag],” he said. “I think that was about two-tenths [of a second per lap.]”

Despite these issues, Bayne didn’t seem too worried about how his Ford Fusion will perform on Sunday.

“I think the car might have it in it for the race though,” he said. “We will have to go race trim tomorrow and see what we have.”

“We are in the show though, and we can race from there for sure.”

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

Bayne, Wood Brothers Prepare For One Final Run in the 2012 Ford Fusion

Even though the Wood Brothers race team runs a partial Sprint Cup schedule, the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway is a race the team eagerly anticipates.

There are the connections with their sponsor, Motorcraft/Quick Lane, and the race’s sponsor, Ford Motor Company. Just being able to participate in one of NASCAR’s showcase events is very mportant.

Assuming Trevor Bayne qualifies for Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400, it’ll mark 16 points-paying race appearances this season for Bayne and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew, a stretch that has seen them post four top-10 qualifying efforts and two top-10 race finishes. Sunday’s race also will be the last time Bayne and the Wood Brothers will compete using the current NASCAR version of the Ford Fusion.

Beginning next season, NASCAR’s Ford teams will begin racing a redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion. Fans and drivers can get a sneak peek at how that car will look this weekend as the 2013 Ford Fusion Titanium will serve as the official pace car.

Eddie Wood, co-owner of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion, said he’s looking for one more good run from his team’s 2012 Ford Fusion then the focus will shift to the 2013 model.

“It’s going to look like the Fusions in the dealers’ showrooms and on the street, and that’s something NASCAR hasn’t had in a while,” Wood said. “There’s going to be lots of identity for Ford Motor Company and for all the other manufacturers.”

Wood said the new cars take NASCAR racing back to a time when fans and competitors paid close attention to every detail of the race cars, such as the shapes of the bodies and the designs created by the manufacturers.

Bayne and the Wood Brothers already have participated in two on-track tests with the 2013 Fusion, at Martinsville Speedway and Kansas Speedway, and Wood said those tests indicate that the new models also have the potential to make NASCAR’s on-track product even more exciting.

“The new car has a lot of adjustability in it, which NASCAR can use to help make the racing better,” he said. “I’m really impressed with its capabilities.”

The downside of bringing out a new car for the Wood Brothers and other race teams is that it’ll mean some long hours at the shop preparing new cars, but Wood said that’s really nothing new.

“It’s normal for race teams to work long hours getting ready for Daytona and the upcoming season,” he said.

Qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 400 is set for Friday at 6:10 p.m. Eastern Time, and the race is set to get the green flag just after 3 p.m. on Sunday with TV coverage on ESPN.

Bayne Soldiers Through Handling Problems To Finish 22nd At Texas

After a strong seventh-place qualifying effort, Trevor Bayne and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team struggled with an ill-handling car throughout much of Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 but still salvaged a 22nd-place, lead-lap finish.

“We qualified really well, and I thought that was setting us up for a really good night,” Bayne said. “The first run we were able to maintain in the top-12, and I thought if we could just get it to turn a little bit we would be alright.”

Despite their optimism, that didn’t turn out to be the case.

“We were never able to find balance in the car all night long,” Bayne said. “We would either get it sideways loose or chattering the right front tight. We weren’t able to get the speed out of it to be able to roll through the center [of the corners].”

Team co-owner Eddie Wood said the crew wasn’t making major adjustments on pit stops, but the right combination still eluded them.

“We never could get the car to suit Trevor,” he said. “Sometimes that’s just the way it works out. We were right on the edge, but we just couldn’t get it right before the night was over.”

Bayne and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew also had to deal with damage from a Lap 120 restart when he was hit from behind on a restart and sustained damage to the rear end of his No. 21 Ford Fusion. Despite the damage, the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team also had some luck on their side, as they took advantage of the wave-around rule and two “Lucky Dog” free passes to remain on the lead lap until the checkered flag fell.

Bayne and the Wood Brothers team now turn their attention to the season-ending Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16-18.

Bayne Qualifies Seventh For AAA Texas 500

Trevor Bayne nailed down a top-10 starting spot for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, and as usual for his team, the strong qualifying effort brought optimism for the race and relief for simply being in it.

Since the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion team runs just a partial Sprint Cup schedule, it isn’t guaranteed a starting spot. One mistake on Bayne’s part or a mechanical malfunction or mistake by the crew and the team does not race that week.

“That is always something that crosses my mind right before we go out,” Bayne said. “We aren’t even guaranteed to be racing when we go out.”

Still, he and the Wood Brothers team were able to put their worries aside and pick up significant speed from practice to qualifying.

In Friday’s practice round, Bayne’s best lap of 187.052 miles per hour was 15th  fastest on the speed chart. Then he went out and ran more than two and a half miles per hour faster in qualifying to take the seventh starting spot with a lap at 189.607 mph. He was second fastest of the Ford contingent and fastest among the go-or-go-home drivers who had to rely on their qualifying speeds to make the race.

Bayne gave his Donnie Wingo-led crew credit for going in the right direction with the chassis adjustments for qualifying.  Practice on Saturday will give them a chance  to fine-tune the car even more.

“We over-adjusted from practice but it went faster, so they went the right way with it which is a really good problem to have,” he said. “At least we know what we needed now.”

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

Bayne and Motorcraft/Quick Lane Crew Hoping to Capitalize on Experience at Texas

Trevor Bayne and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew return to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, the site of Bayne’s first Sprint Cup start back in the fall of 2010, and the beginning of his relationship with the Wood Brothers and their iconic No. 21 Ford Fusion.

The anniversary is a significant milestone for Bayne and the team, but for crew chief Donnie Wingo, it also means that his driver will be racing at a track where he has as much Sprint Cup experience as one could expect, given his limited number of starts.

Assuming Bayne makes the starting field for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500, it will be his 33rd career Cup race and his fifth at Texas, the track that also is the site of his first Nationwide Series victory.  This victory came last fall after he passed Carl Edwards with six laps to go and finished ahead of Edwards and three other Cup regulars.

Bayne will be racing the same Ford Fusion that he drove to a 16th-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway this year, and Wingo said he expects the Wood Brothers team to continue to build on their experiences both at Texas and at other similar tracks this year.

“Even though we wound up getting in a wreck at Kansas, we gained on it a little there,” he said. “We’re getting better at making the car better during the race.”

Wingo attributes these small milestones to getting the car tuned better for the start of the race and Bayne having a better idea of what he wants as far as a chassis set-up.

“That comes with experience, and the more experience he gets the better he will be,” Wingo said.

Experience also plays a factor in Wingo’s race-day decisions, and he believes track position once again will be key as the laps wind down on Sunday. He said that while the aging track surface means teams will benefit from taking four tires on pit stops, it still will be important to make the right strategy decisions for the final run to the checkered flag.

“You’ll have to do whatever you can at the end to be up front,” he said.

Qualifying for the AAA Texas 500 is set for Friday at 4:40 p.m. Eastern Time, and the race is set to get the green flag just after 3 p.m. on Sunday with TV coverage on ESPN.

Motorcraft’s New Look: NASCAR and NHRA Programs Unite with Legacy Paint Scheme for Wood Brothers, Tasca Racing

  • For the first time in 20 years – Motorcraft in 2013 will unite its NHRA Full Throttle Series Drag Racing and NASCAR Sprint Cup programs with one uniform paint scheme.
  • Both the No. 21 Ford Fusion owned by Wood Brothers Racing and the Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car driven and owned by Bob Tasca III will compete in the striking red and white “Motorcraft Legacy” paint scheme that is a modern twist on and tribute to the one the Wood family conceived and campaigned beginning in 1965, and brought back in 2011.
  • Motorcraft has been first to support Ford’s motorsports efforts since 1985, when Ford Customer Service Division and its storied brand launched a multi-platform marketing effort that included NASCAR, NHRA and IMSA.

 

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 30, 2012 – In 2013 – for the first time in 20 years – Motorcraft will unite its NHRA Full Throttle Series Drag Racing and NASCAR Sprint Cup programs with one uniform paint scheme.

Both the No. 21 Ford Fusion owned by Wood Brothers Racing and the Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car driven and owned by Bob Tasca III will compete in the striking red and white “Motorcraft Legacy” paint scheme that is a modern twist on and tribute to the one the Wood family conceived and campaigned beginning in 1965, and brought back in 2011.

Next year’s design also incorporates Ford brands Quick Lane and FordParts.com, as it has in the past.

Motorcraft has been first to support Ford’s motorsports efforts since 1985, when Ford Customer Service Division and its storied brand launched a multi-platform marketing effort that included NASCAR, NHRA and IMSA.

Since then, FCSD and its associated brands have raced to the winner’s circle for generations with storied team owners and big names behind the wheel – from NHRA’s Kenny Bernstein and Bob Glidden, to NASCAR champions Trevor Bayne, Bill Elliott, Dale Jarrett and Geoff Bodine. Not to mention John Jones, Scott Pruett, Lyn St. James, Bruce Jenner and Wally Dallenbach Jr.

“Ford Customer Service Division and its Motorcraft brand’s involvement was instrumental in reviving Ford’s motorsports program in the mid-1980s,” said Mary Lou Quesnell, Marketing Director, FCSD. “Motorcraft was the first to step up with support and in that way really acknowledge that racing Fords on the track sells Fords and Motorcraft parts in showrooms and stores. We’re proud to carry on the tradition.”

The last time the NHRA and NASCAR entries matched was in 1993, with Glidden’s Pro Stock entry and Bud Moore Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Cup Ford driven by Geoff Bodine.

Motorcraft began its storied partnership with the much-loved Wood Brothers Racing team in 2001.

“Our family’s relationship with Ford stretches back to the early days, and racing a Ford with Ford brands on our car is something special to us,” said Eddie Wood, who with brother Len took over operations from their father Glen and uncle Leonard, both NASCAR Hall of Famers. “When you look at the list of people who have raced with Motorcraft on the sides of their cars, there are so many stories behind those names. We’re happy to be on the list.”

Tasca, who spent more time at the Rhode Island Ford dealership his late grandfather Bob Tasca Sr. founded than he did at home, remembers the rows of parts there and asking his father Bob Tasca Jr. why some boxes were red and some were blue.

“I literally grew up with the Motorcraft brand,” Bob III said. “To grow up and race a Ford in the NHRA like my grandfather did with Ford brands on the car is a dream to me. I’m excited every week to talk about the business I’m so passionate about and that is so much a part of me.”

Motorcraft and fellow Ford brands Quick Lane and FordParts.com will carry on the tradition in 2013.

For live updates, follow the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang team on Twitter (MQL_Racing) and Facebook (click on the “Twitter” icon). Follow driver Bob Tasca III on Twitter at @Tasca3 and Facebook, Wood Brothers Racing on Twitter (@WoodBrothers21) and Facebook, and driver Trevor Bayne on Twitter (@TBayne21) and Facebook.

Mid-Race Wreck Drops Bayne To 21st At Kansas Speedway

Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway set a track record and a Sprint Cup season high for caution flags with 14, and Trevor Bayne and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion were among those victimized by wrecks on the newly repaved track.

After starting 32nd, Bayne and his Donnie Wingo-led crew had the Wood Brothers No. 21 inside the top 20 and poised to climb higher when he was collected in a spin by Marcos Ambrose on Lap 170.

Bayne was knocked into the outside wall, and his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion sustained substantial damage to the right side of the car, particularly the front splitter. From then on until the end of the race, it was a matter of wrestling a damaged race car to the checkered flag.

“It was unfortunate for us because I felt like we had a decent run going, and we were up to 17th with everyone crashing and could have finished top-10 I think,” Bayne said. “But I guess everyone could say that because they were all crashing too.”

“The 9 [Ambrose] just got in on us and got a little loose, but that is just racing. I hate that we tore it up and didn’t get the finish we were looking for.”

Bayne wound up 21st after making a total of 17 pit stops.

Team co-owner Len Wood said he too had hopes for a much better outcome before the crash.

“We were positioned inside the top 20,” he said. “It had taken us a little while to get the car adjusted, but we were in good shape, and our fuel mileage would have been perfect.”
It was around this time the incident occurred with Ambrose.

“Ambrose got loose under him, and it flat-sided the car and knocked the splitter under the car,” Wood said. “After that we just patched it up the best we could and limped it home.”

Bayne and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew return to the track in two weeks for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Bayne’s Ford Fusion A Little Too Free In Kansas Qualifying

A fast race track and a loose race car proved to be a bad combination for Trevor Bayne and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion during qualifying for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 on the newly repaved Kansas Speedway.

After posting the 13th-fastest time in Friday’s practice session with a best lap of 189.573 miles per hour, Bayne slid to 32nd in qualifying with a lap at 188.055 mph.

Still, like every other driver in the field, Bayne easily eclipsed the old Kansas track record of 180.856 mph set by Matt Kenseth in October, 2005.

“It was too loose,” Bayne said. “I couldn’t hustle it. In practice we were kind of back and forth.”

Bayne and the Wood Brothers crew were hopeful of a strong qualifying run, but with no guaranteed starting spot because of the team’s limited schedule, Bayne had to leave a little on the table during his official run on the clock.

“I knew I could have gotten a little more out of it, but the car was just so free I couldn’t hustle it like I wanted to,” he said.

The Hollywood Casino 400, the third straight Sprint Cup race for Bayne and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team, is scheduled to start just after 2 p.m. on Sunday with TV coverage on ESPN.

Kansas Speedway Is Special To The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Crew

The team will be back in the familiar red, white, and gold Motorcraft/Quick Lane colors for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400, which will be run on a brand-new asphalt surface.

For the Woods, a return to Kansas brings back memories of Ricky Rudd’s strong second-place run in 2004 and Jon Wood’s first major NASCAR victory in a Truck Series race in 2003, as his father Eddie Wood watched on TV from the infield of Daytona International Speedway. Later that night, Rudd drove the Motorcraft Ford to a third-place finish at Daytona behind fellow Ford drivers Greg Biffle and Jeff Burton.

“It’s good to be back at Kansas,” Eddie Wood said, adding that he’s always amazed at how much development has occurred around the speedway since it opened in 2001.

“When we first came here there were just a few stores and hotels near the track. Now it’s a whole new city.”

Although it’s been years since the now-retired Rudd drove the No. 21 Motorcraft Ford, Wood vividly recalls that Sunday afternoon at Kansas in 2004.

On the race’s final restart, with 13 laps remaining, Rudd lined up behind Joe Nemechek. But there was a lapped car starting on the inside, as the rules then allowed. It took Rudd several laps to dispatch the lapped driver, but valuable time was lost and he wound up second by a scant .081 seconds.

“We’d been faster than Nemechek all day,” Wood said. “We just couldn’t get to him at the end.”

This time around, Bayne will make his first start at Kansas in the same Ford Fusion he drove in both Michigan races and at Las Vegas.

Crew chief Donnie Wingo expects the race to play out much like the ones at Michigan, which also got a new coat of asphalt this year. Goodyear is bringing the same tire compound to Kansas that was used at Michigan.

“I don’t expect we will change tires that much,” Wingo said. “We’ll just put fuel in it and try to maintain track position.”

Qualifying for the Hollywood Casino 400 is set for Friday at 5:10 p.m. Eastern Time, and the race is scheduled to start just after 2 p.m. on Sunday with TV coverage on ESPN.