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Happy 64th Anniversary Glen and Bernece

Bernece and Glen Wood celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary this past weekend! That is absolutely incredible and we are very proud of them. As their granddaughter, I look up to them and their marriage in so many ways. In this day and age, where divorce statistics are at an all-time high, to say you are celebrating your 64th wedding anniversary is astonishing and I strive to be just like them. Anyone who is married or has been married will agree with me that marriage is no walk in the park. The dirty truth is marriage is difficult and we have to work hard to make it last.

Thankfully, I have my grandparents to look up to when it comes to marriage. Bernece and Glen have an amazing relationship and I aspire to have the same relationship with my husband 64 years from now, if it is the Lord’s will. They have an unconditional love for each other and it shows in every aspect of their life. I truly believe that their relationship is the reason my family is celebrating their 65th year in racing. They have shown us all how a successful relationship works and I believe that ultimately has affected how we treat each other, business partners and employees. Anyone who has ever worked with my family will agree that they treat everyone as if they are a part of the Wood family. That type of love stems from my grandparents marriage and relationship.

Happy Anniversary Nannie and Pa, we all thank you for showing us what marriage is about and love you to the moon and back!

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Wood Brothers Racing Officially Recognized as Longest Active NASCAR Team

Wood Brothers Racing has become something of a common face in NASCAR.  Their consistent attendance year in and year out has possibly gone unnoticed to some, so one member of the family has set out to make sure the team’s founding fathers get the recognition they finally deserve for their unwavering show of perseverance.

Jon Wood, third-generation family member and former Wood Brothers Racing driver, grew up with a fascination for a very peculiar book.  That book came to his elementary school once a year when the bookmobile would roll into town.  The one book that was so captivating was the Guinness Book of World Records.  “From the beginning I have been fascinated with the Guinness Book of World Records,” said Wood.  “I remember thinking that one day I would figure out a way to do something worthy of being in the Book. I think that’s just part of a child’s fairytale-like thought process.”

Wood, now 33, isn’t alone in his fascination of the Guinness Books. The book itself holds a world’s record as the best-selling copyrighted book of all time. And it’s also one of the most pilfered books from public libraries in the United States.  Recently, while clearing the crawlspace of his house in preparation for some repairs, he was rummaging through an accumulation of junk destined for the dumpster and came across a 50th anniversary edition of the Guinness Book.  And, since he’d been working on a logo for his team’s upcoming 65th anniversary in NASCAR, it occurred to him that his childhood dream was not as far-fetched as it seemed back in his elementary school days.

His family’s race team, founded in 1950 by his grandfather Glen Wood, is generally considered NASCAR’s longest active race team. The Woods have fielded cars every year since 1950, and while other established teams have come and gone, the Woods have maintained the same ownership through the present.  That fact; however, has never been officially recognized, and Wood wanted to do something about that.  “This is a huge accomplishment when you take a step back and really digest it,” he said. “To be able to say that you have been able to have that level of consistency is pretty outstanding.”  All that was missing, Wood said, was a statement, in print, in a publication that wouldn’t be challenged, that read: “Wood Brothers Racing is the longest active NASCAR team.”  He immediately got on the Guinness World Records website and submitted an application for a record claim.   “Very quickly I got a response from their sports records coordinator, and he was highly interested in helping with this claim,” Wood said.   The next step was finding a way to substantiate the record. For that he turned to Buz McKim, Historian at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.  McKim quickly verified the Woods’ record, and as they say, the rest is history.

For Jon, getting his family’s accomplishment documented in the Guinness Book of World Records makes the record that much more meaningful.  “I realize that when it comes to the Book, the first thought in some people’s minds are some of the wacky, crazy records, like one for the most sneezes in one minute or something,” he said. “But on the flip side to that, whether it’s a record of a silly nature, or serious ones like land-speed records, there is only one global authority, and that is the Guinness Book of World Records.  My goal was to both validate the claim that Wood Brothers Racing is the longest active team in NASCAR and also honor my grandfather and his brother Leonard for what I believe to be an astounding accomplishment.” His grandfather Glen, team founder and family patriarch, also shares the same views when asked what special place this record holds.  “This is pretty big for us. It’s a big deal to us and I’m sure a big deal to Ford. Without their support from day one, there is no way we would be where we are today.  We’ve come a long way since the days under a beech tree. We’ve had ups and we’ve had downs, so when we get recognition like this, it just makes it all the more meaningful.

Getting this documented and on paper brings feelings of accomplishment that is shared by members of three generations of Woods, each of whom has played a role in the team’s longevity. That includes Jon himself, who has worn several hats, so to speak, over the years.  “While I’ve had a very minimal role in helping to keep the team going for all of these years, I did drive for them for a short period of time, so that just adds to the feeling of involvement,” he said. “Today, the makeup of the entire front office is all family. All of us are directly related. We are the true definition of a family business, and when something like this happens, we all feel a huge sense of gratification.”

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Happy 80th Birthday David Pearson!!

The entire Wood family would like to wish David Pearson a Happy 80th Birthday. The Wood Brothers have many wonderful memories with David Pearson, including 51 poles and 43 victories!

Eddie Wood has a special message for David!

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BULLINS TO RETURN TO WOOD BROTHERS AS CREW CHIEF

BULLINS TO RETURN TO WOOD BROTHERS AS CREW CHIEF

HARRISBURG, N.C. (December 22, 2014) – Wood Brothers Racing announced today that Jeremy Bullins will rejoin the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion team next season to serve as the crew chief for Ryan Blaney in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, beginning with the 2015 Daytona 500. Bullins returns to the Wood Brothers organization following a successful three-year tenure with Team Penske’s No. 22 NASCAR Nationwide Series team that produced 21 wins and two consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series Owners’ Championships.

Group3Bullins first worked with the Wood Brothers in 1999 on the Pro Cup and Late Model cars driven by Jon Wood. In 2000, Bullins became race engineer for the iconic No. 21 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, a position he held until June of 2002. Bullins moved on to work with ST Motorsports, Robert Yates Racing and Richard Childress Racing, where he helped drivers Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer claim a total of nine Sprint Cup Series victories as a race engineer.

A native of Walnut Cove, NC, Bullins joined Team Penske in 2012 to serve as the crew chief for the No. 22 car in the Nationwide Series, earning three wins in his first full season at the helm. In 2013, Bullins led the team to 12 wins with four different drivers and the team’s first Nationwide Series Owners’ Championship. The No. 22 Ford team won the Owners’ Title again this season behind six series victories. In total, Bullins earned 21 wins, 14 poles, 57 top-five and 79 top-10 finishes in 99 starts with the No. 22 Team Penske Nationwide Series program.

“This is a great opportunity for me at this point in my career to move to a great organization with a solid driver, while still getting the chance to work with the people that I’ve come to know and respect at Team Penske,” said Bullins. “Everyone in the sport knows about the Wood Brothers and recognizes that No. 21. To get a chance to work for Eddie and Len and the entire organization and to have Ryan behind the wheel, is pretty much everything I could have asked for.”

Eddie Wood, co-owner of the No. 21 Ford Fusion, said he’s looking forward to resuming his working relationship with Bullins, who studied mechanical engineering at North Carolina State University before joining the Wood Brothers.

“I feel like he’s coming home,” said Eddie Wood. “He worked with us when we were still at our shop in Virginia and he was just getting started in NASCAR. Now he’s a proven winner. It’s an honor to have him back with us. We’re anxious for him to get his first Sprint Cup victory, as a crew chief, which will be No. 99 for us.”

Bullins joins the No. 21 Wood Brothers team at the same time Blaney makes the transition as the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team begins its alliance with Team Penske. Bullins and Blaney worked together through all three years of Bullins’ tenure at Team Penske.  The duo produced two Nationwide Series wins along with eight top-five and 16 top-10 finishes in Blaney’s 19 starts driving the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang.

Len Wood, who owns the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team with his brother Eddie, believes that bringing Bullins on board will pay immediate dividends.

“Jeremy coming over from Team Penske to help us out will help in the transition from our past alliance to our new alliance with Team Penske,” said Len Wood. “Because he’s worked with Ryan in the past, and knows the Team Penske system, Jeremy should be able to get Ryan on the right track and running competitively right out of the box, without a long development period.”

Wood Brothers Racing
Wood Brothers Racing was formed in 1950 in Stuart, Va., by Hall of Famer Glen Wood.  Wood Brothers Racing is the oldest active team and one of the winningest teams in NASCAR history. Since its founding, the team has won 98 races (including at least one race in every decade for the last seven decades) and 117 poles in NASCAR’s top-tier series. Fielding only Ford products for its entire history, the Wood Brothers own the longest association of any motorsports team with a single manufacturer. Glen’s brother, Leonard, is known for inventing the modern pit stop.  The team currently runs the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney in the famous number 21 racecar.

About Motorcraft
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New Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion Driver Ryan Blaney Expects to Contend for Wins in First Season at Wheel of No. 21

  • Ryan Blaney expects to be successful when he gets behind the wheel of the iconic No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion for Wood Brothers Racing starting at the 2015 Daytona 500 in February.

 

  • “I honestly think we’ll contend for wins,” Blaney said. “I think we’ll be in the hunt at most of them. If we can run 100 percent of the laps, not wreck out of any of them or have any issues, I know we’ll be racking up some really good finishes. You’ll definitely see us up front and contending for wins.”

 

DEARBORN, Mich. – Ryan Blaney expects to be successful when he gets behind the wheel of the iconic No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion for Wood Brothers Racing starting at the 2015 Daytona 500 in February.

Why not? He’s been a winner in every other racing series in which he’s ever competed, including being part of Team Penske’s last two Nationwide (now XFINITY) Series Owner’s Championships.

“I hope so,” Blaney said when asked if he thinks his past success will carry over into his first regular Sprint Cup ride. “In my first Cup start for Team Penske at Kansas last year, I was worried about not wrecking and I wasn’t very aggressive. I look back and I regret that. I’m not going to be too conservative this year.”

That doesn’t mean he plans to be too aggressive in the Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 either. Blaney said he understands the appropriate balance between aggressive racing and driving smart races. “That’s what the Cup races are all about,” he said with a wisdom that belies his 20 years and reflects more than a decade of competitive driving experience. “The races are so long you have to know when to push the car and when to conserve. I think I’ll continue to develop that as I run more 500-mile and 600-mile races. The approach is to go out and do the best you can and run all the laps, get as much experience as you can. If you do that you’re going to run well, too.”

Blaney, son of Sprint Cup veteran Dave Blaney, has run well since he started racing quarter midgets at age 8, winning his first race at age 9. He has competed in and been successful in Bandolero cars, Legend cars, late model stock cars and the ARCA Racing Series before debuting in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series West. In 2012, Blaney drove six races (recording two top 10s) in the Nationwide series before finishing the year with Team Penske, recording five top-10 finishes (including 2nd at Texas Motor Speedway) in seven starts. Also in September of that year, he won his first Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway and was the youngest winner in the series at the time at 18 years, 8 months and 15 days.

In the last two Nationwide campaigns for Team Penske, he posted a win in 2013, and in 2014 a win, 10 Top 5s, 13 Top 10s and 207 laps led in 14 starts in the No. 12 Ford Mustang. Driving for Brad Keselowski Racing in the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Blaney finished No. 2 in the championship driving the No. 29 Ford F-150. He posted a win, 12 Top 5s and 17 Top 10s in 22 CWTS starts.

En route to last season’s Nationwide owner’s title, Blaney learned important lessons in patience, which will benefit him and his Motorcraft/Quick Lane teammates in 2015.

“We had a couple races last season in the Nationwide car where we struggled a little bit in practice,” Blaney recalls. “Chicago was a really good example of that. We weren’t very good in practice and I didn’t think we would be that good for the race. My crew chief and I talked about it throughout the race and he made some great changes and we had a shot to win until we got a little bit of damage at the end.

“That’s what the driver and crew chief have to do if you’re going to be successful,” he continued. “If the weekend starts off bad you have to keep working on it. I’m getting better and better at telling him what I need. You get better at that with time.”

All of this caught the attention of Eddie and Len Wood of Wood Brothers Racing who pursued Blaney’s services once Trevor Bayne announced that he would drive the No. 6 full time in the Sprint Cup Series for Roush-Fenway Racing in 2015.

Blaney recognizes that he’s following in the footsteps of the many great Wood Brothers drivers of the past, including Curtis Turner, Cale Yarborough, A.J. Foyt, David Pearson, Bill Elliott and Dale Jarrett just to name a few.

“Just knowing the history of that car,” Blaney said. “It’s been special for me to get to know everyone over there and hear their stories. Being able to drive such an iconic race car is special. I came from a racing family so the family and the heritage of that team is pretty neat. It relates to my family, too. It’s also great getting to know everyone from Motorcraft and knowing the commitment they put into the team.”

Blaney got a preview of working with the Wood Brothers last August in Michigan. After it was announced that he would replace Bayne, he subbed for him in practice and qualifying while Bayne was competing in the Nationwide Series at Mid-Ohio.

“It was really cool to be able to work with those guys,” Blaney recalled. “Running at Michigan in Ford’s back yard, that was really cool to be a part of. It was great to have that experience at Michigan. That will give us just that much more experience when we go back there this season.”

Blaney is reluctant to predict how he’ll do in his first year of regular Cup competition and equally reluctant to set goals for himself and the team going into the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. He is, however, confident in his abilities and that of his new team.

“It’s hard to set expectations and goals,” he stated. “You just want to go out and do the best you can. I honestly think we’ll contend for wins. I think we’ll be in the hunt at most of them. If we can run 100 percent of the laps, not wreck out of any of them or have any issues, I know we’ll be racking up some really good finishes. You’ll definitely see us up front and contending for wins.”

 

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About Motorcraft

Motorcraft® offers a complete line of replacement parts that are recommended and approved by Ford Motor Company. From routine maintenance to under-hood 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 dealers, independent distributors and automotive parts retailers are backed by Ford Motor Company’s two-year, unlimited-miles Service Parts Limited Warranty. Ask for Motorcraft by name when you visit your local auto parts store or your favorite service facility. For more information, visit www.motorcraft.com.

 

 

 

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Quick Lane® provides automotive quick services for all makes and models. Quick Lane’s nationwide network of more than 700 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 www.quicklane.com

 

 

Wood Brothers Racing

Wood Brothers Racing was formed in 1950 in Stuart, Va., by Hall of Famer Glen Wood.  Wood Brothers Racing is the oldest active team and one of the winningest teams in NASCAR history. Since its founding, the team won 98 races (including at least one race in every decade for the last seven decades) and 117 poles in NASCAR’s top-tier series. Fielding only Ford products for its entire history, the Wood Brothers own the longest association of any motorsports team with a single manufacturer. Glen’s brother, Leonard, is known for inventing the modern pit stop.  The team currently runs the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney in the famous number 21 racecar.

Late-Race Contact Leaves Bayne, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team As Spectators For Epic Conclusion to 2014 Chase

_MI42001Trevor Bayne’s 57th and final ride in the Wood Brothers’ No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion ended prematurely when contact with another car just 60 laps shy of the finish of the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway damaged his car too much to continue on.

His 42nd-place finish was no indication of the potential of the No. 21 Ford Fusion, which was running 23rd and poised to move up when a cut valve stem on a tire led to parts of the damaged tire wrapping around the brakes, ripping the brake line loose and damaging the sheet metal in the wheel well.

“It had gotten dark, and the track was doing just what Trevor and Donnie expected,” team co-owner Eddie Wood said. “The track was coming to us, and Trevor was running some really good lap times. He had gotten in the lucky dog position, which would have gotten us back on the lead lap when the next caution came out.”

“Unfortunately, that caution flag wound up being for us. We weren’t going to win the race, but a top-15 wasn’t out of the question.”

With not enough time left to properly repair their Fusion, the Woods, crew chief Donnie Wingo and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team were left with front-row seats for one of NASCAR’s all-time greatest moments as the final race of the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup delivered the kind of “Game 7” moment that chairman Brian France envisioned when he decided on the current elimination-style Chase format.

“I congratulate Brian and everyone at NASCAR for putting on one of the most exciting races I’ve been to in a long time. It was a classic showdown between Ford, Chevy and Toyota.” Wood said of the grand finale of Ford Championship Weekend. “I was around when Bill Sr., who started NASCAR, was running things. And I was there when Bill Jr. came along and gave it a new dimension with corporate sponsorship, TV coverage and the involvement of Winston as the title sponsor of the series.”

“Now, it’s Brian’s time. He’s the chief, and he’s come up with a way to add a lot of excitement to our sport.

“It’s great stuff.”

_MH61591When the checkered flag flew to end the Ford EcoBoost 400, it also marked the final appearance of veteran crew chief Donnie Wingo atop the Motorcraft/Quick Lane pit box.

Wood said that the relationship with Wingo and Bayne has been a good one.

“It’s been a great four years,” Wood said. “They gave us one of our biggest wins ever in the 2011 Daytona 500, and they’ve been great to work with.”

“Like all the other great ones before them, they’re a part of our history now, and they’ll always be treated as such.”

“We wish them both well as they move on to their new ventures.”
The Wood Brothers and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team along with their new driver, Ryan Blaney, return to the track next February for the 57th annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

Bayne Set To Start 26th In Season-Ending Ford EcoBoost 400

SM_TE60933In Sprint Cup Series qualifying, mere fractions of a second can make the difference in a good qualifying run and a great one. On Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Trevor Bayne and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick   Lane team had to settle for a good one.

Bayne and his No. 21 Ford Fusion came within two hundredths of a second of advancing to the second round of knock-out qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 400, but instead wound up with the 26th starting position for Sunday’s grand finale of the Ford Championship Weekend.

Bayne’s best lap in qualifying was at 178.136 miles per hour, just a fraction of second slower than the 178.247 mph that it would have taken to advance to the second qualifying round. His qualifying speed was considerably faster than his best lap in practice of 175.188 miles per hour, but his No. 21 Ford Fusion was a little to loose on his qualifying run.

“Trevor didn’t get the lap he wanted,” team co-owner Len Wood said. “Coming off the corners he had to crack the throttle.”

The Motorcraft/Quick Lane team now turns its focus to Saturday’s two practice sessions, and unlike earlier race weekends this season, they’ll have an extra set of tires to use in fine-tuning the handling of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion. It’s a luxury they often don’t have, but are enjoying this week because with just 43 teams entered for 43 starting spots, they didn’t have to put as much emphasis on qualifying, something that’s tremendously important for a team running a limited schedule and not guaranteed a starting spot for races.

“We’ll work on race trim in the two practices,” Wood said. “They’re in the daytime, and the race ends at night, so there’s some guesswork involved, but we will be starting the race in the sun.”

Having a good run on Sunday is important for Wood and the rest of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team as the Ford EcoBoost 400 marks the end of the 2014 season.

“It’s bittersweet to see a season come to an end,” Wood said. “But that also means that it’s that much closer to the Daytona 500, and everyone knows how much that race means to our family and to our team.”

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

Wood Brothers and Motorcraft/Quick Lane Are Proud To Be A Part Of Ford Championship Weekend

_CZC4983In their 64 seasons on the NASCAR circuit (now known as Sprint Cup) the Wood Brothers race team and Ford Motor Company have worked hand-in-hand to give Blue Oval fans plenty to cheer about on race days.

For the Woods and their No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team, there’s no better way to close out a season than to be a part of the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

With Ford sponsoring the weekend, as well as being the title sponsor of all three season-ending races for NASCAR’s top touring divisions, the race has a “home track” feel for Ford and its executives.

“This weekend is always a big one for us,” said Eddie Wood, one of the co-owners of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion. “Michigan International Speedway is considered Ford’s home track, but Homestead is a special place for them too. All the Ford executives will be there, and it’s also a big weekend for Motorcraft and Quick Lane.”

Wood, like many others in the Ford racing family, will be closely following the battle for the Sprint Cup championship, where Joey Logano and his No. 22 Ford Fusion from Team Penske will carry the company colors in the four-team championship battle that will play out during Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400.

“Of course our focus will be on the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion and ending the season with a strong run,” Wood said. “But we’ll also be pulling for our fellow Ford driver in the Chase for the Championship.”

Wood said he’s encouraged by the speed his Fusions have shown this season, even if the finishes don’t always reflect it.

“We’ve had a lot of fast cars, but for one reason or another haven’t had the results to show for it,” he said. “So far there are only 43 cars entered this weekend, so that should allow us to work more on our race setup a little more, rather than to have to totally focus on getting the car in the field.”

“Our goal is to be running at the end of the race and have a shot at a good finish.”

Qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 400 is set for Friday at 6:15 p.m. Eastern Time, and the race should get the green flag just after 3 p.m. on Sunday with TV coverage on ESPN.

Late Wreck Leaves Bayne 39th At Texas

SM_TE61206Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway played out with just one caution flag in the first 176 laps then saw 12 more in the second half of the race, and both the long green-flag run and the caution-filled final laps were factors in a disappointing outcome for Trevor Bayne and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team.

Bayne started 25th, and the lack of caution periods at the beginning of the scheduled 500-mile run offered few opportunities for the Motorcraft/Quick   Lane team to zero in on the correct chassis adjustments for the No. 21 Ford Fusion.

Team co-owner Eddie said the car was both tight and loose in the early going. “We just never could find the middle,” he said.

SM_TE61442Bayne fell three laps behind the leaders at one point, but between the crew improving the car’s handling and two timely decisions to take the wave-around, he was able to get back to just one lap down. Although he was still running just outside the top 25; as the number of caution periods began to add up, so did the opportunities for the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team to work on their car.

“We kept adjusting it, and got to running competitive times,” Wood said. “We were starting to go forward.”
With just 14 laps remaining in the scheduled distance, the No. 21 Fusion was collected in a crash when Kasey Kahne lost control of his car and ran into the side of Bayne, relegating him to a 39th-place finish.

“We didn’t get the finish we wanted, but it was good to see the three Ford drivers in the Chase all finish in the top 12 despite all that went on in the closing laps,” Wood said. “Hopefully all of them will still be in the running for the championship when we get to Homestead.”

The Motorcraft/Quick   Lane team returns to the track in two weeks for the season-ending Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 14-16.

Bayne Feels He’s Got A Fast Ford Fusion for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500

_TE60487Changing track conditions at Texas Motor Speedway played a little Halloween evening trick on Trevor Bayne and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team but the team still came away with the 25th starting position for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500.

 Bayne had the No. 21 Ford Fusion high on the leader board throughout the opening practice round at Texas on Friday, ending the session ninth fastest. Then in qualifying, the track got looser, when normally it gets tighter, throwing the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team and several others a condition they didn’t expect.

  “It was super fast in the first practice, and we were top of the board a little while and ended up top-10,” Bayne said. “I thought for sure we would make it to the last round [of knockout qualifying] like the spring.

 “It was just too loose. It freed up too much with the sun going down. The jump it made before Cup qualifying was more than we predicted.”
 Bayne got extremely loose in Turns One and Two on his first qualifying lap, then ran faster on his second attempt, which is unusual given the speed advantage that comes with running new tires on the first lap.

 “I finished my [first] lap – probably should have shut down and saved my tires – but I finished that lap, and we picked up on our second run which you should never have at Texas,” he said.

  Despite the disadvantage of running on tires with one lap already on them, he came within two thousandths of a second per lap of advancing to the second round of knockout qualifying. And with new tires generally worth three tenths of a second per lap, Bayne and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team were left to wonder “what if?”

  What’s not in doubt is the speed of the car, and the prospects for a strong run in the 500.

 “I think we have a good Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford for Sunday,” Bayne said.

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