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Wood Brothers Racing Museum Feature – RC Car Display

Today’s Wood Brothers Racing Museum feature is on Leonard Wood’s handbuilt remote control cars. Remote Control cars are some of Leonard’s favorite things to build his spare time. Leonard has handmade several RC cars for the Wood Brothers and they are on display at the Wood Brothers Racing museum in Stuart, Va. These are not just any RC car, these bad boys can run up to 70 MPH.

This display also features a couple of cars that Leonard built in the late 1940s using a block of wood and a pocket knife! All the cars are shown in the video below, where Len goes into more detail about each of the handbuilt cars.

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Wood Brothers Museum Feature – NASCAR Hall of Fame

We are back! Sorry for the lack in post the last couple of weeks. Being a full time mom, employee and wife keeps me busy and I chose to sit back and enjoy the time with my husband, daughter and family the last few weeks. Since the off season, my husband and I took a nice “Parents Only” vacation and spent a lot of time in Virginia with my family. I’ll save the details for another post but just wanted to apologize for my lack of weekly blog post.

Today, I wanted to do another feature on the Wood Brothers Racing Museum in Stuart, VA. When Leonard and Glen Wood were inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame each one had an exhibit in the Hall of Honor. These exhibits had artifacts that helped tell the story about Leonard and Glen Wood.  The artifacts remained at the NASCAR Hall of Fame for a year and then they were given back to the Wood Brothers when the next inductees were honored. Len and Eddie designed a display at the Wood Brothers museum for these artifacts. They wanted to keep these artifacts separate because it is such an honor for them to be displayed at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Check out the video below to see the Hall of Fame display at the Wood Brothers Racing museum in Stuart, VA.

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The Ultimate Battle for The 2014 Trophy

What are your thoughts on the final race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship??!! In my opinion, the chase was beyond EPIC! NASCAR honestly could not have had a more exciting finish. Who in the world would have thought that all four drivers would have been battling all day for the number 1 spot? Literally, at some point during the race, each of the four drivers was leading the points. I know this because my husband is a rear tire changer for the #11 and was in the chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. A good word to describe my emotions on Sunday would be a ROLLERCOASTER.

In past years, there are normally two drivers who are racing for the championship at Homestead and sometimes it has been only one. This year there were 4 teams that had equal chance to clinch the chase at the season finale race. That means one team would go home with one of the most prestigious awards one could ever receive in their career and three teams would go home with disappointment. Unfortunately, I experienced the latter, which was quite the emotional rollercoaster.

I was obviously trying to pull for the 22 to win the championship but my heart was with the 11 because I wanted my husband to experience winning a NASCAR championship. The week leading up to the race at Homestead was a week of mixed emotions, we did not want to get our hopes up, we did not want to act like Denny could win the championship for fear you would “Jinx” the team (don’t lie, we all get that feeling) but yet deep down all you could think about was making that trip to Vegas as a part of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Team.

I kept telling my husband to treat this race like any other, go out there and dominate like always. I realize that where I watched the race had ZERO impact on the results but I guess it is the Wood in me that just felt a little superstitious. Denny started to pull ahead while I was in the 21 hauler, so I decided to stay put. Then we had a problem with our car and I had to move. I headed out to pit road and decided to stay away from the 11 pit box. I don’t know why but I have always been told to stay put and don’t head to the pit box until the race is complete otherwise you would “jinx” the finish. I know for a fact that the people around me on pit road had to think I was losing my mind. Those last few laps were INTENSE. Not to mention I was pulling for two teams at the same time, the 22 and 11. One second, Denny was winning the championship, the next second he was not, one second the 22 was in lead, the next second they were having problems. I did not have the 11 team on my race scanner so I listened to MRN call the race and whew those boys can make you a nervous wreck on a good day.  I paced back and forth, screamed at the Sprint Vision screen a few times, closed my eyes and actually just sat down on the pavement at one point. In the end, my husband and his team would be one of those teams that had to leave the track with disappointment.

In summary, I LOVE the new chase. As a fan of the sport, I want close battles and that is exactly what the new chase delivered. In my opinion, if you are still a huge hater of the new chase then it is time for you to wrap it up and follow a different sport. There could be small changes made to make the chase better or it would have been better if your favorite driver was in the chase. Bottom line, you cannot beat what you witnessed on Sunday.

I stopped in with Leonard Wood to get his view on chamionship battles. Check out the video below.

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~ Jordan

 

 

Trevor and Ashton Bayne Forever Part of the Wood Family

This weekend in Miami was an emotional weekend for our team and many others. For us, it marked the end of our driver relationship with Trevor Bayne. For other teams, the 2014 NASCAR season came to a conclusion and a champion was crowned.  For me, I am usually pumped for the season to end because that means my hubs and family will be home for a few months (I did mention I have a fussy little 5 month old at home, right?). This year was a little bit different because the season finale meant that Trevor Bayne would be climbing in our car for the final time.

_MH61624We all knew the dreaded day was coming that Trevor would be leaving the Wood Brothers but that did not make it any easier. I actually held back tears on pit road as we said goodbye to Ashton and Trevor. Yes, they will always be part of our family and we will continue our close friendships with them but I will greatly miss not being able to chit chat with Ashton during pre race and give Trevor a final “Good Luck” before he climbs in our car. Have you ever met someone that just by simply talking with them made your day better and made you feel like a better person? Trevor and Ashton both have had that impact on my family and me.

I remember spending time with Trevor at a tire test before the 2011 Daytona 500. This was actually right before we both fell in love with our future spouses and we were discussing our life plans and goals. Trevor did not talk about materialistic life goals but more about his relationship with God. It made me step back and think about what I was really wanting in life. I have always gone to church and followed the Lord’s word the best I thought I could but after meeting Trevor and Ashton, I knew they had something I wanted in my life. This was simply the unconditional love for God. Last year I was baptized and I thank Trevor and Ashton for being an inspiration to me and showing me what God can do in my life.

Last Sunday may have marked the end our journey with Trevor Bayne as a driver but it is only the beginning of a life long friendship. Trevor and Ashton will always be part of the Wood Family.

~ Jordan

A Snapshot of the Wood Brothers Racing Museum

Have you ever visited the Wood Brothers Racing Museum in Stuart, VA? If you haven’t, you are missing out! The entire Wood family has put a lot of hours into making this museum something special and in my opinion, they have accomplished this and beyond. They have thousands of artifacts that date back to the formation of Wood Brothers Racing. As I have stated in an earlier blog post, Len and Eddie have recently added numerous displays, pictures and artifacts to the museum. They are both very proud of the legacy their family has created and it shows in the work they have done at the museum. We have decided to do a quick museum feature every week on our blog because we realize that not everyone can make a trip down to Stuart. Of course, these videos and post are just snapshots of what you would see if you visited the museum. The displays are much better in person and we encourage you to plan a visit to see them!

In today’s video, Len Wood describes the “Racing Shirt” display that the family has put together. It includes race day shirts from the 1950’s to present day shirts and even a couple of outfits that Eddie and Len wore as babies.

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Halloween with the Woods

I am fully aware that October 31st has come and gone but it is never to late for some Halloween fun! My family has always been a big fan of dressing up for Halloween and doing the traditional Trick-or-Treating. Some of our costumes as children included Raggedy Ann and Andy, Clowns, Vampires, A Fairy Princess, a lion and even the Coneheads from the movie “Coneheads”. My brother and I have kept the tradition alive in our own families.

Iphone  11-4-14 962My husband, Michael, and I love Halloween. We usually go all out, decorating the house with clowns, fake blood, blow ups and music (see video below of Halloween 2013). Michael even keeps a clown mask in the garage year round to give me a good scare every once and a while. This year we failed and didn’t put up a single decoration due to having a little precious 5 month old drama queen but that didn’t stop us from dressing up the little princess. We were planning to be in Texas for Halloween, so I knew we would not be taking her out for Trick or Treating this year. I couldn’t decide what to dress her as because I wanted her to be comfortable and we also have a diaper problem. Therefore, I knew I would need two costumes. I decided to go with a cute kitten and a Whoopee Cushion costume. If you have to buy a backup Halloween costume then it is only appropriate to buy a Whoopee Cushion costume. It does not matter how old you are a Whoopee Cushion never gets old! I am sure that Whoopee Cushion photo will be in her high school yearbook one day but I just couldn’t resist….poor girl has no idea :)

Iphone  11-4-14 960My brother has a insanely weird obsession with candy and he has passed this down to his son, Riley. This was Riley’s first year going Trick or Treating and once he figured out what it all meant, he had a new favorite Holiday…..well for 30 minutes until he was over it like every other toddler I am sure. Jon and Amanda dressed Riley up as Mickey Mouse because it is his favorite TV show. It is one of the few things that keeps Riley’s attention. Mickey Mouse wasn’t so happy in his costume but he enjoyed the candy after the night was over!

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Wood Family Spotlight – Eddie Wood

10628145_10152618505228145_4264316066479303327_nThe Wood family spotlight this week is on my dad, Eddie Wood. Eddie is a co-owner of Wood Brothers Racing and is one of the most passionate race fans I have ever met. Our family has always been in racing because of their love for the sport and Eddie displays this every day. Some say he loves racing because it is all he has ever known but I honestly think he would be a diehard fan regardless.

Family – Throughout his NASCAR journey, family has remained number 1 in his life, with the car 21 coming in a close second :). He met my mom, 970575_10100834206505637_836879857_nCarol, in high school and has been hooked on her since. They have two children, my brother, Jon, and myself and two grandchildren, Riley and Giselle. Jon recently married his wife, Amanda, and they have a two-year old son, Riley. I have been married for almost two years and have a 5 month old daughter, Giselle. Riley and Giselle are the apple of my dad’s eye. He adores both grandchildren and is honestly the best “PaPa” that anyone could ever ask for. My dad has always been the type of father that will go above and beyond for his children and he is the same way with Riley and Giselle. He has been known to make the 2 hour drive from Virginia to North Carolina just to babysit Giselle or Riley for an hour! And trust me both kids are a handful…Giselle has screaming fits of which you cannot stop and Riley could easily climb on top of the house if you don’t keep your eye on him 24/7.

Favorite Race Track – “Daytona, always Daytona.” Eddie said he loved Daytona for many reasons:

1. “It is the race to win, always has been the race to win and always will be the race to win”.

2. “We have had a lot of success at Daytona, both in February and July”.

3. “It is just where you are supposed to be in February”.

Favorite Race Track Food -If you know the Wood family, they are very picky eaters and they stick to what they like. Therefore, Eddie’s answer was not shocking. “If I am at Martinsville, then of course it is the Martinsville Hotdog, but any other track it is Armour Vienna Sausage and VanCamp’s Beanee Weenees”.

Favorite Hobby – Okay, so I forgot to ask Eddie this question but I can answer it for him. HISTORY! Let me tell you, this man has a respect for all things historical. It doesn’t matter if it is the history of a football team or the history of a toy (example: his beloved toy a Yo-Yo), if it has been around for a while then he knows about it and loves it. Obviously, the history of the Wood Brothers and NASCAR is at the top of his list. He spends his free time researching old races and cars and “hunting down” old pictures. If you follow Wood Brothers Racing on social media you have seen many of our throwback pictures and Eddie is to thank for all those pictures.

First job at Wood Brothers Racing – I captured this answer in the video below!

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Passion and Competitiveness Back in NASCAR

How did everyone like the race at Texas on Sunday?? Aside from our results, I thought the end of the race was AMAZING! Yes, the fight included! I am sure most everyone was uncertain about the new chase format. No doubt, there are still haters out there but bottom line….the past few weeks have been the best racing I have seen in a while. Not going to lie, I love a good NASCAR fight, I mean who doesn’t love the drama that it creates? However, it is not the fights I love seeing but it is the passion and competitiveness of the teams and drivers that is so awesome. Our sport has lacked this for some time and I think it is finally back, all thanks to the new chase format. It has created a must win or go home a loser situation for the teams, which is exactly what NASCAR has needed. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter whether you are a Brad K. fan or a Gordon fan, it was awesome to see the rage these two displayed over the final laps at Texas.

I actually had to leave the race early because we were flying back commercial with my daughter, Giselle. Of course our flight takes off right as the race ends but I paid the extra bucks to follow along on Twitter. My eyes were glued to Twitter as I read tweets about the drama unfolding. I watched the replay of the final laps and the fight several times when I got home. My husband and I actually watched in amazement as the crowd went NUTS when the fight started. Honestly, when is the last time, other than when Dale Junior wins a race, that the crowd stayed and cheered 10 minutes after the checkered flag dropped?

Love it or hate it, this chase has spiced things up and I can’t wait to see how everything plays out over the next two weeks. We honestly for once have ZERO clue who will win the championship, it can be 8 different drivers right now.

Check out what Eddie Wood thinks of the fight Sunday at Texas in the video below!!

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A Weekend with the Woods – Birthday Style

IMG_4767First of all – I apologize for my lack of blog post and Facebook updates this week. I have been at home with a fussy little sickling, who managed to pass her cold onto me.  If there is a cold going around, we seem to get it no matter what! Not to mention we are headed to Texas tomorrow, which will be little miss Giselle’s first time flying. I apologize in advance if you are on our flight tomorrow ha! Anyway, I will hopefully have more updates for you as we head to Texas this weekend but for now a good ole’ birthday post is all I have.

This past Saturday was my brother, Jon’s, 33rd birthday. So in true Wood fashion, we all packed our bags and headed to Stuart for the weekend to celebrate. How to celebrate a 33rd birthday? I am not sure about the rest of you parents but since our children were born, our (the parents) birthday celebrations have declined. None the less, we still wanted to have a mini celebration. We spent the afternoon at the local park, had the traditional “Wood” family cookout and ended the night with a parent’s night out.

The park probably was not on the top of Jon’s “Birthday To-Do List” but Riley was literally climbing the walls at the house, so it was necessary to take him to an actual play set to release some energy. Adults, have you tried to climb the monkey bars lately? My gosh! I jumped on the bars, ready to show my husband my acrobat skills and then immediately jumped/fell back to the ground. Either the monkey bars get tougher with age or I am really out of shape. The park was successful, Jon and my husband, Michael, had a “friendly” competition of who could swing the highest and who could kick the soccer ball the furthest, I guess some things never change, and then we headed to the house for a birthday cookout.

IMG_4764On off weekends, the Wood family usually gathers at my mom and dad’s house for a family cookout. Kim brings the hamburger meat and chili, Pa (Glen) brings his fresh veggies from his garden, Nannie brings the most delicious Macaroni salad ever to be created and “Bananaless Pudding” (Yes, we like banana pudding without bananas), Jon mixes up Velveeta cheese/salsa dip, Len takes our food orders and Eddie grills the hamburgers and hotdogs. That’s how the traditional Friday/Saturday night “grilling out” goes at the Wood house and Jon opted to stick with the tradition for his Birthday meal Saturday night. We mixed things up a bit and surprised him with a birthday cake, of which Riley insisted on blowing out the birthday candles (see video below).

IMG_4881After dinner, my mom and dad forced us to have a “parent’s night out”, so we ended up at the local bowling alley in Stuart, Tin Pin Alley. We had a blast! If you are ever in the area, stop by and show off your bowling skills. It wasn’t really crowded and it was a perfect place to just hang out, chit chat and have a little competitive game of bowling. Jon claims he has not been bowling since my wedding nearly 2 years ago but I beg to differ. He actually “bowled a turkey”?? I had never heard of this, clearly as you can see my less than impressive score in this picture but apparently it means you are good. I guess it got to his head because he has now signed up for bowling lessons and purchased his own bowling ball and shoes, go figure!

On a little side note, check out Pa in his tractor this weekend! I took this Sunday afternoon, he was moving a pot that my brother made for my mom. Pa’s energy level amazes me everyday!

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The Love of Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville race is this weekend and as most of you know, that is the Wood Brothers hometown track. Martinsville has always been one of my favorite tracks for several reasons.

1.  I have a major obsession with hot dogs and “The Martinsville Hot Dog” has always been at the top of my list on favorite hot dogs. What is not to love about the small red dogs with that oh so special Chili/Slaw that only Martinsville Speedway can master.

2. The intense racing and drama Martinsville Speedway always produces. Not only do the cars always leave the track with dents and scratches but it’s not uncommon for the drivers to leave with a few bruises as well (from other drivers not wrecks). You gotta love the drama that always unfolds after or quite often, before, the checkered flag drops. I actual remember a hilarious story from one of my brother’s, Jon’s, truck races at Martinsville. My Mema, grandma from my mom’s side not the Wood side, was at the track with us and we were sitting in the stands. My brother and Carl Edwards were racing hard for the win and Carl was right on his bumper, as close as you could get without wrecking. He actual raced him clean but Mema had a different view. She actually walked up to Carl after the race and pointed her finger and said, “if you had of wrecked Jon, you would have me to deal with”. Only at Martinsville, only at Martinsville. If you have never been to a Truck race or Cup race at Martinsville, then you are missing out!

3. Aside from the actual race track, when I was younger, Martinsville race weekend always meant our special friends, the Jarretts, would visit for the entire weekend. When Dale Jarrett drove for us, we became very close friends with him and his family. Every Martinsville race weekend, the family would visit and on race day the parents went to the race track and left us (the kids) home with a babysitter.  It was always a highlight of race season.

4. Most importantly, my family’s history at Martinsville. The Wood Brothers have 8 poles and 2 wins at Martinsville, with my “Pa”, Glen, holding 4 of those poles.  I wanted to take a look back and learn about the Wood Brothers first trip to Martinsville, which happened to be Pa’s first cup start. Check out the video below to hear what Pa had to say about that particular race at Martinsville!!!

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~ Jordan