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Memories at Talladega Superspeedway – Eddie Wood

Do you remember the first time you watched or went to a Talladega race? I stopped in with Eddie Wood today and asked him about his first Talladega experience. It involves a story about skipping school and Cale Yarborough racing without a windshield, you don’t want to miss this video!

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Lessons with Leonard Wood – Success at Charlotte

It is Charlotte race week! The Wood Brothers success at Charlotte is remarkable, with 7 wins and 20 poles. The most astonishing statistic is that 13 of these poles were back to back, 11 with David Pearson and 2 with Neil Bonnett. It was no question that the Wood boys had figured out qualifying at Charlotte, holding the pole spot from October 1973-October 1979. The poles were not the only success the team had at Charlotte, they had 7 wins, dating back to the first Fall race ever held at Charlotte. We wanted to learn more about what that race like in 1960, so Jon stopped in for a quick chat with Leonard this week.

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A Weekend with the Wood Family – Civil War Reenactment

Happy Monday!! Unfortunately, I am stuck at home with a vicious cold and a sneezing 3 month old. Therefore, I was not able to make it to the race shop today and gather the videos and stories that I planned on posting. I promise to have more racing post this week but for now you are stuck with a story about a fun weekend in Stuart, VA.

Our current race shop is in Harrisburg, NC but as most of you know, our hearts and homes are still in Stuart, VA. I live in North Carolina but as I have gotten older, you can’t seem to keep me from my hometown. What is not to love about the friendly and peaceful feel that Stuart has to offer? Breakfast at Nannie and Pa’s (Bernece & Glen Wood), The Stuart Family Restaurant or The Coffee Break, lunch at Tony’s and dinner at the Stuart Family Restaurant or El Rancho, all with the whole family present. This is our usual routine when we are in Stuart and I wouldn’t have it any other way. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend the Stuart Family Restaurant, their buffalo chicken wrap is basically the BEST thing ever!

On our off weekends or when we are not working, we travel to Stuart and visit with the family and enjoy all the perks that a small town in the mountains has to offer. This weekend we packed up and went to the Civil War Reenactment at Laurel Hill, VA, the birthplace of Major General J.E.B. Stuart C.S.A. I had never been to a reenactment and didn’t really know what to expect, especially lugging a 3 month old and 2 year old around but it was a blast! It was so fascinating to see all the people dressed up and playing the roles, just as they did during the Civil War. We walked by the tents that people had set up for the weekend, bought some fun merchandise, listened to the Generals discuss strategy (my dad referred to this as the drivers meeting), had a mini picnic with hotdogs and BBQ and watched the reenactment of the war. If you have never been to a reenactment, it is worth a visit!

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~ Jordan

Eddie Wood’s All-Time Top Race Memories

When you have been in racing as long as Eddie Wood, you have seen the best of the best, the worst of the worst and everything that comes in the middle. Eddie may be a co-owner of one of NASCAR’s most historical race teams but first and foremost he is a NASCAR fan. Like all other NASCAR fans, he has his all-time favorite race memories and he shares a few of them below! Do these match up with any of your favorite memories?


1.  1976 Daytona 500 – Won with David Pearson. I was the only person on the radio with David during the race. On the last lap he and Richard crashed coming to the checker.


2.  2011 Daytona 500 – Trevor’s first win and we hadn’t won a race for a long time. Watched as Richard Petty took my Dad to Victory Lane.


3.  1972 Daytona 500- Won the race with AJ Foyt. He dominated the race from start to finish.


4.  1986 Richmond 400 – Won race with Kyle Petty.  Kyle’s first win. It was unexpected. He went out of sight running fifth and came off turn four to the line as the winner.


5.  1991 Michigan 400 – Won with Dale Jarrett. Was Dale’s first win and was a very exciting finish with Davey Allison and Dale. Dale won by 18 inches.


Riley’s Clubhouse Birthday Party

Riley bday 1This past weekend was full of birthday celebrations for Riley Wood. Amanda, his mom, organized a Mickey Mouse birthday party that was held at the shop in Stuart. The party was a blast and perfect for a 2 year olds’ birthday celebration, not overkill but just the right type of party for everyone to spend time with Riley and each other. I am sure many of our readers have toddlers, grandchildren, nieces or nephews that they may plan a party for one day, so I thought it would be interesting to get some pointers on how Amanda planned this perfect celebration. I realize this is not related to racing but I thought it would be fun see how this little monkey boy celebrated his 2nd birthday and give a little advice on how to have a great toddler birthday party!


1. Theme – “Go with what they are into, Riley is a huge Mickey Mouse Clubhouse fan so I knew it was something he would enjoy.”

2. Food – “Less is best, just keep it simple and fun, doesn’t need to be fancy. After all, as long as there was “coo” (ketchup), “Chep” (Chips) and “Coooookieee” (Cake, cookies and everything sweet), Riley was completely satisfied. I chose to have “Hot Diggity Dogs”, “Mickey Burgers”, “Donald’s Quackslaw”, “Plu-Ta-To Chips”, “Gooey Goofy Dip” and “Minnie’s Bowtastic Pasta”.”

3. Decorations – “Unless you enjoy crafts, keep it simple because they are basically just for picture purposes.”

4. Guest – “Know your guest, I only invited 3 other children so I didn’t do a lot of games and things, I just kept it simple with lunch, cake and gifts.”

5. Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest! – “Fun, creative, simple, less expensive ideas!”

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Riley also had a mini birthday celebration at El Rancho in Stuart, here is a video clip of the celebrations! He prefers dinner with his shirt off and wasn’t to sure about the sombrero :).

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Happy 2nd Birthday Riley Wood

Iphone 031Two years ago my brother, Jon, and his wife, Amanda, welcomed a beautiful baby boy, Riley, into this world. Riley celebrated his 2 year birthday this past weekend, so it is only appropriate to dedicate a couple post about him this week. This is easy because after all, Riley is Jon Wood’s child and he has lived up to that reputation. There is never a dull or quiet moment when Riley is around.

When Amanda was pregnant with Riley, everyone kept telling me that our family would be changed forever. How would it change my family’s world? We wouldn’t be the ones changing dirty diapers or getting up in the middle of the night. I never understood this comment until September 28, 2012, the day our family was blessed with this little miracle.

The pregnancy had been quite the surprise for my family; we just weren’t expecting it quite yet but none the less very excited once we heard the news. Okay, okay, it took a little while to sink in because my family had not had a baby around since me, so we really didn’t know what to expect and were all slightly nervous, I mean this is Jon Wood’s child we are talking about. We are a very open family with very, very, very few, if any, secrets, so of course Jon spilled the news the minute they saw the two lines on the pregnancy test. He sent me a text and told me I was going to be an Aunt, so in true Jordan Wood fashion, my response was, “Oh my gosh, you got another dog”. His is response was, “seriously Jordan, NO, NO, NO A BABY”. Once I found the news out, it spread like wildfire and we all began to prepare for this little nugget.

Iphone 022Fast forward 9 months, I woke up on September 28th, to several phone calls and text messages, IT WAS TIME! My mom, aunt and I had actually planned a NYC trip and of course we were scheduled to leave that night. As stated before, we had not had a baby in the family in a while so us being the go getters we are just thought, she would have the baby, we would kiss him and hold him and then happily peace out of the hospital and go to NYC for the weekend. HA joke was on us, that weekend was the longest weekend ever and for once we could not wait to get home and love on Riley.

The minute Riley was born, my life and my family’s life was changed forever. I will never forget walking into the room and seeing my brother hold his son, this perfect little blessing from God. The look on my dad’s eyes when he held him for the first time and continued to hold him until…well he still won’t share and put him down. Everything I thought I knew about my life changed that day and it wasn’t even my baby.

We are so thankful for this little monkey and thankful that his parents allow us to be so involved in his life. Happy Birthday Riley, we love you and look forward to the many, many more adventures, smiles and laughs with you.

Moral of the story…Be thankful for the time you have with your family, embrace every moment and never question God’s plan.

~ Jordan

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Lessons with Leonard Wood – Dover Days

It’s race day at the Monster Mile! The Wood Brothers are not racing today but their history at Dover tracks back to the 1970’s, way before the nickname the “Monster Mile” was ever created. Leonard, Glen and the Wood Brothers team visited victory lane at Dover 8 times, 5 times with David Pearson and 2 times with Neil Bonnett. With Leonard Wood’s smarts and Neil Bonnett and David Pearsons’ top gun driving skills, the team dominated at Dover between the years of 1972 & 1981, taking the checkered flag 3 times in a row in 1972 and 1973.

Leonard Wood’s memories at Dover are countless. In the video below, he shared a couple with me.

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Family Member Spotlight – Leonard Wood

This week’s “Family Member Spotlight” is going to be on Leonard Wood. We all know Leonard Wood, the creator of the modern pit stop and the mastermind behind the success of the number 21, but lets take a closer look into his life.

10671408_10153190999684502_8907042237727143951_nFamily – Leonard has one daughter, Beth Witt, and two grandchildren, Carlin and Gracen Witt. “Beth is the greatest daughter anyone could have and supports me more than 100%”, stated Leonard. His late wife, Betty Mae, passed away in 1997 from a fatal car accident that occurred on the family’s way home from the Charlotte All-Star race. “Betty Mae was always 100% behind me and is missed dearly”, said Leonard. Carlin is 22 years old and has a very busy year ahead of her. She plans to graduate from Virginia Tech in December and is getting married in 2015. Gracen is 18 years old and is a freshman at Virginia Tech. Beth and her husband, Kelly, also graduated from Virginia Tech. GO HOKIES! “When family is behind you, you make life work”.



Leonard has a dear friend, Lori Banks, that travels with him and keeps his life organized. “Lori is a great friend to me, we help each other out with things and she keeps me updated with what is going on with the computer. We have been great friends for about 7 years and she knows more about my racing career and life than I do”, stated Leonard.

Favorite Race Track – When asked this question, Leonard just couldn’t give me one answer, he gave me several. Coincidentally, all the tracks were where the Wood Brothers had their greatest success.

1. Charlotte and Atlanta – “We had the most poles at Charlotte but we won the most races at Atlanta”

2. Daytona – “Daytona is the most prestigious race to win”

3. Michigan – “We won a lot of races at Michigan, when you get the right setup it is fun to race there”

4. Darlington – “We have a lot of history at Darlington, won a lot of races with several different drivers. Everyone wanted to win the Southern 500″

IMG_365880th Birthday Celebration – Leonard had two birthday celebrations, one was a celebration at Primland Resort and the other one was held at the race shop in Stuart for friends and family. One of the highlights of his birthday celebration at Primland was meeting Harold Primat, Swiss racing driver, and Tom Kristensen, 9 time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Both of which signed a 21 race car door, given to him by Eddie and Len, that everyone at both parties signed.


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Leonard Wood Bust Eddie and Len Wood

Birthday celebrations always last for more than a day, well at least mine do, so I am going to keep the tradition going. Since we celebrated Leonard’s birthday yesterday, the next couple posts will be about him. Leonard always tells the best stories about his racing experiences and personal life, so I thought it would be fun to turn the tables and tell a favorite story about Leonard. In the video, Eddie tells a story about how Leonard Wood busted him.

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Happy Birthday Leonard!!!

IMG_3664Today is a special day for the Wood Brothers. Leonard Wood is celebrating his 80th birthday and for those of you who know Leonard, he is 80 going on 20 :). Leonard is quite possibly the most brilliant man I know, not to mention the baddest and raddest 80 year old ever to exist. What other 80 year old do you know that rocks designer clothes, listens to the latest music and hangs out with JAKE OWEN?? Between his latest racing project and his fun-filled personal life, he could have his own TV show, “Keeping up with Leonard”.

IMG_3651Leonard continues to amaze us all with his energizer bunny attitude and a mind that never ages. One of his latest projects is a miniature replica of the 1965 Lotus that he built for my nephew, Riley. I remember when he started the project, I walked back to his work area and he had about 50 papers spread all over the table. He was telling me that each part was going to be identical to the original Lotus and going through the steps of his master plan, which was based on images of the Lotus and not a single blueprint or whatever the mechanics/engineers use these days. I was amazed then but when I saw the project finished, I was speechless! Leonard was impressed with himself too, saying, “Not to many 80-year olds could make something like this”. Yes Leonard, you are correct and you are a GENIUS in my book.





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So here is to you Leonard Wood, have a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!


~ Jordan