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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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Birthday Celebration for Nannie

A couple weeks ago we celebrated Nannie’s (Bernece Wood) birthday in true Wood fashion. The family was going to be gone on her actual birthday so we celebrated a little earlier with a family cook out. The entire family gathered at Eddie and Carol’s house to surprise Nannie with a birthday celebration. Jon and I gave my dad an electric griddle for Christmas and he can make some delicious burgers without having to use the grill outside. The Wood family members are not fans of cold weather but are huge fans of burgers, so this makes “grilling out” possible in the winter months. Dad (Eddie) cooked his famous burgers and fries, Nannie whipped up her Macaroni Salad and “Bananaless Pudding” and I made Nannie’s favorite dip, my special Corn Dip. I could live off of Nannie’s Macaroni Salad and Keven could live off of her “Bananaless Pudding”. Somewhere down the line, someone disliked Bananas so Nannie makes her banana pudding without bananas and it might just be the best dessert ever created. We ended the cook out with a surprise birthday cake. Of course, Riley decided it was his birthday cake, so Nannie had a little help blowing out her birthday candles.

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Lesson - Always close the lid on your Tupperware before putting it into the refrigerator or it will end up in the floor.

Lesson – Always close the lid on your Tupperware before putting it into the refrigerator or it will end up in the floor.

 

A Look Behind The Scenes in Stuart

IMG_7464Last Friday Ryan Blaney, Jeremy and the Wood Brothers gathered in Stuart, VA to shoot video footage for Motorcraft / Quick Lane. The day was mainly spent shooting various videos for Motorcraft / Quicklane but during breaks Glen, Eddie, Len and Leonard were giving Ryan a brief Wood Brothers history lesson. This was the first time that Glen and Bernece Wood had met Ryan and they are so excited for him to be behind the wheel of the 21 car. I was able to capture some images and a video of Glen and Ryan talking about Glen’s 1937 Ford Backseater.

 

Crystal Wood’s Handmade Christmas Ornaments

Last week I mentioned that one of my favorite Wood family Christmas traditions is Crystal Wood’s handmade ornaments. I wanted to get more details about the ornaments before I wrote a blog post. I stopped in with Kim last week and let her explain the tradition in a quick video!!

This is a special and creative way to keep loved ones who have passed away a part of Christmas! Here are a few pictures of all the ornaments. Can anyone guess what Crystal used to make any of these ornaments?

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~ Jordan

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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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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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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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

A Trip to the Wood Brothers Racing Museum

If you are coming to Martinsville for the races this weekend, I highly recommend stopping by the Wood Brothers Museum in Stuart, Va. Over the past few years, Len and Eddie have added hundreds of new artifacts and pictures to the museum.  The original museum was a 50 by 50 room in the front of the race shop. Once the team moved their racing operations to North Carolina, the museum was expanded to the back part of the race shop, where the team used to conduct their racing business. Now, the race shop walls are lined with pictures that date back to 1950 and the floors have numerous different historical exhibits, including toolboxes, workbenches and equipment from the 1960s. Eddie and Len have worked very hard to gather as many of the original artifacts as possible and some additional tribute cars. They have everything, from a limb from the original Beech Tree where Wood Brothers Racing originated to the David Pearson 71 Purolator Mercury. Inside the original museum there are many different pictures, artifacts and displays, including a new display of 1:18 and 1:24 scale model cars. Last but not least, you never know who you may run into at the museum. On most days, you will be greeted by Glen’s wife, Bernece, and some days Eddie, Len and Kim are roaming around the building.  I could go on for hours about the different artifacts that are at the museum but I will let you visit and find out for yourself :) All I can say, is it is very impressive and definitely worth a visit!

 

Martinsville Race Weekend Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (closed for lunch hour)

Saturday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Normal Business Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (closed for lunch hour)

~ Jordan

 

 

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