12-race 2014 Schedule planned with Trevor Bayne driving and Motorcraft/Quick Lane as sponsor:
1) Daytona 500 - 2/23, Motorcraft/Quick Lane
2) Las Vegas - 3/9, Motorcraft/Quick Lane
3) Texas - 4/6, Motorcraft/Quick Lane
4) Talladega - 5/4, Motorcraft/Quick Lane
5) Charlotte - 5/25, Motorcraft/Quick Lane
6) Michigan - 6/15, Special Quick Lane
7) Daytona - 7/5, Motorcraft/Quick Lane
8) Indy - 7/27, Motorcraft/Quick Lane
9) Michigan - 8/17, Motorcraft/Quick Lane
10) Talladega - 10/19, Motorcraft/Quick Lane
11) Texas - 11/2, Motorcraft/Quick Lane
12) Homestead - 11/16, Motorcraft/Quick Lane
Contract Status: Driver: 2014 & leaves; Primary Sponsors: 2014
400th superspeedway start for Wood Brothers: Assuming Trevor Bayne successfully qualifies the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday' Sunday's GEICO 500 will mark the Wood Brothers' 400th start on a Sprint Cup speedway two miles in length or longer. Throughout their history' the Woods have focused on NASCAR's biggest' fastest tracks. And they've had some of their biggest successes on them. Nine drivers have delivered wins for the Woods on superspeedways with NASCAR Hall of Fame member David Pearson accounting for half of them. Another Hall of Famer' Cale Yarborough has six superspeedway victories for the Wood Brothers. A.J. Foyt has four and Neil Bonnett three. Hall of Fame member Dale Jarrett has one' as do Tiny Lund' Donnie Allison' Buddy Baker and Trevor Bayne' who got the team's most recent win in the 2011 Daytona 500. Success on the big' demanding tracks also helped propel two of the original Wood Brothers' team founder Glen Wood and the team's long-time crew chief Leonard Wood into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte.(Wood Brothers Racing)(10-16-2014)
Wood Brothers forms alliance with Penske; names Ryan Blaney as driver: Wood Brothers Racing announced that it has formed a technical alliance with Team Penske and will race a partial-season schedule in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with up-and-coming driver Ryan Blaney. Blaney, who has raced as a Team Penske development driver since 2012, will compete in at least 12 races for Wood Brothers Racing next season in the iconic #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion as he continues his rapid NASCAR development. Blaney will also practice and qualify the #21 this weekend at the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway while current Wood Brothers driver Trevor Bayne competes in the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Bayne will return in time to start the Sprint Cup race at the back of the field. Blaney is scheduled to make his official debut for Wood Brothers Racing in the 2015 Daytona 500. He will race for the team in events at Daytona, Las Vegas, Texas, Talladega, Charlotte, Michigan and Indianapolis, among others. In addition to driving the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion for the Wood Brothers, Blaney will drive a Team Penske Mustang in the 2015 Nationwide Series.(Wood Brothers Racing)(8-14-2014)
Ryan Blaney to drive for Wood Brothers in 2015 UPDATES: Ryan Blaney will drive the #21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford in 2015, sources have told Motorsport.com. Blaney, 20, will run a limited Sprint Cup schedule in the venerable #21 Ford along with Nationwide Series races for Team Penske as part of a technical alliance between Penske and the Wood Brothers. An announcement is expected around the race at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 17. Blaney currently leads the Camping World Truck Series points driving the #29 Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing. In just his second full season on the tour, Blaney has two wins - the first coming in just his third career start. Blaney has a stellar average finish of 7.6. The third-generation racer has also shown tremendous progress on the Nationwide Series tour with Penske Racing. At 19, he won his first NNS race in his 13th career start last September at Kentucky Speedway. Blaney led 96 of 200 laps. In just seven starts in 2015, Blaney has posted six top 10s and three top-five finishes. His average qualifying position is 5.9. Blaney made his Cup debut at Kansas Speedway on May 10. He qualified 21st and finished 27th.(Motorsport)(8-1-2014)
UPDATE: Blaney does have one career Sprint Cup start, making his debut with Team Penske earlier this season at Kansas. "We're focused on winning the truck championship this year and focused on this weekend at Pocono," Blaney said. "Keep growing this (program). Those days will sort themselves out down the road." Team Penske Vice President Jonathan Gibson said via email Friday that the organization has plans for Blaney's future. "Ryan Blaney continues to do a great job with our organization and we have a plan for his progression within Team Penske," he said. "While we have had some discussions with our partners at Ford, nothing has been finalized."(NASCAR.com)(8-2-2014)
UPDATE 2: Wood Brothers Racing and Ford Racing will host a media teleconference featuring Eddie & Len Wood, co-owners, Wood Brothers Racing, and others to talk about their plans for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season as well as this weekend's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Thursday at 2:00pm.et.(Ford Racing)(8-13-2014)
Young Wisconsin Mechanics Spend Race Week with Wood Brothers: Two recent high school graduates from Wisconsin - winners of last month's AAA Student Auto Skills National Finals at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. - spent the week of the Coke Zero 400 with Wood Brothers Racing getting an up-close look at how race teams prepare for and manage a Sprint Cup race. This unique job shadowing experience was part of the Wisconsin team's prize package for winning the 65th annual technology showdown with teams from each of the 50 states. The contest included a written test and a hands-on element diagnosing and repairing "bugs" planted on their competition vehicle.
Justin Bublitz, 18, and Colt Morris, 17, of Grafton High School in Grafton, Wisc., along with their instructor, Carl Hader, toured the Wood Brothers Racing shop in Harrisburg, N.C., the Roush Fenway Racing shop in Concord, N.C., visited the NASCAR Hall of Fame in downtown Charlotte and are spending race weekend with the Wood Brothers at Daytona International Speedway.
"We're excited to be part of the AAA Student Auto Skills program," said Eddie Wood, co-owner of Wood Brothers Racing and the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion. "It's been fun having Justin, Colt and their teacher, Carl, with us this week. We think it's important to reward achievement in young people and maybe interest them in a career in racing in the process." Morris, who along with Bublitz won the competition in Dearborn with a perfect score in the hands-on part of the competition, said, "The week has been amazing. To be close to everything and watch the magic happen is a great experience." Bublitz said, "This is insanely fun. It's mind-blowing the things we're seeing. It's so different from working on a normal car. This definitely makes me want to get into racing. Before this I was never a NASCAR fan, but now I'll probably be a huge NASCAR fan." Instructor Hader, a teacher for 35 years, has taken 15 teams to the AAA Auto Skills National Finals and has two wins. He views the race week experience from a much larger perspective. "I expect the kids to take back to their everyday lives the idea that you should be organized, plan things out ahead of time and that nothing happens by chance," Hader said. "These race teams do everything they can think of before the race to put their drivers in a position to win."(Wood Brothers Racing)(7-6-2014)
Sam Hornish Jr. taking measured approach to return to NASCAR Cup series: As much as Sam Hornish Jr. longs for another shot at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, he vows that he's not going to jump at the first opportunity that comes along. "I'll be looking at a shot for a good Cup ride until I hang up my driver's gloves, but I feel like at this point in time I continue to -- the best way I can put it without sounding too spoiled -- enjoy my time with my wife and my family, and if I'm going to be away from them, I want to be able to hopefully have an opportunity to win a race," Hornish said after finishing second in Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway. "And so far in the three races that I've been scheduled to do this year, we've got a win and a second and a fifth. My overall goal is to be in something full-time that I can compete for wins in whether that's on the Nationwide side or the Cup side. That's where I want to be, so I'm probably a little choosy at this point in my career, but I also know what my objectives are to go out there. I don't necessarily need to have 'driver' beside my name, I just want to have the opportunity when I do go out there and drive to win races."(AutoWeek)(6-16-2014)
Congrats: to Jordan Wood Hicks and Michael Hicks on the birth of their first child, a daughter, Giselle Laken Hicks, born June 13, 2014. Giselle's grandfather is Eddie Wood, co-owner of #21-Wood Brothers Racing and her great-grandfather is 2012 NASCAR Hall of Famer Glen Wood. Jordan works for Wood Brothers Racing and Michael works for Joe Gibbs Racing.(6-14-2014)
Hornish to the #21 in 2015? on FoxSports1 NASCAR Raceday, Bob Dillner reported that Sam Hornish Jr. could end up in the #21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford in a part-time ride next season.(FoxSports1)(6-8-2014)
Trevor Bayne to attend Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition: With the Wood Brothers Racing team not competing in Pocono and the NASCAR Nationwide Series off, Trevor Bayne isn't racing this weekend. But that doesn't mean he isn't busy. Bayne will be heading to Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. for the finals of the 65th annual Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition, which take place June 8 - 10. There, 50 teams of high school juniors and seniors - one team from each state - will square off in competition. Each team will first take a written exam, then the teams will have to diagnose and repair a different set of "bugs" in a 2014 Ford Fusion during a timed competition. The team with the best combined written test and hands-on competition scores wins the national title. "For me, I'm just there to kind of encourage those guys and be a part of the prize, I guess," said Bayne.(FoxSports)(6-6-2014)
New Quick Lane Livery on #21 at Michigan: The Motorcraft/Quick Lane #21 Ford will have a different and distinctive Quick Lane look when it hits the track at Michigan on June 13-15. Quick Lane blue will replace the usual Motorcraft red that is synonymous with the Wood Brothers Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup entry. In addition to prominent Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center markings on the hood, the rear deck lid will feature the Quick Lane tag line "Ready to Serve," which refers to the company's factory-trained technicians' willingness to go the extra mile to provide fast and dependable service with trusted expertise to make a customer's vehicle ready for the road. The Motorcraft logo will still be present on the new-look #21. As Quick Lane's principal replacement parts brand, the relationship between Quick Lane and Motorcraft is critical to the success of each. Quality replacement parts is just one of the many brand tenants that Quick Lane offers to its customers. In February, Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center opened its 700th U.S. retail location, making it one of the fastest-growing auto center chains in the country. With a Quick Lane location in every state, the company is embarking on a national ad campaign to introduce its various marketplace advantages and to let customers across the nation know that Quick Lane is "Ready to Serve" with convenience and confidence. Part of the campaign will feature the #21 NASCAR livery featured at the Quicken Loans 400 as well as its driver, 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne.
"Opening our 700th location is an important milestone for Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center," said Frederiek Toney, president of the Ford Customer Service Division. "With locations from coast to coast, we can support our Quick Lane brand with national advertising including our partnership with NASCAR and Wood Brothers Racing. We hope that this paint scheme running in a nationally televised NASCAR race and the associated ad campaign will make our Quick Lane owners proud and increase recognition for the brand."(Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane), see an image of the scheme/car on the #21 Team Schemes page.(6-6-2014)
Wood Brothers looking for a driver: The Announcement that Trevor Bayne will join the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full time in 2015 with Roush Fenway Racing raises at least one interesting question: Who will the Wood Brothers tap to fill Bayne's part-time #21 Sprint Cup seat? Team co-owner Eddie Wood, speaking in the Charlotte Motor Speedway garage on Saturday afternoon, indicated the team hasn't begun a formal search for Bayne's replacement, but added that -- whoever the driver is --?? he will likely run a limited schedule as the Wood Brothers have done since 2007. "(The search) has just kind of started," Wood, who co-owns the organization with father Glen, brother Len and sister Kim, told FOXSports.com. "We'll probably start talking about it sooner than later. I've got to get with Motorcraft, Quick Lane and Ford Motor Company because there's a lot of people involved in our world, so we'll sit down with them and figure out what they want to do next. So we're like, you know, Day One." While the Wood Brothers don't know yet who Bayne's successor will be, this much is certain: The team, which has been in racing since 1950 and collected 98 top series NASCAR victories with a host of drivers, isn't going away. "No, no, no," Wood said. "We've had, I think, over 75 drivers in our car over the years. You move through racing as you move through life, and, no, no, we won't do that."(FoxSports)(5-25-2014)
Roush and AdvoCare to Bring Iconic #6 Back to Sprint Cup in 2015: Roush Fenway Racing has announced it will again field its iconic #6 Sprint Cup entry in the 2015 NASCAR season, with 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne piloting the car. The Ford Fusion will have full multi-year primary partnership from AdvoCare, which currently sponsors Bayne in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. "I'm both excited and humbled to be a part of bringing the #6 back to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series," said Trevor Bayne. "And to be able to make that move with AdvoCare makes it that much more special. They are a true partner that aligns with my foundation and core values in every way. I know the history of the #6 and what it means to Jack (Roush) and the entire Roush Fenway organization and our goal is to continue to add to its rich legacy in the sport."
"There will always be a special place in my heart for the #6," said former Roush Fenway driver Mark Martin. "It's the number we used when Jack and I first went racing in 1988. There is so much history associated with that number and with the trials and successes that we went through as we helped build RFR into a premiere NASCAR team. I'm very proud of what we were able to accomplish during that time together; a part of me will always be the #6, and I'm happy to see it return with Jack, Trevor and AdvoCare next season."
"AdvoCare is excited to move to the Sprint Cup Series with Roush Fenway and Trevor next season," said Mike Vaught, AdvoCare director of sponsorships. "Roush Fenway is a great partner, and Trevor and his wife Ashton are great ambassadors for AdvoCare. We are looking forward to the #6 car racing in the Sprint Cup Series in 2015, carrying the AdvoCare colors.
The #6 was Roush Fenway's first NASCAR entry and served as the flagship team for the organization during its first 20 years. In 1988 when Jack Roush started what would become the winningest team in NASCAR history, he enlisted Martin - a young and hungry driver from Batesville, Ark. - to sit behind the wheel of his No. 6 Ford. Roush's attention to detail and commitment to winning, combined with Martin's unbridled desire to succeed would help the two forge one of the most successful combinations in NASCAR history. The duo combined for 35 wins and forever etched the number's historical significance in NASCAR history.
"That number brings back a lot of memories," said team owner Jack Roush. "It reminds me of all the battles we fought to get to where we are today; the victories and the defeats. Success in NASCAR does not come easy. It comes at a price and requires a great deal of passion, sacrifice, dedication and hard work. To me the No. 6 exemplifies all of that. It's been a goal of the organization to put the #6 back out there on track in the Sprint Cup Series and I'm pleased to have AdvoCare behind us as we make the move with Trevor to full-time Cup racing," added Roush. "AdvoCare is a first-class organization from top to bottom. They have been a great partner in the Nationwide Series and I'm confident they will be there with us step-by-step as we make the move up and put the #6 back on track on Sundays."
Bayne is no stranger to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series or famous numbers, having competed part time in the series with the legendary Wood Brothers since 2010. Bayne drove the historic #21 into victory lane in the 2011 Daytona 500, in one of the most memorable moments in NASCAR history. "I am kind of getting used to filling big shoes," added Bayne. "Having driven the Wood Brothers #21 for the last few years in the Sprint Cup Series has been a great experience. I'll always hold special the opportunity to drive for the Wood Brothers. Those guys are true legends in the sport and I can't say enough about the unforgettable relationships I forged there and of course our huge win in the Daytona 500."(Roush Fenway Racing)(5-24-2014)
Wood Brothers Racing Statement On Trevor Bayne Departure In 2015: "Trevor Bayne will always be part of our family. And we will always share that great Daytona 500 moment together. It's something that will always be so special for all of us," said Eddie Wood, co-owner, Wood Brothers Racing. "We will always be Trevor Bayne fans, so we are happy he is getting his shot to race for the Sprint Cup Championship. We are going to do everything in our power to get him to victory lane one more time in the #21 Fusion."(Wood Brothers Racing)(5-24-2014)
Bayne Set To Make 50th Career Sprint Cup Start: When Trevor Bayne takes the green flag on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, it will mark his 50th career Sprint Cup race, and all of them have come in the #21 Ford Fusion fielded by the famed Wood Brothers race team. "That's definitely the best of them," Bayne said. "And if I get to 400 starts, that will still be the best." Team co-owner Eddie Wood said Bayne, now 23, has been a good fit for his family-owned team since making his Cup debut and his first run in the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion in the fall of 2010 at Texas Motor Speedway, where he finished a strong 17th. "We've had a lot of good runs with Trevor," Wood said. "It's worked out well for both of us, especially with us running a part-time schedule and him having a full-time Nationwide Series ride with Roush Fenway Racing."(Wood Brothers Racing)(5-4-2014)
Glen Wood extends 68-Year Daytona attendance streak: Last Thursday at Daytona International Speedway, Wood Brothers Racing was preparing their famed #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane NASCAR Sprint Cup car for the second of two Budweiser Duel qualifying races. But something, or more accurately someone, was missing. "Win, lose or draw, no matter what happens in this race, I'm going to go get daddy and bring him down here," said team co-owner Eddie Wood, of his legendary Hall Of Fame father, Glen Wood. Wood had never missed a Daytona 500 in its 55-year history, dating back to 1947 when the cars ran on the old Daytona Beach course that included Highway A1A and the sands of "The World's Most Famous Beach." According to the Woods, Glen's attendance at this year's Daytona 500 was questionable all along. Travel is not as easy as it once was for the 88-year-old, and Virginia got hammered by severe winter weather in recent weeks, making the trip even more daunting. Said the elder Wood about his 68th consecutive February trip to Daytona Speedweeks, "I think it means more to my family, or at least to Len and Eddie, because I've been here so many times. I told them I'm getting old and it (the streak) has to stop sometime, but they told me it wasn't going to be this year. Eddie called and said he had it all figured out, so how could I refuse? I knew I needed to come in a sense, but when (my wife) Bernice said she wasn't going to come, I made up my mind that I would stay home. But now, I'm glad I'm here."(Godfather Motorsports)(2-26-2014)
Sponsors Join Forces for Bayne This Weekend in Daytona: In a display of sponsorship solidarity, 2011 Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne will be supported by both his NASCAR Nationwide Series primary sponsor and his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series primary sponsor for both series races this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. In Saturday's DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Bayne's #6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang carried the colors of his Sprint Cup sponsor, Motorcraft/Quick Lane, on the rear quarter panels in addition to his primary sponsor in that series, AdvoCare, a nutrition, weight loss, energy and sports performance product company.
For Sunday's Daytona 500, Bayne's Wood Brothers' Ford Fusion will reciprocate with an AdvoCare decal to the right of the famed #21 Ford in addition to the customary Motorcraft/Quick Lane livery. Bayne is running for a points championship in the NASCAR Nationwide Series while also looking for his second Daytona 500 trophy after a Cinderella win in 2011 in Motorcraft/Quick Lane colors.(Ford PR)(2-23-2014)
Wood Brothers ready for Daytona: The Wood Brothers team will be ready for action in Daytona, despite numerous problems with the weather. Throughout the last few weeks, they have battled rain in Daytona during the test, a postponed Talladega test due to a snow covered track, and sleet on the roadways in the southeast this week. Despite all of this, nothing stopped Donnie Wingo and the Wood Brothers from arriving at Daytona International Speedway with a Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion ready to race. Wingo and the Motorcraft Quick/Lane team kicked off the Woods' 64th NASCAR season - and the team's 14th with Motorcraft/Quick Lane colors on the sides of the iconic #21 - in January with a planned two-day test in advance of the 56th annual Daytona 500. When rain washed out the first day, Wingo, Trevor Bayne, and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team returned for the second day and literally ran from daylight to dark, turning 47 laps in a rain-delayed session before the track closed at 9 pm. Wingo felt there was more speed to be found, so he scheduled a test at Daytona's sister track, Talladega Superspeedway, only to have the first test snowed out. Even the second test, last week, was delayed by snow, but the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team got in a full two days of testing with the car that will be the back-up for the Daytona 500 entry that was run in the January test. Back at home base in Charlotte, Wingo and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team continued to fine-tune the car, taking it to the wind tunnel three times, including one session at 6 a.m. Tuesday, just before the car was loaded for an early trip to Daytona to avoid being caught in the sleet and ice storm that wreaked havoc on the highways around the Carolinas and Georgia. "There's been a lot of work done on this car since the Daytona test. I'm sure if there was more time, Donnie and the crew would still be working on it. Teams never stop until its time to load." Wood also likes the tweaks that have been done to the paint scheme. "It's still Motorcraft red, white and gold, but the Motorcraft/Quick Lane logos are a little different. I think they look racier, and they're easier to read on the track."(Wodd Brothers Racing), see an image of the car on the #21 Team Schemes page.(2-14-2014)
Trevor Bayne doing well but doesn't want an MS campaign to support his racing: #21-Trevor Bayne doesn't mind telling his story about racing with multiple sclerosis, but he's not interested in having that define him. Bayne, who won the 2011 Daytona 500 but then missed part of that season because of fatigue and double vision, announced in November that he had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He has not had any symptoms in the offseason and is ready for the 2014 season, the Roush Fenway Racing driver said Monday during the Sprint Media Tour. Bayne, who finished sixth in the Nationwide Series standings in 2013, will run the full Nationwide season while also competing in at least a dozen Cup races for Wood Brothers Racing. While Roush Fenway landed AdvoCare as a sponsor for Bayne's Nationwide car, he obviously could run more Cup races with more sponsorship. For now, Bayne isn't interested in doing any campaigns that center around his multiple sclerosis. "I don't want to be a racecar driver because I have a campaign behind him - I want to earn my spot here," said Bayne, who often talks about his deep religious faith. "That doesn't really interest me at this point, but I definitely want to be a spokesperson for anybody going through anything tough and see that with Jesus, you can overcome anything. That's my message. It's not just about MS." Bayne said he trains three hours a day, which includes running and swimming as well as biking. He has not had to alter his training program. "Healthwise I feel great. ... With no symptoms, there's no worries," Bayne said. "If I got down the road in six months and I noticed something, I would definitely see a doctor about it. At this point, I haven't had to do any of that. I do go back for checkups regularly and get their input because it would be not so smart not to do that. So far, it's all been positive. I can go hard in training and push myself way harder out of the car than I do in the car."(Sporting News)(1-30-2014)
Daytona 500 Winner Trevor Bayne Diagnosed with MS: Daytona 500 winner and Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) driver Trevor Bayne has announced that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (explanation of MS). Bayne - 22 years old - has undergone extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to compete behind the wheel. "I've never been more driven to compete," said Bayne. "My goals are the same as they've been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I've ever been in and I feel good," added Bayne. "There are currently no symptoms and I'm committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible. I will continue to trust God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best. As for now, I want to close out the season strong this weekend at Homestead and then shift my focus on getting ready to compete for the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Championship in 2014. I have a great team, a great family and great people all around me. I have been truly blessed in life and I look forward to what my future holds."
"We are 100% supportive of Trevor and his ability to compete in a race car," said Roush Fenway team owner Jack Roush. "I have full confidence in Trevor and his partners have all expressed that same confidence and support. As with all of our drivers, we look forward to standing behind Trevor and providing him with all of the tools he needs as he continues to develop in his young career."(see full press release at Roush Fenway Racing's website)(11-12-2013)
Wood Brothers expects Bayne to return, similar schedule in 2014: As a NASCAR staple through seven decades, Wood Brothers Racing is among stock car racing's best-known and most popular teams. It's been around since 1953, when Glen Wood and his brothers, Leonard, Delano and Ray Lee began fielding shade-tree cars at short dirt tracks in southern Virginia and central North Carolina. In 1,405 Sprint Cup entries since 1953 the team has 118 poles and 98 victories, including Daytona 500s with Cale Yarborough, David Pearson, A.J. Foyt, Trevor Bayne and Tiny Lund. It has 337 top-five finishes, 521 top-10 finishes and has earned upwards of $50 million with 42 drivers. Even with that resume, WBR isn't exactly flush with sponsorship. It ran less than half the races in 2009, 2010 and 2012 (and exactly half in 2011), and Bayne will run only 12 of 36 this year. It's not ideal, but the Woods have little choice.
"With sponsorship like it is, we have to pick races that give us the best chance of a good payback," team co-owner Eddie Wood said last weekend at Talladega. "It's just good business: the more you can win, the more you have to keep going forward. We've skipped some races this year that were close to home [the Charlotte area] because the payout wasn't very good. But we've gone to some races way off because the payout made it worthwhile. It's all about surviving to race again."
The team would love to run more, but [it's doing] the best it can do right now. "We're always hunting for sponsorships and trying to add races," Wood said. "And, really, it's getting a little better; it's beginning to open up some. A few years ago it was hard to get people to even call you back about sponsoring a race. It was really tough there for a while, but people are more open to listen now. At least here lately, they seem more interested."
Wood said it's too early to talk much about 2014. He said he and his brother, team co-owner Len Wood, expect to run at least the same schedule, maybe adding a few races if more sponsors come along. Nothing is set in stone, either, regarding Bayne and his role, but they "fully expect" him back in their Cup car even as he runs the full Nationwide Series schedule for Roush Fenway. Regardless of what else happens, this much is true: "You'll never see us become a start-and-park team," Eddie Wood said defiantly. "Not our family, not this team, not as far as we've come since the '50s and as much as we've done in racing. We'll do what we can and we'll do it properly, or we won't do it at all. And you can write that down."(Autoweek)(10-24-2013)
Wood Brothers To Make 1400th Cup Start in Coke 600: The sunshine in turn three at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday hampered Trevor Bayne on his qualifying lap, but a sunny day was just what Bayne and the crew of his #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion needed to qualify for the Wood Brothers' 1,400th Sprint Cup start. Should the rain have made its way to the track just 2 hours sooner, most likely qualifying would've been cancelled. The Woods, with their limited schedule, would have missed the race, as they had the fewest attempts to qualify at this point in the season, of the teams entered in the Coca-Cola 600. Bayne will line up 29th for his team's milestone start, and just being in the starting field is a great relief, and a proud moment, for team co-owner Eddie Wood. "We all feel very fortunate to be where we are today," Wood said. "We couldn't have done it without having great drivers in our cars over the years, from my dad in the beginning to Trevor Bayne today. And we couldn't have done it without the support of Ford Motor Company. They've been right there with us through the great times and the struggles."(Wood Brothers Racing)(5-25-2013)
Wood Brothers donate winning car to museum: Eddie Wood and Len Wood of the famed Wood Brothers Racing team, donated Trevor Bayne's 2011 Daytona 500 winning Ford Fusion to The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Mich., on Thursday. The car, exactly as it was after Bayne won at Daytona International Speedway and still covered in celebratory confetti, Gatorade and Coca-Cola will be housed in the museum's Driving America exhibit, next to Henry Ford's 1901 Sweepstakes and Jimmy Clark's 1965 Indianapolis 500 winning Lotus-Ford. The Wood Brothers and Trevor Bayne will attempt to win at Michigan International Speedway this summer during the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on June 17 and the Pure Michigan 400 on Aug. 19. Visit MISpeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 for tickets.(see an image at mispeedway.com)(3-23-2012)
Happy Hour Practice:
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12:00pm/et
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16 Terry Labonte, Bill Amick
17 Brad Bennett
18 Eddie Adamczyk, Gary Bettenhausen, Denny Hamlin, Ray Osian, Mickey Mouse
19 Tommy Morgan, Gary "Turtle" Clem
20 Sam Bass, Lisa Finley, Mike Cluka, Steve Prescott, Andy Belmont, Mark Wilkinson, Darren Jones, Chris Hall
21 Sheri Umscheid, Travis Carter, Terry Elledge, Victor Breininger, Banjo Grimm, Alexis Leras
22 Laurie Weil, Luke Kosner, Jake Elder, Rick Viers, Ryan McGlynn, Jamie Skinner, Scott Moyer
23 Ron Bouchard, Chris Spencer, Conrad Burr, Tony Roper
24 Buddy Parrott, James Ince, Nathan Haseleu
25 Skip Eyler, Joe Gibbs, Mike Joy, Carl Gansert
26 Dale Jarrett, Chip Bolin, Katie Pearson
27 Billy Standridge, Kate Dallenbach, Ricky Carmichael
28 Chase Elliott, Billy Sutphin, Mitch Way, Nelson Stacy
29 Bob Dillner, Zach Brewer
30 Danny Earnhardt, Dave Dion, Dick Hutcherson, Shawna Robinson, Chris Hussey, Andy Kirby, Brittany Glover