Friday, September 28, 2007

A Salute to Wood Brothers

Glen & Bercece Wood.

Glen Wood founded the legendary Wood Brothers Racing team in 1953, he's been awarded one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers and was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2002.

What's so interesting about this organization is they are the oldest continuously team owners in NASCAR. Glen's brother Leonard came on and guided this team through the 70's and 80's with driver's like Donnie Allison, Neil Bonnet, Cale Yarborough and even open wheel sensation A.J. Foyt. Today the likes of "Awesome" Bill Elliot drives for them as well as funny guy Ken Schrader.

Not much is heard about this team today with so much focus on the big 5, HMS, RCR, DEI, JGR and ROSOX, but it's quite possible that this oldest team in the garage may have some big muscle left towards the future. Glen Wood's grandson, Jon Wood is an up and coming driver as well as Marcos Ambrose and Kelly Bires. These 3, if they stay at Wood Brothers/ JTG Racing, could be a powerful force in the near future. The organization manages to maintain good sponsorship with Little Debbie, Ford Motorcraft and the Air Force and I like some of those Motorcraft and Airforce paint schemes alot!!

I just wanted to give this group a salute and hope the best for their whole organization into the future, afterall they are up against some big guns that are only getting bigger.


vroom said...

I'm a #21 fan...and enjoyed Elliott Sadler in that vroom!

TSRFan-John said...

It would be great to see them return to the top. Seems like the old teams (Wood Brothers and Petty) fell behind and are still having problems catching back up.

I really like the looks of the Little Debbie paint scheme. It's one of my favorites.

Several years ago, while on his honeymoon, my son and his wife visited the Wood Brothers shop and met Glen and 16 years old Jon. He said they were the nicest people. Stood around and talked for 15 or 20 minutes.

Charlie Turner said...

Man that shop-museum looks awesome in the picture. They have a pretty confusing driver line up for next year. I'm hearing Shrader and Elliot will remain in the mix along with Jon and Marcos. If they pick the right horses for the right courses, maybe it will work out.

Nascar and the Canadian Curmudgeon said...

A well deserved salute as well...these guys are the foundation of the sport ..unfortunately the Hendrick,Roush etc.. are slowly burying them....Yates is essentially has been swallowed up by Roush...Petty is talking to GEM and guys like Mclure are hanging by a's a shame...

rob ijbema said...

never knew much about nascar but the wood brothers!