By admin | May 25, 2013
By Richard Allen
Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 will mark the 1,400th start for a Wood Brothers Racing entry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Their first race was in 1953 at the Martinsville Speedway with Glen Wood driving. The Virginia-based team has won 98 races, scored 521 top-10s and recorded 118 pole position starts.
SixteenÂ different drivers have visited victory lane driving for the Wood Brothers with Trevor Bayne being the last when he won the 2011 Daytona 500. Other race winners for the team have been Speedy Thompson, Glen Wood, Tiny Lund, Dan Gurney, Marvin Panch, A.J. Foyt, Cale Yarborough, Donnie Allison, David Pearson, Neil Bonnett, Buddy Baker, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett, Morgan Shepherd and Elliott Sadler.
Both Glen and Leonard Wood have been inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC. And, they played significant roles in the careers of three HoF drivers(Yarborough, Pearson and Jarrett).
To put the span of the Wood Brothers involvement into perspective, here are just a few of the historical events that have taken place since the team’s first race:
*Presidential administrations of Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
*Elvis Presley’s entire career
*The assassination of Kennedy
*The Beatles coming to America
*The Vietnam War
*The gas crisis
*The Iran Hostage Crisis
*The fall of the Berlin Wall
*Bill Clinton’s impeachment hearings
*The hanging chads of the 2000 election
*September 11, 2001
*The financial debacle of 2008
*The first African-American president
The point of all this is to simply show that the Wood Brothers have had tremendous staying power even when many other things have fallen by the wayside.
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