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Here Are Some Things That Have Happened Since the Wood Brothers Made Their First Start

By admin | May 25, 2013

 Trevor Bayne and the Wood Brothers celebrating the 2011 Daytona 500

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.

Sixteen 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.


David Pearson drove the #21 to many wins for the Wood Brothers



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2 Responses to “Here Are Some Things That Have Happened Since the Wood Brothers Made Their First Start”

  1. Bill B Says:
    May 26th, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Very interesting.
    Can’t believe that the Apollo moon landing wasn’t on that list. To many it represents the pinnacle of human achievement. Definitely one of those moments when everyone remembers where they were.
    Certainly more historically noteworthy than Elvis, The Beatles, Clinton’s almost impeachment, hanging chads, and the gas crisis (which, almost 40 years later, wasn’t really a crisis after all).

  2. Tony Geinzer Says:
    May 27th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I want to see an Advisory Board Vote for the NASCAR HOF, Rich and too, I want it to be a once in every five year matter featuring Alan Kulwicki, Davey Allison, Tim Richmond, Rob Moroso and Adam Petty. Also, I want to see a special wing for HOFers from Motorsports such as AJ Foyt,Mario Andretti, Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Mickey Thompson who did time in NASCAR and while I type my response, it is a solid 5 Years to mint a permanent Stand Alone Stock Car Hall of Fame to the First Shovel in History to equalize our diverse Stock Car History.