Martinsville II: Wood Brothers Racing preview

Wood Brothers Racing and BillElliott look Forward to Home track Racing After Two Day Test Harrisburg, NC (October 15, 2008)- Bill Elliott in the no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion is heading back to The Wood Brothers home town track ...

Wood Brothers Racing and BillElliott look Forward to Home track Racing After Two Day Test

Harrisburg, NC (October 15, 2008)- Bill Elliott in the no. 21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion is heading back to The Wood Brothers home town track in Martinsvilleafterspending a two day test session at Caraway Speedway in preparation for the Tum's Quik Pak 500 on Sunday, October 19th.

Bill and the team tested a newly built car at the .455 mile asphalt track to ensure the car would run well at Martinsville this weekend. Crew chief David Hyder spoke about the team's effort.

What was the overall result of the test at Caraway?

"We learned a lot at Caraway testing. The first day, we went through a bunch of scenarios with the big stuff then we went fine tuning the second day. When I left, I was happy and pleased with the car. It's just hard to go to a different race track with a tire that you run at Martinsville because that track is asphalt and Martinsville is concrete. All in all I really think the test went well."

How will the test benefit the team in Martinsville?

"Well, it always does. When you go to Caraway and you get set up in [turns] one and two, it always benefits you when you go to Martinsville. There are some differences but, there is enough of a radius where if you can turn around the bottom at Caraway, you can turn at Martinsville and with these cars that always seems to be the issue. You get the thing to turn in the middle and then you're always out of the race track off of the corners. That racetrack [Caraway] will clearly put you in the right direction for getting that taken care of."

What was Bill's reaction to the car at the test?

"Bill was impressed with everything that we did. Because we went through an extensive test and at the end of the day he was happy with the car. He was really interested in getting out there and seeing what we could do. I have never worked with Bill at Martinsville, we've tested there numerous times and understand where we need to be and we went right to it but we've always made a point to go to Caraway and test before Martinsville. We built a new car just for that race and it clearly showed to be a good car. It looks like we have everything headed in the right direction."

This is the Wood Brothers home track, how do you feel about being part of that history?

"When you go to Martinsville, you always think about the Wood Brothers. It doesn't matter which team you're working on and you're always thinking of being in there home town. They've had some good cars up there in the past and they've always seemed to run well there and everybody expects us to run well there. Throughout the years I've had some really good cars there and I'm a short track racer myself and understand it and seem like I understand it very well. I look forward to going."

Wood Brothers Racing has been competing at the track since 1953 with team patriarch Glen Wood, who drove the no. 21 Ford convertible on the half-mile track in a rain shortened race. This will be the team's 108th start at the historic track where they have earned eight pole awards, four of which Glen Wood holds, two wins, 28 top 5 and 42 top 10 finishes.

The museum of Wood Brothers memorabilia spans 58 years of racing. Among some of the many items on display are; the original David Pearson 1971 Purolator Mercury, a 1989 Neil Bonnett Thunderbird, a 1937 Glen Wood Ford Coach, and cars from Jon Wood and Keven Wood's careers.

The museum is open weekdays from 9:00am to noon, & 1:00pm to 5:00pm. There is no admission fee, and the gift shop offers varied souvenir items. It's located only thirty minutes from Martinsville Speedway, just off highway 58.

The museum and souvenir shop is also open this Saturday during the Martinsville Race weekend until 1pm.

For more information on how to get to the Wood Brothers Racing Museum and Wood Brothers Racing please go to www.woodbrothersracing.com

-credit: wbr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jon Wood , David Pearson
Teams Wood Brothers Racing