BROOKLYN, Mich., June 14, 2009--For Bill Elliott and the Wood Brothers, the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway over the weekend was another 400 miles in the right direction. Elliott ran in or around the top 20 for the entire...
BROOKLYN, Mich., June 14, 2009--For Bill Elliott and the Wood Brothers, the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway over the weekend was another 400 miles in the right direction.
Elliott ran in or around the top 20 for the entire afternoon and then stretched 46 laps out of the last tank of fuel en route to a 16th-place finish on Sunday.
"The guys did a great job," co-owner Eddie Wood said. "We had a great run and learned a lot."
The 16th-place showing on Sunday follows the team's best finish of the season, 15th at Charlotte three races ago. On Friday, Elliott qualified in the 15th position, making his No. 21 Motorcraft Fusion the top-qualifying Ford in the Michigan field.
"My hat's off to these guys," Elliott said. "They have done an awesome job. We just need to keep expanding on what we're doing, but this Ford Motorcraft bunch has done a great job."
In a race that produced only three caution flags, Elliott's Ford, at times was running lap times as fast as those of the leaders. Following the race's final caution period when the entire field pitted, a handful of the leaders eventually ran out of fuel, while Elliott maintained power to the end. Elliott made up four positions on the final run.
The Wood Brothers are running a limited 12-race schedule in 2009 as the team looks to regain the form it had when it was dominating the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the 1970's.
Elliott, the 1988 series champion, is in his third season with the team, which will miss the next three races before returning to action on July 10-11 at Chicagoland Speedway, which -- like Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, where Elliott scored his best finish of the season -- is a 10x00bd-mile track.
"Motorcraft and Ford Racing has helped us out on this deal for this year and believing in us to run a limited amount of races and it's really paying off," Elliott said. "I think [crew chief] David Hyder and all the guys working back at the shop have really improved this car 100 percent. From where we started the first of the year to the last two or three races, I think we've learned a lot."