GLEN WOOD, founder of the legendary Wood Brothers Racing team, will be inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on April 18, 2002. Prior to this prestigious event Motorcraft Racing Media Relations...
GLEN WOOD, founder of the legendary Wood Brothers Racing team, will be inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on April 18, 2002. Prior to this prestigious event Motorcraft Racing Media Relations will release the transcript of conversations with Glen and other members of his family describing the history of his team.
The fourth of these releases deals with the defining moment in Wood Brothers Racing history. Glen talks about why he almost closed the doors and the circumstances that kept the team in the sport.
Kim Wood Hall: Mama has Always Been a Member of the Team.
Most of the racing world is aware of the contributions that Glen Wood, patriarch of Wood Brothers Racing, and his brother, Leonard, have made to the sport of stock car racing. But there was someone else who has been with the team since it was formed - Glen's wife of 51 years, Bernece.
Bernece has been an integral part of the team for years. She didn't work in the shop, but in many ways she kept the team running. "She always kept the books and made travel arrangements, a lot of what I do now," says Glen and Bernece's daughter, Kim Wood Hall. "She just did it at home. Mama was always there when we were growing up, but she did all the paperwork and stuff for the team, too."
Lunchtime was also a work session of sorts. And the family always spent that time together at Glen and Bernece's house. "Mama had lunch on the table at noon," says Kim. "If you were early, the corn bread wasn't done, but if you were late, your drink had gotten warm. We used the lunch hour to share what was going on in the shop or what we'd heard about what was going on in the sport, and we still do.
"Of course, before Eddie and Len got married they always came home for lunch. But then when Eddie got married he kept right on coming home at noon. And then after Len got married he did, too. And when I married Terry (Hall), he was working at the shop so I just dragged him along. And every so often we'd have company. All our drivers have been to the house for lunch at one time or another, I guess."
And then, of course, Bernece went to a lot of the races, too. While she didn't cook at the track, she did provide dessert. "Everybody has their specialty, I guess, and Mama's is pound cake," says Kim. Bernece would bake the pound cakes ahead of time and then freeze them. "For some reason it's more moist that way," says Kim. "She decided that was something she could fix that the guys could pick up to eat any time. You could cut it, and it didn't fall apart, so they could get a piece whenever they came back to the truck for something."
Kim said that Bernece was reminded just the other day that she needed to get busy baking so there would be pound cake for the guys at Charlotte next week for The Winston.
Bernece still watches over the operation at the shop in Stuart, Va., but in a different capacity. She goes in every day to answer the phone, take care of the fan mail - and she also gives tours of the facility and family museum, which is part of the building. After all, she knows the history of Wood Brothers Racing as well as anyone. There couldn't be anyone better to share that knowledge with the fans and visitors.
Bernece Wood, the matriarch of Wood Brothers Racing is still an active part of the team.
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