Eddie Wood, co-owner of the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Motorcraft Taurus, took a break during this afternoon's rain-delayed Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 to talk about some of the good things for race teams that can occur during the down time. EDDIE...
Eddie Wood, co-owner of the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Motorcraft Taurus, took a break during this afternoon's rain-delayed Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 to talk about some of the good things for race teams that can occur during the down time.
EDDIE WOOD, co-owner, No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Motorcraft Taurus
CAN ANYTHING CONSTRUCTIVE HAPPEN DURING A RAIN DELAY, OR IS IT SIMPLY LOST TIME?
"Most of the time when it rains like this you get caught up and talk with some of your buddies you haven't seen. We're together every week, but, still, there is no time to do anything, so you go talk to some people that you haven't talked to in a week or so, just see what's going on. You get together with your crew chief and your driver and discuss what you're going to do when you go back out there, if you're going to come in and make a change, if you need to do that, that's a good time to do that. In our case, we're getting a plan together because we could be a day late being prepared for Phoenix. Most of the time, just look around, some people are taking a nap, some people are out politicking, some people are out looking for new jobs, you know, it's the end of the season, there's a lot of that. It's not all bad."
WHEN THE RACE WEEKEND STARTS ON FRIDAY, EVERYBODY SEEMS TO BE WEARING A GAME FACE. BUT NOW, EVERYBODY SEEMS SO RELAXED...
"It's like a time out. 'I've done all I can do, it's sitting out there. I'll go back at it in a minute.' It's almost like a timeout. It is different. I never really thought about it, but it is."
THE HAULERS HAVE SATELLITE TELEVISION AND EVERYONE HAS A CELL PHONE. ARE RAIN DELAYS EASIER NOW THAN, SAY, 20 YEARS AGO?
"Twenty years ago, when it would rain like this, they didn't have the efficiency in drying the track, like they do now. They would drag tires, and cars would ride around on it. Now, they've got the blowers. It's a lot better now. People do talk about the good old days. I think we're in the good old days. I don't want to go back to riding vans and driving trucks. I used to drive our truck. Len and myself would drive. We would be leaving for Phoenix. I like flying. Things aren't that bad now."
HOW MUCH OF THIS DELAY WILL HAMPER GETTING READY FOR NEXT WEEK IN PHOENIX, ACROSS THE COUNTRY?
"If we run today, we'll get home about 1 or 2 o'clock in the morning versus 8 or 9 o'clock tonight, so you lose a little sleep, big deal, you'll still be there in the morning, ready to go. That won't change. If it rains out tonight and we run tomorrow, everything will be pushed up, but it'll still work. Everybody has to dig in a little harder, but it'll still work."