The Wood Brothers will be making the 1,200th start in team history tomorrow night when driver Ricky Rudd starts 41st in the UAW-GM Quality 500. Team co-owner Eddie Wood spoke about the milestone and what his first memory was of being at the ...
The Wood Brothers will be making the 1,200th start in team history tomorrow night when driver Ricky Rudd starts 41st in the UAW-GM Quality 500. Team co-owner Eddie Wood spoke about the milestone and what his first memory was of being at the track.
EDDIE WOOD, Co-Owner - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus
HOW MANY OF THE 1,200 RACES WOULD YOU SAY YOU'VE ATTENDED IN PERSON? "I hadn't really thought about it, but that is a lot of races. I don't really want to think about how many I've been to, but I'm proud to have been to that many. I would say that it's been over 800 races at least, but I'd have no idea of the exact number."
YOU'VE SAID BEFORE THAT THIS IS WHAT YOU GUYS DO. IT'S THE FAMILY BUSINESS. "Yeah, this is all I've ever done and all I've ever thought about doing. Probably the first race I can remember attending, where I actually got in the pits even though I wasn't supposed to, was probably at Bristol on 1967. Cale Yarborough was driving our car and that was the first time I met Richard Petty, Dale Inman, Maurice Petty and Lee Petty. I remember my dad taking me over there to meet all of them and I still remember that. I remember the one thing about it was that Dale Inman walked up to me and introduced himself and then he hit me right in the chest and knocked the breath out of me. He'll still do that today. I see him everyday when we spot and he still remembers doing that. That's just stuck in my mind even though it was a long time ago."
WHEN SOME PEOPLE TALK ABOUT YOUR TEAM THEY REFER TO IT AS THE 'LEGENDARY' WOOD BROTHERS. HOW DO YOU FEEL BEING A PART OF THAT? "I'm a very small part of that. That legacy really belongs to my dad and the others that were the original guys who started this deal. That's really where the legend part comes in at and I'm just proud to be a part of that, but I'm just a small part."
John Andretti, driver of the No. 14 VB/APlus at Sunoco Taurus, made the inaugural NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series qualifying attempt for ppc Racing a success as he qualified 20th for tomorrow night's race. Andretti spoke about the strides he and his team have made in a short amount of time.
JOHN ANDRETTI -- No. 14 VB/APlus at Sunoco Taurus
YOU MADE THE RACE SO IS THE PRESSURE OFF? CAN YOU GUYS JUST RELAX NOW AND RACE? "Yeah, I mean I don't think that we're going to over expect anything. I think that we just want to have a pretty good, clean race and take what's given to us. We don't want to try and go out and get too much out of it too quick. Hopefully, we'll just have a good, solid race."
IS THERE JUST A FEELING OF EXCITEMENT AND HIGH ENERGY AROUND THIS TEAM RIGHT NOW? "Yeah, I think that we're all real excited. I think that last night was big and in some ways you almost would have thought we got the pole because a lot of pressure was relieved. That was a huge accomplishment for us in such a short period and that's the way we look at it. Nextel Cup racing is too competitive to think you're just gonna come in here and it's gonna be a walk in the park. We know there's still a huge hill to climb and we're willing to climb it -- it's just gonna take some time."
Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 97 Sharpie/IRWIN Taurus, brushed the wall during happy hour, but eventually got back out with the same car and turned more laps. He spoke about the incident afterwards.
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Sharpie/IRWIN Taurus
WHAT HAPPENED? "I was just running laps and one reason was to get in traffic and see what the car would do. Second, it was my little brother and I wanted to see why he was struggling. Thirdly, I forgot what I was supposed to be doing (chuckling). We were loose all through that run and on that lap it pushed so bad off of four that I ran out of race track. It tweaked the front end a little bit and it tweaked the rear end a little bit and the worst damage is it caved in the side, so they'll have to work a little bit into the night to polish it up. It'll look a little rough. The pretty is knocked off it and now we can go fast."
YOU STILL LOOKED FAST EVEN AFTER THAT. "The car is good. We just wanted to do a long run. That's the mode I was in and I wanted to be around other cars to check that and made a judgment error on where we were coming off turn four. It's no biggie."