Martinsville: Eddie Wood - Ford Friday interview

Wood Brothers Racing co-owner Eddie Wood is breathing a little bit easier this week since he knows his team will be racing on Sunday. Bill Elliott is serving as the team's driver this weekend and has the past champion's provisional to...

Wood Brothers Racing co-owner Eddie Wood is breathing a little bit easier this week since he knows his team will be racing on Sunday. Bill Elliott is serving as the team's driver this weekend and has the past champion's provisional to fall back on, if he doesn't make the field on speed. Wood spoke about that relief, along with the crew chief change that was made earlier in the week.

EDDIE WOOD, Co-Owner -- No. 21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion

WHAT IS THE PLAN THIS WEEKEND AS FAR AS A CREW CHIEF? "Our crew chief left, so for this week Mike Smith is going to handle those duties this weekend and then we'll go from there. He's been with us for 20 years and knows the ins and outs of what we do anyway, so that was the logical choice."

IT MUST BE NICE TO KNOW YOU'RE IN THE RACE THIS WEEKEND? "Yeah, that's a different feeling and, of course, we want to qualify our way into the race. We don't want to use up one of Bill's provisionals here, but just knowing you've got that as a backup means you can at least make some race runs and get your feet under you a little bit, which we haven't been able to do the past few weeks. Everything has been about qualifying, so that's kind of reassuring."

WHAT'S IT BEEN LIKE THESE LAST FEW WEEKS? "It's just bad. Anybody that doesn't make the show week to week, it's hard on everybody. It's hard on the sponsors. It's hard on the crew people. It's hard on the driver, whoever. It's just a bad deal, but you don't have to come. It's the way the rules are and it is what it is, and you come and just do the best you can. But it's hard."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Mike Smit
Teams Wood Brothers Racing