Martinsville to host Wood Brothers historic start

Martinsville, VA---It is a memorable year for Wood Brothers Racing of Stuart, VA. While it is celebrating 50 years in NASCAR Winston Cup racing, the team also will be making its 1,000th career start in the 45th annual NAPA AutoCare...

Martinsville, VA---It is a memorable year for Wood Brothers Racing of Stuart, VA. While it is celebrating 50 years in NASCAR Winston Cup racing, the team also will be making its 1,000th career start in the 45th annual NAPA AutoCare 500 on Sunday, October 1 at Martinsville Speedway. And in honor of these achievements, the team will use a special paint scheme on their CITGO Ford, one that is reminiscent of the paint scheme used on the convertible that patriarch Glen Wood drove in the 1950s. While Glen was behind the wheel 50 years ago, 1999 Rookie Of the Year runner-up Elliott Sadler is now doing the piloting. The Wood Brothers have 96 NASCAR Winston Cup victories to their credit, including 80 superspeedway wins. The team won at least one superspeedway race for 21 consecutive years from 1963-83 and an amazing 116 poles positions over the years. In 1973, the team captured 11 of the 18 races it entered with 10 superspeedway wins and a victory at the .526-mile Martinsville Speedway, just 29 miles from their shop in Stuart. Over the years their list of drivers reads like a Hall of Fame roster. While some just ran one race on a special occasion, their drivers have included, in alphabetical order, Donnie Allison, Buddy Baker, Earl Balmer, Neil Bonnett, Perk Brown, Eb Clifton, Ralph Earnhardt, Tommy Ellis, Fonty Flock, A.J. Foyt, Paul Goldsmith, Dan Gurney, Fred Harb, Sonny Hutchins, Dale Jarrett, Ned Jarrett, Junior Johnson, Parnelli Jones, Fred Lorenzen, Tiny Lund, Jim Massey, Dave MacDonald, Banjo Matthews, Billy Myers, Bobby Myers, Marvin Panch, David Pearson, Kyle Petty, Bobby Rahal, Fireball Roberts, Morgan Shepherd, Nelson Stacy, Ted Swaim, Speedy Thompson, Curtis Turner, Michael Waltrip, Joe Weatherly, Bob Welborn and Cale Yarborough. Pearson had the greatest success. Between 1972 and 1978, Pearson drove the Wood machine to 45 victories including ten big track wins in both 1973 and 1976. The team entered very few short track races during the 1970s, but did win the 1973 Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway in the only Ford/Mercury product to win at Martinsville between Richard Petty's pair of victories in 1969 to Ricky Rudd in 1986. They also won the 1968 Virginia 500 with Cale Yarborough at the wheel Wood Brothers racing has had tremendous success with many of the all-time greats in their cars but four of those 96 Winston Cup victories came with Glen at the wheel. The Goody's Body Pain 200 NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour race will be run at 3 p.m. on Saturday with the NAPA AutoCare 500 Winston Cup race on Sunday at 1 p.m. Excellent reserved seats still are available in the for the NAPA AutoCare 500 for $40-$45. They may be ordered by calling toll free at 877-722-3849 or 540-956-2151.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Michael Waltrip , Kyle Petty , Bobby Rahal , Dan Gurney , Ned Jarrett , Parnelli Jones , Richard Petty , Morgan Shepherd , Marvin Panch , Junior Johnson , Donnie Allison , Elliott Sadler , Buddy Baker , A.J. Foyt , Cale Yarborough , David Pearson , Fred Lorenzen , Tiny Lund
Teams Wood Brothers Racing