In 1950, Glen Wood and his brothers, Leonard, Ray Lee, Clay, and Delano, founded Wood Brothers Racing. Today it is the oldest continuously operating team in NASCAR history. In the 1960s they introduced the fast, intricate, split-second choreography for pit work that is the standard today. That innovation made them famous and created the Wood Brothers legend.
In 2012, Glen was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and last year brother Leonard, the team’s longtime chief mechanic, also was inducted. This honor recognizes their significant contributions to the success of NASCAR racing.
Today’s team is managed by Glen’s children – Eddie Wood, Len Wood, and Kim Wood Hall.
Over the years, their number 21 Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln race cars have run more than 1,300 events in NASCAR’s top series. The team’s 98 victories rank the fifth highest among Sprint Cup car owners, and their drivers include a Who’s Who of NASCAR legends. Twenty of NASCAR’s “50 Greatest Drivers” have piloted Wood Brothers cars.
The 2011 Daytona 500 victory was the team’s fifth in the classic season-opener. Their first was Ford’s first as well, by Tiny Lund in 1963.
With veteran Donnie Wingo returning as crew chief in 2014, the team is running the Daytona 500 plus selected Sprint Cup races during the season.
Dorsch has had the pleasure of keeping the #21 Wood Brothers race car on display at our West showroom. We’re so happy to have been given the opportunity to share with you a piece of racing history! Take a look at some photos of the car on display below.