Charlotte, NC – The Wood Brothers race team is the oldest race team in the history of NASCAR. Since 1950, the Wood Brothers have been a staple in the NASCAR garage. Respected by all, Leonard and his late brother Glen Wood have had to evolve with the ever changing climate of NASCAR.
Despite the constant change in NASCAR, the Wood Brothers continue to find success. Winning the 2011 Daytona 500 with Trevor Bayne and most recently winning at Pocono with Ryan Blaney in 2017.
Leonard Wood spoke to The Racing Experts on what defines the Wood Brothers race team.
“You always look at your weak spots, what’s slowing me down.” Wood said. “You look for the weak point and fix the weak point. You’re only as strong as your weakest link. We work very hard at it, took it very serious. Glen and I worked together all the time, whether it was in the shops, in the pits, we called the shots together. This will be our 70th year of racing, even if we don’t know what we’re doing, we should.”
Leonard reflected on a story of his late brother Glen and how they used to make setups during the war.
“We used to write letters and kind of suggest setups. I remember he called me one time when I was in Germany and I think it cost him $65, which was a lot of money back in those days, 1958. Then when I hung up, I felt very sad because I was in Germany and he was at home. Of course so much we did together as a team.”
Currently, the infamous red, white and gold No. 21 has visited victory lane a total of 99 times in NASCAR’s premier series. Being one win away from 100 victories in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the Wood Brothers look to continue their winning ways in this years Daytona 500 with driver Paul Menard.