“With the passing of Glen Wood, we have truly lost one of the most iconic figures in NASCAR. What he and his family have done in this sport, and the impact he personally leaves, is remarkable and cannot be understated. With Mr. Wood living in Stuart, so close to Martinsville Speedway, my memories of him go back to my childhood. Glen would often call up my grandfather H. Clay Earles and ask if they could come down and run a few laps. My grandfather would tell them ‘yeah, just close the gate and lock it up when you’re done.’ Seeing his cars in my youth is the reason that candy apple red became my favorite color and I’ll never forget his number 21 modified. More recently, it was always a pleasure to see and talk with Glen at the track. We spoke often not just at Martinsville, but at other tracks on the circuit, even into his 90’s. Glen was truly a legend and someone the Martinsville Speedway family will never forget. My thoughts are with Leonard, Eddie, Len, Kim and the entire Wood family, particularly Mrs. Wood. Glen will be missed, but his legacy in NASCAR and in our community will live on forever.”

– Clay Campbell, President – Martinsville Speedway

The following is a statement from NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley on the passing of Glen Wood:

"First and foremost, on behalf of everyone at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, we offer our most sincere condolences to Ms. Bernece, Eddie and Carol, Len and Nancy, Kim and Terry, and the entire Wood family.  

There are so many words that describe Glen Wood – pioneer, legend, competitor, dedicated, committed, resilient, humble, authentic and many more. On the track, the team Glen Wood founded in 1950 has amassed 99 premier series victories including exceptional success at some of NASCAR’s marquee races such as five Daytona 500s, four Coca-Cola 600s and four Southern 500s. Glen was an accomplished driver in his own right winning four times in NASCAR’s premier series, five in NASCAR’s convertible division and numerous other Sportsman and Modified division races before hanging up his helmet to focus his considerable talents on the ownership and innovation side of Wood Brothers Racing. Glen reached the ultimate pinnacle of his NASCAR career by being recognized for his incredible accomplishments and contributions to NASCAR by being inducted into the third class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012. The legendary drivers who have driven for Wood Brothers Racing literally reads as a ‘who’s who’ of NASCAR including fellow NASCAR Hall of Famers David Pearson (2011), Junior Johnson (2010), Cale Yarborough (2012), Dale Jarrett (2014), Bill Elliott (2015), Curtis Turner (2017), Joe Weatherly (2015), Fred Lorenzen (2015), Hall of Fame nominees Ricky Rudd and Buddy Baker along with legendary drivers A. J. Foyt and Dan Gurney, to name a few.  

In addition to their on-track success, Wood Brothers Racing is recognized for revolutionizing the pit stops and dropping the time teams spent on pit road by as much as 50 percent. Wood Brothers Racing was recently recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest active NASCAR team, now at 69 years and counting.  

With all that success, perhaps what Glen will most be remembered for is his grace, humility and character. The word that best describes Glen to me is gentleman. I’ve often said if you looked up the term “Southern Gentleman” in the dictionary, you would see a picture of Glen Wood and likely all of the Wood Brothers. While we have lost one of NASCAR’s true pioneers, icons and legends, Glen’s legacy and memory will continue through Wood Brothers Racing and will be forever remembered, preserved, celebrated and cherished here at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, at the Wood Brothers Museum in Stuart, Virginia, and in our hearts and minds."

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Toyota driver Christopher Bell led the first 22 laps, then gave up the lead on lap 23 of 25, only to retake the lead on lap 24 on the way to winning Thursday night’s John Christner Trucking Qualifying Night feature at the 33rd annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals at the Tulsa Expo Raceway. With the win, Bell advances directly to Saturday night’s A Main feature event.

The triumph is the fourth consecutive preliminary night feature victory for Bell and is his 52nd national midget car victory – all coming with Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM) and Toyota. He is one of just four drivers ever to win five preliminary night features.

In a race marred by caution flags, Bell took the lead from the inside on the green flag and would consistently pull away from the field, only to see a yellow flag fly. Following a re-start, Shane Golobic was able to use a slider to get past the two-time defending champ into turn three on lap 23, with Bell countering a lap later when he was able to go back under and win a drag race going into turn one and go on to the victory.

“Shane definitely made a race out of it and I hope the last four laps was a good show,” said Bell, a Norman, Oklahoma native. “It was a lot of fun because I won, but it wouldn’t have been much fun if I had lost. I think running later in the week was a benefit with what we were able to learn from my teammates, but it seemed like I had the hardest time winning among my teammates – Kyle (Larson), Rico (Abreu) and Logan (Seavey). They all seemed to make it look easy, but that definitely wasn’t the case tonight. I had a lot of competition all night. I’m going to do my best to try to figure out why I didn’t feel as good as I normally do and why I didn’t run as good a race as I normally do. Going into Saturday, I’m in a really good spot, but these guys are all hungry for a Driller.”

Jerry Coons Jr. also advanced to Thursday’s A Main where he ran in the top two early with Bell before slipping back and was eventually caught up in a mid-race incident that ended his night early with a 17th-place finish.

This year’s Chili Bowl features more than 360 entries - each fighting for one of the 24 openings in Saturday night’s A Main feature event. Qualifying concludes on Friday night with seven Toyota-powered drivers expected to attempt to qualify including 2018 POWRi champion Tucker Klaasmeyer and 2017 USAC champ Spencer Bayston. Through the first four nights of qualifying, seven Toyota-powered have clinched a berth in Saturday’s A Main.

Toyota Thursday Results

Finished

 

Remaining Qualifiers

71W Christopher Bell

A Main – 1st

 

Friday 

25 Jerry Coons

A Main – 17th

 

1S Flick

72K Sam Johnson

B Main – 6th

 

2G Buckwalter 

5R Ryan Foster

B Main – 8th

 

5S J. Elledge

56X Mark Chisholm

B Main – 10th

 

27 Klaasmeyer

83 Karsyn Elledge

B Main – 11th

 

94X Boat

71x McKenzie Haase

B Main – 12th

 

97K Bayston

 

 

Toyota Powered Drivers Saturday Qualifying Positions  

Car #

Driver

Hometown

 

01

Kyle Larson

Elk Grove, CA

A Main

1L

Landon Simon

Brownsburg, IN

F Main

2J

J.J. Yeley

Charlotte, NC

O Main

5D

Zach Daum

Pocahontas, IL

A Main

5P

Kyle Craker

Lewisberry, PA

E Main

5R

Ryan Foster

Anderson, CA

F Main

5T

Presley Truedson

Kennedy, MN

M Main

08

Cannon McIntosh

Broken Arrow, OK

B Main

9X

Paul Nienhiser

Chapin, IL

C Main

13M

Dennis Gile

Glendale, AZ

I Main

15M

Jason McDougal

Broken Arrow, OK

E Main

25

Jerry Coons Jr. 

Tucson, AZ

D Main

27Z

Zane Hendricks

Stillwater, OK

O Main

35

Sterling Cling

Tempe, AZ

H Main

52

Blake Hahn

Sapulpa, OK

C Main

56X

Mark Chisholm

Cheyenne, WY

G Main

67

Logan Seavey

Sutter, CA

A Main

67K

Holley Hollan

Tulsa, OK

D Main

71

Jesse Colwell

Cottonwood, CA

B Main

71K

Tanner Carrick

Lincoln, CA

D Main

71W

Christopher Bell

Norman, OK

A Main

71X

McKenna Haase

Des Moines, IA

H Main

72K

Sam Johnson

St. Peters, MO

F Main

76G

David Gravel

Watertown, CT

A Main

76M

Brady Bacon

Broken Arrow, OK

A Main

83

Karsyn Elledge

Mooresville, NC

H Main

87

Colby Copeland

Roseville, CA

B Main

89

Tanner Berryhill

Bixby, OK

C Main

91A

Chris Andrews

Sandusky, OH

I Main

91T

Tyler Thomas

Collinsville, OK

E Main

91W

Hayden Williams

Auckland, NZ

E Main

97

Rico Abreu

Rutherford, CA

A Main

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David Ragan was all smiles Thursday night at the world renowned car auction house, Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Ariz.  Ragan joined patients from the Shiners Hospitals for Children on stage to watch the hammer drop after a final bid of $300,000 to purchase a 2018 No. 38 Shriners Hospitals for Children Ford Fusion Cup car.  All of the proceeds of the bid will benefit the Shriners Hospitals. 
 
The Ford Fusion from Front Row Motorsports was raced at Dover in 2018, with a livery to promote the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children located in the United States, Canada and Mexico.The NASCAR-sanctioned car was complete with a Ford Performance Roush Yates Racing engine that produces 750 horsepower. It was also equipped with the original four-speed G-Force transmission, a 4.63 rear gear and Goodyear racing tires.
 
The winning bid came from entrepreneur Rick Steele.  Steele came to Barrett-Jackson on Thursday night determined to buy a race car and to help Shriners Hospitals- the healthcare system that treated his mother.  Steele was happy when he made the final bid that drew the largest charity donation of the evening.  Ragan was thrilled for Steele and for the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
 
"I really can't thank Rick enough for his generous bid and donation to Shriners Hospitals for Children," said Ragan.  "He really made tonight memorable for me, but also made a huge impact and benefit to the Shriners Hospitals and their patients and families.  It was a wonderful night and $300,000 raised is amazing.  I have to thank Bob Jenkins of Front Row Motorsports for donating the car and Doug Yates for donating the engine. There are so many other people who made this possible, too.  I hope they all feel great for making such a big impact."
 
Ragan has been a champion off the track for the patients of Shriners Hospitals for Children, a charity that he has supported since becoming a member of Shriners International in 2012 and serving as its NASCAR ambassador. Ragan visits Shriners Hospitals during the race season and invites patients to the track for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. He also raises awareness and funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children through various campaigns, public service announcements, donations and activities.
 
David Ragan PR

 

Edsel B. Ford II

Member of the Board of Directors

Ford Motor Company

"This is a difficult day for all of us at Ford Motor Company. Glen Wood was the founding patriarch of the oldest continuously operating NASCAR Cup Series team and we consider Wood Brothers Racing a part of our family, the Ford Family. The Wood Brothers race team, by any measure, has been one of the most successful racing operations in the history of NASCAR. Most importantly for our company, Glen and his family have remained loyal to Ford throughout their 69-year history.

"Glen was an innovator who, along with his family, changed the sport itself.  But, more importantly, he was a true Southern gentleman who was quick with a smile and a handshake and he was a man of his word.   I will cherish the memories of our chats in the NASCAR garage, at their race shop in Mooresville or the racing museum in Stuart.  My most memorable moment with Glen was with he and his family in the #21 pit box watching Trevor Bayne win the 2011 Daytona 500 and the celebration that followed in victory lane."

Mark Rushbrook

Global Director

Ford Performance Motorsports

"It's a sad day for all of us involved in the Ford racing program.  Glen Wood isn't just a pioneer in the sport of NASCAR because of his team's winning legacy.  His vision and determination to help take Wood Brothers Racing from a small, family effort out of Virginia to one of the most storied teams in the sport's history is an American success story.   They did it with grit and innovation and hard work, and they changed the sport for the better along the way.   And the fact they have never wavered from their loyalty to Ford Motor Company throughout their 69-year history means the world to all of us at Ford." 

 

GLEN WOOD

As a driver….

Formed Wood Brothers Racing in 1950, serving as the team’s first driver and competing in nothing but Ford products.

Made 62 career starts and won four times in NASCAR’s top series with all of those coming at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC.  He won there three times in 1960 and once in 1963.

Attended every Daytona Speedweeks from 1947-2017 before ending that streak in 2018.

Presented with the Spirit of Ford Award in 1999, which recognizes significant contributions to racing and is the highest recognition in Ford Motorsports.

Named one of NASCAR’s all-time Greatest 50 Drivers in 1998 during NASCAR’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

Inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2002.

Inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012.

 

As an owner…

Won the Daytona 500 five times:  Tiny Lund (1963), Cale Yarborough (1968), A.J. Foyt (1972), David Pearson (1976), Trevor Bayne (2011).

Won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series owners’ championship in 1963.

Won 99 all-time points races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

The Wood Brothers have won at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in each of the last six decades, and that grows to seven decades when NASCAR-sanctioned modified, sportsmen and convertible competition is included.

Credited with revolutionizing the modern-day pit stop and used that innovation to help Jim Clark win the 1965 Indianapolis 500.

10 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees have driven at least one race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup or Gander Outdoors Truck Series with the Wood Brothers:  Junior Johnson (MENCS), David Pearson (MENCS), Cale Yarborough (MENCS), Glen Wood (MENCS), Dale Jarrett (MENCS), Joe Weatherly (MENCS), Fred Lorenzen (MENCS), Bill Elliott (MENCS), Curtis Turner (MENCS), Mark Martin (GOTS).

18 different drivers have won a Cup points race with the Wood Brothers:  David Pearson (43); Cale Yarborough (13); Neil Bonnett (9); Marvin Panch (8); A.J. Foyt (5); Glen Wood (4); Dan Gurney (4); Speedy Thompson (2); Kyle Petty (2); Tiny Lund (1); Curtis Turner (1); Donnie Allison (1); Buddy Baker (1); Dale Jarrett (1); Morgan Shepherd (1); Elliott Sadler (1); Trevor Bayne (1); Ryan Blaney (1).

NASCAR Reinstatement
Date Track Team/Member Level Infraction Remarks
1/16/2019 N/A James J. Bender N/A N/A James J. Bender has successfully completed the NASCAR Road to Recovery Program.  The Indefinite Suspension from NASCAR has been lifted.

The return of the Super Cup Stock Car Series to Shenandoah Speedway will highlight the new “Veterans Classic” on Saturday, June 1st.  The 3,300 pound, 600 horsepower stock cars with roots dating back to Pro Cup, ARCA, and even NASCAR’s past will be joined by a $1000 to win INEX Legends race that will support local veterans charities.  A busy program will also include local divisions competing and a fireworks show to conclude the night.

Veterans will be admitted for half-price while active duty and first responders will receive free admission.

 

The twin 50s for the Super Cup Stock Car Series will be the fifth and sixth green flags in its 11-year history at the scenic 3/8ths mile speedway.  The most recent visit in 2013 saw Jim Crabtree, Jr. top a 20 car field for a hard-earned victory.  Some of the same cars and largest crowds in track history were on hand when the Pro Cup predecessors hit the track in popular events in 2006 and 2007.  Bob Schacht won the 2018 series championship that saw 37 different drivers compete. At least four different states will host Super Cup races in 2019.

A large turnout of Legends cars is expected with the Veterans Classic complimenting most other regional track’s schedules.

 

Ticket information will be coming soon. Action will get underway on Friday night with an open practice session with pit passes available for $30. 

Shenandoah Speedway is located at 301 Precision Rd. Shenandoah, Virginia. 22849

Follow the speedway on Facebook for more information at: https://www.facebook.com/shenandoahspeedway/

 

Additional information regarding the Super Cup Stock Car Series can be found at www.supercupstockcarseries.com, on Facebook by searching Super Cup Stock Car Series, Twitter (@SCSCSRacing), and Instagram (SCSCS_Racing).

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Spencer Boyd Racing and 1A Auto Inc. are proud to announce 1A Auto’s sponsorship of NASCAR driver, Spencer Boyd, for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series.  1A Auto will make its debut on the Young’s Motorsports’ No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado at the NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona on February 15, 2019.

“This is an exciting partnership that started with me researching how to change a sensor on my personal car,” states Boyd. “I found 1A Auto’s videos to be super helpful so I figured I’d start a conversation with their team and here we are.  With the fleet of Silverados that Young’s Motorsports is preparing this season, I know we’ll represent the quality 1A Auto expects by running well this year.”

President of 1A Auto, Michael Green, commented on the partnership, “We know the connection between NASCAR fans and sponsors of the sport is very strong.  When we got to know Spencer a little better, saw the work he has put in to get where he is today and how well aligned our values are, we knew he was a great fit.  Our goal since my brother and I started this company has been to empower people to perform their own auto repairs with quality parts.  We could think of no better platform than the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series to continue to spread that message.”

The partnership will include Spencer in multiple how-to videos at 1A Auto’s research and development center, where parts are tested for quality with the company’s fleet of test vehicles.  In addition to the videos and superior quality of parts, 1A Auto offers free same-day shipping and expert customer support right here in the USA.

On the heels of his first full-time season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the 23 year old driver announced earlier this month that he will pilot the No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado for Young’s Motorsports.  Having run limited schedules in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series in the past, Boyd is eligible and will compete for Sunoco Rookie of the Year in 2019. 

Spencer Boyd PR

In its 10th season, the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series will see several exciting changes to the only officially sanctioned NASCAR eSports series. For the first time, official teams – both motorsport organizations and professional eSports teams – will join the series in its upcoming season.

Several high-profile teams have already committed to the series including JR Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, Clint Bowyer Racing, Williams Esports, Richmond Raceway Esports, G2 Esports, FlipSid3 Tactics, and Team Renegades, with more expected to join in the coming days.

The teams will participate in a driver’s draft on January 30th, where they select drivers to represent them in the 2019 season. All of these organizations have shown a genuine interest and commitment to eSports and are excited about the upcoming season.

“The 2019 season is a watershed moment for the series with the addition of these new teams as well as the significant increase in the prize pool to $100,000, said Tony Gardner, president, iRacing.com. “To have teams made up of both motorsport and eSports team competing in the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series has been a longtime goal of ours. Simracing has a unique place in the eSports world.  It is the only eSport that has a direct correlation to the skills needed in the motor racing world, but without the traditional barriers, so it only makes sense to have teams involved.”

From a modest initial broadcast of the first race in 2009, which Dale Earnhardt Jr. won, to well over 12 million impressions in 2018, the series has come a long way since it’s inception. The addition of PEAK Antifreeze as the title sponsor in 2013 helped position the series as the premier NASCAR eSports series and the addition of the official teams can only help elevate the series. This upcoming season will also include multi-channel broadcasting on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and NASCAR.com, as well as cash prizes for each race along with the championship and the appointment of a NASCAR race director.

“I have been simracing for more than 20 years now, so it goes without saying that I am excited to see NASCAR and iRacing working to further legitimize simracing as a true eSport. Expanding the eNASCAR Peak Antifreeze iRacing Series to include teams like ours is a huge step forward,” said Dale Earnhardt Jr, co-owner JR Motorsports. “JRM has worked behind the scenes with iRacing for years on the technical side of the product as well as having an unofficial entry in the series going back to its inception in 2009. We are looking forward to JR Motorsports continued collaboration with iRacing to help promote the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series in 2019 and beyond.”

“To be invited to join eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series shows the progress we have made since launching our eSports program last season,” said Claire Williams, Williams Racing deputy team principal. “Our Formula One team has enjoyed great success in North America and we’re eager to replicate that success by now expanding our sim racing team to the United States. Williams, working together with NASCAR and iRacing, has huge potential in content and audience engagement for sim racers and motorsport fans alike, so we can’t wait to get started.”

Teams that join the series after the pre-season draft will be allowed to select previously undrafted drivers. Interested teams should contact Steve Myers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“Renegades are excited to be participating with NASCAR in the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series”, said Jonas Jerebko, NBA player for Golden State Warriors and owner of Team Renegades. “The top racing teams in the world use iRacing as a training tool, and it is the most competitive eSports title in motorsports. NASCAR’s involvement in the PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series continues to professionalize eSports and is just the beginning of what can happen in the future.”

The series kicks off on February 12 at Daytona International Speedway. Drivers will race on virtual replicas of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series cars and precise digital facsimiles of the most iconic NASCAR tracks raced in the real-world series. Races are Tuesday nights at 9 pm eastern. All 18 rounds of the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series will be broadcast live on the iRacing eSports Network (www.youtube.com/iracing-esports-network) as well as on www.iRacing.com and www.nascar.com.

iRacing PR