Glen Wood’s Daytona 500 streak stays alive
The patriarch of the famous Wood Brothers team, Glen Wood, thought this might be the year he would end his 67-year streak of attending NASCAR’s biggest race, the Daytona 500.
His sons, Eddie and Len, had other plans.
“I think it means more to my family or at least Len and Eddie because I’ve been here so many times,” said Glen, 88. “I’ve been to every one since 1947, so this makes 68.
“They didn’t want me to stop that, but I told them I’m getting old and it has to stop before long, but they told me it wasn’t going to be this time.”
Eddie had Glen meet him at 9 a.m. Friday morning in Concord and Eddie began driving his dad’s car. The two stopped for lunch in St. George, S.C. Glen took over the driving and finished the trip to Daytona.
“We went to dinner (Friday night) with Edsel Ford and it was just like everything was like it was supposed to be,” Eddie said. “It was like a piece was missing and things weren’t going right.
“Then Trevor (Bayne) runs a great race, Dad is here and everything is complete.”
“I was definitely relieved to get some time in the car,” said Truex. “Honestly, I am really excited about this race car. Without a shadow of a doubt this car is better than the one we ran the other night in the qualifying race.”
1. So far, Speedweeks has been pretty much an exhibition show for Joe Gibbs Racing drivers. Denny Hamlin won the Sprint Unlimited, Hamlin and Matt Kenseth won the Budweiser Duel qualifying races and Kyle Busch won the Truck race.
2. Marcos Ambrose has flown under the radar but has been fast all week, finishing seventh in the Unlimited and third in Thursday’s first qualifying race. He also posted the 11th fastest speed in qualifying.
3. The Front Row Motorsports duo of David Ragan and David Gilliland were very successful on restrictor-plate races last season, with Ragan earning a victory at Talladega, Ala., and Gilliland finishing 15th or better in three of the four events.
• Could Austin Dillon not only win the pole for the season’s biggest race, but also win it? No reason why not. The eventual 500 winner has started from the pole nine times, most recently in 2000 when Dale Jarrett did it. Others to accomplish the feat: Fireball Roberts (1962), Richard Petty (1966), Cale Yarborough (1968, ’84), Buddy Baker (1980), Bill Elliott (1985, ’87) and Jeff Gordon (1999). More drivers have won the race from the pole than any other position.
• Tony Stewart has worked hard to get back into the car after a violent wreck last summer in a dirt car race left him with two broken bones in his right leg. His first points race back comes in NASCAR’s biggest race – and one of the few milestones Stewart has not reached in his career. He’s gone 0-for-15 in the 500, with a best finish of second in 2004, and he’s finished outside the top 10 in each of the last four 500s.
Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon, Matt Kenseth