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.
Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon, Matt Kenseth