Wood Brothers poised for full time return to NASCAR in 2016

Members of the Wood Brothers Racing team pose beside the famous No. 21 Ford that will race in 2016 Wednesday in Charlotte. (Greg Engle)
Members of the Wood Brothers Racing team pose beside the famous No. 21 Ford that will race in 2016 Wednesday in Charlotte. (Greg Engle)
Members of the Wood Brothers Racing team pose beside the famous No. 21 Ford that will race in 2016 Wednesday in Charlotte. (Greg Engle)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Wood Brothers Racing is ready to return to NASCAR full time in 2016. Wednesday the team met with members of the media to talk about the preparations as the famous team gets ready for its first full season in five years.

The Wood Brothers name is synonymous with the history in NASCAR. Formed in 1950 in Stuart Virginia by Glen and Leonard Wood, the team rose from humble origins to become a powerhouse in NASCAR. Starting with Glen as the first driver and Leonard as the chief mechanic, the team fielded cars for such legendary drivers as Curtis Turner, Junior Johnson, Cale Yarborough, David Pearson, Neil Bonnett and Ricky Rudd.

The organization had its ups and downs during the decades but remained a fulltime team until 2007 when economics forced the team to race a part time schedule. In that part time role the team fielded its famous No. 21 for  several drivers  including young driver Trevor Bayne. Bayne scored a surprising and historic win in the 2011 Daytona 500, the fifth Daytona 500 win in the long and storied history of the team. MORE>>>

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.