March 29, 2001 |
Glen and Leonard Wood are among the many good people in NASCAR. They are NASCAR pioneers. Their Hall of Fame roster of drivers includes David Pearson, Buddy Baker, Cale Yarborough, Neil Bonnett, Curtis Turner and Tiny Lund. Dale Jarrett won his first Winston Cup race driving for the Woods. People's affection for the Woods was evident in victory lane Sunday at Bristol. Elliott Sadler, earning his first Winston Cup victory in 75 starts, had just given the Woods their 97th career win, but their first since Morgan Shepherd in 1993 at Atlanta.
April 24, 2004 |
Ricky Rudd gave the Wood Brothers team its first pole in 20 years, taking the top spot yesterday in qualifying for the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Rudd, in his second season driving for one of NASCAR's oldest teams, turned a fast lap of 191.180 m.p.h. in his Ford. Darrell Waltrip, who won here last fall, starts second today in the Aaron's 499. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. qualified third. Waltrip had a lap of 190.974. Earnhardt hit 190.336. The last pole for the Wood Brothers was by Buddy Baker, 630 races ago, on March 18, 1984, in Atlanta.
August 31, 2000 |
Young racers never know when their breakthrough will occur. For some promising drivers, the big break never happens. For others, like Steve Park, it happens suddenly. Park, 13th in the Winston Cup points standings, won his first Cup race earlier this month at Watkins Glen. Elliott Sadler, in his second season driving for the fabled Wood Brothers, still hasn't won a race. But last Saturday night, Sadler, 25, recorded his best career finish when he maneuvered around the .533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway and placed seventh in the goracing.
November 19, 2008 |
Texas football coach Mack Brown and athletic director DeLoss Dodds announced that first-year defensive coordinator Will Muschamp will be signed to a new long-term deal that not only keeps him in his current role, but also designates him as Brown's successor. Muschamp, 37, had been linked to openings at Clemson, Tennessee and Washington among others. He held jobs at Louisiana State and with the Miami Dolphins under Nick Saban (now at No. 1 Alabama), and spent a season as Auburn's defensive coordinator before Brown hired him at Texas.
April 8, 1999 |
Ordinarily, a 10th-place finish isn't a reason for rejoicing. However, when you had the start to your rookie Winston Cup season that Elliott Sadler had, a 10th is party time. "It feels like a win for us," Sadler said. "The smiles on these guys faces [in the Wood Brothers shop] show it's a load off of everybody. " Before his 10th place at Texas on March 28, Sadler's best finish was 31st. Though the Wood Brothers never indicated they were restless, Sadler was concerned. "I was worried that my job was in jeopardy," Sadler said.
October 15, 2009 |
A decade ago they sat in a sea of empty 700-level seats at Veterans Stadium, wearing wolf masks, dancing and howling whenever Randy Wolf was on the mound. When Wolf pitched the first game at Citizens Bank Park in 2004, there was the Wolf Pack - eight Wood brothers: Kevin, Joe, John, Al, Jimmy, Charles, Tom and Patrick, along with first cousins Tommy, John, Mark and Jimmy Thompson. But after the 2006 season, Wolf became a Dodger, and he returned to LA this season after stints with the Padres and Astros last year.
November 14, 2013 |
You're 22, a rising NASCAR star, a Daytona 500 winner, recently married . . . the last news you expect to receive is that you have multiple sclerosis. Trevor Bayne revealed yesterday he has been diagnosed with MS, which attacks the central nervous system. Bayne said he has no symptoms now and is not taking medication. The Knoxville, Tenn., native does not expect the diagnosis to interfere with his driving the No. 6 Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing in the Nationwide Series.
April 13, 2002 |
The Wolf Pack wore their masks and howled at the mound last night, just as they had for every other start by Phillies pitcher Randy Wolf at Veterans Stadium since 1999. They could have stayed home. Nobody would have blamed them if they had. One of the pack's key members, Thomas Wood, the youngest son of Broomall's James and Sally Wood, died Wednesday from injuries suffered in an auto accident April 5 in Roxborough. Wood had attended the Phillies' home opener earlier that day. He was 21. Last night, the Wolf Pack cheered, howled and danced the best they could.
May 30, 2014 |
WHEN A YOUNG racer pops out of nowhere to win the Daytona 500, his or her career should soar. In Trevor Bayne's case, however, his Sprint Cup racing career stalled after he became, at age 20, the youngest driver 3 years ago to win the Daytona 500. The fault wasn't Bayne's: Blame it on the economy. The Wood Brothers only could afford to field a Cup team for a partial schedule. Bayne, now 23, had to display remarkable patience for someone his age. Young racers are usually in a hurry, on the racetrack, at the fitness center or shopping at the mall.
January 27, 2012 |
WHEN IT COMES to fun 'n' flirty, fast-connecting female singer-songwriters, it's hard to top the charms of Carsie Blanton. Most rewardingly on her new "Idiot Heart" long player, tastefully underproduced by Oliver Wood (of Wood Brothers fame), Blanton delivers her lilting yet lustfully romantic originals with a featherlight vocal touch and a recklessly blunt lyric abandon. That makes for a combination punch at once sexy and ominous, especially on the shivery good track "A Little Death," or down-home giddy on the organ-rocking (by Rob Hyman)