The Wood Brothers honor Nancy Wood in Texas

Bristol, TN – SEPTEMBER 16: Harrison Burton, driver #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford, drives during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops night race at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 16, 2022 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Harrison Burton and the #21 camera crew of DEX will be going to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend to honor one of the champions. Cancer heroine – the late Nancy Wood.

Ms Wood, wife of team co-owner Lynn Wood, will be honored as part of an initiative by the Martin Truex Jr Foundation and the NASCAR Foundation and AdventHealth. Over the past three years, the program has worked to raise awareness and money to use to research, support new treatments, and improve the lives of people with ovarian cancer and children. Its name will appear above the driver’s door of the #21 Mustang.

The Cancer Hero Program takes place in September, which is ovarian and childhood cancer awareness month.

Ms. Wood was a popular member of the racing community and a familiar face at the NASCAR garages where she represented the Wood Brothers racing team. On race days, she can be found in the team transport truck in the garage area, welcoming friends and fans with her friendly smile and outgoing personality.

Even as she was battling cancer, Ms. Wood continued her role as the “welcome coach” to the family team.

“She never complained,” the team wrote in her Cancer Hero nomination. “She continued to shine. Even on her toughest days, Nancy lit up any room, any path she walked in.

“She fought valiantly. She was so grateful for the love and dedication that her husband and son gave her after her diagnosis.”

Nancy Wilds Wood passed away in December 2021, after a brave battle with a rare form of colon cancer.

The debut of the DEX Imaging team’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway comes on a very busy weekend.

Since racing Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, where they finished 16th despite some early tire and spin problems, Burton and team number 21 have taken part in a two-day test at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Crew chief Brian Wilson said he is looking forward to the 500-mile race on Sunday.

“Texas have given Team #21 Ford another trip to the track this season,” Wilson said, adding that the Homestead test went well for Burton and crew. “In this test and in the Martinsville test we had competitive speed. What this tells me is that the most important component of our continued progress is laps and a laptop.

“We’ll have this heading into this weekend.”

He said he was proud of the team’s performance in Bristol under difficult conditions and said he believed the team would work just as hard in the remaining races this year.

“Bristol was a solid result after a difficult start to the race,” he said. “I am proud of the fight that every member of the team has shown.

“Everyone remained focused on the task at hand. We made our way back to a very respectable finish. Our group will take the same fighting stance for the rest of the season.”

Practice on the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 is set for Saturday at 11:35 AM (12:35 PM ET) followed by qualifying at 12:20 PM (1:20 PM ET).

Sunday’s 334-lap, 500-mile race is scheduled to begin after 2:30 p.m. (3:30 ET) with TV coverage on USA Network. Phase breaks are planned for turns 105 and 201.

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