Wood Brothers/JTG Racing

by Jeffrey Price on January 31, 2008 @ 15:24:58 PDT

 


Owners - Ted Wood and Tad Geschickter

Manufacturer - Ford

Cars and Drivers

No. 21 Little Debbie's/U.S. Air Force/Motorcraft

It was a disappointing 2007 season for Wood Brothers/JTG Racing. Although this is not a team that expects to make the Chase for the Cup, it is a team that expects to be competitive, and it often wasn't, with zero top 10s in 2007 after posting two top 10s in 2006. The result was a 36th-place finish in points, and the car missed the magical top 35 that automatically qualifies a car for the first five races of the following season.

The Wood Brothers and JTG have split operations for 2008 with the Wood Brothers running the No. 21 car fulltime and JTG moving to run the No. 47 car on a part-time basis. The No. 21 car will be run by a revolving door of drivers with former Cup champion Bill Elliott taking first duties during Speedweeks and at the Daytona 500. Marcos Ambrose is expected to run 12 races starting in June. Jon Wood is slated for nine others. The remaining 14 races will likely be divided in some capacity between Elliott and Ken Schrader.

Gene Nead takes over as crew chief for Michael "Fatback" McSwain as the crew chief expected to communicate with the driver stable. Nead comes over from Robby Gordon Motorsports.

No. 47 Little Debbie's

The No. 47 car did not run in 2007, but it is expected to be run in a few races by JTG in 2008. It is scheduled to run in four races - at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead Miami Speedway - with Marcos Ambrose as the driver. Presumably, these races were chosen to further Ambrose as the racing face of Little Debbie's, which will sponsor the No. 47 car. Little Debbie's will also sponsor all 12 of Ambrose's races in the No. 21 car.

Walter Giles will be the crew chief of the No. 47 car. Giles had been serving as the race engineer for Martin Truex Jr. at Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Equipment and Resources

Both teams will run with Yates-Roush engines in 2008. Little Debbie's returns as the primary sponsor as part of a new two-year deal. The McKee Foods' brand will be the primary sponsor on 22 of the 40 races to run between the two teams. As mentioned, Little Debbie's is sponsoring all of Ambrose's races in an attempt to make him the face of the company's racing program. The U.S. Air Force and Motorcraft also return as major sponsors.

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