Wood Brothers return to Dover for first time since 2008

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The Wood Brothers are back at Dover for the first time since 2008, with driver Ryan Blaney riding a hot streak. The Wood Brothers are back at Dover for the first time since 2008, with driver Ryan Blaney riding a hot streak. Photo courtesy of Wood Brothers Racing.

Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing and Wood Brothers Racing return to the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway for the first time since 2008, riding a bit of a hot streak after a ninth-place effort in Talladega and a fifth-place showing in Kansas.

The back-to-back top-10 finishes put rookie driver Ryan Blaney in 16th place in the points standings and back in the hunt for the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. He also tightened the gap to 22 points between himself and Sunoco NASCAR Rookie of the Year leader Chase Elliott.

Six total starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series; Three top-five finishes and a seventh.

“Dover has been a good track. It's a fun but challenging place to get a hang of. It’s just kind of been a track that suits my driving style. Cup cars are a lot different but there are things we can carry over from the other series.” -- Ryan Blaney

Wood Brothers Racing won the first three NASCAR races run at Dover with David Pearson behind the wheel in 1972 and 1973.

In 73 starts at Dover, the Wood Brothers have seven wins (five with David Pearson and two with Neil Bonnett) and four poles (all with Pearson).

Bill Elliott and Marcos Ambrose were the last two drivers to pilot the iconic No. 21 at Dover International Speedway in 2008.

-- Courtesy of Wood Brothers Racing

Matt M. Myftiu

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