Wood Brothers named honorary starters for 52nd annual Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Marking the Wood Brothers' 60th year in NASCAR competition, Glen Wood, one of the founders of Wood Brothers Racing, will wave the green flag for the 52nd running of 'The Great American Race" - the Daytona 500.Joining Glen Wood in the flagstand for the start of the Daytona 500 will be his brother Leonard as well as Glen's sons Len and Eddie Wood, who currently lead Wood Brothers Racing efforts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series today.

"The Wood Brothers are legends in NASCAR," Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. "They have an important place in both the history of the Daytona 500 and NASCAR and it's an honor to have Glen Wood wave the green flag for our sport's biggest race of the race of the year."

Under the leadership of Glen and Leonard Wood, Wood Brothers Racing has captured the Daytona 500- NASCAR's most prestigious race -four times and earned a total of 96 wins with legendary drivers such as David Pearson, A.J. Foyt, Tiny Lund, Neil Bonnett, Dale Jarrett, Kyle Petty and Cale Yarborough.

In the 52nd running of the Daytona 500, the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford will be wheeled by two-time Daytona 500 champion Bill Elliott, who will start 40th.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.