Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell Statement on the Passing of Glen Wood
Friday January 18, 2019
“With the passing of Glen Wood, we have truly lost one of the most iconic figures in NASCAR. What he and his family have done in this sport, and the impact he personally leaves, is remarkable and cannot be understated. With Mr. Wood living in Stuart, so close to Martinsville Speedway, my memories of him go back to my childhood. Glen would often call up my grandfather H. Clay Earles and ask if they could come down and run a few laps. My grandfather would tell them ‘yeah, just close the gate and lock it up when you’re done.’ Seeing his cars in my youth is the reason that candy apple red became my favorite color and I’ll never forget his number 21 modified. More recently, it was always a pleasure to see and talk with Glen at the track. We spoke often not just at Martinsville, but at other tracks on the circuit, even into his 90’s. Glen was truly a legend and someone the Martinsville Speedway family will never forget. My thoughts are with Leonard, Eddie, Len, Kim and the entire Wood family, particularly Mrs. Wood. Glen will be missed, but his legacy in NASCAR and in our community will live on forever.”
– Clay Campbell, President – Martinsville Speedway.