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Matt Wood Racing – Justin Henderson Subbing in Next Three NSL Races!

5/13/2015Matt Wood Racing

(Bill W) May 13, 2015 – Matt Wood Racing #17w driver Bryan Clauson is competing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway until Memorial Day in the Jonathan Byrd’s Racing #88. In his stead, Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s Justin Henderson will drive for the team in the next three FVP National Sprint League events.

The first will be this Friday night at the “Sprints Gone Wild” event at the Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Illinois. The $5,000 to win show pits the NSL vs. the MOWA series. On Friday, May 22, the team will compete at the $10,000 to win Folkens Bros. Trucking Spring Nationals at the Jackson Speedway in Jackson, Minnesota. On Sunday, May 24, the NSL makes their first visit of the season to the Huset’s Speedway near Brandon, South Dakota where Justin was track champion in 2002.

Henderson has finished in the top five in the Knoxville Nationals the past two seasons in his primary race team, the BDS Motorsports #1. He finished third in points in the highly competitive 410 class in 2014 at Knoxville. He also brought an owner title home for BDS Motorsports in the 360 class at Knoxville.

Justin has spent years on the World of Outlaws circuit and racing in central Pennsylvania. Big race wins include a preliminary feature win at the Knoxville Nationals (2012) and the Jerry Richert Memorial at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin (2005).

“BDS Motorsports is my number one deal for sure,” says Justin. “If there so happens to be a deal where we’re not racing, it’s not bad for me or the team that I get more laps. Matt needed a driver with Bryan at Indy, and there are some races they wanted to run. They gave me a call, and I didn’t mind that. I gave (BDS Motorsports owner) Bryan (Sundby) a call and made sure he was o.k. with it too. Everybody was all good with it, so we’re looking to have some fun.”

The three tracks couldn’t be more different. Jacksonville is a tight banked ¼-mile bullring. Jackson Speedway is a ½-mile with a new wider configuration, and Huset’s is a 3/8-mile semi-banked oval. “I’ve seen races at Jacksonville, but I’ve never raced there,” says Justin. “I’m looking forward to it. I’m definitely excited to get to Jackson and Huset’s for the first time this year too. I’m wondering what the changes will be like at Jackson Speedway. I’m looking forward to testing them out.”

Clauson plans on being back behind the wheel of the #17w when the FVP National Sprint League makes its “March Through Missouri” Thursday, May 28 at the St. Francois County Raceway in Farmington and Friday, May 29 at the Randolph County Raceway near Moberly.

Matt Wood Racing would like to thank: Elk Grove Ford, Quick Lane, Fuel Safe, Schoenfeld, Curb Records and Vortex Wings!

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Photo: (Steve Lafond – Tear-Off Heaven Fotos)

Article Credit:

Bill W Media

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Matt Wood Racing - Shane Bowers Hired as Crew Chief!

3/30/2015 - Matt Wood Racing - Shane Bowers Hired as Crew Chief!Shane Bowers

The Matt Wood Racing #17w team is proud to welcome Shane Bowers on board as crew chief for 2015! Bowers will team with driver Bryan Clauson, and the pair should be a formidable combination. The team plans on running the National Sprint League and Knoxville Raceway schedules as well as other Midwestern events.

Bowers is a native of New Oxford, Pennsylvania, where his love of sprint cars began. His career began with PJ Chesson, and he has also worked with Brian Paulus, Tim Shaffer, Donny Schatz, Jason Meyers, Stevie Smith, Kerry Madsen and Paul McMahan.

We are very excited to have Shane joining our 2015 efforts,” says car owner Matt Wood. “We think Shane will be a perfect fit to our team. Shane will bring the stability and leadership our team needs to win races this season!”

The team is gearing up for the National Sprint League’s inaugural race at the 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa on Saturday, April 11.

Matt Wood Racing would like to thank: Elk Grove Ford, Quick Lane, Fuel Safe, Schoenfeld, Curb Records and Vortex Wings!

To follow the team’s progress online, visit!

Article Credit: Bill W

Elk Grove Ford Donates Basketballs, Footballs, and Soccer Balls to Sacramento Area Schools

Holy Family Catholic SchoolOctober 1, 2014 – Elk Grove, Ca – Elk Grove Ford brightened the day of Lake Forest Elementary and Holy Family Catholic School students by donating a combination of 16 basketballs, soccer balls, and footballs to each school.

The idea came to Elk Grove Ford owner, Matt Wood, when the dealership recently sponsored “Let’s Rock – Run for Ovarian Cancer” in Downtown Sacramento. Mr. Wood thought to stuff the back seat of the green Ford Fiesta the dealership had on display with as many balls as the back seat could hold; thus encouraging people stopping by the Elk Grove Ford booth to guess how many balls were in the back seat.

The two people whom guessed the correct number of balls were each awarded four tickets to Disney on Ice, a $75 gift card for BJ’s Brewhouse, and a free oil change at Elk Grove Ford’s Quick Lane.

The real prize however, was the opportunity for the winners to donate half of the balls to any youth organization, school, or program of their choice. Carla Turner of Rocklin, CA chose to donate her half of the balls to Holy Family Catholic School in Citrus Heights, CA. Sherry Kholes of El Dorado Hills, CA chose to donate her half of the balls to Lake Forrest Elementary in El Dorado Hills, CA.

Both Barbara Marsolais, Athletic Director of Holy Family Catholic School and Bruce Peters, Principal of Lake Forrest Elementary School, were thrilled to receive the donation.

For more information regarding Elk Grove Ford’s Community and Donation Programs, please contact Hollie Lucchesi, Events and Marketing Coordinator, at (916) 478-7000.

Lake Forest Elementary

Elk Grove Ford Automotive Intern is awarded prestigious scholarship by the California New Car Dealership Association

Scholarship Presentation

September 9, 2014 - Elk Grove, CA - Hunter Gustin, an Automotive Technician Intern at Elk Grove Ford, was presented with an Automotive Technician Scholarship in the amount of $750 from the California New Car Dealers Association Scholarship Foundation today at Elk Grove Ford.

Since 2007, the California New Car Dealers Association Scholarship Foundation has awarded 600 scholarships to auto technicians totaling $340,191. For the 2014 – 2015 school year, there were 106 scholarships awarded totaling $73,641. To qualify for the scholarship, the applicants must be currently enrolled in at least six units, maintain a 2.5 grade point average, and the student must intend to pursue a career as an automotive technician at a California franchised new car dealership.

When asked about receiving the scholarship, Mr. Gustin replied, “I’m really happy to receive the scholarship and I will use the money to pay for books, tools and tuition.”

Mr. Gustin participates in the Ford ASSET (Automotive Student Service Education Training) program through Consumnes River College in South Sacramento, CA. The Ford ASSET program is a challenging two-year program that trains students to become Ford certified technicians while concurrently earning their Associate’s degree in Automotive Technology.

The students attend class for the first eight weeks of the semester and then intern the second eight weeks. This cycle repeats for the entire two years of the Ford ASSET program. The students of the program are required to find their own internship and they have to interview with a Ford dealership. At Elk Grove Ford, the internship program is very competitive and typically there are only two interns hired per year. Of the twenty-seven technicians currently employed by Elk Grove Ford, nine of them are graduates of the Ford ASSET program.

Kyle Stewart, Service Manager at Elk Grove Ford commented, “These students are not just going to automotive classes, they are also getting their Associate’s Degree in two years. They have a much heavier work load than a typical student because they are simultaneously going to class to complete their General Education while also fulfilling their automotive requirements. This is an unpaid internship so these students need a strong support system to be successful in completing the program.”


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