Drafting Partners

by Andy Wood on February 21, 2011

in Photos, Turning Points

In 1976 the legendary Wood Brothers of NASCAR fame won the Daytona 500 with another legend, David Pearson, as their driver.  It would appear to be their last Daytona win ever.

One state over, another Wood brother, not so legendary and not related, graduated from high school in the same year.

Fast forward 35 years.

On Saturday, Trevor Bayne of Knoxville, Tennessee turned 20.  On the same day, Cohen Thomas of Lubbock Texas celebrated his first birthday.

In conjunction with his 20th birthday, Trevor Bayne got to drive for the legendary Wood Brothers in an 800-horsepower machine with the classic #21 paint job and a snazzy in-car radio system.

In conjunction with his first birthday, the other Wood brother’s grandson got a play fire truck (2 babyleg power) with a classic siren and a snazzy pretend cell phone.

In a moment to remember forever, Sunday Trevor Bayne led his team in a prayer over the snazzy in-car radio system, then brought the Wood Brothers back to Victory Lane in Daytona for the first time in 35 years.  He stood on the door of his car and pointed to the sky – and he wasn’t saying “We’re number one,” friends.

In another moment to remember forever, Sunday Cohen Thomas was dedicated to the Lord Jesus and given a special Bible to remind him for a lifetime of that day.  And the prayer of this Wood brother is that when Cohen turns 20 – or 80, for that matter – he, too, is pointing others to Jesus.

Looks like there were a lot of celebrations this weekend, with more to come.  Soon Shepherd Andrew Wiley will arrive on the scene.

And in a surprise move, last night at 2:00 a.m. we found out that his “drafting partner” cousin – due around July 21 (his great grandmother’s birthday) – is indeed a boy.  Looks as though the next Wood brother – Jackson Andrew – is well on his way.

So how was your weekend?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Cassie February 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

I love how, in spite of life’s uncertainties, God gives us these little moments of celebration and joy. Three boys in a row. We’re in for some crazy family get togethers in the next few years!

Karen Smith-Will February 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm

The NASCAR stuff, to me, sounds rather like the teacher talking in a Charlie Brown special (“W Waa, Wa Wa Wa Waaaaaa”), despite the fact that I live 2 miles from RIR.

But babies getting fire trucks, baby dedications, and more babies on the way…that type of talk always translates well! Congratulations to the whole Woods crew! And may there be redheads among the bunch.
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