Dale Earnhardt Jr. Mourns the Death of NASCAR Legend Glen Wood

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The entire racing community was saddened Friday (Jan. 18) by the news that NASCAR legend Glen Wood had passed away. One important piece of that racing community was Dale Earnhardt Jr., who headed to social media to express his feelings for his late friend.

“Glen Wood sure lived a full life, a remarkable journey,” the former NASCAR driver and now NBC analyst wrote on his Twitter page. “His contributions to motorsports are tough to measure. My thoughts are with my dear friend, his brother Leonard and the rest of the family.”

Indeed, Wood was the co-founder of stock-car racing’s longest running team (Wood Brothers Racing) and the oldest living member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame at the time of his death. During his racing career, he won four races.

“It’s with profound sadness that we mourn the passing of team founder and family patriarch Glen Wood this morning,” Wood Brothers Racing said on their Twitter page Friday (Jan. 18.) “We want to thank family, friends, our small-town Virginia community of Patrick County, as well as everyone in the NASCAR community for their unwavering support.”

In the hours after his death was announced, a number of past and present NASCAR drivers expressed their sadness over Wood’s passing, including former champion Darrell Waltrip.

“NASCAR will go on, it always has, but with the passing of Glen Wood we’ve lost an incredible piece of history, from the beach to the board room,” Waltrip wrote. “Glen Wood was one of the most respected men in our sport! RIP Mr Wood.”

We send our condolences to the entire racing community at this time.