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NASCAR 167 43 Leonard Wood has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29812095 Master mind Master+mind NASCAR

Leonard Wood was a master innovator who shifted with the changes in NASCAR over the years. A cutting edge mechanic with an ingenious approach to pit stops, he not only altered aspects of NASCAR, but continues to play a role in it. Here are five reasons he could be a Hall of Famer.

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NASCAR 167 43 Leonard Wood has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29805888 Mechanical genius Mechanical+genius NASCAR

Wood was an innovator from the start, helping brother Glen develop into a competitive racer, keeping the Wood Brothers Racing team as one to watch over the years.

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NASCAR 167 43 Leonard Wood has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29805889 Making things happen Making+things+happen+ NASCAR

Wood was always in the background — he admits he drove once to test a car change out at Martinsville, but that was about it — but he became a crew chief/chief mechanic for his brother as they won races in the 1950s.

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NASCAR 167 43 Leonard Wood has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29805887 Changed the game Changed+the+game+ NASCAR

Wood is credited with crafting the modern pit stop. He started trying to find ways for teams to cut down the time on pit stops, inventing parts and orchestrating the fastest pit stops. They set the tone for the modern, fast-paced, organized pit stop before others even thought about shaving time in that area.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Leonard Wood has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29805890 International acclaim International+acclaim NASCAR

Wood’s pit-stop prowess grew acclaim nationally and took NASCAR to new heights. Wood (seen here with David Pearson) brought the sport to a new audience, but didn't limit his success to NASCAR. In 1965, his group was hired to pit Jim Clark’s entry in the Indianapolis 500, a race they went on to win.

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NASCAR 167 43 Leonard Wood has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29814044 Still at it Still+at+it NASCAR

Leonard Wood remains active in NASCAR today. He has helped Wood Brothers Racing become the longest surviving independent in the garage area and one still capable of challenging the top contenders. He works in the shop as a mechanic, continuing to bring new ideas to the sport he has called home for 60 years — and visiting Victory Lane once more this year as the group won the Daytona 500 with rookie Trevor Bayne.

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