Wood Brothers co-owner Eddie Wood recovering from heart surgery

Wood Brothers co-owner Eddie Wood recovering from heart surgery

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Wood Brothers president and co-owner Eddie Wood at Daytona International Speedway in February 2016.(Photo: Jonathan Ferrey, NASCAR via Getty Images)

Eddie Wood, co-owner of the legendary Wood Brothers NASCAR team, underwent open heart surgery and is recovering, the team announced Tuesday.

The planned surgery to repair a prolapsed mitral valve took place Monday in a Winston-Salem, N.C., hospital according to NBC Sports.  

The Wood Brothers Twitter acccount reports that Wood is doing fine after the procedure.

Eddie Wood is the oldest child of Wood Brothers co-founder Glen Wood, a former driver turned team owner who launched the race team in with his brother Leonard in 1950 and was indcuted into the Hall of Fame in 2012. Eddie Wood now serves as president of Wood Brothers Racing and alongside siblings Len Wood, co-owner and vice president, and Kim Wood Hall, co-owner and chief administrative officer.

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Wood Brothers, based in Stuart, Va., has amassed 99 wins in the Cup Series since its debut, including five in the Daytona 500, where the team made history in 2011 when Trevor Bayne became the youngest driver, at 20 years, one day, to win NASCAR's biggest race.

The team found victory lane again this season when Ryan Blaney drove the No. 21 Ford to a win at Pocono Raceway on June 11, clinching a spot in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Blaney, who finished ninth in the final 2017 standings, will move to Team Penske next season.

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Source : https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nascar/2017/12/05/eddie-wood-heart-surgery-wood-brothers-racing/924184001/

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