Rutledge Wood’s passion for cars and motorsports started at an early age; learning from his father the business of buying, restoring and selling vehicles both new and old. After moving from Birmingham, Alabama to Peachtree City, Georgia in 1995 and completing high school, Rutledge went on to graduate from the University of Georgia with a degree in marketing.
Rutledge’s first experience in NASCAR came during his first job in entertainment: traveling with the NASCAR circuit for Country Music Television’s mobile marketing activation. Soon after, Rutledge was hired by SPEED TV, (now FoxSports 1) where he worked for 10 seasons covering NASCAR. He was a correspondent for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pre-race show, NASCAR RaceDay, and has hosted or co-hosted various NASCAR shows and events for Fox Sports, including SPEED Road Tour Challenge, NASCAR Smarts, and NASCAR Live, as well as the annual NASCAR Awards Banquet.
Beginning in 2015, Rutledge joined NBC Sports as a specialty motorsports reporter and NASCAR analyst.
In the Spring of 2015, Rutledge debuted on History Channel’s Lost in Transmission. Rutledge and his co-host George, travel the country in search of America’s forgotten automotive classics, in an attempt to tell their stories and get them back on the road for their deserving owners.
Rutledge has been the co-host of Top Gear on the History Channel, the American iteration of the legendary BBC program of the same name, for the past 4 seasons.
Rutledge currently resides in Georgia with his wife and 3 daughters.