RUTLEDGE WOOD JOINS NBC SPORTS GROUP AS MOTORSPORTS SPECIALTY REPORTER

I am beyond thrilled to announce that I will be joining the NBC Sports family in 2015 to cover NASCAR and a host of other motor sport events.  I cannot thank all of the friends and fans that have supported me, and hopefully will continue to support me, along the way.  This is a dream come true and I can’t wait to get started.  See you in 2015!!


Well-Known Personality Brings His Passion for Cars and Motorsports to NBC and NBCSN’s Coverage of NASCAR, F1, IndyCar, Rallycross and Mecum

STAMFORD, Conn. — December 16, 2014 — NBC Sports Group today added reporter Rutledge Wood to its multiplatform coverage of NASCAR, Formula 1, IndyCar, Global Rallycross and Mecum Auctions.  Among his contributions, Wood will present features on the storied raceways, unique towns and enthusiastic fans that make NASCAR an American treasure. The announcement was made today by Jeff Behnke, Vice President of NASCAR Production for NBC Sports and NBCSN.

“Rutledge brings a unique combination of knowledge and enthusiasm to his work that will help us shine a spotlight on the tracks and communities we visit throughout the year, and bring them to life,” said Behnke.

“It’s hard to put into words how unbelievably excited I am to be a part of NBC and their return to NASCAR,” said Wood.  “Working in motorsports is a dream come true for me, as I have so much fun telling the stories of drivers, teams and their fans. Just like NASCAR, NBC Sports is a family, and it’s one that I am proud to be a part of.”

The appointment of Wood follows previous NBC Sports NASCAR on-air announcements for analysts Jeff BurtonSteve Letarte and Kyle Petty, race announcer Rick Allen, pre- and post-race host Krista Voda, and reporters Marty SniderKelli StavastMike Massaro and Dave Burns.

Wood’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, he was hired by SPEED, where he has worked continuously for the past 10 seasons covering NASCAR.  Wood most recently was a correspondent for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pre-race show, NASCAR RaceDay, on Fox Sports 1, and has also hosted or co-hosted several NASCAR events, including the annual NASCAR Awards Banquet.  In addition, Wood has been the co-host of Top Gear on the History Channel, the American iteration of the BBC program of the same name, for the past four seasons.

On July 23, 2013, NASCAR and NBC Sports Group reached a comprehensive agreement that grants NBCUniversal exclusive rights to the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series events, select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content, beginning in 2015.

With this partnership, NBC’s 20 Sprint Cup race schedule includes a designation as the exclusive home to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, when the elite national series races through its final 10 events of the season.  The Chase culminates with the season-ending championship event, which returns to network television in 2015 for the first time since 2009. Of NBC Sports Group’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, seven will be carried on NBC annually, with 13 airing on NBCSN. Four of NBC Sports Group’s 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series races will air on NBC, with 15 airing on NBCSN.

NASCAR AMERICA premiered in February, following Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Daytona 500 victory and NBC Sports Group’s multi-platform coverage of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The weekday 30-minute news and highlights program is dedicated to America’s fascination with speed and stock car racing, and features regular appearances by NBC Sports NASCAR experts, as well as a rotation of guest analysts.

 

– NBC SPORTS GROUP –

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End of Summer and SEMA

Where does the time go?

It seems like this year has flown by! Not only are we past the summer and all of its fun, we’re almost ready for SEMA again…and bigger than that for me personally, the return of Top Gear on History, September 30th at 9pm.

I’ve been working away this year with my friends on lots of different projects, and I’m so happy to say, the 1953 Plymouth Suburban that I built with Summit Racing is officially DONE! To be honest, this might be the first car that I’ve actually completed every single thing I’ve wanted to do to it…and everything works! There are lots and lots of people to thank for this masterpiece: Nan, Alan, and everyone at Summit Racing Equipment, Kirsten at Magnaflow, Maria at Odyssey Battery, Bryan at Sherwin Williams, Brian, Chris, Brian and everyone at Brian’s Paint and Body (lots of Brian’s) who worked so hard on this thing, and of course, Randy, Steve, and Gary at the Kenwood Rod Shop in Sharpsburg,GA….and all the wonderful people that helped make this dream a reality.  You can see some pics below…

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Speaking of turning dreams into reality, I had the chance to show off my new build to the man who gave it to me; THE KING himself!  Do yourself a favor, and watch his incredible reaction right HERE!

The boys at Kenwood are some of the most talented, kindest, and most fun guys I’ve ever met. The time we got to spend with them on the Power Tour is something I’ll never forget, and I hope we get to do that again this year! Or, if I can’t make it because of work, maybe we start a tradition of our own little trip with people that love cars. If you want to read about our trip and some of the fun we had, check it out here on the On All Cylinders blog.

 

If you’re a car nut and going to SEMA, we’re trying to finalize a few details as we speak, but we’ll have that schedule posted as soon as we can and hopefully you can come see me at lots of the booth’s I’ll be meeting people. Big thanks to Guy Haynie at Haynie Designs for some of the super cool stuff I’ll have to sign.

If you’re around Georgia, come say hello to me at the Cruisin to the Oldies car show in Senoia, GA on September 27th. I will have my ’53 Plymouth and ’49 Chevy Step Van in front of or very close to my parent’s restaurant, Katie Lou’s Café, which is located on Main Street right next to the buggy shop. You definitely won’t miss us there! It’s a super cute town and lots of cool cars show up that day. Say hello if you’ll be there.

Don’t forget, Top Gear is back on History for the LAST 4 shows of this season. We’ve had an amazing time doing this show over the years, and I hope these aren’t our last shows we do…SO….please tell lots of people to watch! TV is a crazy world and at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how good or bad a show is, it just matters if people watch. So if Top Gear on History matters to you, just like it does to me, please tell all your friends to watch so we can keep making more of these amazing shows!

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I promise I’ll be back and update the site more often…especially after I get to share some good news soon!

 

Who needs an offseason?

 

NASCAR is over for the year, and we’re full speed ahead finishing season 3 of Top Gear on History which should debut early 2013.  I can’t wait for you guys to see all the new shows we’ve been working so hard on.  For this season, we left the country, went too far out into the countryside, and have gotten to drive some insane cars.

People ask me a lot if I know how lucky I am to have my dream job(s), getting to travel with NASCAR for SPEED and do Top Gear for the History Channel, and I want you to know the answer is a resounding “YES!”  I absolutely love what I do, and I love the people I get to do these things with.  There are so many great people behind the scenes at both places that really put their heart and souls into what we create.

It still makes me laugh that the reason I got a call to meet with the executive producer of Top Gear happened because a race fan, whom I’ve never met, loaded something that I did on SPEED, on to YouTube (illegally mind you) and because they did that, this British producer laughed and thought I’d be interesting to talk to.  That one person helped change my life forever and get to live out my dreams and I get to take you guys all along for the ride…so yeah, I am thankful every day that I get this chance, and I pray every day that I can take this opportunity and do all the things that God wants me to do with them.

This year was a great year, but a long one. I was lucky enough to get to race in the Toyota Pro Celebrity Race, which is something I dreamed of growing up, and I have gotten to drive some cars that people only dream of.  And so now, with the holidays approaching, I’m going to get the chance to remind my beautiful wife why she puts up with this crazy schedule, and hold my beautiful daughters closer than they even know possible.

And yeah, if there’s any time left over after that, then I’m going to get to work on some car projects.  I think the one I’m most excited about is the 1949 Chevy Step Van  that I picked up a few weeks ago.  It’s like a UPS van from the 40’s, but I tried to buy one just like it in college and it sold before I could get to it, so I’m going to try and make it a really cool cruiser.  I’d love to finish it in time for the Hot Rod Power Tour that Hot Rod Magazine does every year, so keep your fingers crossed for me on that.

I do have some big news that I’ll get to tell you about in a few weeks…I’m joining forces with some good friends to be a part of a really cool company that I hope we get to grow in some amazing ways.  More to come on that soon!

For now, I gotta run because I have a plane to catch…thanks for reading, and more importantly, thanks for the support.  A lot of people probably thought the nerdy, thick glasses kid from Alabama couldn’t make it this far, and I feel like I’m just getting started….so thanks for helping me get to this point.  Happy Holidays!