That same morning, Jon Wood was feeling wound up real tight, and to kill some time before he had to baseline the truck again, he hopped into a passenger car and began racing a crewman in another vehicle around the old track.
Sammie Yarborough was not amused. He is Cale's cousin, and he is the longtime track superintendent at Darlington. He wears a hat like Roush's, and he can be as mean as a rattlesnake, especially when someone sets a wheel on his track without his permission.
Wood and the crewman were pulled over on the front stretch and quickly surrounded by security vehicles. They might have gotten off with a withering scolding, but Yarborough was at full rage, and his attitude evoked a wise-ass comment from the crewman, who, taking note of the fact that Darlington used to have two major NASCAR races a year but now only has one, said, "No wonder NASCAR took a race away from you guys."
So it was off to the Darlington jail for Wood and the crewman, facing formal charges of reckless driving—a crime committed on the very asphalt of the storied track itself. Sam Belnavis, Roush's diversity director, had to drive downtown with $700 in cash to bail them out. By the time they all got back to the track around noon, the test was well under way, and the trucks had long since been set up by another Roush driver, Carl Edwards.
Wood is a respectful young man—he's a Wood Brothers offspring, after all—and he was terribly embarrassed by the incident but retained enough humor to quip, "Of all the stupid things I've done in my life, I can't believe I got caught for that."
I just love that kid.
Okay, and it's from this article, which is mainly about Todd Kluever and the Gong Show: