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Rutledge Wood | Biography

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  • Full Name Rutledge Wood
  • Occupation Auto Racing Analyst, TV Host
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Alabama, USA
  • Birth Date Apr 22, 1980
  • Age 41 Years, 6 Months
TV Host, Auto Racing Analyst

Rutledge Wood | Biography

Wood showed off his car collection during the Season 2 premiere of the MA Motorsports' show, 'Garage Tours With Chris Forberg'

Rutledge Wood joined NBC Sports as a specialty motorsports reporter in 2015. As the NBC Sports Group reporter, he covered the 2016 Olympic Games and the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. He also covered the Kentucky Derby and Super Bowl LII. Lately, he has been serving as a features reporter for NBC Sports Group's NASCAR coverage. As a features reporter, he covers raceways, towns, and fans.


Rutledge Wood is a TV host best known for co-hosting History Channel's motor racing show 'Top Gear USA.'

Who is Rutledge Wood?

Rutledge Wood is an American TV show host and auto racing analyst. He has been contributing as a features reporter for NBC Sports Group's NASCAR and other major game coverage since 2015. 

He formerly worked as a correspondent for FOX Sports 1's NASCAR Cup Series pre-race show, NASCAR RaceDay

Wood is famous for co-hosting History Channel's Top Gear USA (2010-2016). He has also hosted and co-hosted several Netflix shows such as HyperDrive (2019), Floor Is Lava (2020), and The American Barbecue Showdown (2020).

Furthermore, Wood is a classic car enthusiast. He has a collection including a 1970 Dodge Charger and 966 VW Double Cab Pickup.

Early Life and Education

Rutledge Wood was born on 22 April 1980 in Birmingham, Alabama, to Bill and Claudia Wood. His parents weren't wealthy but managed to buy a beat-up old house on Euclid Avenue so that their children would be in a better school in Mountain Brook. Wood attended Crestline Elementary School and then Mountain Brook Junior High School. 

In 1995, Wood's father, staff at a telecommunication company AT&T, was transferred to Peachtree City, Georgia. He was 15 years old when he moved from Birmingham, Alabama, to Peachtree, Georgia, with his family.

At Georgia, he completed high school. He then went to the University of Georgia and graduated with a degree in marketing. 

Wood mentioned on his website that he learned the business of buying, restoring, and selling new and old vehicles from his father.

NASCAR

According to Wood, his friends, who were avid fans of The National Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR), inspired him to follow the sport when he was in college. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he got his first job at NASCAR. There, he traveled with the NASCAR circuit for Country Music Television's mobile marketing activation. He also worked as a karaoke host during that time. Shortly after that, he was hired by Speed Channel (now FoxSports 1) in February 2005. He worked at FOX Sports 1 for 10 years, covering NASCAR. 

Wood has hosted and co-hosted many NASCAR events and shows for Fox Sports, including Speed Road Tour Challenges reality television game show, NASCAR Smarts quiz show, NASCAR: After The Lap talk-show, and NASCAR Live. In 2012, he served as a correspondent for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pre-race show NASCAR RaceDay. He also co-hosted the annual NASCAR Awards Banquet.

'Top Gear USA'

In 2010, Wood started hosting History Channel's motor racing television show Top Gear USA, alongside Adam Ferrara and Tanner Foust. The show was a spin-off of the British TV show of the same name. In each episode, the trio goes through challenges to know who chose the best car that fits their challenges. They also share information the audience needs to know about cars. After running for six seasons, History Channel stopped the show in 2016.

'Lost In Transmission'

While Wood was still a co-host for Top Gear USA, he co-hosted the History Channel's reality television show, Lost In Transition, in 2015. He co-hosted the show with his friend and fellow car fanatic, George Flanigen.

NBC Sports

Wood joined NBC Sports as a specialty motorsports reporter in 2015. As the NBC Sports Group reporter, he covered the 2016 Olympic Games and the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. He also covered the Kentucky Derby and Super Bowl LII.

Lately, he has been serving as a features reporter for NBC Sports Group's NASCAR coverage. As a features reporter, he covers raceways, towns, and fans.

'Hyperdrive' and 'Floor Is Lava'

In 2019, Wood co-hosted the Netflix reality television show Hyperdrive, where drivers worldwide compete on the automotive obstacle courses. 

His appearance on Hyperdrive earned him Netflix's new show called Floor Is Lava, a game show where a team of contestants compete to navigate rooms flooded with lava by leaping over obstacles. The show was released on 19 June 2020. In April 2021, Netflix renewed Floor Is Lava for the second season. As per Variety, Wood will return to host the show, scheduled in 2022.

'The American Barbecue Showdown'

Wood also starred in the Netflix eight-part competition series The American Barbecue Showdown. Released on 18 September 2020, the show featured contestants competing for the American Barbecue Champion title.

Car Collections

Wood is an avid car collector. He has an eclectic car collection in his garage. Some of his car collections include 1966 VW Double Cab PickUp, 1949 Chevrolet 3100 Thriftmaster, 1953 Plymouth Suburban Wagon, and 1970 Dodge Charger. 

He showed off his car collection during the Season 2 premiere of Garage Tours With Chris Forberg.

Personal Life

Wood is happily married to Rachel. The couple has three daughters. Wood is living in Georgia with his wife and daughters as of 2021.

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