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Rutledge Wood Parents: Bill Wood And Claudia Wood

Meet Rutledge Wood’s parents Bill and Claudia Wood. The host of The American Barbecue Showdown has discussed his parents publicly on several occasions. Here are a few additional things that you should know about Rutledge’s parents.

Age, job, and social media reach are some of the topics that we’ll be covering in this piece.

Who Are Rutledge Wood Parents?

Rutledge Wood, the reporter for Super Bowl LII, was born to his parents Bill Wood and Claudia Wood. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama on April 22, 1980. His family wasn’t wealthy but moved to a nice area to be near better schools.

“My parents made the Birmingham News in ’80 or ’81, I think because they were one of the first couples that bought a really old beat-up house and spent every weekend working on it and cleaning up,” Rutledge shared of his parents to “I think I’m wrapped in a swaddling blanket in the newspaper article, I was a wee babe. At the time, we could have lived a lot better somewhere else, but school zones were so important to my parents, that’s why they found the only house they could afford, which was a beat-up old house on Euclid Avenue so that we would be in a better school system there in Mountain Brook.”

Rutledge went to Peachtree City High School in Georgia. He claims that his father taught him the trade of purchasing, refurbishing, and reselling automobiles. Later, he graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in marketing. After graduating from college, Rutledge answered a Craigslist advertisement placed by a national motorsports organization seeking someone to handle on-site marketing.

“And I thought, ‘Well, that’s me. It’s got to be me.’,” Rutledge told “I had been a karaoke host, and done all this other stuff, and my first job … So I started in February of ’05 for what was the Speed Channel, and I just jumped in, because if you love cars, you can love this sport. And really, if you love people and you love events, NASCAR – It’s amazing. There’s nothing like it. It’s almost the only place you could go without food or shelter or something to drink and just meets people that would take you in for a weekend. You would have the time of your life. NASCAR would renew most people’s faith in humanity in just a few short days. It’s been crazy ever since then.”

For Country Music Television, the position was a traveling one with the NASCAR circuit. Soon after, he began working for FoxSports 1, then known as SPEED TV. He spent ten seasons there as a NASCAR reporter. He served as a correspondent for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and RaceDay, and he presented several NASCAR programs, including NASCAR Live, NASCAR Smarts, SPEED Road Tour Challenge, and the NASCAR Awards.

In 2015, Rutledge began working for NBC Sports as a racing reporter and NASCAR analyst. He provides reports on races, towns, spectators, and raceways, as well as their significance to NASCAR’s accomplishments.

Together with his wife Rachel and their three daughters, Rutledge now resides in Atlanta.

Meet Bill Wood, Rutledge Wood Father

William “Bill” Wood is the father of Rutledge Wood. The host’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.


On his dad’s birthday in March 2022, Bill wished his father via an IG post. “Happy Birthday, Dad! You handsome thing, you! I love you so much ❤️,” Rutledge captioned the post.

  • Bill Wood Age

Bill Wood reached age 73 in 2023. He was born in March 1950.

  • Bill Wood Job

Bill Wood reportedly worked at AT&T before moving to Peachtree Street, Georgia. But, there is no further information regarding his career.

  • Is Bill Wood On Instagram?

No, Bill Wood is not on Instagram.

Meet Claudia Wood, Rutledge Wood Mother

Rutledge Wood’s mother is named Claudia Wood. On Mother’s Day 2022, he posted a series of pictures of his family including his mother, and captioned it, “Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, specifically mine and my girl’s. Two wonderful examples of the long, thankless days of self-sacrifice for the betterment of your little people. Thank you ❤️ Y’all make the world a better place. So much love to you and all the other great moms out there.”

Likewise, on Claudia’s birthday on 8 March 2022, Rutledge wished, “Happy Birthday to my wonderful mom ❤️ I Love you so much!”

  • Claudia Wood Age

Claudia Wood was born in 1952. 71 is her age as of May 2023.

  • Claudia Wood Job

Since the 1970s, when she was still a young child, Claudia has presented and sold her textile art. She has been a lifetime craftsman and seamstress. She loves to write, especially about fiber art, and holds a BA in English and Spanish from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She joined Symbol of Excellence Publishers in Birmingham, Alabama as a cross-stitch designer, writer, and staff sewing expert for Just CrossStitch, Sampler and Antique Needlework, and Country Stitch magazines after working at other companies for a while and raising two kids.

Claudia moved to McCall’s Needlework where she worked as the Special Projects Designer before moving to McCall’s Quilting where she worked as the Staff Designer before becoming the Managing Editor. Up until mid-1995, when my family relocated to the Atlanta region, she developed and wrote instructions for various items featured in these periodicals. Claudia served as a writer and editor at FC&A, a Peachtree City, Georgia-based publishing house, from 1995 until 2000. Fabric Fantasies and Textile Treasures, a quilting book she self-published, three “Poem Quilt” patterns, and a “Block of the Month” series for Heritage Quilts and Fabrics in Newnan were all written by her.

She now works as a freelance designer and quiltmaker, giving lectures and teaching classes in the Atlanta metropolitan area and at my home studio in Senoia, Georgia, all while utilizing her own ideas, patterns, and instructions.

At the 2005 International Quilt Festival in Houston, Claudia’s quilt “Clara’s Quilt” was selected for inclusion in the “I Remember Mama” display (together with the book of the same name). The exhibition toured other countries until June 2007. In the November/December 2007 issue of Newnan-Coweta Magazine, she was one of the featured artists. Additionally, she entered quilts into exhibitions at the Georgia Quilt Show, the Ebony Stitchers Quilt Guild, and the East Cobb Quilt Guild.

  • Is Claudia Wood On Instagram?

Yes, Claudia Wood is available on Instagram (@ceebwood).

Related FAQs

  • Are Rutledge Wood Parents Still Married?

Based on social media posts, no, Rutledge Wood’s parents are no longer married. The first thing that suggests their separation is the different current location of residence and Claudia who is on IG, doesn’t post pictures of Bill.

  • Where Do Rutledge Wood Parents Reside?

Rutledge Wood’s dad Bill resides in Peachtree Street, Georgia whereas, his mom Claudia resides in Senoia, Georgia.

  • How Many Kids Do Rutledge Wood Parents Have?

Rutledge has one sister named Jennifer Stella Wood. Jennifer is 47 years old as of 2023.

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