STUART, Va. — Wood Brothers Racing has announced a long-term partnership with Go FAS Racing team owner Archie St. Hilaire that will grant full operating control of a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series charter to the Wood Brothers’ iconic No. 21 Ford.
The charter guarantees a starting position in every Monster Energy Series race, providing further competitive stability for a team that returned to full-time competition for each of the past two seasons and earned a berth in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs last year.
“This charter is a game-changing step for Wood Brothers Racing. It’s the critical piece needed to thrive as top owners in our sport,” said team co-owner Len Wood. “We have been fortunate enough to have extremely fast cars and are blessed with the best sponsors in NASCAR. Pair that with our support from Ford and nearly every piece is in place.”
“Last year we leased a charter from Archie [St. Hilaire]. We’ve really come to appreciate working with him and his son Mason, and I think everyone has benefited tremendously from this relationship. For 2018 and beyond, we’ve taken it a step further and entered into a partnership, and we think it will be a rewarding endeavor for everyone involved.”
Last season, with driver Ryan Blaney, the Wood Brothers enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in decades, capturing the organization’s 99th premier series win and finishing in the top-10 in series points for the first time since 1994.
Notably, Blaney advanced to the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs and went on to finish ninth in the final standings.
In 2018, the team looks to build on last season’s playoff run, with Paul Menard taking the reins of the iconic No. 21 Ford. Asked about his thoughts on Menard and the upcoming season, co-owner Eddie Wood brought an optimistic outlook to the table.
“Paul has the skill and playoff experience to take the Wood Brothers on yet another championship run,” said Eddie Wood. “The security that the charter brings through this partnership will allow us to place of our focus on winning races, making the playoffs and fighting for a championship. We’re looking forward to getting back to racing and competing against the best teams and drivers in the world.”
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