The Wood Brothers Racing team continues to build back their stability and sustain their future in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Today, the team announced they have entered into a partnership with Archie St. Hilaire, securing a racing charter for 2018.
Charter Secured for 2018
Hilaire is the owner of Go FAS Racing, and the agreement with the Virginia-based Wood Brothers team grants full operating control of one of the 36 MENCS charters to the Wood Brothers and its No. 21 Ford.
The Charter guarantees a starting position in every Cup series race for the 2018 season for the longest active operating race team in the Cup garage.
Co-owner of Wood Brothers Racing, Len Wood said the charter was a game-changing step for the team.
“It’s the critical piece needed to thrive as a top owner in our sport,” he said.
“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.”
The Wood Brothers returned to full-time competition two seasons ago, and earned a berth in the Monster Energy Series Playoffs in 2017 with Ryan Blaney in the No. 21. For 2018, Blaney has moved to the Penske Racing’s third entry, the No. 21, while Paul Menard will drive the No. 21 for the Wood Brothers in 2018.
Last season, with Blaney, the team celebrated one of its most successful seasons in decades. The single-car team captured the organization’s 99th premier series win. It also finished in the top 10 in points for the first time since 1994. Blaney advanced to the Round of 8 in the MENCS Playoffs. He finished 9th in the points standings.
2018 Season Outlook
In the upcoming season, the team looks to build on last season’s playoff run and overall success.
Menard, the new No. 21 driver for 2018 is optimistic about the season. Wood said that Menard has both the skill and the playoff experience to give the Wood Brothers another playoff berth.
“The security that the Charter brings through this partnership will allow us to place our focus on winning races, making the playoffs and fighting for a championship,” Wood said.
“We’re looking forward to getting back to racing and competing against the best teams and drivers in the world.”
The MENCS returns next month with the 60th running of the Daytona 500. The Wood Brothers have won the Daytona 500 five times with five different drivers. NASCAR Hall of Famer and Wood Brothers team founder Glen Wood competed in the first Daytona 500 in 1959.