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#21 NASCAR Team News and Links

OFFICIAL TEAM/DRIVER LINKS
Wood Brothers Racing
Roush Yates Performance Parts

PRIMARY SPONSORS LINKS
Menards (2018+)(22 races)
Menards partners featured on the hood at various races
Atlas Roofing
Cardell Cabinetry
Dutch Boy
FVP
Jack Link's
Knauf Insulation
Libman
Moen
Nibco
Quaker State
Richmond Water Heaters
Rockstar Energy Drink
Sylvania
Tarkett

Motorcraft (14 races w/Quicklane)
Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center (14 races w/Motorcraft)
Omnicraft (2 races)

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS LINKS
SKF
Ford Parts
Ford Performance

FACEBOOK / TWITTER LINKS
Wood Brothers Racing - Twitter
Wood Brothers Racing - Facebook
Paul Menard - Facebook
Motorcraft - Twitter
Motorcraft - Facebook

STATISTICS
Paul Menard - ESPN
Paul Menard - RacingReference.info
Wood Brothers Racing - RacingReference.info

MORE INFO
2018 #21 Paint Schemes
2017 #21 Paint Schemes
2017 #27 Paint Schemes (Menard)
2016 #21 Paint Schemes
Paint Scheme Gallery
Driver Appearances
Team Address/Contact

Races (22) that Menards is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Atlanta - 2/25, Moen
Phoenix - 3/11, Dutch Boy
Auto Club - 3/18, FVP
Bristol - 4/15, Dutch Boy Paint
Richmond - 4/21, Quaker State
Kansas - 5/12, Atlas Roofing
Charlotte - 5/27, Knauf
Michigan - 6/10, Jack Links Jerky
Sonoma - 6/24, Richmond Water Heaters
Chicago - 7/1, Sylvania
Daytona - 7/7, Moen
Kentucky - 7/14, Quaker State
Pocono - 7/29, Libman
Watkins Glen - 8/5, Sylvania
Bristol - 8/18, Knauf Insulation
Indianapolis - 9/9, Dutch Boy Paint
Las Vegas - 9/16, Rockstar Energy
Dover - 10/7, Tarkett
Talladega - 10/14, Dutch Boy Paint
Kansas - 10/21, Nibco
Texas - 11/4, Cardell Cabinets
Phoenix - 11/11, Cardell Cabinets

Races (14) that Motorcraft/OmniCraft/QuickLane is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Daytona - 2/18, OmniCraft
Las Vegas - 3/4
Martinsville - 3/25
Texas - 4/8
Talladega - 4/29
Dover - 5/6
Pocono - 6/3
New Hampshire - 7/22
Michigan - 8/12
Darlington - 9/2
Richmond - 9/22
Charlotte - 9/30
Martinsville - 10/28
Homestead - 11/18, OmniCraft

Contract Status: Driver: 2018+; Primary Sponsors: 2018+?


#21 Team / Driver News

92-year-old team owner Glen Wood skips first Daytona 500: Glen Wood is sitting out the Daytona 500. Wood has done most everything at "The Great American Race," driving in the inaugural edition in 1959 and winning five Daytona 500s as team owner. He not only had a seat somewhere at every Daytona 500, the 92-year-old Hall of Famer had attended every Speedweeks since 1947. Wood will have a different view for Sunday's race: from his home.[More](2-17-2018)

Wood Brothers Racing enters partnership with Archie St. Hilaire for a charter: Wood Brothers Racing today announced a long-term partnership with Archie St. Hilaire, owner of Go FAS Racing. The agreement grants full operating control of one of the 36 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Charters to the Wood Brothers and its iconic No. 21 Ford.(1-15-2018)
UPDATE: Go Fas Racing says it will have a charter to use in 2018 and an announcement is coming soon.[More](1-15-2018)

Eddie Wood undergoes heart surgery: The procedure was planned and he is doing well.[More](12-5-2017)

Blaney's last race in the famed #21 Wood Brothers Ford The Ryan Blaney chapter in Wood Brothers history comes to a close this weekend with the running of the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Beginning next season, Blaney and crew chief Jeremy Bullins will return to Team Penske, and the iconic #21 Fusion will be driven by Paul Menard, with Greg Erwin serving as crew chief. The three "Blaney Years" have seen a resurgence in performance for NASCAR's oldest continuously operating race team. Their 2017 season has been a break-out year with a win at Pocono Raceway, poles and Kansas Speedway and Phoenix Raceway, four Stage wins and a nine-week run in the Monster Energy Cup playoffs. All told, Blaney and the #21 Motocraft/Quick Lane team, taking advantage of their technical alliance with Team Penske, have run 87 races together, with eight top-five and 25 top-10 finishes, 49 lead-lap finishes and 317 laps led.(Wood Brothers Racing)[Read More Here](11-17-2017)

Motorcraft/Quick Lane returning to Wood Brothers Racing: The iconic #21 Ford Fusion race car of Wood Brothers Racing will have a new face behind the wheel in 2018, but for 14 races it will have a very familiar look to race fans as Motorcraft and Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers return as major sponsors of the team for the 18th season. Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD), the parent organization for Motorcraft and Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers, signed an extension to be the primary race sponsor for 14 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup events next season. The partnership between FCSD and Wood Brothers Racing began in 2001.[More](8-29-2017)

Team Penske/Wood Brothers Teleconference: A transcript of Wednesday's teleconference following the news that Ryan Blaney will move to Team Penske next year and Paul Menard will move to Wood Brothers Racing.[More](7-26-2017)

Wood Brothers Racing and Paul Menard Team Up Beginning in 2018 Wood Brothers Racing, the oldest active NASCAR team and one of the winningest teams in series history, and veteran driver Paul Menard, will join forces for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENSC) season. The new partnership will see the team continue to compete full time for the coming seasons with Menard driving the legendary #21 Ford Fusion. Menards, the industry-leading home improvement store company, will sponsor the #21 Ford for 22 MENCS races. Additional sponsorship, including plans for long-time partner Motorcraft/Quick Lane, will be announced at a later date. The team's relationship with Roush-Yates Engines and the technical partnership with fellow Ford Performance organization, Team Penske, will also continue in 2018. In addition, Menard will run a handful of NXS races for Team Penske beginning in 2018.(Wood Brothers Racing)[Read More Here](7-26-2017)

Team Penske to expand to three car team in 2018..with Blaney Team Penske announced that Ryan Blaney will join the organization as a full-time driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) beginning in 2018 as the team returns to a three-car operation in NASCAR's premier series. The 23-year-old Blaney, who also signed a multi-year contract extension with the team, will pilot the #12 Ford Fusion, beginning with the annual non-points "Clash" event at Daytona International Speedway in February. Team Penske has not competed as a full-time, three-car team since the 2010 season with Keselowski, Kurt Busch and Sam Hornish Jr. More details surrounding the #12 team, including sponsorship and crew chief, will be announced in the near future.(Team Penske)[Read More Here](7-26-2017)

Blaney wins at Pocono: #21-Ryan Blaney won the Pocono 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 1st career win. He took the lead from #18-Busch with 9 laps to go and held off #4-Harvick to get the first win for Wood Brothers Racing since Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500 in 2011.
#4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #77-Jones (career-best finish), #41-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #78-Truex, Jr., #42-Larson, #24-Elliott, #18-Busch, and #20-Kenseth.
Pole sitter #18-Busch won the first stage and finished 2nd in the second stage. He led a total of 100 laps but did not pit under the final caution and could not hold the lead on older tires. He finished 9th.
#43-Darrell Wallace, Jr., making his Cup debut, was caught speeding on pit road three times during the race. He finished 26th.
The second caution of the day came with 5 laps left in stage 2 when Johnson lost the brakes on his car and made hard contact with the outside wall hard. Behind Johnson, McMurray also lost brakes and slid into the wall. McMurray's car caught fire, but he got out quickly. Both drivers were ok. The race was red flagged for 23 minutes for track cleanup.
#78-Truex Jr. maintains the driver points lead by 1 point over #42-Larson.
Stages 1 & 2 were won by #18-Busch and #42-Larson.
There were 13 lead changes among 9 drivers and 4 cautions for 18 yellow flag laps
The average speed of the race was: 142.292mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(6-11-2017)

Glen Wood extends Speedweeks streak to 71 years: When it comes to accomplishments in the NASCAR world, Glen Wood has run up quite an impressive list. His race teams have run 1,474 races in the series now known the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and won 98 of them along with 116 poles. His drivers have led 24,580 laps, and back in the day he posted many of those numbers himself, when he was the team's main driver. He's in numerous Halls of Fame and has been the recipient of many an honor over the years.[More](2-24-2017)

Andrea Mueller takes the lead as engineer for #21 team: Andrea Mueller will have a much different job for this year's Daytona 500 than the last one she worked. As an engineer at Team Penske in 2009, Mueller's race-day job did not rank among the most thrilling. She spent race days as the team scorer, where she would sit in a NASCAR-provided booth and push a button every time the car crossed the start/finish line as a way for NASCAR to have a backup scoring system. With the advancement in electronic scoring, that job no longer exists. Her job Feb. 26 at Daytona International Speedway will feel significantly more important as well as provide an incredible thrill -- and likely way more stress -- as a culmination of her path over the past 10 years. She will work in her first NASCAR Cup race as the lead engineer for #21-Wood Brothers Racing driver Ryan Blaney. The Cal Poly graduate worked for Boeing and Pratt & Whitney, doing projects for the space shuttle program at NASA before joining Team Penske in 2007. She steadily worked her way up, having served as the lead engineer for Penske's Xfinity Series #22 team, which won 25 races and three owners titles in her five seasons. About a month ago, Mueller was offered the job as lead engineer for Blaney, who drives for Penske affiliate Wood Brothers Racing. Her role will give her the highest profile of any female in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage.(full article at ESPN)(2-14-2017)

Wood Brothers Racing leaves Race Team Alliance: Wood Brothers Racing team members expressed disappointment Friday that they didn't receive one of 36 charters issued by NASCAR this week and said they had pulled out of the Race Team Alliance. The 36 teams with charters have automatic starting spots in each Sprint Cup race. The other four spots on each starting grid will be available to "open" teams like the Woods and their driver, Ryan Blaney, through qualifying. Although the Woods' team, one of the oldest in NASCAR, has been racing since the sanctioning body's first season, the fact that it has been running part-time over the past several years caused the #21 to fail to meet the numbers for a charter. Ironically, the Woods decided last year to run full-time this season and now face having to qualify via speed every week. Should Blaney be one of the 16 drivers to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup, under the current rules, he would have to qualify for those races too, taking one of the four Open slots in the new system. "It's all going to work out," said team co-owner Eddie Wood. "I promise. It's going to be OK." Jon Wood, Eddie's son and the team's business manager, said it was evident during preliminary charter discussions last season that the #21 would not be among the teams receiving charters.(USA Today), see transcript at Ford Racing (2-15-2016)

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