Wood Brothers Racing announced Monday that it has secured a charter for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018 and subsequent seasons.
The venerable team indicated that it had reached a long-term agreement with Archie St. Hilaire’s Go Fas Racing organization to control its charter, one of the 36 ownership stakes which guarantee starting positions each week in NASCAR’s top division.
“This charter is a game-changing step for Wood Brothers Racing, co-owner Len Wood said in a statement released by the team.”It’s the critical piece needed to thrive as a top owner in our sport. 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.”
The Wood Brothers also leased a charter from St. Hilaire’s team last season. The organization did not specify the length of the new agreement, with Len Wood saying only that the partnership was for “2018 and beyond.”
The Wood Brothers enter the 2018 season with Paul Menard as the driver of their No. 21 Ford. He replaces Ryan Blaney, who has shifted to Team Penske, which shares a technical alliance with the Wood Brothers.
Go Fas Racing plans to campaign the No. 32 Ford for driver Matt DiBenedetto in 2018. The two sides agreed to a contract extension last August.