Paul Menard to Fill Vacancy Left by Blaney at Wood Brothers Racing

Courtesy: Wood Brothers Racing

STUART, VA (July 26, 2017) – 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 two parties announced today. The new partnership will see the team continue to compete full time for the coming seasons with Menard driving the legendary No. 21 Ford Fusion.

Menards, the industry-leading home improvement store company, will sponsor the No. 21 Ford for 22 MENCS races.  Additional sponsorship, including plans for long-time partner Motorcraft/Quick Lane, will be announced at a later date.

“It’s fantastic to have the ability to continue to race in the highest level of motorsports full-time and something we look forward to doing with Paul for years to come,” said Eddie Wood. “I know this will allow us to continue to perform as an organization and will give Paul a great opportunity to go out there and compete for wins. Paul is not only a great driver with a lot of experience in the Cup Series, but he’s great with partners, which is a big part of what we do these days. We are looking forward to finishing out this season with Ryan (Blaney), going for more wins and maybe even a championship, and continuing that with Paul in 2018.”

Over the course of its history, the Wood Brothers Racing team has amassed 99 MENCS victories, the most recent coming this season with current driver Ryan Blaney at Pocono Raceway. Legendary drivers such as AJ Foyt, David Pearson, Curtis Turner, Tiny Lund, Cale Yarborough, Neil Bonnett, Buddy Baker and Dale Jarrett have all earned victories for the team. Both Glen and Leonard Wood have been inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The team’s relationship with Roush-Yates Engines and the technical partnership with fellow Ford Performance organization, Team Penske, will also continue in 2018.

Menard has competed full-time in MENCS since the 2007 season. He won the 2011 Brickyard 400 at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway and qualified for NASCAR’s Playoffs in 2015. In addition to his Cup Series victory at Indianapolis, Menard has also earned three NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) wins over the course of his career.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time in NASCAR and as a Cup Series driver, but to get the chance to drive the iconic No. 21 for the Wood Brothers is the coolest thing I’ve ever got a chance to do,” said Menard. “I’m looking forward to working with the team, working with Roush Yates, Ford Performance and Team Penske to see what we can do. Ryan (Blaney) has done a fantastic job and is a constant threat to run up front. Hopefully, we can do the same thing and keep the momentum going into 2018 and beyond.”

In addition, Menard will run a handful of NXS races for Team Penske beginning in 2018.

The 2018 MENCS season will begin Feb. 18 with the 60th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.


Wood Brothers Racing

Wood Brothers Racing was formed in 1950 in Stuart, Va., by Hall of Famer Glen Wood. Wood Brothers Racing is the oldest active team and one of the winningest teams in NASCAR history. Since its founding, the team won 99 races (including at least one race in every decade for the last seven decades) and 117 poles in NASCAR’s top-tier series. Fielding only Ford products for its entire history, the Wood Brothers own the longest association of any motorsports team with a single manufacturer. Glen’s brother, Leonard, is known for inventing the modern pit stop. The team currently runs the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney in the famous No. 21 racecar.

About Menards
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Ryan Blaney Heading to Penske Racing in 2018


NASCAR Monster Energy Cup driver Ryan Blaney awaits driver introductions prior to the Quaker State 400 on July 8, 2017 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 26, 2017) – Team Penske announced today 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 No. 12 Ford Fusion, beginning with the annual non-points “Clash” event at Daytona International Speedway in February.

“For some time now, we have wanted to bring Ryan in to run a third car for us, but things just needed to make sense from a timing and business perspective,” said Roger Penske. “We have been working on making this a reality and 2018 is the right opportunity to make this move and return our organization to a three-car team. The benefits of having three full-time teams under our roof, along with the continued technical partnership with the Wood Bothers, will help us remain competitive in the ever-changing NASCAR landscape.”

Blaney made his MENCS debut in 2014 for Team Penske and has driven for Wood Brothers Racing full-time the last two seasons. One of NASCAR’s rising “young guns,” Blaney earned his first-career Cup Series win earlier this season at Pocono Raceway, giving the Wood Brothers team its first MENCS win since the 2011 season. Blaney also scored his first Cup Series pole this season at Kansas Speedway. He finished second in the 2016 MENCS Rookie of the Year standings.

Blaney has been a part of Team Penske since 2012 and has earned five NASCAR XFINITY Series wins for the team and was part of the No. 22 team’s three-straight NXS Owners’ Championships from 2013-2015.

“This is a huge opportunity for me and my career,” said Blaney, a third-generation driver from High Point, NC. “I’ve always enjoyed racing whatever car I was in and trying to win each and every race. I’ve had some great moments with both Team Penske and the Wood Brothers over the last few years. I know for a fact I wouldn’t be where I am today without Roger (Penske), Eddie and Len (Wood) and the opportunities their organizations have given me. I’m thrilled knowing that Brad (Keselowski) and Joey (Logano) are long-term teammates for me at Team Penske and Paul (Menard) will have input with our team now that he’s with the Wood Brothers organization. Hopefully we can go out there and win races and compete for championships year after year.”

Earlier this season, Team Penske announced that it signed Joey Logano to a multi-year contract through the 2022 season and beyond. Just yesterday, the team announced it has come to terms with Brad Keselowski for a multi-year agreement, giving the organization a solid foundation for the future.

While the No. 12 Ford Fusion has made a handful of starts in the Cup Series over the last few years, Team Penske has not competed as a full-time, three-car team since the 2010 season with Keselowski, Kurt Busch and Sam Hornish Jr. Despite the fact that the team has only run two full-time cars since the 2011 season, Team Penske has produced 40 MENCS victories, along with the 2012 NASCAR Cup Series title, and the 2015 Daytona 500 Championship.

More details surrounding the No. 12 team, including sponsorship and crew chief, will be announced in the near future.


-Patrick Emerling Sweeps Spencer Speedway while Hirschman earns 4th Series win of 2017-

Elma, N.Y. – (July 24, 2017) – Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., who is the defending Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco champion and Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., earned victories during a weekend of racing for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series at Spencer Speedway in Williamson, N.Y. and the Holland (N.Y.) International Speedway.

Emerling worked his way to the front at Spencer Speedway on Friday night in the Patsy and Joe Catalano Tribute 75 and passed Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., which put him in victory lane for the second time this season giving him the Spencer Speedway sweep.

“We had a great car tonight,” stated Emerling in victory lane. “We had to work for it and Mike (Leaty) is always strong here. It was a good race for us and we are happy with the result. It was a great way to kick off two nights of racing.”

Emerling was followed to the stripe by Leaty. Tommy Catalano finished third while Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y. and Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y., rounded out the top-five.

The Catalano family rewarded racers with several special awards including $5,454.54 in lap money. Bryan Sherwood of Binghamton, N.Y., and Karl Hehr of Cheektowaga, N.Y., were the big earners in the lap money department, while Hossfeld picked up the hard charger award.

Mike Leaty posted the fastest lap and earned the bonus points during the green-white-checker time trials. Leaty, Tyler Rypkema of Owego, N.Y., and Emerling won the qualifying races.

On Saturday night in the Thunder in the Hills 100 presented by Upstate Auto Group at Holland International Speedway Hirschman made a late race pass of Austin Kochensash from Danielsville, Pa., and went to earn the 40th Series win of his career, which is the most on the all-time win list.

“Things just went our way tonight,” beamed Hirschman from victory lane. “We had a good spot and just had to bide our time. Austin (Kochenash) ran well tonight and we had to work hard to get around him. I didn’t want to make contact with him, we did in the heat, and I didn’t want to do that again. I love Holland and coming here. This is a great track and a very good win for us.”

“This is another great win for us,” smiled Hirschman from victory lane surrounded by his family. “This is a family effort for us and today we had a great car. Once we got to the lead, I knew Patrick (Emerling) was coming but I had enough to hold on get us here. This streak we are on right now is a personal best in my career and something I am extremely proud of. We will definitely take it.”

Emerling finished second, which extended his lead in the series championship standings. Kochenash hung on for third, while Scott Wylie of Blasdell, N.Y., worked his back through the field after an early race incident to claim 4th. Hossfeld rounded out the top-five.

Hossfeld, Emerling and Daryl Lewis, Jr., of Ontario, N.Y., won the qualifying races while Hossfeld earned the fastest time during group qualifying.

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Feature Finish

Tribute to Patsy & Joe Catalano ’75’

Spencer Speedway, Williamson, NY.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)


Pos           No.           Name                       Laps

1              07            Patrick Emerling       75

2              25            Mike Leaty                               75

3              54            Tommy Catalano      75

4              22            Chuck Hossfled         75

5              12x          Andy Jankowiak        75

6              51            TJ Potrzebowski       75

7              32            Tyler Rypkema         75

8              65            George Skora III       74

9              3              Daren Scherer          74

10            64            Amy Catalano           74

11            95            Bryan Sherwood       74

12            1              Mike Barnes             74

13            2t             Austin Kochenash     74

14            40r           Tommy Rought         72

15            40b          Alan Bookmiller       68

16            59            Karl Hehr                 61

17            45            Timmy Catalano       27

18            10            Daryl Lewis Jr.          0


Time of Race: 29 minutes 46 seconds              Average Speed 77.017 mph

Margin of victory: 1.179 seconds       Fast Qualifying Lap: Mike Leaty / 18.955 seconds

Lead Changes: 2 among 3 drivers


Qualifying Race Results:

Qualifying Race 1

Pos           No.           Name

1              25            Mike Leaty

2              22            Chuck Hossfled

3              64            Amy Catalano

4              51            TJ Potrzebowski

5              3              Daren Scherer

6              40r           Tommy Rought


Qualifying Race 2

Pos           No.           Name

1              32            Tyler Rypkema

2              12x          Andy Jankowiak

3              2t             Austin Kochenash

4              95            Bryan Sherwood

5              1              Mike Barnes

6              45            Timmy Catalano


Qualifying Race 3

Pos           No.           Name

1              07            Patrick Emerling

2              54            Tommy Catalano

3              65            George Skora III

4              59            Karl Hehr

5              40b          Alan Bookmiller

6              10            Daryl Lewis





Feature Finish

Thunder in the Hills 100 presented by Upstate Auto Group

Holland International Speedway, Holland, NY.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)


Pos           No.           Name                       Laps

1              60            Matt Hirschman       100

2              07            Patrick Emerling       100

3              2t             Austin Kochenash     100

4              22w         Scott Wylie              100

5              22h          Chuck Hossfeld         100

6              01            Cam Barber              100

7              25            Mike Leaty                               100

8              54            Tommy Catalano      100

9              10l           Daryl Lewis, Jr.         100

10            95            Bryan Sherwood       100

11            12x          Tom McGrath           100

12            59            Karl Hehr                 99

13            17            Danny Knoll, Jr.        99

14            32            Tyler Rypkema         99

15            24            David Rigan              99

16            40r           Tommy Rought         96

17            10f           Mike Fiebelkorn       79

18            76            Randall Richards       71

19            64            Amy Catalano           70

20            99            Bill Mislin                 62

21            10b          Alan Bookmiller       62

22            3              Daren Scherer          48

23            65            George Skora III       10

24            73x          Andy Jankowiak        10


Time of Race: 29 minutes 46 seconds              Average Speed 64.354 mph

Margin of victory: .812 seconds       Fast Qualifying Lap: Chuck Hossfeld / 13.902 seconds

Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers


Qualifying Race 1

Pos           No.           Name

1              22            Chuck Hossfeld

2              65            George Skora, III

3              22w         Scott Wylie

4              73x          Andy Jankowiak

5              3              Daren Scherer

6              32            Tyler Rypkema

7              10f           Mike Fiebelkorn

8              64            Amy Catalano


Qualifying Race 2

Pos           No.           Name

1              07            Patrick Emerling

2              60            Matt Hirschman

3              2t             Austin Kochenash

4              76            Randall Richards

5              59            Karl Hehr

6              24            David Rigan

7              40r           Tommy Rought

8              12x          Tom McGrath


Qualifying Race 3

Pos           No.           Name

1              10l           Daryl Lewis, Jr.

2              95            Bryan Sherwood

3              25            Mike Leaty

4              54            Tommy Catalano

5              01            Cam Barber

6              99            Bill Mislin

7              17            Danny Knoll, Jr.

8              10b          Alan Bookmiller


Point Standings following
Holland International Speedway
Pos No. Name Total
1 07 Patrick Emerling 825
2 25 Mike Leaty 777
3 12x Andy Jankowiak 710
4 54 Tommy Catalano 704
5 65 George Skora 681
6 32 Tyler Rypkema 639
7 22 Chuck Hossfeld 568
8 95 Bryan Sherwood 546
9 60 Matt Hirschman 540
10 64 Amy Catalano 527
11 3 Daren Scherer 526
12 66 Austin Kochenash 446
13 10 Daryl Lewis 419
14 59 Karl Hehr 418
15 40 Tommy Rought 377
16 51 TJ Potrzebowski 242
17 22jr Scott Wylie 242
18 40 Alan Bookmiller 240
19 01 Cam Barber 187
20 99 Bill Mislan 163
21 11 Kirk Totten 160
22 76 Zane Zeiner 159
23 1 Chris Ridsdale 108
24 7ny Kevin Miller 107
25 19 Brandon Oltra 106
26 24 David Rigan 106
27 45 Timmy Catalano 101
28 17 Danny Knoll Jr. 101
29 76 Randall Richards 91
30 71 Jimmy Zacharias 72
31 5 Kyle Ebersole 72
32 17 Roger Coss 66
33 12x Tom McGrath 58
34 1 Mike Barnes 56
35 01x John Barber 48
36 4 Kreig Heroth 48
37 72 David French Jr. 48
38 10f Mike Fiebelkorn 47
39 25r John Ramsay 20

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