Sunday, September 18, 2011

Stenhouse Could Drive For Woods Next Season

Wood Brothers Racing co-owner Len Wood says a decision will be made in the next few weeks about whether Trevor Bayne will return to the legendary #21 Sprint Cup Series Ford next season, or be replaced by current NASCAR Nationwide Series point leader Ricky Stenhouse.

“If I had to say right now, I would say it would be that guy,” said Wood, pointing to Bayne’s name on the roof of the #21 Quick Lane Tire and Auto Ford Fusion in the garage at Chicagoland Speedway. “He’s done an amazing job for us this season, and we’d love to have him back. But it’s all up to Ford Motor Company and the sponsors.”

Wood called this year’s Daytona 500 champion, “a pleasure to work with,” and said their upset win in the 2011 season opener energized the team’s fan base. “It brought us a bunch of new fans, and also got the older, 1960s and `70s-era fans pretty pumped up.” It did not, however, bring any additional sponsorship to the table, preventing the team from expanding its limited schedule of events. Wood said he expects to run a similar number of races next season, with “at least 12 and maybe as many as 18” events on the schedule. “If I tell you 12 (races) and it ends up being 18, that’s great,” he said. “Right now, though, I’ll just say 12.”

He said a decision on who will steer the #21 Ford next season will be made by Ford Motor Company and Roush Fenway Racing, which whom the Woods have a longstanding technical alliance. “We’ll probably have a conversation about that with (RFR President) Steve Newmark in the next couple of weeks,” he said. “We don’t necessarily need a decision right away, but more lead time is always better.” He added that Wood Brothers Racing is the perfect place for Roush and FoMoCo to groom young drivers, saying, “Running a part-time schedule like we do, if a kid creases up a few door panels, it’s not that big a deal.”


  1. Anonymous8:41 AM

    Leave Trevor where he is and put Stenhouse in the #4 sprint car. Ragan with RPM.

  2. Anonymous8:42 AM

    #6 car