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Blaney’s Playoff Hopes Enhanced By Ninth-Place Finish At New Hampshire

Blaney’s Playoff Hopes Enhanced By Ninth-Place Finish At New Hampshire

September 24, 2017

With a solid performance on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team remain in contention to advance to the second round of the Monster Energy Cup playoffs, which begin after next week’s race at Dover International Speedway.

At New Hampshire, Blaney earned valuable points in the first two stages of the 300-mile race then came home ninth at the finish to gain two spots in the championship standings. Continue reading Blaney’s Playoff Hopes Enhanced By Ninth-Place Finish At New Hampshire

Blaney Qualifies Fourth At New Hampshire

Blaney Qualifies Fourth At New Hampshire

September 22, 2017

In one of the most important qualifying sessions of their 2017 season, Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team rose to the occasion and earned the fourth starting spot for Sunday’s 300-miler at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The flat, one-mile oval at New Hampshire makes passing difficult. That combined with the relative shortness of the race puts track position at a premium, and the No. 21 will be on the outside row for the start of the race. That puts the team in a better position to earn stage points in the first half of the race, and it sets them up for better track position later on as well due to the opportunity to pick a more advantageous pit stall.

Every point is of the utmost importance as Blaney and the team work to make the cut for the second round of the playoffs, which begin after next weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway. Blaney enters this weekend 10th in the standings but just eight points ahead of 13th-place Kurt Busch. The bottom four of the 16 playoff drivers will be eliminated after Dover.

On Friday, the near future looked promising. The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion was fast from the start of practice at New Hampshire. Blaney was fifth fastest with a best lap at 135.030 miles per hour.

In the three rounds of knock-out qualifying, he was 11th in the first round with a speed of 133.212 mph then won the second round with a lap at 134.753 mph. In the final round he posted a speed of 134.720 mph to earn the fourth starting spot.

“I thought we made good gains through the rounds and that’s something to be proud of for sure,” said Blaney, who led the way all day for the Ford contingent. “We just didn’t pick up speed in the last round.

“We had good speed in the second one and some other guys went faster the last round, and we kind of stayed the same.”

Still, Friday’s performance showed a significant improvement over the team’s recent appearances at New Hampshire.

“We made some good adjustments,” Blaney said. “I think that’s the best we’ve ever qualified here, so that’s something to look forward to and we have a good spot for Sunday.”

Among those closely following the events of the day at New Hampshire was the team’s long-time crew chief, NASCAR Hall of Famer Leonard Wood, who was back home in Stuart, Va., celebrating his 83rd birthday.

Wood was most impressed with Blaney’s dominance of the second round of qualifying.

“Wow!” he said, adding that the birthday weekend festivities will keep him at home instead of in the pit area at New Hampshire on Sunday.

Sunday’s race is set to get the green flag just after 2 p.m. Eastern Time with TV coverage on NBCSN.

Strategy Will Be The Key For Blaney, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team At New Hampshire

Strategy Will Be The Key For Blaney, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team At New Hampshire

September 21, 2017

Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the thick of a tight battle to advance to the second round of the Monster Energy Cup playoffs.

Blaney enters Sunday’s 300-mile race 10th in the standings, eight points ahead of 13th-place Kurt Busch. The bottom four of the 16 drivers in the playoffs will be eliminated from the title hunt after next week’s race at Dover International Speedway. Continue reading Strategy Will Be The Key For Blaney, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team At New Hampshire

Blaney Remains In Top 10 In Points After Finishing 11th at Chicagoland

Blaney Remains In Top 10 In Points After Finishing 11th at Chicagoland

September 17, 2017

Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team were able to bounce back from early misfortune in Sunday’s playoff opener at Chicagoland Speedway and come home with an 11th-place finish that keeps them in the top 10 in points heading into the second playoff race at New Hampshire next Sunday.

Blaney started 12th at Chicagoland but dropped back early and fell off the lead lap due to contact with another car. Continue reading Blaney Remains In Top 10 In Points After Finishing 11th at Chicagoland

Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Honored To Be A Part Of NASCAR’s Playoffs

Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Honored To Be A Part Of NASCAR’s Playoffs

September 14, 2017

As Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team heads to Chicagoland Speedway to kick off their first-ever appearance in NASCAR’s playoffs, team co-owner Eddie Wood is hoping for a strong run over the final 10 races. But foremost on his mind at this point is that he’s simply glad to be among the elite 16 teams that will begin the run to the championship.

“It’s truly an honor to be a part of it,” he said. “I’m proud of our race team. I’m proud of all of our sponsors – Motorcraft and Quick Lane and the people at Ford Motor Company. Continue reading Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Honored To Be A Part Of NASCAR’s Playoffs

Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Hoping To End Regular Season On A Positive Note

Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Hoping To End Regular Season On A Positive Note

September 6, 2017

Thanks to a win in June at Pocono Raceway, Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team head to the regular season finale at Richmond International Raceway this weekend without the pressure of trying to secure a berth in the 10-race, championship-deciding playoffs.

Blaney is among the 13 drivers who secured one of 16 playoff berths via a race win during the regular season. The remaining three spots are in play at Richmond, with those going to either the three who have the most points of the winless driver or another driver who might score his or her first victory of the season at Richmond.

Without the pressure to make the playoffs, Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team can use the weekend to prepare for their first trip to the playoffs.

“We just need a good, steady performance at Richmond to get everything on a positive note heading into the playoffs,” team co-owner Eddie Wood said. “Ryan got the outside pole when we were there in April, so we have the potential to have a good finish on Saturday.”

Looking ahead to the playoffs, Wood likes the line-up of hosting tracks, as five of them are intermediate tracks with Talladega Superspeedway and Phoenix Raceway in there as well.

“We’ve had fast cars all year long at the mile-and-a-half tracks, so we’re excited to get back to them,” he said. “Talladega’s been good to us over the years, and Ryan has had success at Phoenix. We’ll just go run the races and see how it works out.

“We’re just happy to be one of the teams in the playoffs and happy to have a chance to represent Motorcraft/Quick Lane and Ford Performance in these upcoming races.”

Qualifying at Richmond is set for 5:45 p.m. on Friday, and the 400-lap, 300-mile race is scheduled to start just after 7:30 p.m. on Saturday with TV coverage on NBCSN. Continue reading Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Hoping To End Regular Season On A Positive Note

The Lady In Black and Lady Luck Are Unkind To Blaney And The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team

The Lady In Black and Lady Luck Are Unkind To Blaney And The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team

September 4, 2017
The Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway turned out to be a long, frustrating experience for Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team as they finished 31st, 11 laps behind the leaders. Continue reading The Lady In Black and Lady Luck Are Unkind To Blaney And The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team

Throwback Darlington Weekend Is A Special One For Kyle Petty, Ryan Blaney And The Wood Brothers

Throwback Darlington Weekend Is A Special One For Kyle Petty, Ryan Blaney And The Wood Brothers

August 31, 2017

For people who appreciate the history and heritage of NASCAR, any trip to Darlington Raceway, the sport’s original superspeedway, is a memorable experience.

Since 2015, when NASCAR returned to Darlington to race on Labor Day weekend, the track’s traditional date, teams have celebrated the return with special throwback paint schemes, adding another nostalgic element to the Darlington experience. Continue reading Throwback Darlington Weekend Is A Special One For Kyle Petty, Ryan Blaney And The Wood Brothers

Motorcraft/Quick Lane Will Return to Famed Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford Fusion in 2018 with New Driver Paul Menard

Motorcraft/Quick Lane Will Return to Famed Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford Fusion in 2018 with New Driver Paul Menard

August 29, 2017

The iconic No. 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. Continue reading Motorcraft/Quick Lane Will Return to Famed Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford Fusion in 2018 with New Driver Paul Menard

Blaney Finishes 10th in Night Race At Bristol

Blaney Finishes 10th in Night Race At Bristol

August 20, 2017
Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team came away from the Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway with a 10th-place finish and some growing momentum heading into an off week followed by the final two races of the regular season.

Saturday night’s finish was Blaney’s ninth top 10 of the season and his second in the past three races. In between he had a 15th-place finish at Michigan, and he and the team head into the off week 12th in the championship standings. Continue reading Blaney Finishes 10th in Night Race At Bristol

Blaney Qualifies 10th For Bristol Night Race; Team To Honor Late Crewman Butch Moricle

Blaney Qualifies 10th For Bristol Night Race; Team To Honor Late Crewman Butch Moricle

August 18, 2017

Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team unloaded another fast Ford Fusion at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday. They set the pace in final practice for the second-straight week and earned the 10th starting spot for Saturday’s Night Race.

It was the 16th time in 24 races this season that Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team have qualified in the top 10.

Blaney was fourth fastest in the opening practice session with a lap at 128.917 miles per hour. Then, for the second-straight week he set the pace in final practice, this time turning a lap at 128.554 mph. Continue reading Blaney Qualifies 10th For Bristol Night Race; Team To Honor Late Crewman Butch Moricle

Wood Brothers Team Preparing To Race For A Second Car Owner Championship

Wood Brothers Team Preparing To Race For A Second Car Owner Championship

August 16, 2017

Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team head to Bristol Motor Speedway looking for a strong run to build momentum as Blaney prepares himself to battle for his first championship in NASCAR’s elite division while his Wood Brothers team is seeking its second car owner title.

Many fans know the Woods, NASCAR’s longest continuously operating team, have won 99 Cup races and 117 poles, but few realize the Woods also have an owner’s championship from the 1963 season. Continue reading Wood Brothers Team Preparing To Race For A Second Car Owner Championship

Blaney Finishes 15th At Michigan As Playoff Berth Is Secured

Blaney Finishes 15th At Michigan As Playoff Berth Is Secured

August 13, 2017

Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/SKF team salvaged a 15th-place finish in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway after a mid-race setback knocked them out a chance to contend for the victory.

Even so, Blaney and his Wood Brothers team gained a spot in the championship standings to 12th place. More importantly, a race victory by a previous winner (Kyle Larson) secured Blaney and the Motorcraft team a spot in the playoffs, the 10-race run to the championship that begins after three more races.

For the early portions of Sunday’s 400-miler, Blaney and the No. 21 Fusion showed their usual speed. Continue reading Blaney Finishes 15th At Michigan As Playoff Berth Is Secured

Michigan’s An Important Track For Blaney, Wood Brothers

Michigan’s An Important Track For Blaney, Wood Brothers

August 8, 2017

In the midst of one of their best seasons in years the Wood Brothers and their young driver are headed to Michigan International Speedway hoping for a strong run in front of their long-time backers at Ford Motor Company.

Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion have a win this season at Pocono Raceway, two other top-five and seven other top-10 finishes and a pole at Kansas Speedway. Continue reading Michigan’s An Important Track For Blaney, Wood Brothers

Late-Race Gamble At The Glen Comes A Couple of Laps Short For Blaney, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team

Late-Race Gamble At The Glen Comes A Couple of Laps Short For Blaney, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team

August 6, 2017

With their win earlier this season at Pocono Raceway assuring them of a playoff berth, Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team took a gamble on winning at Watkins Glen but came a couple of laps short on fuel.

Blaney was leading with three laps to go when the engine in his No. 21 Fusion began sputtering, so he ducked on to pit road for a splash of fuel. Nonetheless, he was able to score an eighth place finish, his best-ever result on a road course in NASCAR’s elite series. Continue reading Late-Race Gamble At The Glen Comes A Couple of Laps Short For Blaney, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team

High-Speed Watkins Glen Track Should Suit Ryan Blaney’s Style

High-Speed Watkins Glen Track Should Suit Ryan Blaney’s Style

August 3, 2017

Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team will be back on the road this weekend, road racing at historic Watkins Glen in New York.

The Wood Brothers and their No. 21 Fords have a history of running well at the Glen. In their first trip there, back in 1965, the late Marvin Panch took the lead on Lap 12 and led the remaining 53 laps to take the victory over Ned Jarrett, Buddy Baker and Cale Yarborough. Continue reading High-Speed Watkins Glen Track Should Suit Ryan Blaney’s Style

Blaney Going For Not-So-Rare Pocono Sweep

Blaney Going For Not-So-Rare Pocono Sweep

July 27, 2017

Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team head back to Pocono Raceway this weekend hoping for a repeat of their performance there on June 11 when Blaney scored his first career Cup win and the Wood Brothers’ 99th.

A sweep of the season’s races at Pocono isn’t all that uncommon. Bobby Allison did it in 1982, Bill Elliott followed in 1985, the late Tim Richmond did it in 1986, as did Bobby Labonte in 1999, Jimmie Johnson in 2004, Denny Hamlin in 2006 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2014. Continue reading Blaney Going For Not-So-Rare Pocono Sweep

Wood Brothers Racing and Paul Menard Team Up Beginning in 2018

Wood Brothers Racing and Paul Menard Team Up Beginning in 2018

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. Continue reading Wood Brothers Racing and Paul Menard Team Up Beginning in 2018

Late Wrecks Ends Impressive Brickyard Performance For Blaney, Quick Lane Team

Late Wrecks Ends Impressive Brickyard Performance For Blaney, Quick Lane Team

July 24, 2017

For Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Quick Lane team, the 16 championship points earned via third-place finishes in the first two Stages of Sunday’s Brickyard 400 lessened the pain of a disappointing 23rd-place finish.

When the points were tallied after the race, Blaney had earned 30, the equivalent of a seventh-place finish, despite having his race end prematurely due to his involvement in the mayhem that marked the second half of the race. There were a record 14 caution periods that consumed 55 laps and saw 17 drivers, including Blaney, eliminated with crashed race cars. Continue reading Late Wrecks Ends Impressive Brickyard Performance For Blaney, Quick Lane Team

Blaney Puts Quick Lane Ford Fusion Among The Top 10 In Indy Qualifying

Blaney Puts Quick Lane Ford Fusion Among The Top 10 In Indy Qualifying

July 22, 2017

Ryan Blaney advanced through the three rounds of qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday and earned the 10th starting spot for Sunday’s Brickyard 400.

It was his 14th top-10 qualifying effort in 20 races this season and his sixth in the past seven races. Continue reading Blaney Puts Quick Lane Ford Fusion Among The Top 10 In Indy Qualifying