Wood Brothers secure charter through partnership with St. Hilaire

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

Paul Menard will be guaranteed a starting spot in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season after the Wood Brothers have reached a longterm partnership deal with Archie St. Hilaire of GoFAS Racing.

St. Hilaire has granted Wood Brothers Racing (WBR) full operating control of the charter. Because charters can only be leased once every five years, St. Hilaire remains as the owner of the charter in use by WBR. Go Fas Racing leased the No. 44 charter, driven by Brian Scott in 2016, from Richard Petty Motorsports in 2017.

“This Charter is a game-changing step for Wood Brothers Racing. It’s the critical piece needed to thrive as a top owner in our sport,” said Len Wood, co-owner of Wood Brothers Racing, in a release.  “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.

“Last year we leased a Charter from Archie [St. Hilaire].  We’ve really come to appreciate working with him and his son Mason and I think everyone has benefited tremendously from this relationship. For 2018 and beyond, we’ve taken it a step further and entered into a partnership and we think it will be a rewarding endeavor for everyone involved.”

With a charter secured for 2018, WBR is looking to build on the momentum left by Ryan Blaney with Menard.

“Paul has the skill and playoff experience to take the Wood Brothers on yet another championship run,” Wood said. “The security that the Charter brings through this partnership will allow us to place of our focus on winning races, making the playoffs and fighting for a championship. We’re looking forward to getting back to racing and competing against the best teams and drivers in the world.”

Go FAS Racing plans to have a charter for the 2018 season.

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