Sprint Cup team preview: Wood Brothers Racing
January 26, 2014, Zack Albert, NASCAR.com
Bayne back in famed No. 21 Ford for part-time Cup slate
-- One of NASCAR's most historic teams enters its 61st season of competition in NASCAR's premier series. The team eclipsed the 1,400-start mark in 2013, its third year with Trevor Bayne as the primary driver of the venerable No. 21 Ford. The Wood Brothers have fielded cars for four NASCAR Hall of Famers, and team namesakes Glen and Leonard Wood are also enshrined.
-- The Wood Brothers' last full-time season was 2006. The current part-time schedule harkens back to the Stuart, Va., team's heyday, when it opted to compete in the series' biggest races.
-- Bayne's surprise victory in the 2011 Daytona 500 remains the team's greatest highlight -- by a wide margin -- in its modern history.
2014 Driver Lineup
Trevor Bayne, No. 21 Ford.
Bayne, 22, returns for a part-time Sprint Cup role with the Wood Brothers in addition to his full-time duties in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Roush Fenway Racing, which helps the Wood team through a partnership that dates back to 1998. Bayne entered 12 Sprint Cup events for the Wood Brothers in 2013, down four races from 2012.
Bayne said in preseason testing that the team again plans a 12-race schedule with funding from longtime sponsors Motorcraft and Quick Lane. Bayne indicated that if additional sponsorship materialized, an 18- to 20-race slate "would be our perfect scenario."
The Wood Brothers' familiar No. 21 Ford has been a stock-car racing staple since NASCAR's earliest days. Though the team hasn't regularly competed for wins in some time, Bayne has given the Woods glimmers of its past glory on occasion, notching a pair of top-10 finishes in its limited schedule in 2012.
Four of the team's 12 starts last year came on restrictor-plate tracks Daytona and Talladega, where the playing field is often leveled for part-time or lesser-funded teams. A similar schedule this year could mean more glimpses of promise for Bayne and the No. 21.