Wood Brothers Racing, Go Fas Racing secure charters for upcoming season
By John Haverlin
January 17, 2018
Wood Brothers Racing will use Go Fas Racing’s charter and Go Fas will use Circle Sport’s charter for the upcoming NASCAR Cup Series season.
Last season, Wood Brothers leased Go Fas’ charter and Go Fas leased Richard Petty Motorsports’ No. 44 charter. Lease agreements can only last one year, so Go Fas owner Archie St. Hilaire repossesses the No. 32 charter for 2018.
However, his team has formed a partnership with Wood Brothers and the team will use it for the No. 21 Ford with Paul Menard.
“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. “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. 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.”
The No. 44 charter belongs to Petty again and the team will use it for Darrell Wallace Jr. and the No. 43 Chevrolet. The No. 43 charter was acquired by Rick Ware Racing last month and the team will use it for the No. 51 car.
Go Fas will use Circle Sport’s No. 33 charter this season. Last year, Circle Sport and The Motorsports Group merged to field an entry for Jeffrey Earnhardt, but that coalition has ended.
TMG is currently without a charter and will likely compete as an open team as it did in 2016 with Josh Wise and Gray Gaulding.
The No. 33 car will also be an open entry this season. Joey Gase is slated to run a partial schedule and be the full-time driver of Go Fas’ sister team, Go Green Racing, in the XFINITY Series this season.
He will pilot the No. 35 Sparks Energy car.