DEARBORN, Mich., May 22, 2017 – Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing and Wood Brothers Racing are honoring the team’s 1987 Coca-Cola 600-winning Ford Thunderbird at this year’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. The throwback paint scheme was revealed during today’s episode of “NASCAR America” on NBCSN.
Driven by Kyle Petty and sponsored at the time by Citgo, the 1987 Wood Brothers Ford won the 600 and finished in the top five on five other occasions. Petty scored a second at North Wilksboro and third-place finishes at Talladega, Pocono, Michigan and Riverside in 29 starts that season.
In the iconic No. 21’s paint scheme for Darlington, the distinctive blue and white of the past replaces the traditional red and white layout of the present. Motorcraft replaces Citgo on the hood and Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers replaces the former sponsor at an angle in front of the rear tires on the side panels.
“Even when Richard Petty and David Pearson were fighting tooth and nail on the race track, the Wood family and the Petty family were great friends,” said Len Wood, co-owner of Wood Brothers Racing. “That friendship continues today and that makes honoring the car Kyle drove for us even more special.”
The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford’s current driver, up-and-coming NASCAR star Ryan Blaney, is a student of stock car history and enjoys the throwback weekend at Daralington as much as any driver in the series.
“Not a day goes by while driving for the Wood Brothers that I’m not struck by the team’s history and what it has meant to NASCAR for 67 years,” said Blaney whose fire suit for the Southern 500 will resemble that of Petty. “That’s why it is so neat to drive a No. 21 car at Darlington with a paint scheme recognizing Kyle Petty’s big win in the ’87 Coca-Cola 600.”
The Bojangles’ Southern 500 takes place Sunday, Sept. 3, at 6 p.m. at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. It will be broadcast on NBCSN.
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Wood Brothers Racing
Wood Brothers Racing was formed in 1950 in Stuart, Va., by Hall of Famer Glen Wood. Wood Brothers Racing is the oldest active team and one of the winningest teams in NASCAR history. Since its founding, the team won 98 races (including at least one race in every decade for the last seven decades) and 117 poles in NASCA’s top-tier series. Fielding only Ford products for its entire history, the Wood Brothers own the longest association of any motorsports team with a single manufacturer. Glen’s brother, Leonard, is known for inventing the modern pit stop. The team currently runs the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney in the famous number 21 racecar.