No quit in them: Future looks promising for Wood Brothers

Ryan Blaney will drive the Wood Brothers' famed No. 21 Ford on a part-time basis in 2015.

Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images

One of the new alliances that came about during the offseason was the Wood Brothers striking a deal with Team Penske. The famous No. 21 will be piloted by Ryan Blaney and his crew chief will be Jeremy Bullins.

Unfortunately, Roush Fenway Racing, which the Woods were previously aligned with all those years, has been struggling of late, so I think this is a very positive move for the Wood Brothers.

Ryan and Jeremy already have a history together running the Nationwide car last year, so this new alliance I believe will give them a chance for the Wood Brothers to really be better. Let’s face it: One thing that will never change is that it’s extremely hard for a driver, crew chief, pit crew, etc. to run the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on a limited basis.

The Wood Brothers are one of the few teams left trying to do it. I applaud them for doing it, though. They are only racing with how far their sponsorship will take them. While they aren’t over-extending themselves, it’s still an uphill climb to run a limited schedule.

Now back in the day when NASCAR Hall of Famers David Pearson and Cale Yarborough did it because they wanted to cut back from the weekly grind, it was a somewhat easier scenario.

Like you hear us say all the time, though, that was then and this is now. This isn’t the same NASCAR as 30 years ago when David and Cale were doing it. So it’s just a lot harder for any team and driver today than ever before.

The benefit of an alliance with a powerhouse like Team Penske will definitely make the challenges the Wood Brothers face that much easier in a lot of areas.