Luck runs out for the Wood Brothers at Daytona

The No. 21 Motorcraft Ford will miss the Coke Zero 400 after qualifying is rained out.

Ryan Blaney was the fastest Ford in Happy Hour on Friday at Daytona. 

Unfortunately, he won’t get the opportunity to race the No. 21 Motorcraft Ford in the Coke Zero 400 because the field was set according the by speed for the top 43 in Sprint Cup points. The Wood Brothers have attempted to run just six races this season. 

The failure to qualify marks the first time in seven seasons, since the Wood Brothers elected to run a partial schedule, that the iconic No. 21 Motorcraft Ford has missed a show. 

This one got us, but if it has to happen, I’d rather it be for something we can’t control instead of for a lack of performance on our part.

Eddie Wood

“I really hate this for Motorcraft/Quick Lane and all of our guests,” team co-owner Eddie Wood said. “We've been lucky. This is the first time this has happened since we started part time in 2009. We've dodged a lot of bullets, including last time in Michigan.

“This one got us, but if it has to happen, I’d rather it be for something we can’t control instead of for a lack of performance on our part.”

Blaney exhibited plenty of speed on Friday. Although the No. 21 was 22nd in the first practice, the 21-year-old Team Penske protege jumped to ninth in final practice. 

"We'll go ahead and get home a day early and get ready for Kentucky," Wood added. "We control what we can control and we can't control the weather."

On to Kentucky

The Wood Brothers hope to return to action with Blaney next weekend at Kentucky Speedway, where Blaney earned his first career XFINITY Series race in 2013 and holds an average finish of 7.5. Although Blaney was disappointed the team wasn’t able to qualify, then race in the Coke Zero 400, he’s optimistic regarding his chances in the Blue Grass State. 

Some stuff we can't control and this is one of them.

Ryan Blaney

“Some stuff we can't control and this is one of them,” Blaney said. “This is the bad part about running part time. If this happens you're out. It's unfortunate we didn't get a chance to qualify. We had a really fast Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion.

“Our next race is Kentucky next week and I'm looking forward to that one."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Event Daytona II
Track Daytona International Speedway
Drivers Ryan Blaney
Teams Wood Brothers Racing
Article type Qualifying report
Tags eddie wood