Paul Menard’s Wood Brothers paint scheme revealed… and it looks familiar


The Wood Brothers new paint scheme for driver Paul Menard has been revealed.

Okay, lets back track a little bit since half the internet still does not understand what is going on. Ryan Blaney, formerly of the Wood Brothers, has left the team to become the third driver at Penske Racing. That move left an opening at the Wood Brothers. The once famed team – who always seems to be hanging on by a thread – extended an offer to the son of billionaire hardware chain owner John Menard to drive their No. 21 car.

Menard has been around NASCAR for a long time. He has one career victory, thanks to some nice fuel saving at Indianapolis. But largely Menard has existed in NASCAR because he brings sponsorship dollars. Menard has bounced around ride to ride from DEI, Yates Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports to Richard Childress Racing. Hey even his first career start came as a driver for Andy Petree’s doomed team in 2003 because John Menard was willing to sponsor the car.

You may be noticing a trend here. Petree’s team is dead, DEI is dead, Yates Racing is dead, everyone views Richard Petty Motorsports as dead and RCR is not far behind. In some ways maybe this is the Wood Brothers just collecting a few more checks before the whole thing blows up. NASCAR’s current system is not working with drivers making too much, fans not turning out and tv not giving a crap.

Anyway on with the new Paul Menard paint scheme for the 2018 season.

Ok. Maybe Penske Racing should just ask them why they thought it was a great idea to make a yellow car with a red number. Okay in fairness whoever made the Penske car atleast tried. It has some accents while the Menards car is just yellow with a number on it. Frankly maybe they were just learning how to design a car or maybe they got one of those peal and stick number sets and just stuck it on whatever yellow car body they could find. This is just ridiculous.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 18: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, drives during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

In all fairness I do wish Paul the best of luck in 2018. His next start, which should be the Daytona 500, will mark his 400th career Cup start. Even if his dad brought sponsorship that is a lot of races to run at the top level of NASCAR.