Last August, Wood Brothers Racing hosted 153 Ford techs as its own special guests during the NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, where those techs were honored with a special livery adorning Harrison Burton’s No. 21 Ford Mustang racer. Each of those Ford techs – who had previously achieved 20-year Senior Master status – had their name featured on the side of the pony car, and Burton made time to visit with the technicians and sign autographs, too. Now, Wood Brothers Racing is once again set to honor a group of senior Ford techs at the upcoming FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway this Sunday.
As was the case last year, Harrison Burton’s No. 21 Ford Mustang will once again don a special paint scheme to honor Ford’s 20-Year Senior Technicians, who will once again see their names emblazoned on the side of the race car. Those techs will also be invited to attend Sunday’s race, which is set to take place at what Ford calls its “home track.”
Wood Brothers Racing has enjoyed a long and illustrious partnership with The Blue Oval, having raced Ford vehicles exclusively through its multi-decade involvement in NASCAR racing. Michigan International Speedway is also the home track of Wood’s own crew chief Brian Wilson, who hails from Detroit and has attended quite a few races there over the years.
“I was born in Detroit and went to many races at MIS growing up,” he said. “Any time we’ve had success there it’s been a special weekend. Everyone at Ford knows how important it is to run well at Michigan. Continuing the win streak and bringing home the Heritage Trophy is the primary focus this week. The car looks especially mean this week with the primarily black scheme. We hope to put it up front to make everyone proud.”