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NASCAR Cup: Jeremy Bullins says farewell to Wood Brothers Racing

No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford of Ryan Blaney (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford of Ryan Blaney (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

When the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season concludes with the waving of the checkered flag on the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, both driver Ryan Blaney and crew chief Jeremy Bullins will leave the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford team for the newly-formed third team at Team Penske.

On Thursday morning Bullins issued a note of thanks and farewell to the Wood Brothers organization that read:

“It’s funny how life works and the things that happen that lead you to where you wind up. Growing up in Stokes County, less than 30 minutes away from the Wood Brothers’ shop, it was common for me to see cars in town with 21 stickers on the window or license plates and such. I always thought how cool it would be to work there, and racing was all I ever wanted to do, anyhow.
“When I sat down with Eddie and Len Wood at the picnic table in the old “new” shop in Stuart, Va., in 1999, I could only dream that one day I’d be the crew chief of the 21. Now there were a lot of stops along the way in between for me to arrive at that point, but it all started with me getting my foot in the door that night.

“So as 2017 draws to a close, it’s not the end of the season I’m thinking about, it’s the beginnings. When those guys offered me a job that night, it was the beginning for me. It got me started on a path that led to my ultimate goal of being a crew chief, and for that, I’m forever grateful. It’s even more ironic that after Mr. Penske gave me the opportunity to be a crew chief at the Xfinity level, that my jump to the Cup Series would, again, involve the Wood family. Again, a beginning for me. It was like I never left.  It was the perfect opportunity for me to make the next step in my career in an environment that felt like I’d been there forever.

“To Glen, Bernece, Leonard, Eddie and Carol, Len and Nancy, Kim and Terry, Jon, Jordan and Keven and the rest of the family, I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to be such a small part of the legacy of Wood Brothers Racing, not once but twice.

“There is no more humbling feeling than for Leonard Wood to tell you he’s proud of your team after a good run. Eric, Sherm, and Carl – thank you for all the work that goes unnoticed too easily. You made all our lives easier for three years without knowing it.  Andretti, Roger and Hall – you guys epitomize a team that becomes family. Thanks for allowing us all in for a little while.  Speaking of Hall – thanks Phil for calling Terry for me way back when. To Tim Hussey – the world would be a better place with more people like you in it.

“To every individual who played a role in the 21 car over the last three years, thank you for helping make our time together a success. Ryan and I have been very blessed to have the opportunity to begin our Cup careers in the shadows of such history. Thanks to everyone from Motorcraft, Quick Lane, Ford, and Ford Performance for the faith and support they’ve given to this team for so long and in the future.  As we all head for new beginnings, I wish continued success to everyone at Wood Brothers Racing and will always be thankful for the beginnings you all provided for me.”

Bullins and Blaney claimed their first-career Cup Series win together with Wood Brothers Racing at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., this season. The win was the 99th for Wood Brothers Racing. With the win, Blaney made the 2017 playoffs and advanced to the Championship Eight before being eliminated at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 12.

Blaney and Bullins will be replaced by driver Paul Menard and crew chief Greg Erwin at Wood Brothers Racing in 2018.

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