Showing posts with label roush fenway racing. Show all posts
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

3M Leaving Greg Biffle to Sponsor Jeff Gordon in 2015

3M is switching teams. The longtime sponsor of Greg Biffle’s No. 16 Ford will become a primary sponsor of four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 Chevrolet starting in 2015, Hendrick Motorsports announced Tuesday.

The company signed a three-year deal to serve as Gordon’s primary sponsor for 11 Sprint Cup races each year and an associate sponsor in other events.

Tuesday’s announcement comes after the AARP Drive to End Hunger program last week renewed its sponsorship of Gordon, 43, for the 2015 season. The social campaign will serve as primary sponsor for 13 races next year, down from 22 this season.

All five of 3M’s business units will be involved in the sponsorship deal, according to a team release. The company has been an official NASCAR partner in several categories since 1995.

“At 3M, we play to win, and we push hard every day to do just that,” said Jesse Singh, senior vice president of 3M Global Sales and Marketing, in the release. “With this deal, we align with champion driver Jeff Gordon and an organization at the top of its game in Hendrick Motorsports. What they do in the garage and on the track exemplifies what we’re all about in our labs, plants and business teams around the world.”

Gordon has two wins this season and sits second in the points standings.

“Innovation is what 3M is known for,” Gordon said in the release. “We’ve seen that approach throughout their involvement in NASCAR, and it’s a terrific fit for what we do at Hendrick Motorsports and with the No. 24 team. I’m personally excited about the opportunities and thrilled to represent a company that’s so passionately supported auto racing for such a long time.”

3M’s decision to move to Hendrick Motorsports will end a 10-year partnership with Roush Fenway Racing. The company has been Biffle’s primary sponsor since 2007. The 44-year-old driver recently signed a three-year contract extension with Roush Fenway Racing.

Biffle is winless so far this season and sits 12th in the driver standings.

Biffle took to his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon to thank 3M for their backing.

 "Would like to thank 3M & employees for there 10yr run.. I made a lot of friendships there over the years and that means a great deal to me," he tweeted.

The absence of 3M leaves Roush Fenway Racing searching for sponsorship for the No. 16 Ford for next year. Biffle addressed the sponsor situation on Twitter, saying his team would announce their new sponsor in the coming weeks.

"I am excited to announce our new sponsor in a few weeks!!! Wish we could do it now but you know how contracts are!!!" he said.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Father of The Year: Five Questions for Michigan

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It takes a special man to be a dad. They are the sidekicks to moms, who are inarguably the greatest superheroes ever. From dance recitals to fishing trips, he is always there, either cheering on his child or helping Super Mom weather the storm. All fathers are Father of The Year, in my eyes.

The truth is, having a kid is a game-changer. When a man becomes a father, he sees how selfish he was and attempts to right all wrongs by changing. Child is now the center of his universe. Everything from then on is for the sake of his offspring.

There’s a special connection between a dad and his daughter. From the first moment he holds her, there’s an even more important woman in his life than any other woman has been: this screaming, disgusting-looking baby. Even when they know that, one day, a man will waltz away with that little girl’s heart.

I think it’s said best by Steve Martin, who plays the patriarch in Father of The Bride. As the movie begins, he goes into this spiel about watching his daughter get married, and he describes his worrying. He tells the camera, “You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. An adorable little girl who looks up to you and adores you in a way you could never have imagined. I remember how her little hand used to fit inside mine. Then comes the day when she wants to get her ears pierced, and wants you to drop her off a block before the movie theater. From that moment on you're in a constant panic. You worry about her meeting the wrong kind of guy, the kind of guy who only wants one thing, and you know exactly what that one thing is, because it's the same thing you wanted when you were their age. Then, you stop worrying about her meeting the wrong guy, and you worry about her meeting the right guy. That's the greatest fear of all, because, then you lose her.” (Thanks IMDB for the quote).

Whoever wrote that is a genius because they captured fatherhood in a single monologue. It makes you realize why your dad cleans the shotgun before your boyfriend shows up. (Maybe that’s just my dad).

It takes a special man to be a dad. In my completely unbiased opinion, my dad is the best. What girl can say she’s spent half an hour with her father discussing Journey’s awesomeness? That would be me. He gave me my love for racing, and we’ve shared so many memories while watching race cars, fishing, and surrounding a campfire. He’s always been there for me. That’s what I love the most.

On Father’s Day weekend, NASCAR heads to Michigan International Speedway. With dozens of storylines, I pick and chose a few to discuss on this week’s Five Questions. Grab your dad and read them together!

Juan Pablo Montoya and kids before the
Firestone 600 at Texas last weekend.
Credit: Lisa Janine Cloud/Skirts and Scuffs
How will Montoya fare in his NASCAR return? Juan Pablo Montoya. It’s been awhile since we’ve discussed that name, but he’s back this weekend, running for Team Penske. He’s been running for the team on the IndyCar side, going back to his roots. So, how will his race go? It’s going to take some time to readjust to the bulkiness of a stock car. He can shake the cobwebs during practice. Now, for the actual race. I don’t think it’s going to be a spectacular return, but it’ll be a great opportunity to strengthen the relationship between NASCAR and IndyCar. It was reestablished when Kurt Busch did The Double last month, and this will reaffirm it.

Is RFR being plagued by Silly Season chatter? I honestly feel bad for Roush Fenway Racing. It’s unknown what has caused them become a B-list team, but it’s alarming. They were in shambles before their lead engineer left, and it’s gone downhill from there. Could increased publicity make all this worse? Silly Season is in full-swing, and Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards are on top of the list. It seems like Biffle is staying, yet Edwards’ ties to Joe Gibbs Racing strengthen with each passing day. This could be weighing the team down even more. I doubt there will be any official statements this early in the season, so they’ll have to deal with the problems.

Were Keselowski’s final laps at Pocono smart or stupid? For what it’s worth, he was in a very difficult position; blow up an engine and lose, or get debris off and win? He ended up doing a combination of both, and people were confused. You’d have to sit in his firesuit to understand that moment. Keselowski’s heart had to break when he got behind Danica Patrick and realized how slow she was; it killed his momentum, and the No. 88 flew on by. He was trying to conserve a perfectly stout engine for his guys, and that’s admirable. He took the smart way out.

Does Earnhardt Jr. have the makings of a champion? Speaking of the No. 88, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his second race of the season at Pocono Raceway, his first time racking up multiple victories in ten years. Does anyone else see where I’m going with this? This is the Year of The Junior. With Steve Letarte leaving, the motivation within this team and its driver has skyrocketed. It’s remarkable. This is a whole new Earnhardt Jr., and it’s very convincing. If you’re asking me, then it’s time for Junior Nation to get REALLY excited.

What is your favorite aspect about Father’s Day? I know many people don’t have a relationship with their fathers, or their fathers have passed on. With that in mind, I would love to hear some favorite memories involving your dad or the central male figure in your life. Racing-related or not, every moment should be cherished, and it should always bring a smile to your face. Comment below or tweet me your responses!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Into the Mail Bag: Five Questions for Pocono

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Last week, I wrote about Twitter and its pros and cons. It was a fun piece to write, but I missed a crucial pro: fan interaction!

This week’s Five Questions for Pocono are inquiries from NASCAR fans; their Twitter handles are included at the end of each questions, and I encourage you to follow all of them. You can also follow me while you’re at it, @KristenGoRawr.

Enough of the selfish promotion, let’s answer these questions!

What makes a NASCAR track good? - @Mjohnson82392 This is definitely appropriate for this weekend, since Pocono Raceway is one of the fan-friendliest venues around. Catering to fans is a huge part of the NASCAR experience. Other aspects of a good track are condition of the facilities, surrounding hotel prices, views from multiple seating areas, and, most importantly, the quality of racing. If a track can hit all those points, then it’s a hit.

Like a road course, should Pocono be added to The Chase? - @_DaleJrBeard_ Though Pocono is great when it comes to fan experience, it lacks in excitement on-track. The weather situation doesn’t help, either. Look, I’m all for adding different tracks to The Chase, but what would the playoffs really gain from adding the Tricky Triangle to the lineup?

Your idea of a good Cup schedule, length of season, race tracks to add or remove? -@Briancullather Speaking of adding different tracks, I’m excited that someone actually cares about what I think about the schedule. First things first, the season needs to be shortened. It’s too long, and it includes multiple stops at tracks that don’t need two dates. Tracks like Texas Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway are great, but they aren’t "double date" worthy. We need more pizzazz, and throwing Rockingham Speedway and Iowa Speedway into the mix would bring it. NASCAR needs to flip the schedule ASAP.

My question is, why didn’t Roush give Stenhouse (crew chief) Jimmy Fennig to help him grow as a driver? - @AXE_Larson42 I haven’t thought about this before, so this is an interesting question. With all the chatter about Edwards leaving Roush Fenway Racing, I have to think it was a ploy to keep him in the No. 99. The other reason is the success between Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Mike Kelley. Breaking that up wouldn’t be logical; yes, the streak might not transition well to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but it’s keeping him consistent. Fennig and Edwards are a nice fit, but it may be the end of that pairing.

What’s the next step in making female racers more accepted in this male dominant sport? -@hnewhouseracing First, I suggest you follow Hannah because she’s a rising star who knows how to race. Her question is important to her future, and it’s well-suited for us here at Skirts and Scuffs. That being said, the key to getting females accepted in the sport is to stop focusing on the fact they’re females. We live in a world full of "sex sells" and bikini photo shoots, and that works for a while. However, the world of racing is a different animal. If you can’t race, then it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman. It’s time to embrace the title of "racer" instead of gender. If you prove you can run with the best of them (and consequently kick their butts), the opportunities to move up in the sport will roll in.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Trevor Bayne to Bring Storied No. 6 Back into Roush Fenway Stable

Bayne prepares for Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Photo Credit: Charlotte Bray for Skirts and Scuffs 
When Roush Fenway Racing officially announced that No. 6 car would be on back on the Sprint Cup Series circuit in 2015, it wasn’t clear whether the big news was that the No. 6 was returning or that Trevor Bayne would be at the wheel. But for Roush Fenway either way it’s a win-win.

The last time the No. 6 was out on the track was with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at the wheel in a one-time deal for the 2012 Daytona 500, and before that a memorable Daytona win in July 2011 for David Ragan.

However, when most fans close their eyes and picture the No. 6, the driver strapped into the car is undeniably Mark Martin. Martin drove the No. 6 in a remarkable 619 races racking up 35 wins, 230 top 5s, and 361 top 10s.

With such a storied history, it is fitting that Bayne, the 2011 Daytona 500 winner, should get his first full-time ride in NASCAR’s premier series in the No. 6. AdvoCare, which currently sponsors Bayne in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, has signed a full multi-year primary partnership for the Sprint Cup team.

“I’m both excited and humbled to be a part of bringing the No. 6 back to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said Trevor Bayne. “And to be able to make that move with AdvoCare makes it that much more special. They are a true partner that aligns with my foundation and core values in every way. I know the history of the No. 6 and what it means to Jack (Roush) and the entire Roush Fenway organization and our goal is to continue to add to its rich legacy in the sport.”

The move was unequally meaningful to Mark Martin. “There will always be a special place in my heart for the No. 6,” said Martin. “It’s the number we used when Jack and I first went racing in 1988. There is so much history associated with that number and with the trials and successes that we went through as we helped build RFR into a premiere NASCAR team. I’m very proud of what we were able to accomplish during that time together; a part of me will always be the No. 6, and I’m happy to see it return with Jack, Trevor and AdvoCare next season.”

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Roush Fenway announces "Race Around America" fan interaction promotion

Over the past couple of years, developing creative social media marketing strategies has become increasingly important to NASCAR and its racing teams as they seek to engage and cultivate relationships with their fan base. Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) and Walgreens have announced the newest online promotion called the 2014 “Race Around America.”

Think road trip, NASCAR drivers and a custom Mustang for one lucky fan.

“Race Around America” allows fans to interact during a road trip featuring RFR drivers Greg Biffle, Trevor Bayne, Chris Buescher and Ryan Reed. The drivers will be behind the wheel of a ROUSH Mustang driving across the nation throughout the 2014 racing season, beginning in Daytona and ending in Homestead.

Fans will use a website to shape the outcome of the "race." The site will officially launch on Monday, Feb. 3.

Participants will have the opportunity to play a role in choosing the paint scheme for the Mustang, pick from possible upgrades that will aid in the car's transformation and choose the course the drivers will take from one track to the next.

Decisions made by fans will play out through a series of eight webisodes detailing the six road trips. These online episodes will show the Mustang's metamorphosis into a ROUSH Stage III.

At season's end, one lucky fan will walk away with the actual ROUSH Stage III Mustang featured in the webisodes.

To learn more visit beginning Feb. 3 for more details and follow hashtag #RaceAroundAmerica.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Trevor Bayne shares diagnosis and leans on faith

Trevor Bayne at Texas Motor Speedway in November 2013
Credit: Debbie Ross for Skirts and Scuffs  
From the high of winning the 2011 Daytona 500 to the low of being sidelined with a mystery illness the same season, Trevor Bayne has seen his share of ups and downs in NASCAR. Now it turns out his previous ailment, originally thought to be Lyme disease, is actually multiple sclerosis.

Bayne received the diagnosis over the summer, and said he has no symptoms and takes no medications for the condition, but had undergone periodic testing since the original puzzling illness.

“We were unsure of the diagnosis, and that's why I continued to go back regularly more than annually to go to the Mayo Clinic and get tests done and try to figure out an answer,” Bayne explained. “As a race car driver, you want to have all the data you can, all the information, and know how to best take care of yourself. Pretty much what they recommended is for me to do what a normal, healthy person should do, which is to work out hard, to eat the right things.”

The 22-year-old talked about his diagnosis in a press conference today, along with Steve Newmark, president of Roush Fenway Racing, who made it clear his organization is behind Bayne 100 percent as he drives the No. 6 car in the Nationwide Series in 2014.

“I think that the diagnosis is a refreshing one for Trevor to understand the situation,” Newmark said. “He is one of our premier race car drivers and we fully expect him to be competing for wins and championships well into the future. We have a lot of respect and admiration for the fact that he wanted to come out and make this known publicly.”

That begs the question of why Bayne chose to announce his diagnosis. Since he has been cleared to race by both NASCAR and his doctors, he was under no obligation to share his medical information.

“Our team has been unbelievably supportive of me,” Bayne said. “Roush Fenway, the Wood Brothers, AdvoCare, Motorcraft, and Quick Lane Ford, everybody involved and we've talked to in this has given me so much support that it's been unbelievable. So I figure if they take it that well, then why hide it from anybody and feel like there is a part of my life that I can't talk about or have to keep in the dark? Because I'm a pretty open book and never want to feel like I have something like that behind the curtain.”

But he has another reason that’s most meaningful to him. Bayne wants people to know he relies on God’s strength to get him through hard times.

“We go through a lot of tough things as race car drivers and as people,” he said. “And … I want people to see that part of my life. The struggles I go through, and how we handle not only with our own strength, but what God empowers us to do through him.”

Bayne said his wife, Ashton, whom he married in June of this year, has been supportive and helps him keep perspective.

“She's been by my side all the way through this. That is what is so great about being married to somebody who is the same as you are in their faith and through everything.”

Bayne’s Nationwide career stats include 10 top fives, 50 top 10s and six poles in 117 starts. He has two wins in the series, one of which came at Iowa this year, just a few days after his wedding.

“More than anything, I appreciate the support of my team and our sponsors here. They've been unbelievable,” Bayne said. “Obviously, I feel great. I've had no symptoms and everything's going really well. But the biggest thing we want to figure out is how to keep winning races and championships and keep this thing going.”

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Checkered Past: The “Blue Oval” has shined at Michigan

Michigan International Speedway, situated on 1,400-plus acres in the Irish Hills of southeastern Michigan, is the fastest track on the Sprint Cup Series schedule after Marcos Ambrose set the track speed record at 203.241 mph in June 2012 in his Ford Fusion following the track’s repave. In 88 previous races, the names Pearson, Elliott, Yarborough and Roush have stood out in the MIS record books, as has the “blue oval” they all used at one time or another.

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“The Silver Fox,” David Pearson, was a 2011 inductee into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and is the winningest driver in NASCAR competition at the two-mile oval. Pearson’s nine wins came in just 29 races at the track, with a resume that also included 20 top-10 finishes and 10 poles (also a record). One of those wins came under the Ford nameplate for Holman-Moody, while the other eight came with another Ford Motor Company nameplate, the Mercurys of Wood Brothers Racing.

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“Awesome Bill from Dawsonville,” Bill Elliott, was another Ford driver who took a liking to Michigan. With seven wins and six poles, Elliott leads all active drivers in those categories. Elliott, who also leads active drivers with 61 starts at MIS, dominated the track in the mid- to late 1980s, winning his seven races between 1984 and 1989; he also compiled a runner-up finish and two third-place finishes in that time frame.

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2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Cale Yarborough took two of his eight wins in Wood Brothers’ Mercurys, including the first race ever contested at Michigan in June 1969. Yarborough holds the record for most top-five finishes at Michigan with 21, and he had 26 top-10 finishes in 36 starts.

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When it comes to the “blue oval,” Ford has the most victories at MIS – 33, which is 13 more than nearest rival Chevrolet. Thirteen of those 33 victories came from Roush Fenway Racing drivers, led by current driver Greg Biffle and former teammate Mark Martin, each with four. Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth both earned two wins with RFR, while Kurt Busch added one of his own. Biffle goes into this weekend’s event as both the reigning winner of the August race and the most recent winner at the track in June of this year.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Boston Relief Fund exposed by NASCAR drivers in Kansas

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., team owner Jack Roush, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards hold a banner in support
of the Boston Marathon attack victims
last week at Kansas. Credit: Ed Zurga/Getty Images
The world was struck with tragedy last Monday afternoon at the Boston Marathon. Runners, families, and friends who were gathered all around were rattled by not one, but two separate explosions that went off at ground level sending ball bearings and other pieces of shrapnel into the innocent bystanders near the finish line.

While officials were sorting out the details and closing in on the suspects, things got worse. On Thursday night, the two suspects shot and killed young MIT officer Sean Collier in his patrol car, hijacked a man’s vehicle, and ended up getting into a car chase and a gun battle where one suspect lost his life. The other suspect was injured but did manage to evade police until Friday when he was captured in a boat one block outside the search perimeter. Now with the suspects no longer a threat, the healing process can begin.

The tragedy affected people worldwide. This including members of the NASCAR community on a personal front. Collier, the MIT officer, was the brother of an employee at Hendrick Motorsports, in the engine shop.

Jimmie Johnson swims a couple times a week at the Charlotte Athletic Club, where Nicole Gross is a personal trainer and a swimming instructor. Gross was injured during the blast that occurred at the finish line. Even though Johnson does not know her on a personal level, he still knows who she is, and it strikes close to home for him.

Another NASCAR connection to the bombing was former PR representative Demi Clark. Clark, was near the impact zone as she was coming up to the finish line. Clark's husband and two daughters were sitting in the VIP section across the street from the first blast zone, watching her finish the race. She was lucky and did not suffer any injuries because she was running next to the wooden fence just 100 feet before the the finish line. Clark had moved closer to the other side of the street so her kids could see her finish. 

Michael Waltrip, NASCAR driver, broadcast team member and team owner, ran in the Boston Marathon in 2000, and knows how runners and their families feel to partake in the amazing event. In honor of the victims, Waltrip changed the styles of numbers on the Toyota Camrys of Martin Truex Jr., Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer at Kansas Speedway to represent the ribbons the runners pinned on while participating in the marathon.  

Drivers sent out their thoughts for the victims and their loved ones during interviews every chance they could, including Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Clint Bowyer. Jeff Gordon said, “It’s someone that related to our team and that we know how that is going to affect this team and their family. Definitely, our thoughts and prayers are with them and that whole situation is just so tragic. I think not just our country, the whole world was watching in kind of shock and disbelief of what has happened there. Somebody has been affected by it and has lost their life that is associated with our organization. We take that to heart.”

Jack Roush, founder and co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing, announced earlier in the week that he would make a donation to the Boston Marathon Victims fund. Roush stated he would donate $100 for every lap lead by Ford Fusion drivers: Carl Edwards in the No. 99, Greg Biffle in the No. 16 and rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the No. 17. The drivers sported the Boston Red Sox decal “B-Strong.” Roush did this because co-owner John Henry, principle owner of Fenway Sports Group, owns the Boston Red Sox. The drivers also had a decal, “617,” the area code for Boston, to help raise awareness for fundraising for the victims of the bombing. Edwards started second in the STP 400, finished 17th and lead 19 laps for a total of $1,900 toward the Boston Relief Fund. Edwards is now sixth in points. Edwards' teammate Stenhouse Jr. started the STP 400 in third, finished 11th and lead 26 laps for a total of $2600 toward the Boston Relief Fund. Stenhouse Jr. is now 18th in points. With a combined total of 45 laps lead between the Roush Fenway drivers, Jack Roush will donate an additional $4,500 to the Boston Relief Fund on top of his personal donation.

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing crew chief Kevin Manion did not have any family members or friends who were directly involved in the bombing, but he is from Boylston, Mass., which is only 50 miles from Boston. He has been impacted by this tragedy just knowing that it happened in his home state, and not that far from his hometown.

Drivers sported a ribbon in honor of all the families, friends and victims of this senseless tragedy, hoping to bring awareness to the fundraising efforts and that it will bring some sort of comfort to them knowing these athletes are thinking of them and wishing them well in this time of healing. Swan Racing, with driver David Stremme, showed their support by running a "Pray for Boston" ribbon on the hood of the car. 

In the wake of a national tragedy, everyone stops for a moment and thinks about family, friends and even people from their past. That rings true even in the world of sports. NASCAR drivers, owners, and employees have come together to help one another directly or indirectly affected by the tragedy try and begin the healing process. 

The outpouring of thoughts, support and awareness is a great reminder why NASCAR is not just a family sport; it is an American sport. They will always do what they can to give back to the people who help keep NASCAR what it is today, not just sponsors or team owners, but the fans. Together we are not just strong - we are Boston Strong.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Triumph Within Tragedy: Five Questions before Kansas

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Kansas is in the Heartland of the United States, that center strip that links the east to the west. It laces each and every grassland, field, river, and cityscape together to paint the glimmering and stunning portrait of our country. We are free and beautiful.

Unfortunately, there are some who want to steal that freedom from innocent citizens. Those people are the ones who taint the beauty, make the color drain. They ruin it.

This is a week where you regret placing faith in humanity. You cry yourself to sleep because of how tragic and unfair things can be. You question why such altering, wretched events happen. Sadly, there will never be a clear-cut answer for that question. There will never be fairness within the world.

There will never be a perfect society.

All that we can do to change the world is make a change within ourselves. Smile at strangers. Ask how they’re doing. Pay for their meal. Whether you realize it or not, everyone has demons; doing simple tasks speak the words they need to hear to prevent themselves from going over the edge. In a culture that is self-centered, we forget how easily we impose pain and suffering on others by blowing them off or just shoving them as they walk past. We must take care of each other, as we are all family.

That’s why NASCAR is so moving. When one driver falls to an injury or illness, the rest stand up and support them. Though it may be a simple tweet, or it may be a decal on the car, drivers watch out for their competitors, their brothers.

You don’t find that in every sport. It’s a reason why our NASCAR family is strong.

This weekend, in the Heartland, cars will be lining up on the grid, getting ready to do battle. Their vehicles will dawn special stickers to pay tribute to those killed and injured in the Boston Marathon bombings.

And then, there will be a moment of silence. A moment of silence where we will hear the country tying itself back together with red, white, and blue strings, becoming the portrait we all admire.

Kansas is in the sights of 43 drivers with one goal in mind: to win. I pose five questions to the wind, to the track, and to the fans.

How will Brad Keselowski fare with NASCAR breathing down his back? After the infractions found on Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano’s cars, there is heat creeping up their necks. The main concern is if our champion will let it affect his driving. The answer? FAT CHANCE. Our favorite loudmouth won’t slow down or shut up for anybody, even the higher-ups.

Why exactly is the No. 30 truck not racing Saturday? Last weekend, Kyle Larson showed everyone what was up by practically dominating Rockingham in the No. 30. However, it isn’t on the entry list, which put it in jeopardy for not being locked in for that Eldora race Larson wants to run. It’s highly doubtful Larson wouldn't qualify on time for that event, but heads are being scratched everywhere. The best bet is funding, yet no one really knows for sure.

Can Roush-Fenway recapture their Kansas magic? Back in the day, the Roush cars dominated this mile-and-a-half track, yet that is a long gone memory. From the looks of Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., there may be hope for that Kansas trophy to end up in the headquarters’ confines once again. It won’t be an easy feat, but it can be done.

Does Aric Almirola break through? Almirola has been gleaming with so much potential since Daytona, and there is a feeling over built-up tension around him. He’s ready to bloom. Is Kansas the place to do it? It could be; he needs to blossom before all that momentum fades away and give bossman Richard Petty something to smile about.

Clint Bowyer’s time to shine? Another driver fixing to win is hometown boy Bowyer. Though the Michael Waltrip Racing cars will all do well this weekend, Bowyer is the one that sticks out in people’s minds. Why? Because he’s a true threat to win this year’s championship. Kansas Clint is tired of laying back and wants to be in the spotlight, of course. If he wins as the stars say he will, then he’ll get that much-deserved attention.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Phoenix

Track Classification: Short Track
Similar Tracks: Bristol Motor Speedway • Dover International Speedway  
Martinsville Speedway •  Richmond International Raceway
Distance: 1 Mile

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):

By Race
Jimmie Johnson - 5
Both with 4 - Mark Martin and Kyle Busch
All with 3 - Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Greg Biffle, and Carl Edwards

By Track
Both with 6 - Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson
Both with 5 - Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch

Recent Pole Winners:  
2012 Mark Martin 
2011 Carl Edwards  

The Likely Suspects: When pondering your picks this week think flat and short track greats, then cross reference with Hendrick Motorsports and Roush Fenway driver rosters. For good measure check out loop data for Richmond International Raceway which is the most similar to Phoenix. So Sunday's likely suspects include Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, as well as Kyle Busch  and Mark Martin.

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick is a three-way tie between Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, and Mark Martin. My next picks are: Greg Biffle; Kyle Busch; and Ryan Newman. I will round out my team with A.J. Allmendinger and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kevin Harvick tends to run well at Phoenix, so he is definitely worth a look for your fantasy team this week. 

Enjoy the race! Post your comments here or email me at

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Roush Fenway Launches #RFRDRIVEN ‘Hashtag’ for 2013

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2013) – Roush Fenway fans following the team on Twitter this season ( are encouraged to use the new #RFRDRIVEN hashtag when tweeting about NASCAR’s winningest organization in 2013. The hashtag is a part of Roush Fenway’s 2013 ‘Driven’ marketing program, designed to showcase the team’s continued dedication and desire to be the best on and off the racetrack. The ‘Driven’ program will include new and increased fan interaction, as well as partner promotions and special events throughout the season.

“I am as driven to succeed today as any point in my 40 years of racing,” said team co-owner Jack Roush. “The passion for success on the racetrack is what continues to drive us every day. The competitive fire inside to run up front, win races and compete for Championships burns throughout our organization just as much today as when we first came to Daytona over 25 years ago.”


Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history, fielding multiple teams in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series’ with championship drivers Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne and Travis Pastrana. Having celebrated 25 winning years in 2012, Roush Fenway is the leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, pioneering motorsport’s first team-focused TV show and its award-winning marketing campaigns for, “25 Winning Years” and Google+. Visit, circle on Google+ at +Roush Fenway Racing, become a fan on Facebook and Instagram and follow on Twitter at @roushfenway.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Pastrana to run full Nationwide schedule for Roush

Travis Pastrana makes the full-time move to NASCAR in 2013. Credit: Lisa Janine Cloud for Skirts and Scuffs
Concord, N.C. (Jan. 3, 2013) – Action sports legend Travis Pastrana will make the move to full-time NASCAR racing in 2013, driving Roush Fenway’s historic No. 60 Ford Mustang in all 33 events on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule.

“I am extremely excited about making the move into full-time NASCAR competition in 2013 and equally thrilled to have the opportunity to make that move with Jack Roush and the team at Roush Fenway Racing,” said Pastrana, a four-time rally champion, motocross champion and multiple X Games gold medal winner.

“I am very serious about making this move, running competitively and ultimately winning races in NASCAR,” added Pastrana. “No team can claim the success in the Nationwide Series that Roush Fenway has, and I know driving an RFR Ford will provide me with the maximum opportunity to develop my skills behind the wheel of a stock car.”

Pastrana has made nine career Nationwide Series starts, including one for Roush Fenway last September at Richmond, where he qualified a career-high fifth and ran top-10 for much of the race en route to a 17th-place finish.

Pastrana will team up with veteran NASCAR crew chief Chad Norris and will be partnered with a variety of sponsors during the season.

“Travis is a champion,” said Roush Fenway co-owner Jack Roush. “It takes a great deal of drive and determination to reach that level of greatness in any field. He is serious about this move to NASCAR and we are committed to doing everything we can to see his career develop in NASCAR. We would certainly expect to see a great level of excitement brought to the table as he progresses within our sport.”

The No. 60 will be one of two full-time RFR Nationwide Series entries in 2013, with Pastrana being paired with Roush Fenway teammate and 2010 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne in the No. 6 Ford Mustang.

Coming off of back-to-back Nationwide Series Championships in 2011 and 2012, RFR’s 131 wins are the most in NNS history. In addition, the No. 60 captured the NNS owners’ championship in 2011.

Roush Fenway’s No. 60 entry boasts the most wins in NNS history, having been driven to victory lane a grand total of 90 times by celebrated drivers Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Mark Martin.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Matt Kenseth bids farewell to Roush Fenway Racing

Matt Kenseth will drive the No. 17 Ford for the last time in Sunday's
Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead. Credit: Skirts and Scuffs

This weekend’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway signifies the end of an era for Matt Kenseth. For the final time, Kenseth will pilot the No. 17 Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing.

In September, Kenseth announced he had signed a contract with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) to drive the No. 20 Toyota Camry in 2013.
Throughout his 13 seasons driving for Roush Fenway Racing, Kenseth has won 24 races, including two Daytona 500s. He was honored as the Raybestos Rookie of the Year in 2000 and was the last driver to be crowned the “Winston Cup Series” champion in 2003 before the series’ title sponsor changed to Sprint in 2004. In 2004, Kenseth went on to win the International Race of Champions (IROC) championship.
This season, Kenseth and his team have done remarkably well. To date he has notched three wins (including the coveted Daytona 500), 13 top fives, 19 top 10s and has an average finish of 10.9. Kenseth was also in contention for the Sprint Cup Series championship, having made the 2012 Chase.
Kenseth's most recent win came in October when he won the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. After starting 12th, Kenseth battled all day, led 78 laps and found himself in victory lane when the checkered flag flew.
Going into Homestead, he sits sixth in the Sprint Cup Series standings, just 12 points out from his future JGR teammate, Denny Hamlin. 
When asked about Kansas, Homestead, his team and the season they have had, Kenseth said, “It’s (Kansas) the most recent win that we’ve had, and unless things go really well for us this weekend at Homestead, it might be our last win at Roush Fenway.

"I’m hopeful, however, that we can go out and win at Homestead though. We’re bringing the same car as at Kansas and it’s a good track for us as an organization. This year we were really dominant at the plate races, having a chance to win all four of them. We won two of them, which was wonderful, but it’s different to win a plate race rather than a normal race. This race we really had to do everything. The pit stops and the strategy worked out and got us into the lead. It just felt really good to win this for Jimmy (Fennig, crew chief) and all the guys on the team because it had been a couple months since they knew I wasn’t going to be there next year that it was really a testament about the entire organization about never giving up. The team really proved that they’re giving me all they’ve got this season regardless of my plans for the future.”
Kenseth will be making his 472th Sprint Cup start this weekend. With the exception of one, all of his starts have been made while driving for Roush Fenway Racing. Kenseth, a past winner at Homestead, will aim to end his tenure with the organization in victory lane.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Edwards and Fennig to Team Up for Championship Run in 2013; Graves to Lead Stenhouse Jr. Rookie Effort

CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 14, 2012) – Roush Fenway Racing has announced that veteran crew chief Jimmy Fennig will lead Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Roush Fenway Sprint Cup team in its championship run in 2013. In addition, up and coming crew chief Scott Graves will lead the No. 17 team and defending Nationwide Series Champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. during his rookie campaign next season.

“We are excited about this change on both fronts,” said team owner Jack Roush. “Pairing two highly successful veterans like Carl and Jimmy should be quite a matchup and it is our expectation based on what Jimmy has been able to accomplish with many high profile drivers, that it will provide the spark to get the No. 99 program and Carl back into championship form.

“However, we are particularly excited about teaming up Scott Graves and Ricky. Through his extensive research and development work, Scott has an excellent understanding of the new 2013 body style. In his short time as a crew chief he has demonstrated a cunning knack as a leader on the pit box and he is going to be a great match for Ricky as he makes his move upwards into the Sprint Cup ranks.”

Fennig, one of the most accomplished crew chiefs in NASCAR history, boasts a tenure that includes more than 800 starts and 36 Sprint Cup victories. He led Roush Fenway to the 2004 Sprint Cup Championship and has worked with Hall-of-Fame caliber drivers such as Bobby Allison, Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth during his 30-plus years in racing.

Graves is one of the fastest rising names in the sport, having led Edwards to a Nationwide Series victory in his first race as a crew chief at Watkins Glen earlier this season. He followed that up by leading Billy Johnson to a near victory at Montreal, and Trevor Bayne to a pole at Bristol. It is expected that Graves’ extensive knowledge of the new 2013 body style will be a great asset as Stenhouse makes his bid to become Roush Fenway’s 13th NASCAR rookie of the year winner.

Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history, fielding multiple teams in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series with championship drivers Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne. Celebrating 25 winning years in 2012, Roush Fenway is the leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, pioneering motorsport’s first team-focused TV program and its award-winning social marketing campaign

Visit, circle on Google+ at +Roush Fenway Racing, become a fan on Facebook at and follow on Twitter at @roushfenway.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Roush-Fenway Racing makes milestone start at historic Martinsville Speedway

Matt Kenseth has 462 Cup starts and 24 wins
Credit: Katy Lindamood/Skirts and Scuffs
Martinsville is a track full of history. From the early days of NASCAR to the modern era, the Paperclip has been the one constant on the schedule. For 65 years the half-mile oval has been bringing fans to their feet and drivers to tears, some in frustration and others in pure joy. In a day and age where everything is being repaved and reconfigured, Martinsville is the same as it's always been: treacherous and unforgiving. That doesn't keep drivers and fans from enjoying the action-packed racing within the close confines of those curbed corners. Martinsville is special. It always has been and always will be.

Given the rich history of Martinsville, it's only fitting that one of the most successful teams in all of racing will reach a monumental milestone this weekend. For the last 25 years Roush-Fenway Racing has been racking up wins - and the starts needed to score the wins. From the first start in 1988 with driver Mark Martin to today's stable, the organization has developed young drivers into determined men with one goal in sight - winning the Sprint Cup Series title. 

Carl Edwards has 297 Cup starts and 19 wins
Credit: Katy Lindamood/Skirts and Scuffs
Today the team celebrates their 3000th Sprint Cup Series start. Yes, 3000th. Over the years Roush has fielded Sprint Cup Series cars for 17 different drivers, including Martin, Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch, Ted Musgrave, Jamie McMurray and David Ragan.

The team boasts an impressive resume of two Sprint Cup Series titles along with 130 wins dating back to Martin's first victory at Rockingham in 1989. The 3000th start will be credited to the driver who takes the green flag first. 

Greg Biffle has 356 Cup starts for Roush with 18 wins
Credit: Katy Lindamood/Skirts and Scuffs
Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Ford, fondly recalled his first start for the team, which came in 2004 at Michigan. "Greg Biffle won the race and all five of Jack Roush's Fords finished in the top 10. I finished 10th and it was a great day. I can't tell you how neat that was. That race was 400 miles long and it could have been 4000 miles long and I wouldn't have cared. I was so pumped to be driving one of Jack's Cup cars."

So when you sit down in front of the television or climb the bleachers at the track to watch the Tums Fast Relief 500, remember you are watching history in the making - not only for Martinsville Speedway, but for one of the most successful organizations to ever compete.

That's something we can all appreciate. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Stenhouse Jr. to Drive No. 17 Sprint Cup Ford in 2013 with a Familiar Team and Partners

Best Buy, Fifth Third Bank and Zest to increase commitment with RFR

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 14, 2012) – Roush Fenway Racing confirmed today that 2011 Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., will pilot its historic No. 17 Ford Fusion next season in the Sprint Cup Series. One of the emerging talents in NASCAR, Stenhouse steps into a championship-caliber program in the No. 17, with current team partners Best Buy, Fifth Third Bank and Zest each returning to the team as primary sponsors in 2013.

“It will be an exciting transition for Ricky and the team next season,” said co-owner Jack Roush. “We take great pride in driver development, and it is rewarding for all involved any time we are able to watch one of our young men grow and progress. We have seen Ricky develop into a NASCAR Nationwide Series champion, and now his career path comes to fruition in the Sprint Cup Series next season.

“I can’t think of a better fit for Ricky than the No. 17 team,” added Roush. “Ricky will have the luxury of being flanked by a championship-level team from the start. His drive, determination and commitment to winning will mesh very well with the demeanor of the No. 17 team. It will be our job to put him in the best equipment possible, as well as to guide him through the learning curves that are part of his rookie season.

“It is certainly going to be a lot of fun to watch as Ricky continues to improve his skills each week as his progression rate is accelerated by the increased level of competition around him in the Sprint Cup Series.”

Best Buy, Fifth Third Bank and Zest each joined Roush Fenway’s No. 17 team as primary partners in 2012. These three partners will return to the No. 17 again next year, with each increasing their commitment in 2013 for Stenhouse’s entry into Sprint Cup competition. With their involvement, the majority of Stenhouse’s races for 2013 are fully sponsored.

“In this sport, having great partners is critical to our ability to field top-tier race teams and we are thrilled that Best Buy, Fifth Third Bank and Zest have had such success in our first year together that they are growing their programs for 2013,” said Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark. “We’re privileged to have companies of that caliber and reputation as anchors on the No. 17 program, and appreciate that each of very excited about the future with Roush Fenway.

“We have reserved a few primary races with Ricky and the No. 17 team for next year and are in discussions with several companies right now who are interested in what promises to be an extremely exciting rookie year. It’s really a great opportunity for companies that are looking to tap into the power of the sport.”

Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history, fielding multiple teams in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series with championship drivers Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne. Celebrating 25 winning years in 2012, Roush Fenway is the leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, pioneering motorsport’s first team-focused TV program and its award-winning social marketing campaign Visit, circle on Google+ at +Roush Fenway Racing, become a fan on Facebook at and follow on Twitter at @roushfenway. 

- Courtesy of Roush Fenway Racing

Monday, September 3, 2012

Travis Pastrana to Drive Roush Fenway’s No. 60 Ford Mustang at Richmond

Credit: Lisa Janine Cloud/Skirts and Scuffs 

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 3, 2012) – X Games and Rally Cross champion Travis Pastrana will pilot Roush Fenway’s No. 60 entry in this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Speedway.

“It’s a truly awesome opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Roush Fenway No. 60 Ford Mustang,” said Pastrana. “Roush Fenway Racing has a strong background as the most successful team in the history of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and I’m pleased to be driving for a legend
like Jack Roush this weekend at Richmond.

“There is a tough learning curve in NASCAR for sure,” added Pastrana.

“But I have been happy with the gradual improvement. We had our best finish at Indy and led our first laps this weekend in Atlanta, so I’m excited to get back to Richmond and build on that success and see what I can do behind the wheel of a Roush Fenway Ford.”

Pastrana, who has eight Nationwide Series starts under his belt, made his NASCAR debut at Richmond earlier this season, finishing 22nd. He scored a career-best 13th-place finish last month at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway and led his first career lap this past weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Roush Fenway’s No. 60 entry boasts the most wins in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series history, having been driven to victory lane a grand total of 90 times by celebrated drivers Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Mark Martin. Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history, fieldingmultiple teams in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series with championship drivers Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne. Celebrating 25 winning years in 2012, Roush Fenway is the leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, pioneering its exclusive Roush Fenway OnTrack sponsorship measurement services, motorsport’s first team-focused TV show and its award-winning social marketing channel Visit, circle on Google+ at +Roush Fenway Racing, become a fan on Facebook at and follow on Twitter at @roushfenway.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Michigan

Track Classification: Superspeedway
Similar Tracks: Daytona International Speedway •  Auto Club Speedway (Fontana)  
Indianapolis Motor Speedway • Pocono Raceway • Talladega Superspeedway
Distance: 2 Miles

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Both with 4 - Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards
All with  3 - Brian Vickers, Tony Stewart, and Denny Hamlin

By Track
Tony Stewart - 7
Both with 6 - Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards
All with 5 - Brian Vickers, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Gordon, and Denny Hamlin

Recent Pole Winners:
2011 Greg Biffle
2010 Kasey Kahne

The Likely Suspects: These 12 drivers have the top driver ratings at MIS and will be sure to be major contenders when the green flag drops: Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and Mark Martin.

My 2 Cents: Michigan used to be Roush-dominated, but I think Hendrick Motorsports has almost de-throned them. For that reason, my picks this week will be a blend of both powerhouse racing teams.

My "no brainer" pick is Matt Kenseth. Tony Stewart is also a great choice this week. After all, it is the summer and he is awesome at Michigan. Mark Martin should be a good option this week so I will add him. Next will be Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Kasey Kahne. Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex, Jr., are also fine picks and certainly worthy of your consideration. I will round out my team with Aric Almirola and Sam Hornish, Jr.

This race will be crucial for lots of drivers who need to make some gains to make the Chase, so prepare for some exciting, no holds barred racing!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Mid-season crew chief change for Carl Edwards

Chad Norris Named Crew Chief of No.99 Fastenal Sprint Cup Team

CONCORD, N.C. (July 17, 2012) – Bob Osborne is transitioning away from his role as crew chief of the No. 99 Fastenal Sprint Cup team at Roush Fenway Racing, team owner Jack Roush announced today. Roush Fenway veteran Chad Norris will be the crew chief for the No. 99 effective immediately. Osborne will remain with the organization as a senior member of the organization’s management team and steering committee.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Carl Edwards for the past nine years and, during that time, my focus has been building a championship-caliber program,” Osborne said. “I’m proud of the 18 wins we’ve had together in Sprint Cup Series competition and our two second-place points finishes.”

“At this time in my life, however, concerns with my health have necessitated that I change my role within the organization,” Osborne added. “This transition is not an easy one, but I’m thankful to have the full support of Jack, Carl and the entire organization. I also have every confidence in Chad Norris, and I look forward to working with him as we continue to pursue a championship in 2012. I also appreciate the privacy and respect that the community will give me and my family during this difficult time.”

Osborne was Edwards’ first crew chief for his Sprint Cup debut in 2004, and the two have combined for 18 wins and two runner-up finishes in season-ending Sprint Cup Series point standings.

“I cannot say enough good things about Bob Osborne,” added driver Carl Edwards. “I’m so thankful for what he’s done for me as a driver, and he is without a doubt one of the smartest guys in the sport.  I’m also appreciative of the fact that he’ll continue to be a resource for me and our team as we focus on these final races. We’re very fortunate to have Chad Norris as part of our organization to take over for the No. 99. I’ve known Chad for a long time and he is a fierce competitor. We’ve got our work cut out for us over the next seven races, and I’ve got every confidence Chad can lead our team to where we need to be.”

Norris has been with Roush Fenway Racing since 2005, and since 2011 has led Roush Fenway’s research and development test program that has seen him serve as crew chief for Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., in his limited Sprint Cup Series schedule and Trevor Bayne in his limited Nationwide Series schedule.

Norris’ first role as crew chief at Roush Fenway came in 2005 with the No. 17 Nationwide Series team. In his eight years with Roush Fenway, Norris has led multiple teams to victory lane, including Bayne’s inaugural Nationwide Series win at Texas Motor Speedway in November of 2011.

“Our commitment to winning a championship with the No. 99 in 2012 has not waivered,” said team owner Jack Roush. “I’m committed to providing the resources to Carl and to his team to do that, and this restructuring of Bob’s role and the introduction of Chad Norris as the crew chief for the No. 99 will put us in the best possible position for these final seven races before the ‘Chase’ begins.”

- Courtesy of Roush Fenway Racing

Friday, July 13, 2012

Trevor Bayne to Drive “We Back Pat™” Ford at Food City 250

Pat Summitt Named as Grand Marshal

Concord, N.C. (July 13, 2012) – Trevor Bayne will pilot an orange-themed car at the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway Aug. 24 for a very special Tennessean.

Bayne, a Knoxville resident and big University of Tennessee fan will drive a “We Back Pat™”-themed Roush Fenway Ford sponsored by in the in the Food City 250 in honor of Pat Summitt.

The promotion is designed to raise national awareness of The Pat Summitt Foundation’s mission and contribution to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history who won eight NCAA national championships while coaching the Vols, was diagnosed in August of 2011 with early on-set Alzheimer’s disease. She retired in April of this year and now serves as head coach emeritus for the Lady Vols.

"Growing up in Knoxville, I've always been a big UT fan and an even bigger fan of Pat Summit,” said Bayne, winner of the 2011 Daytona 500. “I have always respected what she stood for and how she conducted business. I am excited she is going to be a part of our team at Bristol. Now we need to carry on her winning tradition."

Summitt is excited to have Bayne backing her foundation at BMS.

“We are honored that Trevor will be representing The Pat Summitt Foundation,” said Summitt. “I have heard that Trevor began his career in Knoxville at the age of five racing go-carts. With Trevor also calling Knoxville home, it’s great to see the success he has had over the past several years.”

Summitt also will serve as grand marshal for the Food City 250.

- Courtesy of Roush Fenway Racing