This week Roush Fenway heads to the Atlantic Coast of Daytona Beach, Florida, where it will look for a post-Fourth of July celebration in the skies above the famed Daytona International Speedway. RFR captured the win in the Daytona 500 in February and will look to complete the Sprint Cup sweep.
In the Lead
RFR’s Matt Kenseth continues to lead the Sprint Cup point standings by 11 markers. Greg Biffle is fourth; 25 points behind Kenseth. All-in-all an RFR driver has led the points for 15 of 16 weeks in 2012 and in 21 of the last 23 weeks. Carl Edwards is currenlty 11th; 34 points out of 10th.
The Heat is On; RFR goes for 3 in a Row at Daytona
RFR will look for its third consectuive Sprint Cup victory at DIS this weekend. David Ragan won at Daytona last summer, while Matt Kenseth did the honors in February. In the last four seasons, Roush Fenway drivers have visited victory lane on four occasions at Daytona.
Hot, Hot, Hot - Summer Time in Daytona
Roush Fenway has won four times in the summer Cup Series race at Daytona, including last year’s dramatic win with David Ragan. Jeff Burton was the first Roush Fenway driver to break into the win column at Daytona, taking home the checkered flag in the summer of 2000. Greg Biffle did the honors again for Roush Fenway in July of 2003 and Jamie McMurray won at DIS under the lights in July of 2007. Other Roush Fenway’s DIS wins came via Matt Kenseth’s 2009 and 2012 Daytona 500 victories. Mark Martin won the pole at Daytona at the organization’s second summer start at DIS in 1989. In addition, Edwards and Biffle claimed the front row in February’s D500 Pole Day.
Roush Fenway Sprint Cup at Daytona
Roush has made 171 Sprint Cup starts at DIS, winning six times, while running to 35 top fives and 62 top 10s. Roush Fenway has completed 92.3 percent of its 27,872 laps attempted in Cup action at DIS, while averaging an 20.4 finishing spot.
Looking For Win No. 1
Despite 126 wins in the Nationwide Series, Roush Fenway is still looking for its first NNS win at Daytona. Roush Fenway has made 66 starts at DIS, with 14 top fives and 31 top 10s, but the organization’s best finish at Daytona is second, (accomplished on three occasions, including last season by Carl Edwards.)
Overall at Daytona
In addition to its six wins in Cup action at Daytona, Roush Fenway boasts two more NASCAR wins at the track, via the Truck Series (Edwards ’04, Martin ’06). In addition, Jack Roush also earned 10 consecutive 24 Hours of Daytona sedan class championships, pairing with such drivers as Tommy Kendall, Scott Pruett, Mark Martin, Bill Elliott, Ricky Rudd, Kyle Petty, Ken Schrader, Robby Gordon, Lyn St. James, actor Paul Newman and Olympian Bruce Jenner.
Source: Roush Fenway Racing