Roush Yates Engines qualifying report

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Event: Las Vegas

Roush Yates' FR9s Take Top Four Sports in Las Vegas Qualifying
Four Fords Will Lead the Field to Green in Sunday's Race

Mooresville, NC (March 5, 2011) Roush Yates Engines commanded the front two rows in Friday's Kobalt Tools 400 qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Ford drivers earned the first four starting positions for Sunday's race after leading practice earlier in the day. Matt Kenseth, Marcos Ambrose, Carl Edwards, and Greg Biffle all took their Fords to the top of the leader board to execute the best qualifying effort in the history of Roush Yates Engines.

Matt Kenseth, Roush Fenway Racing Ford
Matt Kenseth, Roush Fenway Racing Ford

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"We've had such a great start to the 2011 season," said Doug Yates, CEO and Chief Engine Builder at Roush Yates Engines. "Finishing 1-2-3 at Daytona, putting Carl Edwards on the pole in Phoenix, and the astounding speed we've shown in Vegas make me very proud of all the engineers at Roush Yates and Ford Racing. We've worked really hard in the off season to see gains on the racetrack and I think there are even more great things to come."

Drivers Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards have noticed the increased horsepower of their Roush Yates engines at each of the first three tracks this season. Kenseth's record breaking pole at Las Vegas is the fifth in his career.

"I have to give Doug Yates and the engine shop a lot of credit because I think we have more power than we ever had last year," said Matt Kenseth, pole sitter for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400. "This is our first full season with the FR9 and we started running better on it toward the end of last year. In Phoenix our engine ran really well and now here this weekend you see all the Fords up toward the top."

"It is good that the first two rows are Fords," said Carl Edwards. "That is a testament to how hard our guys are working at the shop and Doug Yates and everyone with the FR9 engine they have done an amazing job. We talked about earlier that we wanted to see how we ran in this first 1.5 mile that would be a little bit of a test for the rest of the season. So far it looks really good."

Power, performance, and reliability are focal points in everything Roush Yates does, from engines, to machining, to their full service performance products store. To learn more about all of Roush Yates' engine programs and how you can buy the same parts these NASCAR drivers use, please visit www.roushyatesparts.com or call toll free 877-798-RYPP today.

-source: rye

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