Roush to Make 255th Consecutive Start in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Competition at Lowes Motor Speedway CONCORD, N.C. - When the green flag flies over the starting field of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Quaker Steak and Lube 200 on ...
Roush to Make 255th Consecutive Start in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Competition at Lowes Motor Speedway
CONCORD, N.C. - When the green flag flies over the starting field of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Quaker Steak and Lube 200 on Friday night, May 19, Roush Racing will take ownership of the longest running consecutive start streak. Roush has been involved in the series since its inception in 1995, and also holds the record for series victories.
When Ultra Motorsports closed its doors before the 2006 season got underway, it marked the end of an era, as team owner Jim Smith held the distinction and honor of being the sole owner to have fielded an entry in every race since the '95 inception. Smith's streak of consecutive starts ended at 272, a mark Roush will surpass with the November 10 event at the Phoenix International Raceway.
"The Craftsman Truck Series has been great for us at Roush Racing," said team owner Jack Roush. "We've been able to use the series to develop drivers, and help launch their careers. We've had a lot of accomplishments in the series over the past few years, and we look to continue that. We've had a great start to 2006, and we intend on building on our early successes."
The consecutive start streak began when Todd Bodine started the October 15 event at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, California. He started the event in the second position, and finished eighth in the No. 61 Roush Performance Products Ford F-150.
Roush currently fields three Craftsman Truck Series teams, with Mark Martin and David Ragan splitting driving duties in the No. 6 Scotts Miracle-Gro Ford, Ragan and Michel Jourdain in the No. 50 Ford, and Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Erik Darnell in the No. 99. Five races into the 2006 season, Roush has two wins, four top-five and six top-ten finishes.
"We've been involved in this series over 10 years now, and we hope to be around for a long time to come. Mark Martin has said time and time again that the best racing in NASCAR is with the Craftsman Truck Series. It's been a great tool for us, and it's been a source of great excitement. We won our first NASCAR championship in the trucks with Greg Biffle back in 2000, and that is something I'll remember with great fondness."