CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES IS A BUILDING BLOCK FOR ROUSH RACING Concord, N.C. (February 14, 2006) - On-track success at all levels for Roush Racing begins in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). In the series' 11 year history, owner Jack Roush...
CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES IS A BUILDING BLOCK FOR ROUSH RACING
Concord, N.C. (February 14, 2006) - On-track success at all levels for Roush Racing begins in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). In the series' 11 year history, owner Jack Roush has fielded 15 full-time teams, capturing seven top-five and 10 top-10 point finishes including Roush's first NASCAR championship in 2000 when Greg Biffle brought home the NCTS championship trophy. To date, no full-time Roush entry in the NCTS has finished outside the top 15 in points, a feat un-matched. NASCAR Nextel Cup stars Mark Martin (one), Greg Biffle (16) and Carl Edwards (six) account for 23 of Roush's series-leading 37 wins and with new-comers Erik Darnell and David Ragan behind the wheel in 2006, along with veteran Mark Martin, Roush is sure to add to the win column.
"As a driver development tool, we have found the Truck Series to be invaluable," said Roush. "You have to constantly be looking for new driving talent. We have to have the next generation of drivers available to fill those seats and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has been a great place to get them started."
And get them started he has. Of Roush Racing's five NEXTEL Cup drivers in the 2005 "Chase for the Cup", four boast NCTS wins in Roush trucks (Matt Kenseth, the lone exception, has not made a start in the series). Biffle, Edwards and Kurt Busch each captured Rookie-of-the-Year honors in the series before graduating to Cup and each went on to finish in the top three in the NNCS standings within their third year of competition. Roush Racing stand-out Todd Kluever also captured Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 2005 in the NCTS and is looking to make his debut in the Busch Series beginning in 2006.
Next in line to fill Roush's stable of stars: Erik Darnell and David Ragan. Darnell and Ragan were among 1,776 young drivers vying for Roush's attention during "Roush Racing: Driver X". In 2006, Darnell will pilot the No. 99 Roush Racing F-150 while Ragan along with help from Martin will pilot the No. 6 Scotts F-150. This is a landscape that is virtually un-heard of in professional sports.
This is what makes the NCTS appealing to drivers, fans and sponsors alike. More than a minor-league series for NASCAR's Nextel Cup Series, the NCTS is a product that offers racing's most exciting on-track action featuring the stars of tomorrow going head-to-head with NASCAR's veterans. It's the only series with factory support from four of the world's largest automobile manufacturers, including Ford, and with recent renewals by title sponsor Sears (primary sponsor until 2010) and Speed Channel (television partner through 2014); the long-term commitment to the series is exemplified.
With sponsorships at a premium in the Nextel Cup Series, the NCTS offers an affordable alternative to companies looking to make their foray into NASCAR. Roush Racing has used the Truck Series to foster not only drivers but sponsors as well. The Truck Series allows sponsors to build their brand around NASCAR's next stars such as Darnell and Ragan while accessing the most brand-loyal audience in all of sports. It gives the sponsors the opportunity to grow with their drivers while impacting people from all demographics.
For Roush Racing, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series continues to be a valuable tool in producing tomorrow's stars in addition to developing partnerships with some of the world's finest corporations. With veteran drivers like Mark Martin entering the NCTS stage, the value and importance of the series is only increased and Roush Racing looks to continue their leadership in the series both on and off track.
About Roush Racing
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Entersprises which operates 13 motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, six in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, Todd Kluever and Danny O'Quinn, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with Martin, David Ragan and Erik Darnell.