Daytona Shootout: Roush Fenway Racing preview

Roush Fenway Gears Up for Shootout, 2010 Season Roush Fenway Racing will open up its 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup season in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway. Roush Fenway will have three entries in this year's Shootout; Greg ...

Roush Fenway Gears Up for Shootout, 2010 Season

Roush Fenway Racing will open up its 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup season in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway. Roush Fenway will have three entries in this year's Shootout; Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards.


This will be Roush Fenway's 22nd consecutive year with at least one car in the Shootout. The team made its debut in the Shootout (then the Busch Clash) in 1989 with the No. 6 Ford of Mark Martin. During that span Roush Fenway has fielded 42 entries in the Shootout, posting 11 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes, including one victory and two runner-up finishes. All in all Roush Fenway has fielded multiple cars in the Shootout 12 times, with nine different drivers behind the wheel.


Roush Fenway Racing boasts one victory in the Shootout, with Mark Martin taking the checkered flag in the 1999 all-star event.


This season saw another shift in the qualification rules for the Shootout. Each of the 12 qualifying Chase drivers were included, as well as past champions and Daytona winners. Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards each qualified via their Chase status in '09, while Matt Kenseth qualified based on his 2003 Cup Championship and his 2009 Daytona 500 victory.


In a race that saw a record 14 leaders and 23 lead changes, Roush Fenway started five cars in the '09 Shootout - the most ever. Jamie McMurray in the No. 26 Ford posted a second-place finish and actually led coming to a green-white-checkered finish. Carl Edwards (7) and Matt Kenseth (8) each led in the race as well, en route to top-10 finishes, while Greg Biffle (17) and David Ragan (26) were both caught up in accidents.


Greg Biffle's 44 laps led in the 2005 Shootout are the most by a driver who did not win the event and the second most ever.


Roush Fenway cars led a total of 28 laps in last year's Shootout and posted three top-10s.


Roush Fenway's next win will mark the team's 400th overall win across NASCAR and road course racing.


In addition to the 1998 Shootout win, Roush Fenway has posted three other wins at DIS in Sprint Cup competition. Most recently last year in the famed Daytona 500 with Matt Kenseth, and 2007 and 2003 summer races with Jamie McMurray and Greg Biffle. In addition, Roush Fenway won at Daytona in 2006 in the NASCAR Truck Series with the No. 6 entry.

Roush Fenway Racing...

Jack Roush:

On starting the 2010 season:

"Two thousand nine is something we've learned from. Certainly we won races and were competitive at many places we went. We had several missed opportunities. We will win more races - given the same amount of opportunities next year - than we won last year, but, in the meantime, we're going try to get ourselves ready and think that we're going be ready to go take a bunch of them hands-down."

On the Budweiser Shootout:

Greg Biffle:

"I can't wait to get the season kicked off with the Shootout. The Shootout is a big deal if for no other reason than it is the first race of the season. It's not a points race, so we can go out there and just have fun with it. It's always good to get the extra laps and be able to experiment with a few things during practice and even the during the Shootout. That Saturday should be pretty exciting for the fans in Daytona with qualifying for the Daytona 500 earlier that afternoon. I think we're all just looking forward to getting back to racing."

Matt Kenseth:

"It's cool to be a part of the Shootout this year. In the past, when the Shootout field was based off of pole winners, I think I was only able to compete in it once since I'm not always the best qualifier, so I really like the way they have the selection criteria set up this year.

"Last year we learned a lot by being able to participate in the Shootout. We were able to learn a lot about the car's set-up and handling due to the extra track time you get when you're able to race in the Shootout. I think that additional track time will be even more important this year with the bigger restrictor plate. We'll be going a lot faster at Daytona so handling will be even more important than it has been in the past."

Carl Edwards:

"The name says it all -- the Shootout is a battle for glory. I'm excited about going there and kicking off the season with a fun race like that. Scotts will be on board so that's a great way to kick off our new sponsorship program with them.

"They have meant a lot to my career and I'm proud to have them on the car. Our theme this year is to be the best we can be and I'm excited for our changes on pit road. The Shootout will be a good warm-up for them. The main goal for me in that race is to go out and have a blast and try to bring home a trophy."

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , Jack Roush , David Ragan , Mark Martin
Teams Roush Fenway Racing