FORD MOTOR CO. CELEBRATES ROUSH FENWAY RACING'S 100TH NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES WIN * Roush Fenway Racing is the first Ford team to win 100 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. * Jack Roush began his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series...
FORD MOTOR CO. CELEBRATES ROUSH FENWAY RACING'S 100TH NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES WIN
* Roush Fenway Racing is the first Ford team to win 100 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
* Jack Roush began his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series career as a car owner with Ford Racing in 1988 when he selected Mark Martin to drive the No. 6 Ford Thunderbird.
* Roush celebrated his first series win on Oct. 22, 1989 when Martin won the AC Delco 500 at North Carolina Speedway.
* Roush has two NNCS championships with Matt Kenseth (2003) and Kurt Busch (2004).
* Roush Fenway Racing won a team-high 15 races in 2005, a year in which all five teams won at least once and qualified for the Chase for the Nextel Cup.
* Roush Fenway Racing has 100 of the 581 all-time Ford NNCS victories.
* Seven different drivers have combined for Roush Fenway Racing's 100 wins, led by Mark Martin (35). The others are: Jeff Burton (17), Matt Kenseth (15), Kurt Busch (14), Greg Biffle (11), Carl Edwards (7) and Jamie McMurray (1).
* Matt Kenseth won the first NNCS race with Fusion when he captured the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway on Feb. 26, 2006.
* Mark Martin earned the first NNCS points race victory in a Taurus when he won the Las Vegas 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 1, 1998.
* Greg Biffle won the last NNCS race Taurus competed in when he took the checkered flag in the Ford 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway on Nov. 20, 2005. The victory gave Taurus 100 NNCS points wins during its eight-year tenure as Ford's flagship model.
* Kurt Busch's win at Michigan International Speedway on June 15, 2003 was significant because it came on the same day Ford Motor Co. was celebrating its 100th Anniversary.
* Ford became the first manufacturer to win 500 races in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series when Jeff Burton won the Carsdirect.com 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, 2000.
MATT KENSETH -- NO. 17 DEWALT NANO TECHNOLOGY FORD FUSION (FINISHED 35TH)
"Some things you just can't do much about. I don't have a bad word to say about Roush-Yates engines -- they've won more races for me than they could ever lose. They do a great job. They gave me a lot more power. We were real competitive. I think is the first one I've blown up in, probably, two years, so I can't talk bad about the engine, but my team did a great job and we had a great handle on the job, finally."
"Usually we run so terrible and we finish in these cars, and now we got it running good and we didn't finish. We'll just go try again next week."
WHAT HAPPENED? "We just broke something, we broke a valve or something like that. So, that's disappointing, but we had a great car. My whole DeWalt job did a great job today and put us in contention to win. So, we've never been in contention to win with the COT cars, and we're finally getting it running a lot better, so I've got to thank my guys for that. So, we'll just go get 'em next week."
DID YOU HAVE ANY WARNING? "I dropped a valve or something when Carl passed me for the lead. We took off. We were pretty good on the short run, and the first lap after that restart it just broke something in the valve train, so we knew our day was numbered, we just didn't know how many we'd run."
ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE CAR THE WAY RAN EARLIER? AND DO YOU NOW HAVE MORE CONFIDENCE IN THE REMAINING COT RACES? "I feel good about our performance. It's kind of a shame. We were in a good spot to win the race and we were in a good spot to gain some points for the championship. It just wasn't to be today. We all did the best we could. We just came up short."
GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Nintendo Wii Ford Fusion (finished 2nd)
"If I could've got to his bumper it might have been a challenge for him. I know he's in the Chase and he had a little cushion today, and I needed a win pretty bad, but we were going to race him clean, but I wish I had a chance at him. The whole thing is if I could've gotten ahead of Mark Martin before the caution came out, I was inside him going down the backstretch when the caution came out and that was the whole key to the race right there."
DID ALL OF THE LATE CAUTIONS HELP OR HURT YOUR CAUSE? "They hurt us. I don't know. I was ready to pass Mark anyway, and we came and got tires and passed them both anyway. I don't know if I was going to catch Carl or not.
ON ROUSH FENWAY RACING. "It's pretty exciting to see what we're doing. We've got to get our cars, all of them, driving that good. But, we're happy that our association is winning races."
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