History Runs Deep for Roush at Bristol Motor Speedway Roush Fenway has placed an entry into victory lane at Bristol in each season since 2002 BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 19, 2010) -- As the NASCAR series rolls into what many consider the most...
History Runs Deep for Roush at Bristol Motor Speedway
Roush Fenway has placed an entry into victory lane at Bristol in each season since 2002
BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 19, 2010) -- As the NASCAR series rolls into what many consider the most exciting track on the circuit this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, Roush Fenway owner Jack Roush can once again take a moment to reflect on his long history at the facility.
"I went to Bristol for the first time (with NASCAR) 1988," said Roush. "But I had had a great deal of success there and won on the drag strip at Bristol with the Fastbacks years before that.
"Bristol has always been a place that had two complexes," added Roush, who's NASCAR teams have made 224 starts at the half-mile oval track. "It had a drag strip up in between the hills and it had an oval track.
"I've had the chance to race on both of them and whenever I go to Bristol, it ties my drag racing in with my stock car racing. I have fond memories of the drag racing that preceded the stock car racing and I have found memories of the stock car racing as well."
Just as with the drag racing, success on the oval at Bristol would soon follow.
"Mark Martin was so enthused when he had a chance to go to Bristol," recalled Roush. "It was fast and high-banked and he was able to get in the gas and not worry about a lot of finesse and it was one of his favorite places. He had a good feel for it and a great enthusiasm and eventually we realized the kind of success on the oval track that I had on the drag strip before that."
Roush Fenway finished second in its first NASCAR Cup start at Bristol in the spring of 1988. Martin and Roush won at Bristol from the pole in the fall of 1993 and opened the floodgate for the organization's unparalleled amount of success at the track.
All in all Roush Fenway has won at Bristol in all three of NASCAR's major series for a total of 17 victories (including 10 in the Sprint Cup Series), with the victories spread out over six drivers. In the Cup series Roush Fenway swept the track in 2003 and put a Cup car into victory lane at Bristol at least once every season from 2002-2008.
Roush Fenway heads into this weekend having put an entry in victory lane at Bristol in every season since 2001, the last coming in August when David Ragan picked up Roush Fenway's fifth Nationwide win there. The team will look to keep that streak alive, while at the same time extending Jack Roush's long legacy at Bristol Motor Speedway.