ROUSH RACING QUOTES Week of August 16, 1999 The Pepsi 400 at Michigan Speedway will mark the first Winston Cup start for Matt Kenseth as Roush Racing's newest teammate, so we asked all five full-time Winston Cup drivers to share their feelings...
ROUSH RACING QUOTES Week of August 16, 1999
The Pepsi 400 at Michigan Speedway will mark the first Winston Cup start for Matt Kenseth as Roush Racing's newest teammate, so we asked all five full-time Winston Cup drivers to share their feelings about their first start as a member of the Roush stable.
Chad Little, No. 97 John Deere Ford Taurus: "The first time I officially started a Roush Racing machine was at the Daytona 500 in 1998, and it was a dream come true. I had raced in Winston Cup years before, but it was a single-team operation, where we owned and operated the team. That was tough, but it helped me grasp an understanding of the sport and made me appreciate what it takes to run a successful team. My first Roush start also marked my return to a Ford, and combining those two elements really gave me a boost of confidence going into that race. In fact, we came out of there with our first top-10 finish and a great start to the season."
Mark Martin, No. 6 Valvoline/Cummins Ford Taurus: "My first Winston Cup start for Jack Roush was at Daytona in 1988. That seems so long ago I can hardly remember. It was not an impressive run. We started 38th and finished 41st due to overheating. I really wanted to do well for Jack since he had given me this great opportunity to drive for him with a brand new team, but my first start didn't turn out quite like I had hoped."
Kevin Lepage, No. 16 TV Guide Ford Taurus: "The first time I strapped into a Roush car and took the green flag was one of the most exciting days of my life. All I could think about was that all of the hard work, trials and tribulations of racing had finally paid off. Although I had driven in a Winston Cup car before I went to Roush, the feeling just wasn't the same. I knew that I had finally made it as a Winston Cup driver when I got the chance to take the seat for one of the premier owners in the sport."
Jeff Burton, No. 99 Exide Batteries Ford Taurus: "It was the Daytona 500 in 1996 and we walked away with a fifth-place finish. Of course, following that performance we've had our share of highs and lows, but it's been getting better and better every year. I just remember the feeling that this was my opportunity to make the most of the chance to drive for Jack Roush, and I've never looked back since."
Johnny Benson, No. 26 Cheerios Ford Taurus: "Well, I was excited going into Daytona but extremely sad leaving. My first start with Roush wasn't the greatest since we didn't make the Daytona 500. Things were going pretty good in the twin 125's but on the last lap I got caught up in a multi-car accident. As a result we didn't qualify for the race. It was a real disappointment. But, I have put that one behind me now and am working toward being in victory lane."