August 30, 2013 |
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the first pole position of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career by posting the fastest qualifying speed for Sunday night's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Stenhouse, 25, turned a lap of 189.688 mph in his No. 17 Ford on Friday to capture the first starting position at the 1.54-mile Atlanta track. Carl Edwards, Stenhouse's teammate at Roush Fenway Racing, qualified second at 189.021 mph and will start alongside Stenhouse on the front row. Juan Pablo Montoya was third at 188.539 mph and Denny Hamlin was fourth at 188.533.
January 3, 2013 |
Former action sports star Travis Pastrana will drive full-time in NASCAR's second-level Nationwide Series this year in a car prepared by Roush Fenway Racing, the team said Thursday. Pastrana, 29, will drive the No. 60 Ford Mustang in all 33 Nationwide races and "we are committed to doing everything we can to see his career develop in NASCAR," team co-owner Jack Roush said in a statement. A celebrated motorcycle and rally car racer, notably in the X Games, Pastrana turned his sights on stock-car racing and made nine Nationwide starts last year.
May 3, 2013 |
Travis Pastrana, the former X Games star turned NASCAR driver, added to his collection of firsts Friday by winning the pole position for the Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. He circled the 2.66-mile tri-oval with a fast lap of 176.500 mph in qualifying for the Aaron's 312 on Saturday. “It sounds like a dream come true," said Pastrana, who drives for Roush Fenway Racing. "Bringing the guys to the line at the green flag at Talladega is awesome, so I'm definitely excited.
August 31, 2008 |
Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards picked up where they left off a week ago, except this time Busch couldn't be caught and won his seventh NASCAR Nationwide Series race in dominating fashion Saturday night. Driving in NASCAR's second-level series ahead of tonight's top-tier Sprint Cup race, Busch kept his Toyota ahead of Edwards' Ford to win the Camping World RV Service 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Brian Vickers was third and Jeff Burton fourth. The victory extended Busch's remarkable season.
September 3, 2012 |
Joe Gibbs Racing is expected to announce Tuesday that veteran Matt Kenseth will join its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team in 2013. Kenseth, the 2003 Cup champion who's third in this year's standings, would take over the No. 20 Toyota currently driven by Joey Logano . JGR, owned by Hall of Fame NFL coach Joe Gibbs , on Sunday scheduled a news conference for Tuesday at its Huntersville, N.C, headquarters. Kenseth, 40, became available earlier this season when he announced plans to leave Roush Fenway Racing , where he drives the No. 17 Ford, after this year.
August 12, 2007 |
Like death and taxes, it seems Matt Kenseth's earning a spot in NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship field is one of life's certainties. A year ago, the Roush Fenway Racing driver made a late-season charge to qualify for the Chase. That made him four for four in qualifying for the 10-race stock car playoff that began the year after Kenseth won the 2003 series title under the old points system.
March 1, 2012 |
Reporting from Avondale, Ariz.-- NASCAR 's Penske Racing said Thursday it's switching back to Ford race cars from Dodge next season, a move that would leave Dodge without a major team in the elite Sprint Cup Series. Team owner Roger Penske, whose two Cup drivers are Brad Keselowski andA.J. Allmendinger, also said his team would shift to Ford in NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide Series in 2013. Penske had been with Dodge for the last decade but, with its contract expiring after this season, the team chose Ford to keep pace with the likes of Ford powerhouse Roush Fenway Racing, Penske said.
September 26, 2013 |
Jack Roush won NASCAR's first Chase for the Cup title playoff with Kurt Busch at the wheel in 2004. But the co-owner of the Ford team now called Roush Fenway Racing hasn't won the championship since then. Now, with two of this year's 10 Chase races in the books, the team heads to Dover, Del., for the next race on Sunday hoping the title doesn't slip away yet again. Two of Roush Fenway's drivers are in the Chase: Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle. Edwards is fourth in the standings, 36 points behind leader (and former Roush Fenway driver)
June 26, 2012 |
NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth, a former champion who's also leading this year's title standings in the Sprint Cup Series, is leaving Roush Fenway Racing after this season, the team announced Tuesday. No reason was cited but Roush Fenway said Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 24, who captured the championship in NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide Series last year, would replace Kenseth and join Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle in the team's Cup series stable. Kenseth, 40, is in his 13th full season with Roush Fenway and the Wisconsin native won the 2003 Cup title.
August 29, 2012 |
Carl Edwards, who is in danger of missing NASCAR's title playoff this season, shot down rumors he might switch teams next year and join Penske Racing. Penske is deciding who will drive its No. 22 car next season after A.J. Allmendinger failed a drug test and was released from the team. Edwards drives the No. 99 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, and in a teleconference with reporters Wednesday ahead of Sunday's race in Atlanta, he brought up the rumors himself. "I wouldn't mention it except that it's gotten bad enough that sponsors and folks are asking me about it," Edwards said.