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March 3, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Carl Edwards snapped a 70-race winless streak with an overtime victory in Sunday's NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway. Edwards held off Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson, who took second place by mere inches when he won a drag race to the finish line with third-place Denny Hamlin. "This is huge ... one of the coolest wins of my life," said Edwards, who had not won a Sprint Cup Series race since he took first in Las Vegas on March 6, 2011. Edwards, who drives the No. 99 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, appeared to have the Subway Fresh Fit 500 in hand if he hadn't run out of fuel on the one-mile Phoenix track.
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August 30, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
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.
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June 25, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR heads to Kentucky Speedway this weekend, providing another hurdle for Travis Pastrana. Pastrana, 29, is the former action-sports and motocross star who this year became a full-time driver in NASCAR's second-level Nationwide Series, driving the No. 60 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing. It's been a struggle. Through 14 races, Pastrana has only three top-10 finishes, his highest being a ninth at Richmond International Raceway on April 26. He's 14th in the Nationwide point standings.
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May 3, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
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.
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August 31, 2008 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
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.
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September 3, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
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.
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August 12, 2007 | Associated Press
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.
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August 29, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
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.
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June 26, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
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.
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March 1, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
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.
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