Roush Fenway Martinsville Advance

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Sun 10.24.10, 1:00 p.m. EDT

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Greg Biffle, No. 16 3M Ford

Matt Kenseth, No. 17 Crown Royal Black Ford

Carl Edwards, No. 99 Aflac Ford

Roush Fenway Looks to Carry Momentum to Martinsville

After rebounding with a strong outing last weekend at Charlotte, Roush Fenway will look to continue that momentum as the Sprint Cup Series rolls into the short track of Martinsville Speedway, where Roush Fenway has won four times in the Series.

In the Chase

All three of Roush Fenway’s Chase eligiable cars bounced back with solid runs at Charlotte and each will look to build on that this weekend at Martinsville. Greg Biffle used a fifth-place run at CMS to climb back up to eighth in the standings, while Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth remain at seventh and 11th.

Roush Fenway at Martinsville

In 158 starts at the half-mile paper-clip shaped track, Roush Fenway has turned more laps at Martinsville Speedway than any other venue in the Sprint Cup Series, with 76,133 laps completed. During that span, Roush Fenway has collected four wins, four poles, 25 top-five and 56 top-10 finishes. All-in-all Roush Fenway carries a 16.2 average finish to Martinsville this weekend.

Winning Formula

Roush Fenway has won four Sprint Cup races at Martinsville, with three different drivers. However, the team has not visited victory lane at the track since the fall of 2002. Roush Fenway also boasts two truck wins in 46 starts at Martinsville (Fall of ’03 and ’05).

RFR Martinsville Wins

1992-1 Martin Cup

1997-2 Burton Cup

2000-1 Martin Cup

2002-2 Busch Cup

2003-2 Wood Truck

2005-2 Craven Truck

Looking Back

Roush Fenway had its overall most successful outing at Martinsville in the spring of 2002 when it placed all four of its cars inside the top 10. In addition, RFR posted a 1-2 finish at the track in the spring of 2000. Ironically, Roush Fenway has not placed more than one car inside the top five at Martinsville since that finish in 2000.

Chase Races at Martinsville

Carl Edwards finished third at Martinsville in the fall of 2008, for Roush Fenway’s top Martinsville Chase finish, on a day that saw two Roush Fenway Chase cars inside the top 10 and three inside the top 12; Matt Kenseth finished eighth and Greg Biffle was 12th. Kurt Busch and the No. 97 team finished fifth at Martinsville in the fall of 2004 in Roush Fenway’s first Chase outing at the track and Matt Kenseth was fifth there in 2007. All-in-all Roush Fenway has three top-five and five top-10 finishes in 17 Chase eligible races at Martinsville.

Roush Fenway at Martinsville Speedway

Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led AvSt AvFn Miles

CUP 158 4 25 56 4 76133 1324 20.2 17.1 40045.5

NNS 3 0 0 1 0 750 0 28 19.3 394.5

TRUCK 46 2 14 24 3 10256 270 12.4 12.3 5394.6

207 6 39 81 7 87139 1594 20.2 16.233 45834.6

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