Roush Fenway hit the jackpot early and often in Vegas
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (March 4, 2011) – From the moment Roush Fenway hit the pavement at the 1.5-mile venue of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, great things have followed for Jack Roush’s multi-car racing operation.
Roush Fenway not only won the inaugural Sprint Cup event at Las Vegas in 1998 (leading 119 laps in the process), but it fielded the race’s runner up, while placing three cars in the top 5 (Mark Martin 1, Jeff Burton 2, Johnny Benson 4) and five cars in the top 10 (Ted Musgrave 6, Chad Little 10). To this day the performance is one of the strongest in the team’s 24-year history in NASCAR. The win was the second for Roush Fenway at Vegas, as the team won the truck race there in 1997 with Joe Ruttman.
The win would go on to be just one of the more eventful 14 NASCAR victories for Roush Fenway at Vegas, and it would prove to be a springboard for a track that is considered one of the team’s strongest.
“Over the years we’ve had more success at Las Vegas than most places, and it will be fun to go back and see if we can keep it going this weekend,” said Jack Roush. “We won the first race there and that was a great honor to be able to do that. We look forward to going there, because we’ve had so much success there, winning with Mark (Martin), (Jeff) Burton, Matt (Kenseth) and Carl (Edwards).
“We still think that one of our team strengths -after two decades- is our performance at the mile and a half race tracks. It’s the second non-restricted race and we like to think we are more in control of what happens on the race track and being able to orchestrate a good outcome based on strategy, the quality of work in the shop and the quality of people behind the program.”
Roush Fenway will look for its 14th and 15th wins at Las Vegas this weekend. Four drivers have won a total of six races for Roush Fenway at LVMS: Martin, Burton, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth. The organization also boasts five Nationwide wins at Vegas: Martin twice, Burton twice and Greg Biffle. Biffle also has one of Roush Fenway’s three wins in the Truck Series at Vegas (Joe Ruttman and Travis Kvapil).
Biffle could become the first Roush Fenway driver to win in all three series at Las Vegas, with a win there this weekend in the Sprint Cup race. The organization will field seven entries in the two events this weekend, with three entries in Saturday’s Nationwide race and four in Sunday’s Sprint Cup event.
Saturday’s Nationwide race is set for 3:00 p.m. and will be televised live on ABC. Sunday’s Sprint Cup event is slated for 3:00 p.m. on FOX.
Roush Fenway Las Vegas Wins
1998 Martin Cup
1999 Burton Cup
2000 Burton Cup
2003 Kenseth Cup
2004 Kenseth Cup
2008 Edwards Cup
1999 Martin NNS
2000 Burtin NNS
2002 Burton NNS
2005 Martin NNS
2009 Biffle NNS
1997 Ruttman CWTS
1999 Biffle CWTS
2007 Kvapil CWTS
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR’s largest team operating seven motorsports teams. Four in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; and three in the Nationwide Series with Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Trevor Bayne. For more information on any of the Roush Fenway Racing teams, log onto http://www.roushfenway.com/ www.RoushFenway.com. Become a fan of Roush Fenway Racing on Facebook by going to http://www.facebook.com/roushfenway http://www.facebook.com/roushfenway and follow us on Twitter @roushfenway. For sponsorship inquiries please contact Robin Johnson at 704.720.4645.