There are new faces at Roush Fenway Racing this season, but team co-owner Jack Roush calls his current stable of drivers his “dream team.”
Roush will field Sprint Cup Series teams for Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Nationwide teams with Trevor Bayne and X Games star Travis Pastrana.
“When I started in 1988, I couldn’t wait to get started with multiple cars and multiple programs with the depth and experience and potential this group has,” Roush said.
“It just makes me feel really gratified and that my life’s work has been successful.”
Stenhouse, who won the past two Nationwide Series, considered it an honor to be part of Roush’s “dream team.”
“It sure was nice to hear, especially when you look back and see some of the drivers Jack has had in the past,” Stenhouse said. “For him to say this is a ‘dream team,’ it’s pretty cool to be a part of.
“Jack and I have a great relationship over the bad times and good times.”
Blaney vs. Blaney: Ryan Blaney will get a chance to race on dirt during July when the NASCAR Truck Series makes its debut at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Ryan’s teammate for the race, however, will be among his toughest competition.
While Ryan will compete in Brad Keselowski Racing’s No. 29 Ford the entire season, at least three drivers will take turns in BKR’s second team.
And for the Eldora race, the other driver will be Ryan’s dad, Dave – a current Cup series driver and dirt racing legend.
“There was talk about Eldora and my dad said he thought it would be cool if he could run Brad’s second truck there. So, I was kind of joking around and told him I would bring it up with Brad,” Ryan said.
“I saw Brad the next week or so and brought up my dad running Eldora for him and he loved the idea. Thinking back on it now, it was probably a bad idea for me because he is going to make me look bad.”
Hendrick wins benefit N.C. communities: Greenville, N.C., Mayor Allen Thomas and High Point Mayor Bernita Sims attended the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour’s stop at Hendrick Motorsports to accept checks from last year’s May Race to Education program.
As a part of the program, N.C. cities were paired by random draw to the successes of Cup drivers for the May races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Greenville was paired with All-Star Race winner Jimmie Johnson, and High Point selected driver Kasey Kahne, who won the Cola-Cola 600, earning each city $20,000 for educational programs.
Riggs gets five races: Scott Riggs will drive the first five Truck series races series for Robby Benton Racing.
Riggs drove for the team last season at Martinsville, Va., and finished fifth. The team hopes to acquire more sponsorship to run the entire season.
Darlington test scheduled: Darlington (S.C.) Raceway will host a 9 a.m.-5 p.m. tire test Feb. 6 with Cup drivers Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Paul Menard and Juan Pablo Montoya. The test will be open to the public.