CONCORD, N.C. (February 10, 2009) - Roush Fenway Racing driver Erik Darnell will get behind the wheel of the No. 6 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford Fusion for 15 races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series beginning with the Lipton Tea 250 at Richmond International Raceway on May 1. Darnell and Northern Tool + Equipment will split time in the No. 6 Ford Fusion with David Ragan and Discount Tire.
This will be Darnell’s first season in the Nationwide Series following three full seasons in the Camping World Truck Series where he recorded two wins, three poles, 16 top-five and 32 top-10 finishes. The Beach Park, Ill. native does have experience at NASCAR’s next level. In 2008 he filled in for Carl Edwards and David Ragan for several practice sessions as well as running in the Corona Mexico 200 in Mexico City.
“I’m looking forward to my first season in the Nationwide Series. Sure, I wish I was running a full schedule, but I’ve been given a great opportunity and I’m going to make the best of it,” said Darnell. “There are several tracks on the schedule I’ve had success at in the past. Hopefully, I can put together some good runs this season and get the No. 6 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford Fusion into Victory Lane.”
“Northern Tool + Equipment has high expectations for Erik and the No. 6 team going into 2009. We’re excited to see Erik take the next step in his racing career as he shares the No. 6 Ford Fusion with David Ragan.” said Wade Kotula, owner of Northern Tool + Equipment.
Darnell’s complete 15 race schedule includes Richmond (May 1), Darlington (May 8), Nashville (June 6), Kentucky (June 13), Milwaukee (June 20), Loudon (June 27), Gateway (July 18), Iowa (August 1), Watkins Glen (August 8), Montreal (August 30), Dover (September 26), Kansas (October 3), Charlotte (October 16), Memphis (October 24) and Homestead (November 20).
About Northern Tool + Equipment
Northern Tool + Equipment has been a supplier of high-quality tools and equipment for more than 27 years, selling products through direct mail, the Internet and at nearly 70 retail locations in 11 states. Along with a deep selection of hand, power and air tools, Northern Tool + Equipment carries a wide variety of products, including generators, pressure washers, air compressors, hydraulics, small engines, trailers, water pumps, tractors, welding equipment and much more. Northern Tool + Equipment also serves as the exclusive distributor of NorthStarTM brand equipment, which is fabricated and assembled at the company’s 250,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility. For more information, visit www.northerntool.com.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR’s largest team operating nine motorsports teams. Five in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; three in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Colin Braun; and one in the Camping World Truck Series with Braun.