Roush Fenway Places Two Drivers in Inaugural XFINITY Series Chase
Wallace and Reed to race for NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship
Joliet, Ill. (Sept. 17, 2016) – Roush Fenway Racing has placed drivers Bubba Wallace and Ryan Reed into the inaugural 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Championship. Both Wallace and Reed will have the opportunity to defend Roush Fenway’s 2015 XFINITY Series Championship that was won by Chris Buescher. In addition, both will vie to bring home the organization’s sixth NXS Championship and its fourth in the last six seasons.
“We are certainly pleased to have both of our guys in the running for the XFINITY Championship,” said team owner Jack Roush. “Both Ryan and Bubba have shown improvement during this season and we’ll do our best to ensure that we put them in race cars that are capable of competing over the next seven weeks for this championship.”
The seven-race NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase kicks off next week at Kentucky Speedway. At the conclusion of the first three Chase races (Kentucky, Dover and Charlotte), four drivers will be eliminated from championship contention. The field of eight championship contenders will again be trimmed after three more races (Kansas, Texas and Phoenix), with four contenders racing for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19.
Roush Fenway Fords have won a combined 40 races at the seven Chase tracks, including 19 at Kentucky, Dover and Charlotte. Roush Fenway has led nearly 7,000 laps combined at the remaining seven tracks on the schedule. Wallace posted top-five finishes at both Kentucky and Dover earlier this season, including a runner-up finish at the Monster Mile.
Greg Biffle brought home Roush Fenway’s first NXS Championship in 2002. Carl Edwards drove a Roush Fenway Ford to the championship in 2007, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. posted back-to-back NXS Championships in 2011 and 2012. Buescher became the fourth Roush Fenway driver to win the NXS Championship with his dominant performance in 2015.
Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history, fielding multiple teams in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series competition with drivers Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne, Ryan Reed, Chris Buescher and Bubba Wallace. Now in its 29th season, Roush Fenway is a leader in driver development, having launched the careers for many of the top drivers in the sport. Off-track, Roush Fenway is a leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, pioneering motorsport’s first team-focused TV show and producing multiple award-winning digital and experiential marketing campaigns. Roush Fenway is co-owned by Jack Roush, the winningest team owner in NASCAR history and Fenway Sports Group, parent company of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox and English Premier League’s Liverpool F.C. Visit RoushFenway.com, circle on Google+, become a fan on Facebook and Instagram and follow on Twitter at @roushfenway.