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March 15, 2013 3:18 PM

Roush Fenway Looks To Turn Up the Heat at “Thunder Valley”

After two weeks out west, Roush Fenway rolls into the hills of Tennessee where it will look for its 19th victory at the wild and fast half-mile of Bristol Motor Speedway. Historically one of RFR’s most successful venues, the team will look to return to victory lane at ‘Thunder Valley’ for the first time since 2009.
 
By the Numbers
Bristol Motor Speedway ranks in the top five of virtually every category for Roush Fenway Racing in Sprint Cup competition. Roush Fenway’s 10 Cup wins at Bristol are the second most that the organization has at any track and the 11 poles are four more than RFR has at any other track. All in all, Roush Fenway has turned a total of 82,340 laps in Cup action at BMS and over 100,000 in NASCAR competition.
 
100,000 Laps and Counting
Roush Fenway turned its 100,000 laps of NASCAR action at Bristol a year ago. The team has completed over 50,000 miles of racing, while leading over 5,000 laps in 264 starts in 25 years of NASCAR action at Bristol.
 
Winning Bristol Style

Roush Fenway has won in all three of NASCAR’s major divisions at BMS, including 10 wins in the Cup Series. In addition, Roush Fenway has five wins at Bristol in the Nationwide Series. Overall Roush Fenway has won at Bristol 17 times in NASCAR competition, with six different drivers.
 
King of the Road
Carl Edwards is one of only three drivers in NASCAR history to have won in all three of NASCAR’s major divisions at Bristol. Mark Martin accomplished the feat as well, with each of his wins coming in a Roush Fenway entry. Edwards is one of only four drivers to accomplish the career sweep at any NASCAR track.
 
Runner Up
Roush Fenway’s history at BMS began on April 10, 1988 with the No. 6 Cup car almost winning Roush Fenway’s first race at the track and finishing second. Since that time, in addition to the organization’s 10 Cup wins at the track, Roush Fenway cars have finished second at BMS on 13 occasions (5 Cup, 4 NNS, 4 truck), including Edwards last season (Cup). RFR has finished top two in Bristol 30 times in the past 25 seasons. 
 
Hot Streaks
Roush Fenway’s history at Bristol has been that of hot streaks. Roush Fenway swept the track in 2003 and put a Cup car in victory lane at Bristol at least once in every season from 2002-2008. In addition, Roush Fenway has sent an entry to victory lane at Bristol in nine of the last 12 years.
 
Fast Starts
Carl Edwards turned his second top-five finish of the season last weekend at Las Vegas. After getting caught up in an accident in Daytona, Edwards has now finished first and fifth the last two weeks and moved up to fifth in the Cup point standings. On the NNS side, Travis Pastrana turned in his second top-10 in three race last week at Las Vegas. The former action sports star sits at 11th in the NNS point standings after three races.
 
Ricky of the Year
Former two-time Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been solid and consistent during the first three weeks of his Sprint Cup rookie season, posting finishes of 12, 13 and 18. He has completed all 783 laps attempted in 2013 and sits at 11th in the points, while leading the NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie of the year standings. Stenhouse is looking to become RFR’s 13th NASCAR rookie award winner.

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