Valvoline Racing NewsValvoline Racing Newshttp://www.valvoline.com/racing/racing-newsWed, 29 Oct 2014 16:30:43 EDTSat, 16 Feb 2013 24:19:15 ESTnhraBeckman likes home-track advantage heading to Pomona as reigning Funny Car champhttp://www.valvoline.com/racing/news/nhra/3390http://www.valvoline.com/racing/news/nhra/3390<p><strong>BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Feb. 12, 2013) -</strong> Jack Beckman won't be the only racer competing this week in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series opener at Pomona, Calif., to claim the fabled facility as his home track.<br /><br />But none could declare squatter's rights to where the NHRA Winternationals will be held like Jack can.<br /><br />No other driver has spent as much time there considering Jack taught about 7,000 people how to drag race there while an instructor with the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School.<br /><br />Although he will return to the starting line Thursday for the first Winternationals qualifying session as the reigning NHRA Funny Car world champion, the resident of Norco, Calif., vows to remember first that he is a drag racing fan.<br /><br />"The very first drag race I went to was at Orange County (International Raceway) not too far from Pomona. Having the opportunity to watch those cars and then walk through the pits and see these 8-foot tall people that got in these cars, as a 7-year-old child, it was really kind of a hero worship thing.<br /><br />"I'm on the other side of the ropes now. But I never forgot the huge impact it had on me. A lot of times, as drivers, there's some relatively small gestures that we can do that can make a huge effect on a child and even on adults.<br /><br />"I still am a fan of the sport. It hasn't jaded me the fact I get a paycheck for it. I identify with all the fans. If somebody brings their kid there and there's time, I'll bring him under the ropes and take a picture with the car. I love when an onlooker says, 'I love what you did for that kid.' I'll never forget that."<br /><br />The popular driver of Don Schumacher Racing's Valvoline/MTS Mail for Wounded Warriors Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car realizes he has a larger stage now as a world champion in one of NHRA's two premier nitro categories. He won the NHRA Super Comp world championship as a Sportsman racer in 2003, but he finds himself at the pinnacle of the sport now. <br /><br />A crew chief change after last year's fourth NHRA event brought Beckman together with crew chief Todd Smith and assistant Terry Snyder. The combination resulted in three NHRA titles, four No. 1 qualifying positions and NHRA national elapsed time (3.986 seconds) and speed (320.58 mph) records set at Reading, Pa.<br /><br />Smith and Snyder return to Jack's team, and that puts a big smile on his face.<br /><br />"We're in good shape," Jack said. "Nobody would have bet on us to win the championship five races in last year. What we did was relatively unheard of in motorsports, to take a partially assembled team, bring in a dragster crew chief (Smith), go out and do what we were able to accomplish. There's four other cars out there that are absolutely lethal and capable of winning the championship. We'll see how it ends up."</p>Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:27:05 ESTnascarNASCAR’s Winningest Team to Continue Running Valvoline NextGen Motor Oilhttp://www.valvoline.com/racing/news/nascar/3389http://www.valvoline.com/racing/news/nascar/3389<p><strong><em>Roush Fenway, Valvoline<sup>TM</sup> Extend Winning Partnership</em></strong></p> <p><strong>CONCORD, N.C.&nbsp;(Jan. 30, 2013)</strong> &ndash; Roush Fenway Racing and Valvoline, a brand of Ashland Inc. (NYSE:&nbsp;<a title="ASH" href="http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/prnews?Page=Quote&amp;Ticker=ASH" target="_blank">ASH</a>), have announced the extension of their long-running and equally successful NASCAR partnership. The relationship, which spans over a decade and a half, pairs two elite organizations with long histories of automotive performance excellence. RFR will continue to use Valvoline&rsquo;s revolutionary NextGen recycled, re-refined motor oil, which last season helped the team to a win in the famed Daytona 500 and its second consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our history with Valvoline is one of the richest in the sport and they have certainly been a vital part of our heritage and success dating back to the early 90&rsquo;s,&rdquo; said team owner Jack Roush. &ldquo;As an engine enthusiast, I understand the importance of lubricants in relation to our success on track and our ability to win races and complete for championships, and we are certainly happy that Valvoline will continue to be a part of our program as we embark on what we feel will be another championship run in 2013.&rdquo;</p> <p>Valvoline,&nbsp;a leading innovator and supplier of quality, high-performing automotive products,&nbsp;will continue to be the exclusive motor oil provider for Roush Fenway Racing; NASCAR&rsquo;s winningest Team.</p> <p>"Valvoline is excited to continue our long standing relationship with Roush Fenway Racing. The history of our two brands is a perfect combination of winning culture, leading technology and great people. We are excited to have such a solid technical and marketing partnership that provides a performance advantage for Roush Fenway and a marketing advantage for Valvoline,&rdquo; said Rob Clendening, senior brand manager of global brands at Ashland Consumer Markets (Valvoline).</p> <p>NextGen motor oil is made of 50 percent recycled, re-refined motor oil and delivers 100 percent Valvoline quality, offering optimum engine protection in a product that's also better for the environment. "Closing the Loop" &ndash; for professional drivers and everyday consumers alike &ndash; is a step towards reducing our dependence on foreign crude oil and preserving our existing resources by collecting and returning your used oil for recycling, and then refilling crankcases with NextGen.&nbsp;</p> <p>Running NextGen technology in its vehicles is just one aspect of Roush Fenway&rsquo;s advanced sustainability strategy.</p> <p>"We are dedicated to sustainable operations &ndash; from our solar energy system to our efforts in waste reduction,&rdquo; said Roush. &ldquo;We recycle 96 percent of every race car, so the ability to use a high-quality recycled motor oil that can help us win on the track and help the environment is a winning scenario for everyone involved.&rdquo;</p> <p>Roush Fenway will kick off the 2013 season next month at Daytona Speedweeks, where RFR drivers have won three of the last four Daytona 500s, including last season when after sweeping the pole for the famed event.</p> <p><strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">About Roush Fenway</span></em></strong></p> <p>Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history, fielding multiple teams in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series with championship drivers Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne and Travis Pastrana. Having celebrated 25 winning years in 2012, Roush Fenway is the leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, pioneering motorsport&rsquo;s first team-focused TV show and its award-winning marketing campaigns for RickyvsTrevor.com and &ldquo;25 Winning Years.&rdquo;&nbsp; Visit http://www.RoushFenway.com, circle on Google+ at +Roush Fenway Racing, become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/roushfenway and follow on Twitter at @roushfenway.</p> <p><strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">About Valvoline</span></em></strong><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><br /> </span></strong>Valvoline, a brand of Ashland Inc. (NYSE:&nbsp;<a title="ASH" href="http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/prnews?Page=Quote&amp;Ticker=ASH" target="_blank">ASH</a>), has been serving American motorists longer than any other motor oil. In addition to commercial and industrial lubricants, the Valvoline family of products includes Eagle One&trade; appearance products, Car Brite&trade; car restoration products, Zerex&trade; antifreeze, SynPower&trade; performance products, MaxLife&trade; products created for higher-mileage engines and NextGen&trade; motor oil created with 50 percent recycled, re-refined oil. With nearly 900 locations throughout&nbsp;the United States, Valvoline Instant Oil Change&trade; is a leader in serving the quick lube market. Visit us at http://www.valvoline.com; Valvoline on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/valvoline; and @Valvoline on Twitter.</p>Thu, 03 Jan 2013 11:12:47 ESTnascarAction Sports Legend Travis Pastrana to Drive Roush Fenway’s No. 60 NNS Ford Full-Time in 2013http://www.valvoline.com/racing/news/nascar/3388http://www.valvoline.com/racing/news/nascar/3388<p><strong>CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 3, 2013)</strong> &ndash; Action sports legend Travis Pastrana will make the move to full-time NASCAR racing in 2013, driving Roush Fenway&rsquo;s historic No. 60 Ford Mustang in all 33 events on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am extremely excited about making the move into full-time NASCAR competition in 2013 and equally thrilled to have the opportunity to make that move with Jack Roush and the team at Roush Fenway Racing,&rdquo; said Pastrana, a four-time rally champion, motocross champion and multiple X Games gold medal winner.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am very serious about making this move, running competitively and ultimately winning races in NASCAR,&rdquo; added Pastrana. &ldquo;No team can claim the success in the Nationwide Series that Roush Fenway has, and I know driving an RFR Ford will provide me with the maximum opportunity to develop my skills behind the wheel of a stock car.&rdquo;</p> <p>Pastrana has made nine career Nationwide Series starts, including one for Roush Fenway last September at Richmond, where he qualified a career-high fifth and ran top-10 for much of the race en route to a 17<sup>th</sup>-place finish.</p> <p>Pastrana will team up with veteran NASCAR crew chief Chad Norris and will be partnered with a variety of sponsors during the season.</p> <p>&ldquo;Travis is a champion,&rdquo; said Roush Fenway co-owner Jack Roush. &ldquo;It takes a great deal of drive and determination to reach that level of greatness in any field. He is serious about this move to NASCAR and we are committed to doing everything we can to see his career develop in NASCAR. We would certainly expect to see a great level of excitement brought to the table as he progresses within our sport.&rdquo;</p> <p>The No. 60 will be one of two full-time RFR Nationwide Series entries in 2013, with Pastrana being paired with Roush Fenway teammate and 2010 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne in the No. 6 Ford Mustang.</p> <p>Coming off of back-to-back Nationwide Series Championships in 2011 and 2012, RFR&rsquo;s 131 wins are the most in NNS history.&nbsp; In addition, the No. 60 captured the NNS owners&rsquo; championship in 2011.</p> <p>Roush Fenway&rsquo;s No. 60 entry boasts the most wins in NNS history, having been driven to victory lane a grand total of 90 times by celebrated drivers Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Mark Martin.</p> <p>Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history, fielding multiple teams in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series with championship drivers Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne and Travis Pastrana. Having celebrated 25 winning years in 2012, Roush Fenway is the leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, pioneering motorsport&rsquo;s first team-focused TV show and its award-winning marketing campaigns for RickyvsTrevor.com and &ldquo;25 Winning Years.&rdquo;&nbsp; Visit <a href="file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/C508841/Local%20Settings/Temp/notesA21E75/www.RoushFenway.com">www.RoushFenway.com</a>, circle on Google+ at +Roush Fenway Racing, become a fan on Facebook at <a href="file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/C508841/Local%20Settings/Temp/notesA21E75/www.facebook.com/roushfenway">www.facebook.com/roushfenway</a> and follow on Twitter at @roushfenway.&nbsp;</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2012 19:25:19 ESTnascarBiffle and Edwards on "Good Morning America"http://www.valvoline.com/racing/news/nascar/3387http://www.valvoline.com/racing/news/nascar/3387<p>CONCORD, N.C. (November 14, 2012) &ndash; Tune into ABC&rsquo;s &ldquo;Good Morning America&rdquo; this Saturday, November 17th to see Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards attempt to teach some of your favorite anchors how to drive a stock car. &nbsp;Biffle was teamed up with Dan Harris, while Edwards coached Bianna Golodryga.</p> <p>The Roush Fenway teammates took on Joey Logano and Darrell Wallace Jr., from Joe Gibb&rsquo;s Racing to see whose anchor could become the best driver. &nbsp;Biffle and Edwards took their respective anchors for a few laps around Charlotte Motor Speedway to show them the way around the 1.5-mile track. &nbsp;Be sure to watch &ldquo;Good Morning America&rdquo; to see which coach turned out the best student. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Dan was a pretty brave passenger,&rdquo; said Biffle. &nbsp;&ldquo;Definitely tune in to see how it all went, the track was a little on the damp side so I couldn&rsquo;t go really fast, but Dan seemed to think it was fast anyway. &nbsp;One of the girls hadn&rsquo;t driven a car in seven years living in New York City, so I think Dan stands a good chance.&rdquo;</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2012 19:21:59 ESTnascarRoush Fenway Looks for Continued Success at Homesteadhttp://www.valvoline.com/racing/news/nascar/3386http://www.valvoline.com/racing/news/nascar/3386<p style="text-align: left;">CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 14 , 2012) &ndash; The 2012 NASCAR season comes to an official close this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway where Roush Fenway Racing hopes to amplify its rich history of racing at the 1.5-mile oval. RFR chalked up its first victory at HMS in the 1998 NASCAR Nationwide Series with Jeff Burton and achieved its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in 2002 when Kurt Busch won from the pole. That same weekend, Greg Biffle earned RFR its first NNS Championship.&nbsp;</p> <p>Since then, RFR has amassed a wealth of success with 10 wins, 41 top-five and 54 top-10 finishes in 130 starts across three of NASCAR&rsquo;s top divisions. In addition, RFR is ranked first among teams in the NSCS with seven wins since HMS hosted its first Cup race 14 years ago. Roush Fenway ranks first at HMS claiming seven Cup victories. Much of RFR&rsquo;s winning success in the NSCS at HMS can be attributed to its current roster of full-time Cup drivers Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth. Of the eight drivers who have won a Cup race at HMS, Edwards, Biffle and Kenseth have all made the drive into Victory Lane. Biffle leads the way with an impressive three wins which he accumulated in a dominant three-year run from 2004 to 2006. In addition, Biffle is also tied for first place for the most number of wins in the NSCS at HMS. Each of these drivers also rank within the top 10 in driver ratings at HMS over the past seven years with Edwards leading the way. Kenseth also holds a track record for most laps led by race winner with 214 which he achieved back in 2007.</p> <p>NNS championship driver and 2010 Rookie of the Year, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., has also made a foot print at HMS with two top-five finishes in his two starts there. In addition, Stenhouse averages a third-place finishing position and ranks within the top five driver ratings at HMS. Stenhouse comes into HMS in an advantageous position in the Nationwide standings with a 20-point lead. Stenhouse and the No. 6&nbsp;team are looking to repeat history this Saturday with back-to-back NNS Championships joining the elite ranks of five drivers to accomplish the feat.</p> <p>Ford Championship weekend kicks off with Saturday afternoon&rsquo;s Nationwide event at&nbsp; 4:00 p.m. EST live on ESPN 2, while Sunday&rsquo;s Sprint Cup event is set for 3:00 p.m. live on ESPN.&nbsp;</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2012 19:18:03 ESTnascarEdwards and Fennig to Team Up for Championship Run in 2013; Graves to Lead Stenhouse Jr. Rookie Efforthttp://www.valvoline.com/racing/news/nascar/3385http://www.valvoline.com/racing/news/nascar/3385<p><strong>CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 14, 2012) &ndash;</strong> Roush Fenway Racing has announced that veteran crew chief Jimmy Fennig will lead Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Roush Fenway Sprint Cup team in its championship run in 2013. In addition, up and coming crew chief Scott Graves will lead the No. 17 team and defending Nationwide Series Champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. during his rookie campaign next season.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are excited about this change on both fronts,&rdquo; said team owner Jack Roush. &ldquo;Pairing two highly successful veterans like Carl and Jimmy should be quite a matchup and it is our expectation based on what Jimmy has been able to accomplish with many high profile drivers, that it will provide the spark to get the No. 99 program and Carl back into championship form.</p> <p>&ldquo;However, we are particularly excited about teaming up Scott Graves and Ricky. Through his extensive research and development work, Scott has an excellent understanding of the new 2013 body style. In his short time as a crew chief he has demonstrated a cunning knack as a leader on the pit box and he is going to be a great match for Ricky as he makes his move upwards into the Sprint Cup ranks.&rdquo;</p> <p>Fennig, one of the most accomplished crew chiefs in NASCAR history, boasts a tenure that includes more than 800 starts and 36 Sprint Cup victories. He led Roush Fenway to the 2004 Sprint Cup Championship and has worked with Hall-of-Fame caliber drivers such as Bobby Allison, Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth during his 30-plus years in racing.</p> <p>Graves is one of the fastest rising names in the sport, having led Edwards to a Nationwide Series victory in his first race as a crew chief at Watkins Glen earlier this season.&nbsp; He followed that up by leading Billy Johnson to a near victory at Montreal, and Trevor Bayne to a pole at Bristol. It is expected that Graves&rsquo; extensive knowledge of the new 2013 body style will be a great asset as Stenhouse makes his bid to become Roush Fenway&rsquo;s 13th NASCAR rookie of the year winner.&nbsp;</p> <p>Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history, fielding multiple teams in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series with championship drivers Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne. Celebrating 25 winning years in 2012, Roush Fenway is the leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, pioneering motorsport&rsquo;s first team-focused TV program and its award-winning social marketing campaign RickyvsTrevor.com. Visit <a href="file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/C508841/Local%20Settings/Temp/notesA21E75/www.RoushFenway.com">www.RoushFenway.com</a>, circle on Google+ at +Roush Fenway Racing, become a fan on Facebook at <a href="file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/C508841/Local%20Settings/Temp/notesA21E75/www.facebook.com/roushfenway">www.facebook.com/roushfenway</a> and follow on Twitter at @roushfenway.&nbsp;</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2012 19:16:10 ESTnascarFord EcoBoost 400 Preview - Greg Bifflehttp://www.valvoline.com/racing/news/nascar/3384http://www.valvoline.com/racing/news/nascar/3384<p><strong>Biffle on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m looking forward to Homestead this weekend and I hope to have another good run.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ve won three times there, so hopefully we can finish off the season in the top five in points if everything goes our way.&nbsp; You&rsquo;ve got to have a good car so you can run the middle, top and bottom of the flat slick race track.&nbsp; I&rsquo;m looking forward to getting the 3M Ford in the top five in points, I&rsquo;ve got my fingers crossed.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><strong>Crew chief Matt Puccia on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Homestead is a unique track that has progressive banking, which offers side-by-side racing.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s a tight points race from third to 10<sup>th</sup>, so every point matters.&nbsp; We are looking to get a good finish this weekend in Homestead to end the season on a high note and build momentum for 2013.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>FAST FACTS</em></strong></p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Three in a row:</strong> Biffle won three races in a row at Homestead, starting in 2004.</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Homestead Stats:</strong> Biffle has an average starting position of 16.4 and an average finish of 15.3 at Homestead.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Point Standings:</strong> Biffle is currently seventh in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings.</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Follow:</strong> On Twitter fans can follow @163MTeam and @3MRacing for the latest info on Biffle and the No. 16 Pit Bulls.</p>Thu, 15 Nov 2012 19:14:20 ESTnascarFord EcoBoost 400 Preview - Carl Edwardshttp://www.valvoline.com/racing/news/nascar/3383http://www.valvoline.com/racing/news/nascar/3383<p><strong>Carl Edwards on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Statistically speaking Homestead is our best track, and I really like racing there a lot.&nbsp; It seems like every time we go there we have a car that could win.&nbsp; We need to finish this season out with a win for our Fastenal team, and go into 2013 the way we went into 2011 and go for that championship.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ve got a lot of things happening right now and we&rsquo;re building the best team we can for next year.&nbsp; We&rsquo;re very excited about everything happening at Roush Fenway.&nbsp; There would be no better way to kick off the 2013 season than with a win at Homestead now.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Crew chief Chad Norris on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:</strong></p> <p><em>"Homestead is a great track for Carl.&nbsp; He has only finished outside the top 10 once there so we certainly want to keep that streak going this weekend.&nbsp; We have one last chance to put the Fastenal Ford in victory lane this year and we&rsquo;re doing everything we can to make that happen.&nbsp; Everyone on this team is working hard and we never give up so a win is certainly not out of the question at Homestead."</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">FAST FACTS</span></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>CARL EDWARDS</strong> will make his ninth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Homestead-Miami Speedway in this weekend&rsquo;s Ford 400.&nbsp; In his previous eight starts, Edwards has accumulated two wins, five top-five, seven top-10 finishes and two poles. </li> <li><strong>FOR THE RECORD&hellip;</strong>Edwards&rsquo; average start at Homestead is 11.9, his average finish is 5.2 which is the best of all active drivers. He has also led a total of 560 laps there, the most among active drivers. He has only finished outside the top 10 once in eight starts. </li> <li><strong>IN THE LOOP&hellip; </strong>According to NASCAR&rsquo;s Loop Statistics compiled over the last eight races at Homestead, Edwards has turned 230 of the track&rsquo;s fastest laps, spent 1,646 laps in the top 15, and has a driver rating of 120.9, which leads all active drivers in these categories. </li> <li><strong>ON THE TRACK&hellip;</strong>The 99 Blue Team will be unloading chassis RK-827. This car last raced at Kansas last month where Edwards finished 14<sup>th</sup>. </li> <li><strong>REWIND: HOMESTEAD 2011&hellip;</strong> Edwards started the weekend with a three-point lead over Tony Stewart, but winning the pole, leading the most laps and finishing second was not enough to clinch the 2011 Sprint Cup title.&nbsp; He tied Stewart for the point lead, but the tiebreaker went to Stewart based on each driver&rsquo;s number of wins during the season.</li> </ul>Thu, 15 Nov 2012 19:12:42 ESTnascarFord EcoBoost 300 Preview - Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.http://www.valvoline.com/racing/news/nascar/3382http://www.valvoline.com/racing/news/nascar/3382<p><strong>Stenhouse Jr. on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;I always look forward to racing at Homestead. Homestead is a fast track with multiple grooves allowing you to race from top to bottom. With our success on intermediate tracks this season, I feel confident that we will have a strong showing at Homestead in our No. 6 Cargill Beef Ford.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><strong><em>&nbsp;</em>Crew chief Mike Kelley on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Our No. 6 team has had an incredible season. We are heading to Ricky&rsquo;s favorite track. We have a 20-point advantage but we still have to have a solid performance to win the championship. We&rsquo;ve had a lot of success on intermediate tracks this season. We are bringing the same car we won with in Kansas so if we execute on pit-road and stay out of trouble I feel confident that we can get our No. 6 Cargill Ford into victory lane.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em><br /></em></p> <p><strong>FAST FACTS</strong></p> <ul> <li>So far in 2012, Ricky has six wins, 19 top-five, and 25 top-10 finishes. </li> <li>Stenhouse is currently first in the NASCAR Nationwide point standings; 20 points ahead of second place Elliott Sadler. </li> <li>At Homestead-Miami, Stenhouse will pilot the No. 6 Cargill Beef Ford Mustang. </li> <li>Stenhouse has completed 400 of 400 (100%) laps at HMS. </li> <li>Stenhouse has an average starting position of 12.0 and an average finishing position of 3.0 at Homestead. </li> <li>Follow: On Twitter fans can follow @stenhousejr and @PR6NW for the latest info on Stenhouse and the No. 6 team.</li> </ul>Tue, 28 Aug 2012 23:40:49 EDTnascarAdvoCare 500 Preview - Matt Kensethhttp://www.valvoline.com/racing/news/nascar/3381http://www.valvoline.com/racing/news/nascar/3381<p>Kenseth on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Atlanta is a place that I always look forward to coming to and racing at since it&rsquo;s a high-banked and fast track where we can run several lines.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s a really fast track and it always seems to get slicker as the race goes on and the track rubbers up, so you&rsquo;re always looking for a groove that helps you get more grip.&nbsp; We carry a lot of speed into the corners there, so we work on making sure that our handling is set up so that our No. 17 Ford isn&rsquo;t loose in the turns.&nbsp; We really need a good finish, so I&rsquo;m hoping that we can do that this weekend at Atlanta.&rdquo;</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>Crew chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Atlanta is a great track to race at because it&rsquo;s a place where there are several grooves, so drivers can race two and three-wide there.&nbsp; Handling in the corners is a focus for us as we go into this weekend since Atlanta is a track where cars carry a lot of speed into the corners and you want to make sure that they aren&rsquo;t loose on entry.&nbsp; Roush Fenway historically has a pretty good track record at mile-and-a-half tracks so I&rsquo;m looking forward to this weekend to hopefully get a good finish that we need right now as we prepare to head into the Chase.&rdquo;</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>FAST FACTS:</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;In 23 Cup starts at Atlanta, Kenseth has completed 7,080 of 7,423 laps (95.4 percent) and led for 253</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;Kenseth has an average starting position of 22.3 and an average finishing position of 12.9 at AMS</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;Kenseth has achieved eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes at Atlanta in the Cup series</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;This weekend at Atlanta, Kenseth will pilot the No. 17 Ford EcoBoost Fusion</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;Following last weekend&rsquo;s race at Bristol, Kenseth earned himself a position in the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;Entering this weekend at Atlanta, Kenseth is currently fourth in the NSCS driver point standings</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>