While nicknamed the ‘Monster Mile,’ RFR has experienced a great deal of success at every level of NASCAR competition at Dover. Roush Fenway started a total of 255 NASCAR races at Dover, tallying 16 wins, 78 top fives, 121 top 10s and 10 poles, while leading 4795 laps in NASCAR action.
Roush Fenway’s nine wins in the Sprint Cup Series at Dover are the third most at a track for the organization (trailing only Michigan and Bristol with 11 and 10). Dover is also top two for Roush Fenway in the Cup series in top fives (50), top 10s (78) and poles (6).
Greg Biffle on racing at Dover International Speedway: “We haven’t started the Chase the way we would have wanted, but Dover is a track where we can change that. The Roush Fenway cars have run well at Dover in the past and I’ve had some success there too. We’ve got some good tracks coming up to finish out the year and I’m ready to put New Hampshire behind us and get to Dover.”
Crew chief Matt Puccia on racing at Dover International Speedway: “Dover is high-banked and the fastest one-mile track that we go to on the circuit. We’ve had very successful runs at Dover and Greg has won there in the past. We’ve got ourselves in a little bit of a deficit in points, which is not how we wanted to start the Chase, but Dover is a great opportunity to start this next stretch of races we have coming up.”
Matt Kenseth on racing at Dover International Speedway: “Dover has been one of our better tracks historically. We haven’t been really dominant there, but we’ve been able to get some top-fives there the last few times we’ve been to Dover, which is good, but we still need to be a little better there too. We’ve got a little work to do as we head to Dover, but it’s definitely one of our better tracks on the circuit, and a place that I’m really hoping we can make up some ground in the point standings.”
Crew chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Dover International Speedway: “Earlier this season at Dover we qualified and finished well, but our car just wasn’t where it needed to be during the race so our plan is to try out a few different packages and hopefully we can find something that works out better. Track position is really important at Dover, so we will also work on our pit strategy to make sure that we have Matt out front at the end on Sunday.”
Carl Edwards on racing at Dover International Speedway: “I’ve been looking forward to Dover for a while now. That’s a great race track for all of our Roush Fenway Fords. I love the race track, it’s a grueling race, qualifying is exciting and difficult, pit stops are tough, it’s just a really challenging race track. I look forward to hopefully having some of the success we’ve had there in the past.”
Crew Chief Chad Norris on racing at Dover International Speedway: “Carl really enjoys racing at Dover and we could certainly use a good run right now. This one-mile track is very different from the one-mile of New Hampshire where we raced last weekend. It’s a challenging track and the car can change quite a bit throughout 400 miles there, but Carl has a much better record at Dover with the banking and concrete surface.”
On the heels of the announcement in Chicagoland proclaiming that Ricky Stenhouse Jr. would pilot the historic No. 17 Ford Fusion next year in the Sprint Cup Series, the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide champion will make his second Sprint Cup start of the 2012 season at Dover International Speedway this weekend. Earlier this season the Olive Branch, Miss. native made his debut in the famed Daytona 500 finishing 21st. He finished 11th in his Sprint Cup debut in 2011 in the Coca-Cola 600.
“I can’t think of a better track than Dover to make my second Cup start this year,” said Stenhouse. “The extra seat time is very valuable going into our first full-time Sprint Cup season next year. Cargill and Rancher’s Reserve jumped on board to sponsor both my Nationwide and Sprint Cup car. It would be awesome to get a solid finish in both races this weekend.”
The 2011 NASCAR Nationwide champion will pull the double-duty this weekend as he defends his title with six races remaining. The tight championship battle shows Stenhouse only four points out of the lead.
Rancher’s Reserve and Safeway will serve as the primary sponsors for both the No. 6 Ford Mustang and No. 6 Ford Fusion.
Stenhouse drove the Wood Bros. famed No. 21 Ford in his Sprint Cup debut in the 2011 Coca-Cola 600, playing to rave reviews after the solid 11th-place finish.