After placing three cars inside the top 10 and leading over half the laps in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, Roush Fenway turns its attention to the Monster Mile of Dover International Speedway – one of the teams strongest tracks on the circuit.
Roush Fenway at Dover
While nicknamed the “Monster Mile,” Roush Fenway Racing has experienced a great deal of success at every level of NASCAR competition at Dover. Roush Fenway started a total of 251 NASCAR races at Dover, tallying 16 wins, 77 top fives, 120 top 10s and 10 poles, while leading 4793 laps in NASCAR action.
Roush Fenway swept the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races at Dover last spring, with Matt Kenseth taking home the Cup “Monster” and Edwards doing the honors in the Nationwide race. Roush Fenway swept both the Sprint Cup and NNS races there in the spring of 2004 as well and won both the Truck and Cup races there in 2006.
In addition to sweeping both races at Dover last Spring, Roush Fenway swept both NNS races at the Monster Mile in 2011. For the season RFR, posted nine top-10 and seven top-five finishes, while winning three times and leading 568 laps.
Taming the Monster
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 (49), top 10s (77) and poles (6).
Leading the Way
Roush Fenway has led a total of 3,842 laps in Cup action at Dover, the most the team has led at any track.
Roush Fenway has won in all three major NASCAR series at Dover (9 Cup, 5 Nationwide and 2 Truck). Roush Fenway won its first race at Dover in the Cup series from the pole in the fall of 1997.
In addition to its nine Cup wins at Dover, Roush Fenway has finished second in the Cup series on 13 occasions. In fact Roush Fenway finished second at Dover twice before breaking into the winner’s circle in 1997. Twice the company has posted one-two finishes at Dover in Cup action(spring ’06 and fall ’07). In addition, Roush Fenway has six runner-up finishes at Dover in the Nationwide Series; including a one-two finish there this spring (Edwards, Stenhouse Jr.)
RFR Celebrates “25 Winning Years”
Roush Fenway celebrates “25 Winning Years” in 2012. During that span, RFR has accumulated the most wins in NASCAR history with 303, and is the all-time race winner in both the Nationwide and Truck Series. During the season the team will highlight the performance, people, innovation and partners that have been the cornerstone of its performance.
Greg Biffle #16 3M/Heiland Ford
Biffle on racing at Dover International Speedway: “Dover is a track the Roush Fenway cars have run well at and a place I’ve had some success at. As a driver, you have to be on your toes at Dover. You want your car to be a little loose, but at the same time, it can’t be too loose. I have high expectations for this weekend.”
Crew chief Matt Puccia on racing at Dover International Speedway: “Dover is the fastest one-mile track that we go to and the keys to running well there are keeping track position and having a good pit strategy. Since track position is so important, we’ll focus on qualifying to get a good starting spot and a good pit stall. Hopefully we can get the 3M Ford back in victory lane this weekend.”
Matt Kenseth #17 Best Buy Ford
Kenseth on racing at Dover International Speedway: “Dover is my favorite track on the Sprint Cup circuit, and it’s been a place where we’ve had a lot of success at as well, so I just love racing there. The track is so fast and challenging, and it’s unique because of the way you drive up out of the turns. The turns sit a bit lower than the straightaways and you can feel it when you’re driving out there. We’re just going to continue to try and put ourselves up front and into position to be able to be consistent each and every week for our Best Buy team.”
Crew chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Dover International Speedway: “Dover is Matt’s favorite track and that always gives us motivation heading into the weekend there. Last year we had two great finishes at Dover with a win and a top five, so I’m looking for similar results this weekend. Dover is a fast and high-banked track, but with Matt’s past success there, we plan to have our Best Buy Ford set up to give Matt everything he needs for a great weekend.”
Carl Edwards #99 Subway Ford
Carl Edwards on racing at Dover International Speedway:“Last weekend at Charlotte all the Roush Fenway Fords ran strong and there couldn’t be a better track for us to head to right now than Dover. We need a win and we’ve had plenty of great runs at Dover before so I know we can do it. I love racing there, it’s a super high-speed track and we’ve always been able to get our cars dialed in well there.”
Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Dover International Speedway:“Dover is a difficult race track to drive and Carl really excels with cars that don’t necessarily handle well an entire race. It has a lot to do with getting the most out of what you have for a race car and he does that extremely well. The whole Roush Fenway organization runs well at Dover so hopefully we can get a win and continue to work our way up in the point standings.”
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. #6 Cargill Ford
Stenhouse, Jr. on racing at Dover International Speedway: “Dover is one of my favorite tracks. We had a tough weekend at Charlotte but we’ve put that behind us and are looking forward to getting to Dover. The track is fast but also very challenging. The turns are unique because of the way you drive up out of them. We finished in the top-five both races there last year so we feel confident that we can get another top-five finish in our No.6 Cargill Beef Ford.”
Crew chief Mike Kelley on racing at Dover International Speedway: “Dover is one of the tracks that we go to with a concrete surface which is tough on our cars. We had two strong finishes there last year so I look for a similar result. We will look back at our notes and get our No. 6 Cargill Beef dialed in so Ricky can go out and compete for the win. Track position is crucial so the key is to stay up front and execute on pit-road.”