Roush Fenway Racing heads into the Bristol Motor Speedway with two cars this weekend. Trevor Bayne is back in the #60 “We Back Pat” Ford joining Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in his normal #6 Ford. This weekend Stenhouse has sponsor NOS Energy on the car. Both drivers are excited to be at the Bristol Motor Speedway, and below are their thoughts on the race, as well as their crew chief’s thoughts.
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. #6 NOS Energy Ford
So far in 2012, Ricky has three wins, 12 top-five, and 16 top-ten finishes.
Stenhouse is currently second in the NASCAR Nationwide point standings; 22 points behind leader Elliott Sadler.
At Bristol Motor Speedway, Stenhouse will pilot the No. 6 NOS Ford Mustang.
Stenhouse has completed 1365 of 1400 (97.5%) laps at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Stenhouse has an average starting position of 13.8 and an average finishing position of 15.6 at Bristol.
Stenhouse, Jr. on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: “I love racing at Bristol especially under the lights. They repaved the top groove of the track since we raced there last time so that creates some uncertainty for us. In the spring, our No. 6 Ford was stout. After two road course races I am ready to get back to an oval track. We have NOS on our Mustang this weekend so it would be ‘NOSsome’ to get them to victory lane.”
Crew chief Mike Kelley on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: “There is some uncertainty going into Bristol due to the repave of the track. Racing under the lights at Bristol is always exciting. You deal with a lot of elements that are unlike any other track. Pit road has a lot of congestion and is very tight so our No. 6 team has been working all week getting ready for this type of environment. Ricky is an excellent short track racer so I’m confident if we can stay out of trouble that we can get the No. 6 NOS Ford Mustang into victory lane.”
Trevor Bayne #60 “We Back Pat” Ford
Bayne will make his sixth start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012 at Bristol
In seven starts Bayne has two top-10 finishes
The No. 60 team will carry a “We Back Pat” –themed Roush Fenway Ford sponsored by YourRaceCar.com in honor of legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt. The promotion is designed to raise national awareness of the Pat Summitt Foundation and its mission and contribution to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
Trevor Bayne on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: “I am so thankful to be running at Bristol this weekend in the Nationwide Series. It has been a long year and I am grateful for the opportunity that I have been given at my home track. The folks at your racecar.com along with the Pat Summitt Foundation have stepped up to help our racing effort and also raise national awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. Hopefully, we can put on a good show and get this Ford Mustang into victory lane on Friday night.”
Crew chief Scott Graves on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: “I am confident in our abilities as a team going into this weekend at Bristol. Trevor has shown he can get around this half-mile pretty well. It is my job to provide him with a sound race strategy, a good handling car, and let him do the rest. I don’t know what the future holds for this No. 60 team, but we will be ready to compete week in and week out when given the opportunity.”