Roush Fenway Heads to the Irish Hills, Buckeye State in Split Weekend

Roush Fenway Heads to the Irish Hills, Buckeye State in Split Weekend

Roush Fenway Racing heads back to that 8-Mile road and the home of Ford for the second time in 2018 as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) gets set for its 400-mile event Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Meanwhile, the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) heads to the Buckeye State and the land of the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend for its second road course race in as many weeks at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

 Michigan International Speedway

Sunday, August 12, 2018 | 2:30 p.m. ET

NBCSN, MRN, Sirius 90

  • Trevor Bayne, No. 6 AdvoCare Rehydrate Ford Fusion
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 17 Fifth Third Bank Ford Fusion

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Saturday, August 11, 2018 | 3 p.m. ET

NBCSN, MRN, Sirius 90

  • Ryan Reed, No. 16 Drive Down A1C Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang
  • Chase Briscoe, No. 60 Ford Performance Mustang

Home Sweet Home
Michigan International Speedway serves as ‘home’ for Jack Roush and Roush Fenway Racing, located just an hour from Roush Industries in Livonia, Michigan. MIS has naturally been one of the organization’s most successful tracks on the circuit, with the team earning a total of 23 wins across NASCAR’s three major touring series.


I Said Welcome to Detroit City

In 207 MENCS starts at Michigan, Roush Fenway has recorded 13 wins, 56 top-fives and 101 top-10 finishes with 2,452 laps led. Former driver Greg Biffle earned the organization’s most recent victory in June 2013 after starting 19th and leading 48 laps. Biffle’s win was also the 1,000th NASCAR victory for Ford Performance.


Roush vs. Everybody Else

Roush Fenway’s 13 wins in the MENCS at Michigan are the most of any track on the MENCS schedule. Five different drivers have earned victories for Roush Fenway at the two-mile oval with former drivers Mark Martin and Biffle both taking the checkered flag on four separate occasions. Roush Fenway drivers Matt Kenseth (two), Carl Edwards (two) and Kurt Busch (one) have also gone to victory lane for the organization in Michigan.


Consistency in the Motor City

Michigan ranks first overall among all tracks that Roush Fenway has competed on in the MENCS in top-five finishes, top-10 finishes and in average finish among tracks that they have run two or more races. Roush Fenway has recorded 56 top-fives, 101 top-10s and has an average finish of 14.2 at the two-mile oval.


Tale of the Tape – Mid-Oho

Roush Fenway has recorded one win, two top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes in 12 previous starts at Mid-Ohio. Roush Fenway has completed all but 27 (97%) of laps run in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at the 2.258-Mile road course.


Buescher Earns First Xfinity Win at Mid-Ohio

Chris Buescher scored his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory in the 2014 event at Mid-Ohio. Buescher, who started from the fifth position, paced the field for the final 25 laps to earn the first victory for himself and Roush Fenway at the track.


Xfinity Racing on the Road

In 103 Xfinity starts on road courses, Roush Fenway has four wins, 18 top-five and 39 top-10 finishes and two poles. Former driver Carl Edwards recorded three victories (Montreal – 2009, Road America – 2010, Watkins Glen – 2012), while Buescher earned the fourth at Mid-Ohio in 2014.


Driver Ryan Reed’s Birthday Weekend

Driver Ryan Reed will celebrate his birthday this weekend, turning 25 on Sunday after Saturday’s Xfinity race at Mid-Ohio.


Point Standings Entering Michigan/Mid-Ohio


  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sits 62 points outside the final transfer spot in the playoffs, trailing Alex Bowman. The No. 88, No. 17 and No. 21 are battling for the final spot with just four races left before the playoffs begin.
  • The No. 6, split between Trevor Bayne and Matt Kenseth, is 29th in owner points. Bayne is 31st in driver standings, while Kenseth is 32nd.


  • Ryan Reed checks in 11th in the Xfinity standings with six races remaining until the playoffs.
  • The No. 60 car, split between Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe and Ty Majeski, is 21st in owner points.


Roush Fenway Michigan Wins


1990-2   Martin  Cup

1993-2   Martin  Cup

1993       Martin  NXS

1995       Martin  NXS

1997-2   Martin  Cup

1998       Burton  NXS

1998-1   Martin  Cup

1999       Biffle     Truck

2000       Biffle      Truck

2002-1   KensethCup

2003-1   Busch    Cup

2004-2   Biffle     Cup

2005-1   Biffle     Cup

2006-2   Kenseth Cup

2007-1   Edwards Cup

2007       Kvapil    Truck

2008-2   Edwards Cup

2008       Edwards NXS

2008       Darnell  Truck

2009       Braun    Truck

2011       Edwards NXS

2012-2   Biffle     Cup

2013-1   Biffle     Cup



By the Numbers at Michigan International Speedway

Race      Win         T5           T10         Pole        Laps       Led        AvSt      AvFn     Miles

                    207         13           56           101         4              39460    2452       18.2        14.2        78920

                    59           5              27           37           4              6459       703         11.7        12.1        12918

                     21           5              8              12           1              2021       260         10.9        11.3        4042      

287         23           91           150         9              47940    3415       16.3        13.6        95880


Roush Fenway Mid-Ohio Wins


2014       Buescher             NXS



By the Numbers at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Race      Win         T5           T10         Pole        Laps       Led        AvSt      AvFn     Miles

                    12           1              2              6              1              956         55           12.2        13.4        2158.6