Welcome to Atlanta: Roush Fenway Racing Ready for Second Weekend of Season

Welcome to Atlanta: Roush Fenway Racing Ready for Second Weekend of Season

Fresh off a wild Daytona 500 with two top-15s, Roush Fenway Racing heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) looking to take advantage of the new rules package this weekend. Roush Fenway boasts 13 NASCAR wins at AMS with over 3,000 laps led, while covering 100,000+ miles in NASCAR action.

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Sunday, Feb. 24 | 2 p.m. ET

FOX, PRN, SiriusXM Channel 90

  • Ryan Newman, No. 6 Acorns Ford Mustang
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 17 Little Hugs Ford Mustang

Roush Fenway at Atlanta

Roush Fenway has 261 total starts at AMS in the three major NASCAR touring series, totaling 13 wins, 59 top-fives, 110 top-10s and 10 poles, while leading 3,153 laps and turning over 100,000 miles. The team has 180 starts in MENCS action with six wins and 71 top-10s with five poles.

AMS/Roush Fenway History

Roush Fenway competed in its first NASCAR event at AMS on March 20, 1988, finishing 31st after getting involved in an early crash. However, just three years later the organization claimed its first win there in the fall of ‘91 with the No. 6 Ford. Roush Fenway won its first of seven NXS races at the track in the spring of ’97. Roush Fenway’s top outing at AMS came in the fall of 2005, when the organization placed four cars inside the top seven, with three cars finishing in the top five including race winner Carl Edwards. In fact, in the two races at AMS in 2005, Roush Fenway posted six top-five finishes and two wins.

Strong Start at AMS

Despite only six starts in MENCS action at Atlanta, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has made the most of his qualifying efforts at the 1.5-mile track, starting sixth or better four times. He earned the pole back in 2013 in his first-ever Cup start at AMS, and has since started sixth (2018), fourth (2017) and fifth (2016) in the previous three races.

Ryan Newman, new to the RFR camp in 2019, has seven career poles at AMS and an average starting spot of 6.8. He has started on the front row 12 times in 26 Cup starts, and no worse than seventh in his last five races dating back to 2014.

Spring Forward

All but one of Roush Fenway’s Cup wins at AMS came in the fall, with the only spring win coming in 2005. Three of RFR’s seven NXS wins came in the fall.

Roush Fenway Atlanta Wins

1991-2   Martin                  Cup

1994-2   Martin                  Cup

1997-1   Martin                  NXS

1998-2   Martin                  NXS

2000-1   Martin                  NXS

2002-2   Busch                    Cup

2005-1   Edwards               Cup

2005-1   Edwards               NXS

2005-2   Edwards               Cup

2008-1   Kenseth               NXS

2008-2   Edwards               Cup

2011       Edwards               NXS

2012       Stenhouse          NXS

By the Numbers at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Race      Win       T5           T10         Pole       Laps       Led        AvSt      AvFn     Miles

                    180         6              38           71           5              53384    2082       17.9        18.0        80076

                    56           7              19           31           5              10362    961         10.8        11.3        15543

                25           0              2              8              0              2988       110         12.6        17.3        4482

261         13           59           110         10           66734    3153       15.9        16.5        100101