Roush Fenway Weekly Advance | Darlington

Roush Fenway Weekly Advance | Darlington

‘The Lady in Black’ plays hosts to the NASCAR Cup Series this weekend for the first race of the 2021 NASCAR Playoffs. Jack Roush has 20 wins all-time at the South Carolina track, including five in the Cup Series. Most recently, his Fords finished ninth and tenth earlier this season.

Daytona Recap, Darlington Preview

  • Newman employed his usual Superspeedway strategy of laying back early to avoid all of the incidents, before making a late surge and avoiding the last-lap chaos to finish fourth last weekend in Daytona. He was officially credited with third following the disqualification of the No. 17.
  • Buescher, on the other hand, put his Fifth Third machine in the mix with aggressive moves late to ultimately lead a handful of laps in the closing laps and take the final NASCAR Overtime restart in first. He crossed the line second behind Ryan Blaney, but NASCAR disqualified his car later in which he was relegated to 40th.
  • Oscar Mayer is back on Newman’s No. 6 Ford this weekend at Darlington, and this time will sport a can’t-miss scheme highlighting Bologna.
  • Buescher will carry the bright colors of Roush Performance, a scheme he first debuted a season ago and also ran this spring at Phoenix.

Darlington Two-Step

Roush Fenway has twice won consecutive NCS races at Darlington, including a season sweep in 1999 with former driver and current NBC commentator Jeff Burton. Roush Fenway also earned victories in consecutive seasons at the egg-shaped oval in 2005 and 2006 with Biffle.

Tale of the Tape

In 252 all-time NASCAR starts at ‘The Lady in Black,’ Jack Roush’s Fords have 20 wins, 69 top-five and 118 top-10 finishes, along with 20 poles. Over the years RFR has led 4,500+ laps across the Cup, Xfinity and Truck series, with more than 88,000 miles logged at the 1.366-mile track. In NCS action alone, RFR has finished top-10 in 43 percent (71-of-166) of the races with 35 top-five results and five wins.

Kickin’ It Old School

Legendary Roush Fenway drivers Mark Martin, Jeff Burton and Greg Biffle are responsible for the five Cup wins for Jack Roush at Darlington. Martin earned Roush’s first Cup win back in 1993 after leading 178 laps. Burton swept the 1999 events as the dominant car, and Biffle earned the two most recent victories in 2005 and 2006.

Most All-Time

It’s no secret that when Roush has dominated in the Xfinity Series at Darlington. In 79 starts, the organization has 15 wins, 33 top-five and 44 top-10s. Mark Martin is responsible for eight of the victories, second-most for him among any track, after winning five of the first seven races at the track for Roush from 1993-96. He also went on to win in 1999 and swept again in 2000. Jeff Burton got in on the fun with wins in 1997, 2001 and 2002, while Biffle earned a win in 2004. Most recently, Kenseth drove to victory lane in 2005 and 2009.

Roush Fenway Darlington Wins

1993-2   Martin  Cup

1999-1   Burton  Cup

1999-2   Burton  Cup

2005       Biffle     Cup

2006       Biffle     Cup

1993-2   Martin  NXS

1994-1   Martin  NXS

1994-2   Martin  NXS

1995-2   Martin  NXS

1996-1   Martin  NXS

1997-2   Burton  NXS

1999-2   Martin  NXS

2000-1   Martin  NXS

2000-2   Martin  NXS

2001-2   Burton  NXS

2002-1   Burton  NXS

2002-2   Burton  NXS

2004-1   Biffle     NXS

2005       Kenseth NXS

2009       Kenseth NXS