Daytona 500 Sunday

Ford Racing, along with Roush Yates Engines, officially decided this afternoon that three Ford Fusions will have the new FR9 engine for Sunday’s Daytona 500.
            Matt Kenseth, Elliott Sadler and Bill Elliott will all be racing with the FR9 while the other 10 Fords in the field with have the previous 452 model.
            “We’re pleased that we’ll be able to put the FR9 in a couple extra cars for the Daytona 500,” said Dave Simon, the Ford Racing engine engineer who worked with Doug Yates on the development of the FR9.  “Based on completing the mileage on one of the engines, looking at wear condition on some of the others, and based on the performance of the engine during the qualifying races, we felt that providing additional FR9 engines will help give us additional boost for the 500. “
            This will mark the second straight restrictor plate race that Kenseth and Sadler will run the FR9.  Both drivers debuted Ford’s first purpose-built NASCAR engine at Talladega last fall in the Amp Energy 500.  Kenseth was in position to win the race as he was running second until being forced to pit for fuel in the closing laps.  He finished 24th while Sadler ran up front all afternoon and finished ninth.
            The only other time FR9 competed last year was in the season finale Ford 400, where David Ragan finished 34th.


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