Ford’s Ready to Chase the Sprint Cup Championship

Mooresville, NC (September 13, 2010) On Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway three Ford drivers raced their way into the Chase, earning 25% of the twelve spots that makeup the 10-race “playoff” that will determine the 2010 Sprint Cup Champion.  Roush Fenway drivers Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, and Greg Biffle will be competing against some of NASCAR’s top teams starting in New Hampshire next weekend.
Roush Fenway has fielded at least two cars in the Chase every year since the format began in 2004. In addition, they have placed more cars in the Chase field (17) than any other team.  Roush Fenway is just one of two teams who have three cars in this year’s Chase.  Richard Childress Racing’s three chase contenders Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, and Clint Bowyer will be hard to beat, but Ford drivers feel good about their chances of putting the blue oval on top this season.
“All of us at Roush Fenway have been working hard and I don’t believe we have won an amount that’s representative of that hard work,” said Chase contender Greg Biffle.  “The goal is to win the Championship.  There are a couple of things we’ve been working on and it starts with that engine – the FR9 that Doug Yates and those guys have been developing.  I think that helps us everywhere, so, right off the bat we unload and we’re a little faster.”
Biffle won earlier in the season at Pocono, giving Roush Yates Engines their first points paying win with the new FR9 engine.  
Known for their power and performance in all series of racing, Roush Yates Engines earned multiple wins this weekend.
Chris Buescher drove his No. 17 Roulo Brothers-prepared David Ragan Fan Club-Shriners Hospital Ford to Victory Lane, earning the second ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards win of his career Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway.  After starting 23rd, 17-year-old Buescher worked hard to race his way into contention and win the Northwest Ohio Ford Dealers 200.
“It was nice to come back to Toledo,” said Buescher.  “We got our first win here in the spring. We’ve had races where we’ve been really competitive but had bad luck; so we were just really happy to pull it off today.”
This is the second win of the season for Roush Yates Engines in the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards.  With just three races left, Roush Yates driver Frank Kimmel is fourth in the point standings, racing for his tenth ARCA Championship.
Another big win for Roush Yates Engines came in the Sprint Car 410 Series. Bobby East won at Dells Raceway Park, giving Roush Yates their first ever win with the 410 Sprint Car engine.  East led over half the laps in his first asphalt winged race in the MustSeeRacing Biobased-USA Xtreme Sprint Series and he credits the unmatched performance of his new engine package for the incredible victory.
“It’s really exciting to win my first winged race,” said East.  “I kept moving my wing back as the race went along, and the car kept getting faster.  This was a new experience for me, but I’m hoping to have the opportunity to do more of this winged racing in the future.”
USAR Pro Cup Series driver Benny Gordon raced to Victory Lane in the American Freedom Spectacular 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night.  In the World 100 at Eldora, 130 Dirt Late Models raced for just 24 coveted spots.  Roush Yates Engines had two heat race wins and started four cars in the top twelve.  Scott Bloomquist was the top finishing Roush Yates car, earning second place.  
To learn more about Roush Yates Engines and Roush Yates Performance Products, please visit www.roushyatesparts.com or call Jeff Clark at (704) 658-1540.
About Roush Yates Engines
Roush Yates Engines designs, engineers and crafts high performance racing engines with the power to perform and the horsepower and durability you’d expect from legendary NASCAR pioneers Jack Roush and Robert Yates. The partnership of power and precision has come from merging the knowledge and experience of two legendary engine builders, both with a passion for winning today and powering up for tomorrow. In 2009 Doug Yates purchased his father’s half of Roush Yates Engines to become a co-owner in the company.
As CEO, Doug Yates leads a staff of 180 engineers and technicians who design, assemble, test, and service racing engines at two separate state-of-the-art facilities in Mooresville, North Carolina. Here, the best minds and latest technology are hard at work producing nearly 1,500 racing engines each year for teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA, Grand-Am, FIA GT3, Dirt Late Model, Sprint cars, and NHRA Pro Stock. At Roush Yates Engines, the mission is Power Performance, which is achieved through innovation design, precision engineering, and skillful craftsmanship. Building the best engines in racing today, providing service that’s second to none, and honoring a commitment to research and development are the heart of Roush Yates Engines.

SEPTEMBER 10 VIRGINIA 529 SAVINGS 250 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

 Kelly Bires will drive the No 25 Raybestos Brakes Ford for Team Rensi Motorsports in the Sept. 10 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.  
 
Bires has made seven starts this season and claimed one top-10 finish (seventh-place in race No. 2 at Auto Club Speedway).  He has racked up 12 top-10 finishes in 75 career starts.  Team Rensi Motorsports has earned five wins, 42 top-five and 98 top-10 finishes since its inception in 1999.
 
The image of a 1932 Ford hot rod roadster pickup will be displayed on the car’s rear quarter panels.  The Raybestos Roadster Pickup will be given away to a professional mechanic or do-it yourself Raybestos customer as part of a national promotion.  Visit www.raybestosgarage.com for more details.
 
 
KELLY BIRES, No. 25 RAYBESTOS BRAND BRAKES FORD:  “It’s a huge opportunity not only for me and not only the team but to have Raybestos come on board and to be able to go to a track where brakes mean everything and firing the 25 car back up with Raybestos logos on the quarter-panels.  It’s going to be a neat deal.  Richmond is a place that I enjoy going to and running at and a place where I’ve had some pretty good finishes.”  WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO RUN WELL AND TAKE CARE OF THE BRAKES AT RICHMOND?  “There’s really no way at Richmond to be easy on your brakes.  You pretty much need a brake that’s going to withstand the heat and the longevity of the race.  Being that it’s a short track, you’re using a ton of brake.  It’s probably the number one thing that actually can change or hurt you with the handling of the race car.  I’ve had brake problems there in the past with different systems and I ran the race there earlier this year with the Raybestos brakes on it and had a great finish so that’s why I’m looking forward to going back there.  Any short track in NASCAR requires with the heavy cars and stuff that we’ve got here, it just requires extreme braking package and a package that can handle the abuse of it.  We’re just happy to have Raybestos on the car.”  COMMENT ON TEAM RENSI MOTORSPORTS.  “The nice thing is it’s a team that’s been together, lots of people have been there for quite a few years.  It’s kind of like a little bit of a family built in there.  They’ve had success in racing.  I remember watching them back in 2003, 2004, 2005 winning races and running up front.  It’s a team that you always looked forward to possibly driving for.  To be able to work with Ed Rensi and everyone involved at the shop.  The re’s a lot of good people and they build really good race cars.  The Richmond car we’ve got going on the track we’re extremely excited about.  We feel we can go there and have a really good run.”  IS THERE A POSSIBILITY THAT YOU COULD RUN MORE RACES FOR TEAM RENSI THIS SEASON IF THINGS GO WELL AT RICHMOND?  “Well we definitely hope that.  You know as well as I do about this sport.  It’s kind of unpredictable how everything works out.  I mean, that’s our ultimate goal is to literally use this race and build off it and go have a good s olid run and show people what we can do.  Being that it’s a race with the new car style it’s going to be good to kind of build the notebook off it.  There’s just a lot of good things about going into this race and going there and running well.  We hope to run in a few more races through the end of the year.  That’s the ultimate game plan, get some good solid finishes and be able to put up something we can sell for the future.”  HAVE YOU DRIVEN THIS NEW NATIONWIDE SERIES CAR?  “I have not.  I have only driven a couple of the Cup cars, tested before, but have never driven this new Nationwide COT car.  It’s nice what N ASCAR does.  They gave us an open day to go test there on Thursday [Sept. 9] so it allows the teams to be able to kind of figure some stuff out without being rushed through a two-hour practice that you usually get there.  So it allows people to go in there and work at their own pace and try to figure it out being that it’s such a new car to everyone.  It should be interesting.  It’s such a great time that I don’t think we’re going to be too far off when we unload for the start of that test day.  I think we’re going to be close and it’s just a matter of just figuring out how this car reacts different than the old car did and what I need different in it than what we started with or whatever it might be.  R ealistically I think we’re going to be pretty close and we should be a strong top-15 team.”  WHAT WOULD BE A GOOD NIGHT FOR YOU AT RICHMOND?  “I think a good night for the 25 car there would be a strong top-10 finish.  Just running in the top-10, being competitive, finishing on the lead lap, finishing the race, doing all of the above there I think it almost guarantees you a good top-10.  I think the car is going to have enough speed to be able to do that.  I think if you come up to me after the race and I finish anywhere in the top-10 I’d be pretty thrilled.”  SCOTT ZIPADELLI WILL BE YOUR CREW CHIEF AT RICHMOND.  “Scott Zipadelli is going to come on board to do that one race for that car.  I’ve got a little bit of a working relationship with him in the past.  He actually was a crew chief of mine for the first year and a half that I was in the Nationwide Series for the 47 car.  It’s good to have him on board and it kind of eliminates a little bit of the learning process.  Trying to learn a car, crew chief and a team it’s more or less that the crew chief/driver relationship is already there so it’s a matter of just working on the car and seeing what it needs.”  
 
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DILLON PICKS UP FOURTH NCWTS POLE OF THE SEASON AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY

SPARTA, Ky. – Twenty-year-old Austin Dillon picked up his fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole award of the season by three one-hundredths of a second after scorching the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway tri-oval with a 175.177-mph (30.826 seconds) lap in his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing machine this afternoon.
The 11th different NCWTS pole winner in track history will start tonight’s “Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers” alongside Johnny Sauter, who qualified his No. 13 ThorSport Racing truck with a solid 175.160-mph (30.829 seconds) lap.
Dillon, who started this season’s Texas Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Iowa Speedway events from the top spot on the grid, will roll off tonight’s grid seventh in the series standings after scoring an Iowa victory and a total of five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
“The Bass Pro Shops truck has been running awesome, I feel like we earned it. I knew the key would be turns one and two. When I got through that and just cruised up to the wall, I was like, ‘wow, this is going to be fast,’ so I just took it through turns three and four and the guys got on the radio and said we’re on the pole.

“The truck has just had an awesome set up all weekend. I’ve been able to stay consistent on the track and the guys have made the right calls and right adjustments. We’re just looking forward to the race tonight,” Dillon said.
Sauter will start tonight’s race third in the series standings after knocking out a Kansas Speedway victory and a total eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes through 17 starts. He placed 22nd in last season’s “Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers” and will make his second NCWTS Kentucky start sitting third in the series standings and trailing leader Todd Bodine by 303 points.
Bodine qualified 14th for the second time in the past two races, but will attempt to maintain the solid form he displayed during the last five races that generated back-to-back victories at Nashville Superspeedway and Darlington Raceway, a sixth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway and a second-place showing last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.
He will make his fifth NCWTS Kentucky start in search of his second top-five and third top-10 Kentucky finish. He earned his series track-best second-place finish in his 2005 debut.
Mike Skinner, last season’s “Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers” runner-up, the 2008 race pole award winner and 2007 race victor, qualified third in his No. 5 Randy Moss Motorsports truck. He has scored a total of three top-five and four top-10 Kentucky Speedway NCWTS finishes.
Tickets for tonight’s race can be reserved at the speedway entrances.