NASCAR: Jack Roush Extends All-Time Record With 324th National Series Victory

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Team owner Jack Roush (left) stands in victory lane with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. (RFR photo)

CONCORD, N.C. – In Jack Roush’s 30 years of NASCAR racing, his teams have covered over 1.78 million miles on the track, but none were more dramatic than the final 2.66 miles of Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s dramatic last-lap pass to win from the pole at Talladega marked Roush Fenway Racing’s record-extending 324th win across NASCAR’s three national touring series.

On Sunday, Stenhouse became the ninth driver to win for Jack Roush at the Cup level, and Talladega was the latest of 136 Cup victories for the team as a whole. His pole was the team’s 232nd in NASCAR and its 89th in the Cup Series.

Overall, 19 different drivers have driven Roush Fenway Fords to victory lane in NASCAR action.

“We’ve brought a lot of people to the victory circle over the years,” said Roush, a 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee. “I wasn’t sure when the next one was going to come, but glad we have it behind us and we are already looking to the next one.”

“We’ve seen a lot of success over the years and there is a certain amount of excitement that goes with a crew chief of a crew guy who is getting his first win,” he added. “And of course when you get further along in your career, you savor each one for the fact that you never know if it’s going to be your last.”

Stenhouse’s win from the pole marked the 12th time a Roush Fenway driver has won a race after starting on the pole and the first time since former RFR driver Carl Edwards accomplished the feat at Phoenix in 2010.

The win is Roush Fenway’s ninth NASCAR victory at Talladega and its fifth in the Cup Series. Stenhouse became the fourth driver to win for Roush Fenway at the 2.66-mile track, following in the footsteps of Mark Martin (1995), Jamie McMurray (2009) and Matt Kenseth (2012).

“We’ve got a lot of things going and there is a ground swell of confidence that we haven’t seen in the recent past,” said Roush. “Trevor (Bayne) is going to win this year to and we are going to get both of these guys in the playoffs for the championship this year.”

As a whole, Ford Performance has won seven of the last 10 Talladega Cup races, including Stenhouse’s breakthrough performance on Sunday.

Both Roush Fenway Fords are on the provisional playoff roster leaving Talladega, with Stenhouse’s win virtually guaranteeing him a berth and Bayne currently sitting 16th in points, one point clear of fellow Ford driver Aric Almirola.

CREDIT: Roush Fenway Racing

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