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Roush Fenway Racing Announces 2015 Sprint Cup Series Driver Lineup

Roush Fenway Racing Announces 2015 Sprint Cup Series Driver Lineup

by July 27, 2014 0 comments

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Roush Fenway Racing announced Sunday morning that the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver lineup will include, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne.

Carl Edwards who has earned 23 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories with Roush Fenway Racing will be moving on to another team in 2015. Edwards is currently sixth in points with two wins this season. Rumor has it that Edwards will be joining Joe Gibbs Racing next season.

“Carl has been a cornerstone of our success here in the last 10 years,” Jack Roush, Owner of Roush Fenway Racing said. “He’s one of the drivers who have come to our program initially. We’ve had 48 drivers in 27-and-a-half-years that have driven our cars and he, along with Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle, have certainly left his mark. We’ve enjoyed the time with him and enjoyed his success and wish him and his family success going forward.

“We made him an offer, but I believe his decision was not based on – NASCAR racing, Cup racing is a big-time sports entertainment thing today. Like football and baseball and basketball, athletes move around. We wish it wouldn’t happen, but there’s curiosity about what another team’s situation would look like and I think that although I shouldn’t speculate, I think Carl wanted to try something different before he saw his career get in its middle term and its final years.”

Also on Sunday prior to the 21st running of the Brickyard 400, Roush Fenway Racing announced that Fastenal, current sponsor for Carl Edwards will come onboard in a multi-year contract fulltime with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the No.17 Ford Fusion. Stenhouse Jr. is currently 28th in the point standings with one top-five and four top-10 finishes.

Greg Biffle joined Roush Fenway Racing back in 1998, and now in 2015, he will help lead the organization to victory. So far this season, Biffle has two top-five and five top-10 finishes and sits 16th in the point standings. However, he and Edwards shared the responsibility of leading the team this season, and next year, it will be Biffle and Stenhouse Jr.

“Our goal when we bring drivers up through the system is to retain them – to have them start with us, to win championships and then to retire with us, so this is all part of the process,” Steve Newmark, President of Roush Fenway Racing said. “I think if you talk to Greg and Jack they would tell you that they have some unfinished business. They set out a while ago to be the first tandem to win the Truck, the Nationwide and the Cup championship. They’ve knocked off two of those, so they’re still going after the third piece of that triple crown, so they have unfinished business.”

As for Trevor Bayne, his fulltime ride in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was announced back at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. AdvoCare will be onboard the No.6 Ford Fusion with Bayne in 2015.

Below is a statement from Jamie Allison, Director of Ford Racing:

“Carl Edwards has been a part of the Ford family for a decade, and it will certainly be tough to see him leave Ford and Roush Fenway Racing,” Allison said. “During Carl’s time with Roush, he has represented Ford Motor Company with the utmost class, both on and off the track. We at Ford Racing did everything to facilitate keeping Carl a part of the Ford Racing & Roush Fenway family, but in the end that option did not come to fruition.

“While we are disappointed in his decision to leave Roush Fenway Racing, we certainly want to extend our appreciation for Carl’s contributions winning races and a NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship in a Ford, and especially for his outreach to Ford fans. That said, with this decision out of the way, our plan for 2014 has not changed. We will go forward strongly with our stated goal of securing a NASCAR championship for Ford.”

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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