Category: Roush-Fenway Racing

Feb 22 2009

Matt Kenseth Wins in California

Matt Kenseth did something I believe has only happened three other times, he has won the first two races of the season, first winning the rain shortened Daytona 500 and tonight winning the Auto Club 500 in California. Not sure of the total number, but Matt’s pit crew helped him gain at least 10 or 12 positions on pit road, keeping him in front or near the front the final half of the race, and putting him out in front when it counted the most. Jeff Gordon said they made an adjustment on the final stop that hurt them a little, keeping him from being able to pass Kenseth when he was on his bumper during that final run.

“It’s such a great team,” Kenseth said. “I just thank these guys [on the crew]. They gave me a great stop and got me in clean air and that’s just a huge difference.”

“It was a lot of fun,” Gordon said. “This is a new team and they showed it tonight. We’ve still got a little bit of work to do. I’m so excited on one side because we ran so well and we started out the season so great, but I’m still mad on the other side because I felt like we had what it took to win tonight.” Source: Kenseth keeps Gordon at bay for victory at Fontana

Kyle Busch had already made history by winning the Nationwide Series race and the Camping World series truck race in the same day, and was hoping to sweep all the Nascar events this weekend, and while he ran well, he didn’t have enough for Kenseth or Gordon in the end. But, if anyone can do it, Kyle Busch can.

“It’s never been done before, so you know it’s a challenge,” Busch said after finishing third. “The last one’s always the hard one to get. It’s on Sunday and it’s the biggest show. Maybe one day.”

Greg Biffle had the best quote of the night after the race, on the previous stop he had slid past his mark and ended up on the tire changers hose and had to back up, costing them 9 positions in the pits.

“They should fire me,” said Biffle, one of four Kenseth teammates. “You just can’t make mistakes like that.”

You are a hell of a racecar drive Greg; I don’t think you’ll have to worry about being fired. I think tonight’s race was a good start to the rest of the season, especially after the rained out Daytona 500, let’s hope the racing, lead changes and competition remains the same for the rest of the season.

Here is how they finished:
1 24 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Carhartt 195/10 250 Running
2 6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 175/5 250 Running
3 10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 165/0 250 Running
4 5 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 165/5 250 Running
5 4 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 160/5 250 Running
6 23 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 150/0 250 Running
7 25 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 151/5 250 Running
8 11 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 147/5 250 Running
9 2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 143/5 250 Running
10 1 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 134/0 250 Running
11 15 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 135/5 250 Running
12 22 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 127/0 250 Running
13 38 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 129/5 250 Running
14 7 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 121/0 250 Running
15 42 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA 118/0 250 Running
16 3 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 115/0 250 Running
17 13 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 112/0 250 Running
18 37 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Farmers Insurance 109/0 250 Running
19 21 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 106/0 248 Running
20 16 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com 103/0 248 Running
21 14 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox 100/0 248 Running
22 17 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Charter Comm. 97/0 248 Running
23 26 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Auto Club 94/0 248 Running
24 29 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 91/0 248 Running
25 20 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy 88/0 248 Running
26 34 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 85/0 248 Running
27 33 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 82/0 248 Running
28 28 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 79/0 248 Running
29 8 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Charter Comm. 76/0 247 Running
30 12 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam 73/0 247 Running
31 40 34 John Andretti Chevrolet WindowWorld.com 75/5 247 Running
32 41 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 67/0 247 Running
33 32 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 64/0 246 Running
34 39 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota All Sport 61/0 245 Running
35 31 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Guitar Hero 58/0 242 In Pit
36 36 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Red Bank Outfitters 55/0 240 Running
37 27 98 Paul Menard Ford Quaker State / Menards 52/0 221 Running
38 19 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 49/0 207 Running
39 35 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 46/0 205 Out of Race
40 18 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Kellogg’s 48/5 179 Out of Race
41 9 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 40/0 172 Out of Race
42 30 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 37/0 50 In Pit
43 43 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 34/0 36 In Pit

Here are the current top 12 drivers by points:
1. — Matt Kenseth 385 Leader
2. +10 Jeff Gordon 304 -81
3. +8 Kurt Busch 294 -91
4. +3 Tony Stewart 294 -91
5. +15 Greg Biffle 268 -117
6. -2 Clint Bowyer 266 -119
7. +1 Michael Waltrip 264 -121
8. -2 David Ragan 262 -123
9. +9 Carl Edwards 260 -125
10. +4 Juan Montoya 256 -129
11. -6 Elliott Sadler 248 -137
12. +1 David Reutimann 248 -137

Of course there will be at least four of these drivers who won’t be in the chase for the cup, but I’ve been wrong before. :)

Mar 29 2008

Will Roush-Fenway Racing Sue Michael Waltrip Racing over Partgate?

Apparently this weekend Michael Waltrip Racing ended up with a sway bar from Roush-Fenway Racing, and while Michael says it was an accident because of so many parts being strewn around the area, Roush-Fenway is considering legal action because they fell the Michael Waltrip racing went behind their toolbox and took the bar out of their inventory and took it home with them. They also say that the appearance of the bar had been altered when returned from Waltrip Racing and are looking at the incident as not being resolved and are considering legal action.

Michael Waltrip says Jeff Gordon is his spokesman, how the hell could that happen? Apparently Jeff said, “I think we should investigate more. I think we should get the FBI involved.”

Both Gordon and Waltrip said that after post-race inspections parts are left lying around and at times get picked up or even mixed up. Mistakes are made and Waltrip said the part was returned to Roush without dramatics or under any threat from the Roush organization.

Two opinions are being exchanged around the NASCAR garage this weekend in Martinsville. On one hand, some are of the opinion Roush, a Ford-supported operation, is being over-dramatic while others feel the allegation is substantial and when a noted team owner talks of a lawsuit, it should be taken seriously.

Waltrip said, “He [Roush] feels like he was wronged and that is his prerogative and I respect that man,” said Waltrip, before adding, “I hope we don’t dignify this with a whole lot of time and effort … this is not intellectual espionage.” Source:
Waltrip had Roush part, refutes notion it was stolen

While it would be easy to believe that someone would take a part from another team that runs better than them, not to sure if someone from Michael Waltrip Racing would try it, as it would be easy to figure out who has it and whether they are trying to use it or not. In the overall scheme of things, who cares, there’s not much Michael Waltrip Racing can do to improve their racing positions without hiring some competent drivers, IMHO.

Joe Menzer says Jack Roush needs to lighten up and Gordon is still laughing.

“A number of the teams had a number of proprietary parts in our car as we attempt to work within NASCAR’s bounds and do things uniquely for our car that are within the rules that will allow us to get an advantage,” Roush said. “One of the challenges this car has is it’s heavy in the front end. It’s hard to achieve the balance you’d like to have and get enough nose weight off the car to let it balance properly from a weight and balance point of view.

“One of the areas that we’ve worked in is the front sway bar. It’s not subject to a NASCAR teardown inspection. It was not a part that would have been mixed up with other Toyota parts — a front anti-roll sway bar. And within the confines — the package that NASCAR gives you, the material, the dimension, all those things — we designed our own part and we did an analysis of it. We optimized the torsional effect of it with minimizing the weight of it through heat treating and material selection and the way the components were machined and the way it was assembled. …”

Roush rightly was furious. It’s wrong. There’s no doubt about that.

He also mentioned that the part was missing for months before anyone at Roush Fenway Racing realized it, including himself. Source: ‘Partgate’ proves Roush needs to lighten up a bit

Roush says it’s intellectual espionage, the other team has now had an opportunity to see what it does and they have been damaged. Saying, they have been harmed by this theft.

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