Roush Fenway Racing is one of Nascar’s largest premier racing teams that currently runs teams in the Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck series. The team was founded in 1988 by Jack Roush and co-owner John Henry but the true success came in 2003 when driver Matt Kenseth won the Nextel Cup Championships. In 2004 Kurt Busch repeated the performance and along with the victory from the 2007 Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway Roush Fenway Racing had compiled 100 victories in the Nascar Cup Series.
Roush Fenway Racing currently operates the largest Nextel Cup Series team with five full-time teams and one part-time.
The #06 car made its debut in 2006 when attempted eleven races. With Todd Kluever as the official driver the team debuted at Chicagoland Speedway on July 9. Kluever attempted several races but he didn’t do anything for his team and was replaced by David Ragan for five out of eleven races.
The #6 car made its debut in 1988 at the Daytona 500 event as the #6 Stroh’s Light Ford with Mar Martin as the official driver. Due to an engine failure the team finished the race on the 41st position. In the next season Martin improved his performances by having ten top finishes. In 1989 Martin took 6 pole positions, obtained his first victory at North Carolina Speedway and finished the championship 3rd in points.
In 1990 the team received a new sponsorship from Folgers and Martin held the points lead for majority of the season but lost in the final races. The team lost the championship in front of Dale Earnhardt by 26 points. This would never happened if Martin had not been docked 46 points in the second race due to a rules violations. In the next season the team finished 6th in points and didn’t win a race until the season final at the Atlanta motor Speedway.
In 1992 the team received new sponsorship from Valvoline. In the next year Martin showed his true talent again and after winning 5 races he finished 3rd in points. In 1995 Martin defeated his former teammate Wally Dallenbach Jr. at Watkins Glen and won the most money of his career at that time.
1994 found Martin and the 6 team finishing once again runner-up to Earnhardt in points. In 1995, Martin defeated former teammate Wally Dallenbach Jr. to win at Watkins Glen and won the most money of his career at that time: $1,893,519. After this came a period without victory but in 1997 Martin obtained 4 victories and finished 3rd in points. In 1998 the team had their most dominant season obtaining 7 victories and finishing 2nd in points after Jeff Gordon. This season was also marked by the death of Martin’s father Julian in a plane crash. In 1999 Martin won only two races but finished in the top ten 26 races out of 34.
Due to the fact that the team won only won race in the 2000 season the sponsorship with Valvoline was replaced by Pfizer/Viagra who became the team’s new financial backer. In the first season Martin served as co-owner/mentor of rookie driver Matt Kenseth. Martin finished the season 12th in points, this being his lowest finish since his debut in 1988. In 2003 the team did not report any victory and finished 17th in points. In 2004 the things changed and Martin finished 4th in points.
In 2005 Martin made the announcement that this would be his last year in full-time Cup competition and due to this fact the team conducted a Salute to You farewell to his fans highlighting many of Martin’s career accomplishments. Martin finished the season 4th in points. In 2006 the team was left without a driver due to some contract issues but Martin announced his return to save the team for one more year. After this the team received a new sponsorship from AAA. Todd Kluever was named the official driver of the team but due to the lack of performance he was replaced by David Ragan.
The #16 car made its debut in 1992 at the Dayton 500 event with sponsorship from Keystone and Wally Dallenbach, Jr as the official driver. Wally finished the race on the 15th position and was 24th in points that season. In the next season Dallenbach, Jr improved his performances and posted 4 top-ten finishes. In 1994 the team received a new sponsorship from The Family Channel and Dallenbach, Jr was replaced by Ted Musgrave. The car’s performances improved: Musgrave obtained three pole positions and finished 13th in points. In the next season Musgrave finished 7th in points. In 1998 he was replaced by Kevin Lepage who finished runner-up to Kenny Irwin, Jr. in Rookie of the Year honors.
In 1999 the team received new sponsorship from TV Guide and the season began with a 5th place at Darlington Raceway and a pole position at Atlanta. In 2000 the team ran the beginning of the season without any sponsorship due to the fact that TV Guide did not want to renew their contract. The team received a new sponsorship from FamilyClick but Lepage finished the season on the 38th position. Due to the lack of performance Lepage was released by his team who also lost the sponsorship from FamilyClick. The team disappeared for one year and returned in the 2002 season with Greg Biffle as the official driver.
Biffer ran full-time as a rookie in 2003 with the new sponsorship received from W. W. Grainger. He won the Pepsi 400 event and finished runner-up to Jamie McMurray for Rookie of the Year. In the next year the team received new sponsorship from National Guard and won twice. In 2005 Post-it Brand and 3M replaced the sponsorship received from Subway as secondary sponsor. The year was the most successful for the #16 car due to the fact that the team obtained 6 victories. In 2007 the team received another sponsorship from Ameriquest, 3M, and Aflac and also renewed the contract with Biffle.
With DeWalt as the official sponsor and occasionally displaying Arby’s, USG Sheetrock, R+L Carriers and Carhartt themes the #17 car has been a successful team since its debut in 1999. Matt Kenseth, the official driver of the team obtained good results for the team and in 2001 #17 car was already 13th in points. Kenseth’s performances improved in 2001 when he obtained the 8th position in points. In 2003 the team obtained only one victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway but Kenseth won the Winston Cup Championship by 90 points. In 2004 the team finished again 8th in points while in 2005 they improved by finishing on the 7th position. In 2006 the team won 4 events and finished the 2nd in points, after Jimmie Johnson.
The #26 car made its debut in 1993 at Charlotte Motor Speedway as the #97 car with sponsorship from Kleenex and owned by Greg Pollex. The official driver of the team was Chad Little who ran four years with various sponsorship. In 1997 the team received new sponsorship from John Deere but due to the financial problems Roush bought them. Little qualified for 27 out of 32 races. In 1998 the team switched from Pontiac to Ford and finished the season 15th in points.
After this Little announced that he would leave the team and was replaced by Kurt Busch. The car started to race as the #97 in 2000 and in the 2001 season the received new sponsorship from Rubbermaid and Sharpie. Busch finished 27th in points with only six top-ten finishes. In 2003 Kurt Busch obtained 11th position in points. In the next season Busch won the first Chase for the Cup Championship. In 2005, he won three times and finished tenth in points.
In 2005 Busch announced that he would leave the team for replacing Rusty Wallace in the #2 car owned by Penske Racing. He was replaced by Kenny Wallace for the final two races of the season. On November 16 the team switched from #97 to #26 for the 2006 season with Jamie McMurray as the official driver. Also new sponsorship came from Crown Royal, Smirnoff Ice, and Irwin Industrial Tools. For 2007, the season hit its peak when McMurray edged out Kyle Busch by 0.005 seconds to win the Pepsi 400.
The #99 car made its debut at the 1996 Daytona 500 with Jeff Burton as the official driver and Exide Batteries as the official sponsor.The car finished the race on the 5th position and 13th in points.
In 1997 Butron won the first three races of his career and finished the season 4th in points. In 1998 he obtained 23 top-ten finishes and took the 5th place in points. Late in 2000 the team finished the partnership with Exide but quickly received new sponsorship from Citgo. The car finished the season 3rd in points. Burton got his last win at Phoenix in 2001 due to the fact that since that year the team’s performances sharply dropped.
In 2003 the team received a new sponsorship from SKF and Pennzoil. Due to the financial problems of the team Burton left it in 2004 and was replaced by Carl Edwards from the truck series. Edwards posted five top-ten finishes that season. In the next season Edwards improved his performances and finished 3rd in points.