Mooresville, NC (April 16, 2012) Roush Fenway drivers Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. swept the races at Texas this weekend, winning in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. Dirt car racers across the country put the same Roush Yates engine technology to the test in their cars, winning in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and American Sprint Car Series.
Stenhouse Jr. surged past Denny Hamlin and Paul Menard in Friday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 to earn his second victory of the season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Crew Chief Mike Kelley made an excellent call during a late race caution to stay out when most of the pack went in to get their last set of tires. The win moves Stenhouse Jr. into second place in the Nationwide points standings, only four points behind leader Elliott Sadler.
Greg Biffle finally put a dry spell behind him Saturday when he arrived in Victory Lane after the Samsung Mobile 500. Biffle took the lead with 30 laps remaining in the fastest NASCAR event ever to run at Texas Motor Speedway. Roush Yates engines have always been strong in Texas and Biffle’s win marks the fifth in a row for Roush Fenway Racing.
“It would be tempting to say it’s about time,” Biffle said, “but that’s not it. It’s all about hard work. It was going to happen, but that doesn’t mean much until it actually does.”
On the dirt circuit Scott Bloomquist captured his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the 2012 season at Virginia Motor Speedway Saturday night during the Commonwealth 100. Bloomquist took over the lead with just 11 laps to go and never looked back. “It feels great to get back to Lucas Oil Victory Lane,” said Bloomquist. “It has been a rough start to the year, but I knew if we kept digging we were going to get on here sooner rather than later.” Bloomquist, along with other drivers who run Roush Yates engines and Roush Yates Performance Products in their cars, can be seen next weekend when the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series takes to the track at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, PA and at Hagertown Speedway in Hagerstown, MD.
Jason Johnson of Stenhouse Jr. Racing shined once again on Saturday night, winning his third race of the season with his Roush Yates Sprint 360 engine. Johnson survived multiple cautions in the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series at Battleground Speedway in Highlands, Texas and continues to hold the points lead.
Charles Davis Jr. went to Victory Lane in front of a packed house at the inaugural ASCS Canyon Region visit to Et-Motopark’s Arizona Speedway. Davis started in the fourth row and worked his way through the pack, capturing the win with a thrilling last lap pass in turn four. This was the second ASCS Canyon win for Davis who now leads in the series points.
Steve Corker put power to the pavement at Dunn Benson Drag Strip on Saturday, winning the track’s Summit Series. Corker drives a Chevrolet Cavalier with a Roush Yates 427 small block engine.
“It’s great to see engine technology trickle down to the grassroots racers,” said Roush Yates CEO Doug Yates. “Whether through engines or performance products, Roush Yates’ technology is now available to all. Everyone at the shop has worked really hard to bring the best in power and performance to the track each week, and it’s great to be able to share that proven technology with anyone.”
To find out more about the winning technology Corker, Johnson, and other drivers are using each week on the track, visit www.roushyatesparts.com or call 1-877-798-RYPP.