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2013 Charlotte (Coca-Cola 600): Roush Fenway NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on May 23, 2013 - 06:50 AM
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2013 Charlotte (Coca-Cola 600): Roush Fenway NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview


This week RFR turns its attention to Charlotte Motor Speedway and NASCAR’s longest event of the season; the
Coca-Cola 600. Roush Fenway will look for its fifth win in the famed 600-mile event, while adding to a Charlotte
legacy that includes 20 NASCAR victories and over 77,000 laps turned.

 

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Fastenal Tribute Trio

All three Roush Fenway Fords will carry a special Patriotic Fastenal paint scheme in this weekend’s Coca-Cola
600. The paint schemes pay homage to different branches of the military, as well as Fastenal’s “Heroes Hired
Here” program.

Roush Fenway in the 600

Roush Fenway cars have made 87 starts in the famed Coca-Cola 600, having turned in 21 top-five and 33 top-
10 finishes in NASCAR’s longest event. Roush Fenway Fords have posted an average finish of 16.2 in 23 Coke
600s at Charlotte and an average start of 21.5.

Last Season in the 600

Last season Roush Fenway placed three Fords inside the top-10 at the 600, with Greg Biffle leading the way,
finishing fourth, after leading over half of the race’s laps (204). Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth finished ninth
and 10th for RFR in the race.

Last Season at Charlotte

Greg Biffle paved the way for RFR last season at Charlotte, leading 275 laps and finishing fourth in both Sprint
Cup events, as Roush Fenway posted five top-10 finishes in Cup action at the 1.5-mile track in 2012. Carl
Edwards posted top-10 finishes in both Sprint Cup events at CMS last year as well.

Four in a Row

Roush Fenway won a record four Coca-Cola 600’s in a row from 1999-2002. During that span, Roush Fenway
led 427 laps, including 201 of 400 laps in the 1999 event.

More Roush Fenway in the 600

RFR had its best overall outing in the Coca-Cola 600 in 2006, when its five entries averaged a 5.4 finish. Roush
Fenway Fords finished third, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth, while leading 52 laps in the event. In 2002, Roush
Fenway posted its only one-two finish in the event with Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth battling feverishly for the
win and combining to lead 67 laps in the race (with Martin taking the win).

Leading the Way in the 600

Roush Fenway has led a total of 1,328 laps in the Coca-Cola 600, having led in 19 of the 24 600-mile events.
Roush Fenway has led at least one lap in 13 of the last 14 Coca-Cola 600 races, including the 204 last season.

Roush Fenway Bests the ‘The Beast’

Roush Fenway has won eight Cup races at Charlotte in Cup action, while leading 2,612 laps and bringing home
43 top fives, 73 top 10s and three poles at CMS.

In the Nationwide Series at Charlotte

In 92 starts, Roush Fenway Racing has won 12 times in the Nationwide Series at Charlotte, the second most at
any track. Roush Fenway Nationwide Fords have accumulated 32 top-five and 49 top-10 finishes, while running
to a company-best 13 poles at the 1.5-mile track. Mark Martin earned Roush Fenway’s first Nationwide win at
Charlotte in the fall of ‘93. He then went on to win three straight, fall ‘95 and a sweep in ‘96, followed by wins in
the spring of ‘98 and ‘99.

Pillow Pets Makes Patriotic Debut on No. 6

Pillow Pets will make its debut as a primary sponsor on the No. 6 NNS Ford of Trevor Bayne. In addition, to
serving as the primary on the Ford Mustang, the company is donating over 2,000 Patriotic Pillow Pets to the
families of returning men and women who served overseas in the military.

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