The Tums Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martnsville (Va.) Speedway on Sunday will mark a milestone for Roush Fenway Racing. When the first of RFR’s three Cup drivers — Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth — takes the green flag, he’ll make the 3,000 Sprint Cup start for the organization.
Team owner Jack Roush entered NASCAR Cup level competition in the late 1980s, making his first start as a NASCAR car owner with Mark Martin behind the wheel of his No. 6 ford in the 1988 Daytona 500 on Valentine’s Day of that year.
In addition to the three current RFR Cup drivers, 14 others have made Sprint Cup starts behind the wheel of Roush Fenway Fords. Those 14 other drivers include Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch, David Ragan, Ted Musgrave, Jamie McMurray, Chad Little, Kevin Lepage, Johnny Benson, Wally Dallenbach, Todd Kluever, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kenny Wallace and Dave Blaney.
Martin has made more starts in a Roush Ford than any other driver, with 617. He currently competes part-time, driving the No. 55 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. Martin is among eight drivers who have driven an RFR entry into victory lane. The other ones include Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, Burton, Busch, Ragan and McMurray.
Martin is also the winningest Roush Fenway Racing driver, collecting 35 of his career wins in RFR’s No. 6, including the team’s first win in 1989. Meannwhile, Busch and Kenseth both lay claim to championships won while with the organization.
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