Things have been looking up for Roush Fenway Racing this season, and that’s been seen in the performance of its drivers, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne.
“The improvements we’ve made as an organization at Roush Fenway Racing are coming to a head,” Bayne told NASCAR America’s Kelli Stavast. “I think Ricky and I run within one or two spots of each other all race long, every weekend. Our consistency’s there.”
Bayne finished 11th at Bristol, one spot shy of earning his second top 10 of the season. His only one so far came in the Daytona 500. He’s finished in the top 15 five times.
Last season, Bayne earned five top 10s, with the first coming in the spring Bristol race.
Bayne believes his improved competition level may catch some drivers, like Clint Bowyer, off guard.
“When they catch the No. 6 car, they think, ‘Oh man, I’m going to be able to get by him easy because he’s probably not as fast as us, he’s a 25th-place car,'” Bayne said. “But now we’re able to run top 10, so guys like Clint expect to be able to pass you in a lap. But you’re at Bristol and it’s difficult to pass and you have to hold your spot because there’s a line of guys behind them.”
Bayne says drivers will soon realize the Roush cars “are there to stay.”
Watch the video for the full interview.
After two weekends off, the Xfinity Series is back in action today at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Elliott Sadler enters as the points leader with a 29-point advantage on JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier. William Byron, who also drives for JR. Motorsports, is third in the standings. Byron and Sadler are going for their first victory of the season, while Allgaier seeks his second win this year.
Here are the particulars for today’s Xfinity race:
(All times are Eastern)
START: The Evil Genius’ Halo ESports Team will give the command for drivers to start engines at 1:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 1:18 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile speedway.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 45. Stage 2 ends on Lap 90.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Xfinity garage opens at 6:30 a.m. The drivers meeting is at 11:15 a.m. Driver introductions are at 12:30 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Star Swain will perform the Anthem at 1:01 p.m.
TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race at 1 p.m. Its coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. Performance Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at gorpn.com. PRN’s coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.
FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts 85 degrees at race time with a 15 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.
LAST YEAR: Denny Hamlin led 76 laps to win this even a year ago. Austin Dillon was second and Joey Logano third. Logano led the final 12 laps to win at Charlotte in October. Elliott Sadler was second and Daniel Suarez was third.
STARTING LINEUP: Qualifying is at 10:05 a.m.
NASCAR goes racing today with the Hisense 4K TV 300 Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Denny Hamlin won this race last year.
Here is today’s track schedule, as the countdown to Sunday’s main event of the weekend, the Coca-Cola 600, ticks closer:
(All times Eastern)
6:30 a.m. – Xfinity garage opens
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Cup garage open
9 – 9:55 a.m. – Cup practice (FS1)
10:05 a.m. – Xfinity qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (FS1)
11:15 a.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting
11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Cup final practice (FS1)
12:30 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions
1 p.m. – Xfinity Hisense 4K TV 300 (200 laps, 300 miles) (FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Sure, NASCAR is synonymous with Daytona Beach, the state of Florida and Daytona International Speedway.
But there is no other state that is so linked to NASCAR than the Tar Heel state, North Carolina.
Numerous racetracks, from the smallest grassroots short track to Charlotte Motor Speedway dot the state, offering a plethora of race action from amateur all the way to the best of the best.
On Friday’s My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows segment, NASCAR America’s Kyle Petty shared some of his fondest memories of one of his favorite short tracks, Caraway Speedway.
Check out the video above.
Steve Letarte learned the sport of NASCAR from a number of different individuals.
But no one compares to Letarte’s greatest mentor, Ray Evernham, who was selected earlier this week as one of five individuals that will enter the NASCAR Hall of Fame in its 2018 class.
Evernham, who led Jeff Gordon to three of his four NASCAR Cup championships as Gordon’s crew chief, was not only an innovator in the sport, but also a leader, mentor and team owner.
On Friday’s NASCAR America, Letarte, an Evernham protege, discussed what made his former boss, teacher and close friend so special. Check out the video above.