2016 Team Preview: Roush Fenway Racing

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ROUSH FENWAY RACING

SPRINT CUP DRIVER LINEUP: Greg Biffle (crew chief Brian Pattie), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Nick Sandler), Trevor Bayne (Matt Puccia). Defending Xfinity champ Chris Buescher (crew chief Bob Osborne) will drive for Front Row Motorsports as part of an alliance with RFR.

XFINITY DRIVER LINEUP: Darrell Wallace Jr. (Seth Barbour), Ryan Reed (Phil Gould).

CHANGES: Veteran crew chief Brian Pattie joins the organization as Biffle’s crew chief, while Biffle’s former crew chief, Matt Puccia, shifts to lead Trevor Bayne’s team. Gould moves from former RFR driver Elliott Sadler’s team to crew chief for Reed. With Sadler moving to JR Motorsports and Buescher jumping to Front Row Motorsports, RFR will downsize from four to just two teams in the Xfinity Series this season.

DID YOU KNOW: The Cat in the Hat, aka team co-owner Jack Roush, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics (Berea College) and a Master’s Degree in Scientific Mathematics (Eastern Michigan University).

EXPECTATIONS: After one of the worst Sprint Cup seasons in team history (including going winless), it’s hard to think things can get worse in 2016. All three of its Cup drivers finished out of the Chase last season, and the highest-finishing driver (Biffle) managed to end up in just 20th place in the final standings. Roush has invested heavily into engineering and aerodynamics, which should help its hopes of rebounding this season.

WHAT THEY SAID:

— “Roush Fenway is in a great place for 2016. We have a lot of changes in place and yet we have a lot of continuity with things that have been good for us in the past,” said team co-owner Jack Roush.

— “Among the halls of Roush Fenway the last few months there has been a level of enthusiasm and energy that is unparalleled since I have been in this sport,” said RFR team president Steve Newmark.

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