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Roush Fenway Racing’s Renaissance Has Begun


After Several Trying Years, Roush Fenway Racing’s Young Stable Is Coming Of Age.

For the last few years, Roush Fenway Racing’s transition has been a struggle. Established veterans like Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle have gone and young guns like Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne have taken over. The team no longer had it’s top guys occupying the team it was known to have.

However, that wasn’t the only issue at RFR. The team for the past few years began to struggle as another big team by the name of Penske became the center point at Ford. The equipment lagged behind as the cracks of the once consistent team began to show. It’s main drivers Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse didn’t shine out of the gate as a result.

But, that has all changed this season. With the arrival of Stewart-Haas Racing, all the Ford teams have benefited. The team began the season with XFINITY Series driver Ryan Reed taking the win at Daytona. Since then, it’s CUP and XFINITY Series programs has began to show great consistency. However, Roush Fenway was still missing victory lane in the MENCS.

That all changed last weekend at Talladega. Starting from the pole, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. showed not only a good car, but some luck as well. The driver of the 17 car rallied on the last lap despite front end damage with a bold pass and ended RFR’s 102 race winless streak. The team finally broke through and proved it’s fresh, young stable is ready for the big time.

Overall, the win was no fluke for Roush Fenway Racing. The team has rebuilt itself all season with consistency among it’s younger drivers and the breakthrough was due. The team’s XFINITY Series program is budding with talent like Reed and Bubba Wallace Jr. But, this won’t be the last you see this team in victory lane. Roush Fenway Racing’s next generation of drivers are coming of age. Thus, the Renaissance of NASCAR’s best teams in the modern era has begun.