CONCORD, N.C. – This weekend Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) rookie Sprint Cup driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will make his debut at a track traditionally noted for knocking around rookies and veterans alike; Martinsville Speedway.
“We have won there a few times, but history would definitely show that it has been a challenge,” said RFR team owner Jack Roush, who will take his team to Martinsville for the 26th season this weekend.
“We have some amount of optimism with the new car (Gen 6) that the glass is half full,” added Roush. “I’m optimistic that the things we have learned with our testing and what we had going with Carl (Edwards) at Phoenix (win), will come to bare at Martinsville, but it has not been our best place over the past few seasons.”
While it is the shortest track on the NASCAR circuit, the combination of fast straightaways and flat, narrow, tight corners of the half-mile paper clip-shaped racing oval, have made for exciting racing, as well as long, intense and at times frustrat...