Jack Roush’s single-car team needed only four races to crack the top 10 at Michigan, and only six to win there. With Mark Martin driving the No. 6 in both, a foundation of unparalleled success was laid.
Roush’s team, whether the old Roush Racing incarnation or its current Roush Fenway Racing form, would collect 11 more victories over the next two-plus decades, catapulting past the Wood Brothers at the top of the all-time Michigan wins list with 12.
Michigan, a fast two-miler, has evolved into “home track” status for RFR. Roush, whose Roush Industries is headquartered in nearby Livonia, Mich., has threatened to win just about every time the series rolls to Michigan.
Five different drivers have tallied Michigan victories under the Roush banner – Martin, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle, winner of the last MIS race. Only Edwards and Biffle remain with the team, and are now joined by Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – who still seeks his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top-10 finish.
Biffle, who ranks first in Michigan Driver Rating at 108.9, was one of two drivers to sweep the top five at Michigan in 2012 (Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the other). Biffle won in August and finished fourth in the June event.
Edwards, a two-time MIS victor, finished sixth during his last visit to MIS and finished in the top five during three of the five visits to 1.5- and two-mile tracks this season.
Stenhouse will make his Michigan NSCS debut, but does have three Nationwide Series starts there with a top finish of second in 2011.