Roush Fenway Racing

January 5, 2020

Roush Fenway Weekly Advance | Daytona Clash

Speedweeks Kicks off 2020 Season this Weekend in Daytona

Roush Fenway Racing heads into its 2020 season refreshed and reinvigorated this weekend as qualifying for the Daytona 500 and the Busch Clash event take place Sunday. Ryan Newman, fresh off his run in the 2019 NASCAR Playoffs, will take part in Sunday’s all-star Clash event, and he and teammate Chris Buescher – making his return to Roush Fenway – will both go for the Daytona 500 pole Sunday afternoon.


Daytona 500 Qualifying

Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 | 12:30 p.m. ET

FOX, MRN, SiriusXM Channel 90

  • Ryan Newman, No. 6 Koch Industries Ford Mustang
  • Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fastenal Ford Mustang


Busch Clash

Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 | 3 p.m. ET

FS1, MRN, SiriusXM Channel 90

  • Ryan Newman, No. 6 Koch Industries Ford Mustang

Daytona 500 Qualifying Up First This Weekend

The most anticipated qualifying session of the season takes place Sunday afternoon as Newman and Buescher go for the Daytona 500 pole. Newman has an overall average starting position of 19.9 at DIS with his best Daytona 500 qualifying effort coming in 2008 (seventh). Chris Buescher has an overall starting spot of 23.9 at DIS with a top Daytona 500 qualifying effort of fifth in 2018.


Jack Roush Looking for Three

Jack Roush has two poles all-time in the Daytona 500, one coming from Greg Biffle in 2004 and the other in 2012 with Carl Edwards. Biffle earned the 2004 pole after a speed of 188.387 and went on to finish 12th. Edwards had a pole speed of 194.738 and finished eighth in the 2012 Daytona 500.

Newman Set to Clash Sunday Afternoon

Newman will make his 16th start in the Clash format on Sunday. The 2020 field is limited to 2019 pole winners, former Clash champions, former Daytona 500 winners, former Daytona 500 pole winners, and 2019 NCS Playoff drivers. He has three top-five results in the Clash all-time, including second in 2005, third in 2011 and fourth in 2003.


Martin Wins 1999 Clash for Jack Roush

NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin has Jack Roush’s lone win in the Clash event, winning back in 1999. He started from the 13th position and went on to lead the final 16 laps, topping Ken Schrader and Bobby Labonte on the podium for the victory.

January 5, 2020

Ahoy! Fifth Third Bank to Cruise Daytona International Speedway in ‘S.S. Better’ at Daytona Speedweeks

Fifth Third to sail custom-built 55-foot branded boat on Lake Lloyd at Daytona

CONCORD, N.C., (February 5, 2020) – While Fifth Third Bank is accustomed to doing things a Fifth Third better®, they may have outdone themselves in preparation for this year’s upcoming DAYTONA Speedweeks at the famed Daytona International Speedway.

As the 2020 NASCAR season officially kicks off at the “World Center of Racing,” the Official bank of the DAYTONA 500® will sail a custom-built 55-foot branded boat – the S.S. Better – inside the massive racing facility on the iconic 29-acre Lake Lloyd during the week leading up to ‘The Great American Race.”

“We are always looking for new and unique ways to connect with consumers. From service offerings to once-in-a-lifetime experiences and everything in between, we put 166.7% (5/3) into everything we do,” said Matt Jauchius, Chief Marketing Officer for Fifth Third Bank. “Our job as marketers is to make a lasting impression and what better way to do so than with a 55-foot boat at the most anticipated race of the year!”

In addition to providing a visual focal point and cutting-edge branding, the S.S. Better will allow Fifth Third an opportunity to host employees, partners, customers and media throughout the week on the two-story state of the art vessel that includes two bars, grilling, restrooms and capacity for up to 50 guests.

To simply launch the boat in the water will require tedious coordination, with the elaborate watercraft lifted over the side of the Daytona International structure via cranes. The entire process will be a monumental undertaking, but one that should prove worthwhile as the Official bank of the DAYTONA 500® prepares for what many term the most exciting week in motorsports.

In addition, Fifth Third Bank launched the S.S. Better DAYTONA 500® Experience Sweepstakes on 1/15/20 providing the opportunity for two lucky winners and their guests to ‘tailgate’ in style, while watching the DAYTONA 500® aboard the S.S. Better. Shannon Mullinauex, of Utah, and Garry Costner, of North Carolina, were announced as the grand prize winners via social media on 2/4/20.

Fifth Third will also plan to host a media event aboard the boat earlier in the week. Additional details will be provided in the coming days.

About the Fifth Third Bank Motorsports Partnerships
Fifth Third Bank has been an official partner of Daytona International Speedway since 2015 and holds the exclusive designation as the Official Bank of Daytona International Speedway, Official Bank of the DAYTONA 500® and Coke® Zero Sugar 400.

Fifth Third is also a primary sponsor of the No. 17 Fifth Third Ford driven by Chris Buescher for Roush Fenway Racing.

To learn more about Fifth Third Motorsports Banking click here: Fifth Third Motorsports


About Fifth Third
Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio and the indirect parent company of Fifth Third Bank, National Association, a federally chartered institution. As of December 31, 2019, Fifth Third had $169 billion in assets and operated 1,149 full-service banking centers and 2,481 ATMs with Fifth Third branding in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina. In total, Fifth Third provides its customers with access to approximately 53,000 fee-free ATMs across the United States. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending and Wealth & Asset Management. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of December 31, 2019, had $413 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $49 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations through its Trust and Registered Investment Advisory businesses. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the Nasdaq® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Deposit and Credit products are offered by Fifth Third Bank, National Association. Member FDIC.

February 3, 2020

Roush Fenway Racing Going #RFRTruckin to Daytona

Team Fires up Award Winning #RFRTruckin Series for 2020 Season

CONCORD, N.C. (Feb. 3, 2020) – As part of the 2020 journey to the Daytona 500, Roush Fenway Racing will once again offer fans an inside look at an often overlooked part of the NASCAR schedule, taking them for a ride in the No. 17 Fastenal team hauler from its headquarters in Concord, N.C. to the world-famous Daytona International Speedway. The team will document the nearly 500-mile journey across its social media channels, encouraging fans to engage with the #RFRTruckin campaign.

The team haulers will head ‘eastbound and down’ Wednesday morning, with the teams arriving in Daytona Beach that night. The campaign will take an inside look at the average week for the team’s hauler drivers as they prepare the trucks and equipment for the upcoming races, with the trip culminating as teams park at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, February 6.

Fans will have unparalleled access to the journey, which will include Q&As and live video from the haulers, using the hashtag #RFRTruckin. All followers are encouraged to engage with the journey and learn about the often unseen parts of the NASCAR experience.

This will be the fourth #RFRTruckin trip, as the team previously documented trips from Texas Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway to Phoenix raceway. In 2016, the team was awarded a Platinum MarCom Award in the Social Media Campaign category for its campaign around the hauler trip.

The team will continue #RFRTruckin out west for the journey from California to Phoenix during the first week of March.