After 26 consecutive years in the series, Roush Fenway Racing pulls their NASCAR Xfinity Series team from the lineup
Roush Feway Racing has run a total of 1,698 NASCAR Xfinity Series races since their series debut with Mark Martin in 1993. In recent years, the team has fielded two cars in NXS competition. Last year, their NXS cars were fielded by Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Ty Majeski and Ryan Reed.
For 2019, that portion of the operation will close. Instead, the team will focus all of their efforts on the NASCAR Cup Series. Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Ryan Newman will be the MENCS drivers for 2019.
On Wednesday night, Roush Fenway Racing President Steve Newmark confirmed the news.
“We’re going to focus exclusively on both of those Cup teams (in 2019) and realized we needed to allocate all of our resources there,” Newmark told Claire B. Lang via SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
“We’ve fluctuated on the number of the teams in the Xfinity Series and a lot of that has been based on need. We’ve been four, we’ve been one.”
“I think (2019) we’ve decided on how we’re positioned we’ll step out of that for a year and see how that goes and just focus all the resources, all the engineering, all the wind tunnel on making sure that we perform to our expectations at the Cup level.”
Roush Fenway Racing has totaled 863 top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series alone. However, they have one win scored in the series since the start of the 2015 season. That win came with Ryan Reed back in 2017.
The teams 1993 debut brought seven victories for Mark Martin. That remained a team record for many years. Carl Edwards topped that as recently as 2011 with eight wins in a single season.