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Lee Montgomery, NASCAR Scene
ROUSH FENWAY RACING EXPECTED TO FIELD THREE NATIONWIDE CARS IN 2010
Roush Fenway Racing co-owner Jack Roush said Saturday night at O’Reilly Raceway Park he intends to field at least three full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series teams in 2010, including one each for young drivers Colin Braun and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Also, in addition to a full-time team for Sprint Cup driver Carl Edwards, Roush said he is in negotiations with Paul Menard to run a fourth full-time team.
“It’s our plan to do a full program with Ricky Stenhouse and with Colin Braun and with Carl,” Roush said. “We’re talking to Paul and his dad, John, and hoping to do a full-time program with Paul Menard as well.
“We think our Nationwide program is going to be very healthy next year and that we’re going to have a great program.”
Menard drives for Yates Racing in the Sprint Cup Series and is sponsored by his father’s home-improvement store chain by the same name. Yates has a technical alliance with Roush Fenway.
Braun competes in the Camping World Truck Series for Roush Fenway, while Stenhouse is driving a part-time Nationwide schedule.
“We’re not ready to announce who is going to be our sponsors, but we’re definitely in the middle of the discussions with them,” Roush said. “I made the decision, rather than wait for the sponsor, that mine and [team co-owner] John Henry’s investment in the sport next year – hopefully, we’ll have adequate for our Cup programs – that I’m going to invest in Colin and Ricky and do what we can to give them a nice start.”