Archive for September, 2019


Posted on: September 3rd, 2019
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DARLINGTON, SC – September 3, 2019 – Cole Custer was declared the winner, Saturday night at Darlington Raceway, in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips VFW 200. This marked the No. 00 Ford Mustang’s sixth win of the season for Stewart-Haas Racing and the ninth overall NXS win this season for Ford Performance.
“Congratulations Cole, Tony, and Gene,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “It was great to see all four Ford Mustangs finish in the top-10 tonight.”
Custer quickly jumped to second on the opening lap of the final stage, but was running fourth when the yellow flag waved on lap 132 of the 147-lap race. The team pitted and the No. 00 was able to gain two spots on pit road to restart second for the 10-lap sprint to the finish. Custer would ultimately cross the finish line in second place, but was declared the winner after Denny Hamlin failed post-race inspection.
“We had a really good car there at the end of the race,” commented Custer. “I was able to run the bottom in 1 & 2 well enough to get a run on the leader, but was too loose in 3 & 4 to make anything happen. My guys got me out front on that last pit stop to at least give us a chance to compete for the win.”
All four Ford Performance drivers finished in the top-10, following Custer was Stage 2 and pole winner Ryan Blaney in P3 while Chase Briscoe finished P6 and Austin Cindric rounded out the top-10 in P10.
Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski posted a top-5 finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 Sunday night, at Darlington Raceway. Harvick finished P4 followed by Keselowski in P5. In addition, Clint Bowyer and Paul Menard finished P6 and P9 respectively.
NASCAR returns to the Indianapolis Speedway this weekend where the 2019 Monster Energy Cup Series playoffs will be locked in!

* Photos courtesy NASCAR Media & Ford Performance


Posted on: September 5th, 2019
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MOORESVILLE, NC – September 5, 2019 – Roush Yates Engines announced today it has reached a multi-year extension with longtime partner Mitee-Bite Products LLC.

Mitee-Bite Products LLC., based out of New Hampshire, is a premier supplier and innovator of compact, low-profile edge clamps, and prides itself on finding solutions to challenging workholding applications. They have been providing innovative solutions and quality products to Roush Yates Engines and Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions (RYMS) since 2004 and became an official partner in 2015.

“Mitee-Bite is a great organization and their employees are their biggest asset,” said Todd English, VP Strategic Partnerships & Marketing at Roush Yates Engines. “They have been an invaluable partner to our team, creating innovative solutions and products to improve our CNC machining operations as our manufacturing facility has expanded into other industries where precision is paramount. They understand how critical it is to have parts machined within precise tolerances and within tight timelines. Now that we are machining parts for the aerospace and defense industries, as well as the motorsports industry, it is imperative that we meet our customer’s requirements and ship dates. There is simply no room for error.”
Mitee-Bites’ quality clamping systems have played a vital role at Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions with over 50 CNC machines, in a state-of-the-art 88,000 sq. ft. facility. RYMS utilizes Mitee-Bite products to produce thousands of parts for the aerospace, defense, automotive, and high-tech industries.
Roush Yates Engines relies on the repeatability and stability of Mitee-Bite’s products that assist in the production of over 40% of our engine components for the NASCAR Ford FR9 EFI V8, Ford EcoBoost V6, and the Roush Yates RY45 engines.
We recently implemented the Mitee-Bite’s Vacmagic® (VM300) product line. The vacuum chuck system allows for multiple fixtures while reducing overall set-up time. This workholding application is strong enough for industrial applications, but still operates off our own shop air. Competitive advantages like the Vacmagic, from Mitee-Bite, assist our constant pursuit of engine power and performance.
“Roush Yates Engines is a powerful, resilient, diligent, and tough family-based team,” commented David Bishop, General Manager at Mitee-Bite. “Doug and his entire team are driven by excellence and will stop at nothing short of perfection to produce the best possible product in an extremely competitive environment. We’re proud to be associated with Roush Yates Engines, it pushes our team to provide the strongest, most efficient methods to capitalize on all their machining capabilities. The rich heritage behind Roush Yates is as impressive as the present day and undoubtedly what the future holds.  We look forward to winning with them on and off the track!”
About Mitee-Bite Products LLC. 
Mitee-Bite Products LLC, located in Center Ossipee, NH, is the innovator of compact, low-profile edge clamps geared towards improving productivity and providing solutions for difficult work holding applications. Continually developing new products to provide customers with a wide assortment of high-density low-profile clamping solutions and assistance with clamping recommendations.Mitee-Bite Products takes great pride in producing products that allow customers to improve their processes by simple means. Through constant design and development, Mitee-Bite Products keep the spindle running, reducing idle spindle time, overall material cost and set-up time. Learn more about Mitee-Bite


Posted on: September 9th, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – September 9, 2019 – Kevin Harvick was the big winner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, winning the Brickyard 400. This was Harvick’s third win of the season and Stewart-Haas Racing’s 54th overall Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win. In addition, this marked Ford’s second win in a row at the Brickyard (Brad Keselowski 2018).
“Congratulations Kevin, Tony, Gene, and the No. 4 crew” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Our Ford Performance teams were fast in qualifying as Kevin, Paul, Clint, and Joey qualified 1 through 4. To see the cars and drivers perform at the highest level in the sport is a testament to the team’s effort and determination to win. It’s special to be able to kiss the bricks two years in the row and congratulations to our Ford drivers advancing to this year’s playoffs.”
One of the world’s iconic racetracks and crown-jewel events in the sport proved to be the perfect match for Harvick, as he came out strong during Sunday morning’s qualifying, to secure the pole with a 48.448 second run at 185.766 mph.
Harvick led 119 laps (297.5 miles) of the 160-lap race and scored the Stage 2 win on his way to crossing the bricks to capture the checkered flag. This marked Harvick’s second career win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Stage 1 winner, Logano, came in second, making it a 1-2 finish for Ford Performance.
“Well, I know how much it means to everybody on our Mobil 1 Ford Mustang team,” commented Harvick in Victory Lane. “Just got to thank Busch beer, Jimmy John’s, Hunt Brother, Haas Automation, everybody at Stewart‑Haas Racing, all these guys that make this car go around, I know how much this means to really everybody, and this is a great engine package that Roush Yates has been to Victory Lane twice now, once at Michigan and the same engine here. That’s a huge credit to those guys and Mobil 1 for everything that they put under this car. Just can’t thank everybody enough. This is awesome.”
Six Ford Mustangs finished in the top-10 of the Brickyard 400. Following Harvick and Logano, was Stewart-Haas Racing teammate, Clint Bowyer P5, Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney P7, Roush Fenway’s Ryan Newman P8, and the Wood Brother’s Paul Menard in P10.
The MENCS Playoff driver field is now set with seven Ford Performance Mustangs making the field of 16. The Ford driver field is led by Harvick in P4, Logano P5, Brad Keselowski P6, Blaney P12, Aric Almirola P14, Bowyer P15, and Newman P16.
NASCAR returns to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend where the 2019 Monster Energy Cup Series playoffs will be kicked off.

Cole Custer and Chase Briscoe posted a top-10 finish in Saturday’s Indiana 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Xfinity playoff field will be set in Las Vegas, Nevada this coming weekend. Currently Custer with six wins is currently ranked P3, Austin Cindric with two wins in P5, and with one win on the season Chase Briscoe is ranked P6.
* Photos courtesy of NASCAR Media



Posted on: September 16th, 2019
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Monterey, CA – September 16, 2019 – At the site of the first Ford GT win in 2016 with Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe; Joey Hand and Dirk Müller won the 2019 IMSA Monterey Sportscar Championship race on Sunday in Monterey, CA. It marked the first win of the season for the No. 66 and the third win for the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team this year.
“Congratulations Joey, Dirk, and Chip” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “It was great to see the No. 66 on top of the podium as the team executed throughout the day. Its special to see the No. 66 return to Victory Lane at the same racetrack the Ford GT captured its first win back in 2016.”
Müller drove a stellar first stint, taking the lead on lap 13 and led 18 laps before turning the car over to Hand for the second stint. Hand battled the No. 4 Corvette and made an incredible move to overtake the No. 4 in the entrance of the famed Corkscrew, to regain the lead and move into P1. The No. 66 took command for the rest of the race, leading the final 31 laps, and building a 20.037 second lead on the field. The FCGR team led a total of 72 laps out of the 114-lap race.
“This one feels pretty good,” Hand said. “I’ve been trying to win at this track for a long, long time, since my first race in 1998. It feels good because it’s my hometown track, but it feels best because of the people I have behind me. Everyone on my team at Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and Ford Performance, but also my family and friends who support me all year long.”
“I can’t say enough about the car today and all of the hard work our guys at Ford CGR put into this race after race,” Müller said in post-race interviews. “It really showed today.”
In the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race in Las Vegas, NV – Stewart-Haas Racing qualified 1-2-3-4. Clint Bowyer won his first pole since 2007; lining up beside him on the front row was Daniel Suárez and in the second row were teammates Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola.
Five Ford Mustangs finished in the top-10 of the South Point 400. Harvick P2, Brad Keselowski P3, Ryan Blaney P5, Stage 1 winner – Joey Logano P9, and Ryan Newman P10.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) also completed its regular season in Las Vegas. Pole winner Cole Custer finished P4 followed by Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Chase Briscoe P11, and Team-Penske driver Austin Cindric in P12.
The NXS Playoff is set with all three Ford Mustangs in the lineup. Cole Custer in P2 with Ford teammates Austin Cindric in P4, and Chase Briscoe in P5.
NASCAR will be back on the track this weekend, under the lights Saturday night, at Richmond Raceway.
* Photos courtesy of Ford Performance and NASCAR Media