DARLINGTON, SC – May 9th, 2022 – Joey Logano started on the pole and won the Goodyear 400 on Sunday, marking his 28th career NCS win, and first points win of the 2022 season. Logano also claimed his first stage win of the season when he won Stage 1 at lap 90.
“Congratulations to Ford Performance, Roger, Paul, Joey, and everyone at Team Penske for the pole and win at Darlington,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Joey and Paul executed their plan throughout the race and were in great position for the win at the end.”
“To come out of here and get the pole, get a stage win, and then ultimately win the race at the end, I couldn’t be more excited about what we just did. The guys did an amazing job back here. The pit crew was great. The pit stall helped a lot. I tell you, winning at Darlington means so much,” commented Logano.
Joey Logano started on the pole, won the first stage of the race, and raced for the top spot in the second half of the race, leading a race-high 107 laps. A late race restart on lap 262 created an 11-car accident setting the stage for the final restart. With a few laps remaining, Logano passed William Byron for the lead, winning by 0.775 seconds. There was a total of 9 cautions including stage breaks.
Ford Performance teammates Kevin Harvick with Stewart-Haas Racing finished in P4, Michael McDowell with Front Row Motorsports finished P7, and Aric Almirola with Stewart-Haas Racing finished in P11.
Riley Herbst with Stewart-Haas Racing finished P3 and Ryan Sieg with Ryan Sieg Racing finished P11 in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Mahindra Roxor 200 at Darlington.
NASCAR Cup Series returns to action next weekend at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Kansas.
FORT WORTH, TX – May 23rd, 2022 – Ryan Blaney won big after an overtime restart this weekend at the 38th running of the All-Star Race, netting a $1 million dollar payout. This was Ryan Blaney’s first win of the season after 3 poles and the 4th All-Star race win for Team Penske.
“Congratulations to Ford Performance, Roger, Jonathan, Ryan, and everyone at Team Penske for the race win and performance at Texas,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Ryan and Jonathan did a great job with strategy and execution throughout the race to secure the win.”
“This Mustang was a rocketship. I am really glad we ended up winning that after that last caution. I am so proud of everybody. Tonight will be fun” commented Blaney.
8 Ford drivers were locked in to the All-Star race and Chris Buescher transferred in to the big race by winning Stage 2 of the All Star Open. Team Penske was represented by Austin Cindric, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney while Stewart-Haas Racing had Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, and Chase Briscoe. Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing co-owner Brad Keselowski was in the field along with teammate Chris Buescher, and Michael McDowell from Front Row Motorsports for the second year in a row.
A total of twenty-four drivers competed for the All-Star win this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, which consisted of three 25-lap stages, followed by a final 50 lap stage. With 8 laps to go in Stage 2, a large accident took out three front runners in the race and Austin Cindric took the lead, going on to win Stage 2. At the end of Stage 2 while under caution, Joey Logano and his team won the pit crew challenge, netting him a no-rush pit stop at the end of Stage 3. Ryan Blaney took the lead and won Stage 3 to give Team Penske a 1, 2, 3 start in the final segment. Blaney quickly pulled away from the field, leading a total of 84 laps of the 140 lap race. As Blaney came to the checkered flag, a final lap caution required an overtime finish. The end of the race came down to a battle between Blaney, Cindric, and Hamlin, but Blaney was able to pull away from the field once again and win the All-Star race.
Ford Performance teammates Austin Cindric and Joey Logano with Team Penske finished in P3 and P4, while Chris Buescher and Brad Keselowski with Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing finished in P8 and P9.
Riley Herbst with Stewart-Haas Racing finished P8 in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series SRS Distribution 250 at Texas.
NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series return next weekend to Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday starts the second half of the 26-race regular season before the 10-race playoffs begin.
MADISON, IL – June 6, 2022 – Joey Logano won the inaugural running of the Enjoy Illinois 300 at World Wide Technology Raceway (WWTR) on Sunday. This was Logano’s second points win of the season, 29th career victory, and 3rd win at first time races (Bristol Dirt, LA Coliseum, WWTR).
“Congratulations to Ford Performance, Roger, Paul, Joey, and everyone at Team Penske for the race win and team performance at Gateway,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Paul and Joey did a great job, putting them up front at the end and executing the late race restart to bring home another inaugural race win this season at Gateway.”
“Thanks for coming out, guys,” Logano said, acknowledging the sellout crowd. “I hope you enjoyed that race. It doesn’t get much better than that. Racing for the lead like that with Kyle, one of the best. It was a lot of fun. Crossing each other back and forth. I knew it was coming. I did it to him; I knew he was going to do it to me. We crossed back and forth there a couple of times.”
Ford Performance teammates Chase Briscoe with Stewart-Haas Racing and Austin Cindric from Team Penske started on the front row for the Enjoy Illinois 300 while Ryan Blaney started P5, Joey Logano P7, Aric Almirola P8, and Harrison Burton P9, making a total of 6 Ford Performance Mustangs in the top 10. Chase Briscoe went on to lead the first 27 laps before unfortunately blowing a tire. On lap 27, Austin Cindric took the lead and went on to win Stage 1, securing 10 points and one additional playoff point. There were 10 caution periods in the race for a total of 53 laps. The closing laps of the race was a battle between Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and teammate Ryan Blaney. A late race accident sent the race into overtime, and Joey Logano was able to secure the race win with a .665-second lead over second place.
Ford Performance teammates Ryan Blaney with Team Penske finished in P4 while Aric Almirola with Stewart-Haas Racing finished in P5. Zane Smith filling in for Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing’s Chris Buescher finished P17 in his first NASCAR Cup Series Race.
Ryan Sieg with Ryan Sieg Racing finished P16 in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series inaugural Pacific Office Automation 147 at Portland.
NASCAR Cup returns next week with the Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway while the Xfinity Series returns to action on June 25th at Nashville Superspeedway.
MOORESVILLE, NC – July 6, 2022 –Roush Yates Engines and WTO announce a technical partnership to expedite machining of engine components to support internal design, development, and build of NASCAR and Road Racing engines.
WTO, a German-based company, designs and manufactures technological top-quality precision toolholders and tooling systems for turning centers, Multi-axis mill turns, and Swiss type lathes. In addition, WTO’s CoolSpeed ultra-high speed spindles can run up to 80,000rpm and are designed to optimize high speed machining. WTO USA out of Charlotte, North Carolina has been providing professional after sales service and qualitative superior products for Roush Yates Engines (RYE) and Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions (RYMS) to increase productivity and tool life.
“WTO is a technology-driven organization and their employees continue to provide invaluable solutions to our team,” said Todd English, VP Strategic Partnerships & Marketing at Roush Yates Engines. “As a global market leader, WTO develops state of the art technology to maximize productivity for manufacturing facilities across the globe. It is critical that we align our organization with world class companies to support our internal engine component machining as well as machining for other forms of motorsports, aerospace, defense, space, and medical markets at RYMS, where failure is not an option.”
WTO’s new generation of Smart Driven Toolholders with intelligent online process monitoring for high process reliability will allow RYE and RYMS to monitor online critical data:
All monitoring data (speed, temperature, vibrations, run time) will be transferred live during operation
Permanent monitoring of production parameters
Display of the operating time and remaining time until the service interval
Clear status presentation of all assigned driven tool holders
Condition monitoring of the assigned machines
CoolSpeed® mini is a new, high-speed, turbine-driven spindle. You can efficiently turn any machine into an ultra-high-speed machining center. WTO’s CoolSpeed® Ultra High-Speed Spindles for micro machining applications provides:
Up to 80,000 RPM
Driven by coolant, cutting oil, or air mist
Bearings are easily replaced with each cutting tool change
Dynamic run-out of 4 microns or better
“We have used WTO’s innovative products for many years and look forward to leveraging the new Smart Driven Tool Holders” Dan Keenan, VP of Engineering and Quality at Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions. “This new smart technology will provide significant data to optimize the life of the tool holder and minimize machine downtime.”
“WTO is proud to partner with Roush Yates, a world-class race engine company competing at the highest levels of the Motorsports Industry,” said Vice President, Patrick Diener. “We are committed to providing our latest manufacturing solutions to Roush Yates to supporting them in their continuous improvement process.”
WTO is specialized in the design and manufacture of high precision static and driven tool holders for Turning Centers and Swiss type lathes. As recognized pioneer and leader in its industry, WTO has always set the benchmarks of driven tool technology with its inventions and new developments.WTO products are known for achieving higher productivity and longer tool life. Their tool holders are used worldwide in the metal cutting industry where high precision parts are required to be manufactured with efficiency.
WTO is a family-owned enterprise with its headquarters in Ohlsbach, Germany and subsidiaries in North America & Asia. The US Sales & Service Center located in Charlotte, NC provides the highest level of customer service and support for the North American market. Their in-house service center provides both preventative maintenance and complete rebuilds to exacting factory standards.
Roush Yates Engines is a leading-edge engine development company based in Mooresville, NC consisting of two state-of-the-art facilities – Roush Yates Engines and Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions. The company’s core business includes designing, building, and testing purpose-built race engines.Roush Yates Engines (RYE) in partnership with Ford Performance is the exclusive engine builder of the NASCAR FR9 Ford V8 engine and Ford Mustang 5.2L V8 engine, used in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series.
Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions is an AS9100 Rev D/ ISO 13485 high precision machining division of RYE. Our expertise is in the CNC machining of complex geometry parts for critical applications that require robust process control and post machine surface treatments. We provide an array of automated CNC manufacturing on 5 and 4 axis mills. In addition, we offer Multi-axis mill turns, turning, Swiss Turn, and waterjet machining. We also offer post machine surfacing, secondary treatment processes, and sub-assembly services in-house and through a network of validated and approved process suppliers. We produce machined components for the motorsports, aerospace, defense, space, and medical markets.
BROOKLYN, MI, August 8. 2022 – Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines won their eighth straight NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway with Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick in the FireKeepers Casino 400. This was Harvick’s 59th career NASCAR Cup Series victory and his series-leading sixth at Michigan. Ford retained the Michigan Heritage Trophy, presented to the winning manufacturer at the 2-mile track.
“For sure there is a lot of extra attention when we come here from the executives in our company, having all the employees here so we’ve spent a lot of time with the teams this week leading up to this weekend to let them know how important it is and to ask our Ford teams to work together, whether it’s the drivers or the crew chiefs, but Doug Yates has also been working really hard in the engine shop. This is definitely a horsepower track and he brought a little extra this weekend and it definitely paid off,” commented Mark Rushbrook, Global Director of Ford Performance.
“Congratulations to Ford Performance, Gene, Tony, Rodney, Kevin, and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing for the strong finish to make it 8 wins in a row at Michigan,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “We have always strived to finish strong at Michigan and this year was no exception. We are thankful for the continued leadership and commitment from Ford Motor Company and honored to power these Mustangs.”
“I’m just really proud of everybody on our Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang. They’ve been digging all year long trying to make these Mustangs run faster. Our guys have done a good job in trying to take what we have, maximize it and do the things that we need to do. I’m just really proud of everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing. Everybody who doubted us doesn’t know us,” commented Harvick.
After a brief rain delay, Ford Performance teammates Joey Logano and Austin Cindric from Team Penske started the FireKeepers Casino 400 from P4 and P5. There were seven caution periods for a total of 36 laps and twenty-two of the 37 drivers finished on the lead lap. A nine-car pileup on lap 25 damaged or eliminated several of the leading cars. The 4 leaders underwent a huge shakeup in the final stage of the race when 2 of the front-leading cars made contact and another received a penalty on pit road. Harvick took the lead on the race’s final restart on Lap 163 and did not relinquish it, finishing the race 4-seconds in front of second place. With 3 regular season races remaining, Harvick adds to the list of 15 different drivers in the playoffs.
Ford Performance teammates Joey Logano with Team Penske finished in P4 while Ryan Blaney with Team Penske finished in P5.
Riley Herbst with Stewart-Haas Racing finished P9 in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series New Holland 250 at Michigan.
Nate Stacy and Luca Mars with Kohr Motorsports started Saturday’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race at Road America from the pole, while Sheena Monk and Kyle Marcelli from JG Wentworth Racing by PF Racing finished P6. IMSA returns August 27th with the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway.
NASCAR Cup returns next week with the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway while the Xfinity Series takes a one week break and returns to action on August 20th at Watkins Glen.
RICHMOND, VA August 15. 2022 – Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick secured his second consecutive victory this season by winning the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on Sunday, becoming the first driver to win back-to-back races so far this season. This victory marked Harvick’s 60th career win in the NASCAR Cup Series, fourth at Richmond, and Stewart-Haas Racing’s 95th win overall.
“Congratulations to Gene, Tony, Rodney, Kevin, and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing on the win at Richmond,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Kevin and Rodney carried the momentum from last week’s win at Michigan and executed their plan throughout this race for the win!”
“The cars have been running good week in and week out, and you see that we have a lot better understanding of what’s going on with how we adjusted on the car after the first run and were able to get our car handling a lot better. I think as it got dark, the racetrack really came to our Mobil 1 Ford Mustang. Just got to thank Mobil, Busch Light, GearWrench, Hunt Brothers, Rheem, Ford, Xfinity, Morton Buildings, E-Z-Go, everybody who helps Stewart-Haas on this 4 car,” commented Harvick.
Sunday’s 400-lap race saw a battle between strategy and execution on long green flag runs. There were five cautions in the race for a total of 28 laps. Team Penske’s Joey Logano took charge in the middle of the race, leading a total of 222 of 400 laps and winning Stage 2. Stage 3 started with an incident involving four cars, bringing out the fourth caution of the race. Logano held off the lead early in the stage until Harvick completed the race-winning pass on Lap 334. Harvick was able to hold off a hard-charging Chris Buescher who was looking for his first win of the season along with Christopher Bell. Harvick fought through lapped traffic on the final lap of the race and crossed the finish line 0.441 seconds ahead of second place, securing his second consecutive win this season.
Ford Performance teammates Chris Buescher with Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing finished in P3, Joey Logano with Team Penske finished in P6, Aric Almirola with Stewart-Haas Racing finished in P8, and Ryan Blaney with Team Penske rounded out the top-10 finishing in P10.
NASCAR Cup returns to action next weekend with the Go Bowling at the Glen at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, August 21st while the Xfinity Series returns from a one-week break and races at Watkins Glen on Saturday, August 20th.
BRISTOL, TN – September 19 2022 – Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing’s Chris Buescher claimed his second career NASCAR Cup Series victory following Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol, closing out the first round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs and becoming the 19th different winner this season. This win marks the 138th win with Jack Roush as car owner, and first under newly formed Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing with Brad Keselowski as driver/owner.
“Congratulations to Jack, Brad, Chris, Scott, and everyone at Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing on the win at Bristol,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Chris and Scott executed their plan throughout this race, including the last 2-tire stop for a well-deserved checkered flag.”
“We had a really fast Fastenal Mustang. Just so proud of everybody. We knew we had a good race car after practice and didn’t quite get the job done in qualifying, but what a race car. It’s just special. Get RFK in Victory Lane for the first time, and we had great race cars. Brad had really good speed, too,” commented Buescher.
Aric Almirola with Stewart-Haas Racing started Saturday’s 500-lap race from the pole with teammate Chase Briscoe beside him on the front row and 4 other Ford Performance drivers in the top 10: Ryan Blaney with Team Penske in P6, Kevin Harvick with Stewart-Haas Racing in P7, Austin Cindric with Team Penske in P9, and Brad Keselowski with Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing in P10. Brad Keselowski won Stage 1 of the race to score his first stage win of the season, leading a total of 109 laps. The race, one of the season’s toughest, saw mechanical issues across the playoff grid and made the cut line for the playoffs a movable target throughout most of the race. Buescher made a 2-tire pit stop on lap 439, moving him from fourth to first and maintained the lead for the final 61 laps of the race. Buescher took the checkered flag with a .458 second lead over second place.
Ford Performance teammates Cole Custer with Stewart-Haas Racing finished in P8, Kevin Harvick with Stewart-Haas Racing finished in P10, Michael McDowell with Front Row Motorsports finished in P11, Brad Keselowski with Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing finished in P13, and Chase Briscoe with Stewart-Haas Racing finished in P14. Moving on to the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 12 are Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Austin Cindric, and Chase Briscoe.
Riley Herbst with Stewart-Haas Racing finished P5 and Ryan Sieg with Ryan Sieg Racing finished P10 in Friday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Food City 300 at Bristol. Both drivers will move on to the Xfinity playoffs.
The NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs continue next Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway with the first race of the Round of 12 while the Xfinity Series begins its first playoff round on Saturday.
LAS VEGAS, NV – October 17, 2022 – Team Penske’s Joey Logano won the NASCAR Cup Series South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, becoming the first driver to secure a spot in the Championship 4. This victory marked Logano’s third win of the season and the 30th of his career.
“Congratulations to Ford Performance, Roger, Paul, Joey, and everyone at Team Penske for the race win at Vegas,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Joey was fast throughout the race and Paul’s late race pit strategy set them up for the win and now they are locked in to the Championship 4.”
“We’re racing for a championship! Let’s go! Man, what a great car. Penske cars were all fast. All of them were really fast today. Oh, man, all you want to do is get to the Championship 4 when the season starts and race for a championship, and we’ve got the team to do it. I don’t see why we can’t win at this point. Things are looking really good for us, awesome Pennzoil Mustang, this bad boy, and man, just a lot of adversity fought through the last 50 laps or so,” commented Logano.
Sunday’s 400-mile race started with NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Mark Martin leading the field to the green flag in his Las Vegas Motor Speedway inaugural race-winning Ford Taurus. 3 Ford drivers started in the top 5: Austin Cindric in P2, Ryan Blaney P4, and Joey Logano in P5. In Stage 1, an early race incident took out several front runners, but Logano and Blaney finished up front to capitalize on critical stage points. At the end of Stage 2, there was a battle between Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Ross Chastain. Blaney secured the Stage 2 win with a 1.6-second lead over Logano. The final stage of the race saw several cautions and Logano was shuffled throughout the field. After making a late race pit stop for new tires, Logano gained six spots immediately and started in eighth on the final restart with 16 laps remaining. Chase Briscoe led the pack on the restart while Joey Logano continued to power through the field, battling with Ross Chastain for the lead with just 3 laps to go. Logano completed the race-winning pass and finished with a 0.817 second lead, securing a spot in the race for the championship at Phoenix.
Ford Performance teammates Chase Briscoe with Stewart-Haas Racing finished in P4, Kevin Harvick with Stewart-Haas Racing finished in P12, and Chris Buescher with Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing finished in P15.
Hailey Deegan made her NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in Saturday’s Alsco Uniforms 302 with SS Greenlight Racing, finishing in P13.
The NASCAR Playoffs Round of 8 continues for both the Cup and Xfinity Series next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
MOORESVILLE, NC – January 7, 2022: SS GreenLight Racing (SSGLR) announced today major changes for the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. Among the changes for the Mooresville, N.C.-based team, including a manufacturer change, a new technical alliance and additional drivers within the team’s footprint.
The team will switch from Chevrolet to Ford which includes a technical alliance with Stewart Haas Racing (SHR) and Ford Motor Company’s Ford Performance program. Ford Performance is the high-performance division of the Ford Motor Company and the multinational name used for its motorsport and racing activity.
SHR will supply the organization with race cars while Roush Yates Engines will provide the legendary Ford horsepower.
In addition to providing race cars to SSGLR, SHR will also provide technical support for the entire 33-race season.
The new partnership was orchestrated by fgrACCEL, a full-service sports marketing and management agency.
“We are thrilled to be part of this new relationship with SS GreenLight Racing,” offered Stewart-Haas Racing executive Joe Custer. “The team is very eager to raise their competitiveness to the next level and with this technical arrangement, they are going to be in a great position to accomplish all of their goals and more next season, as well as position themselves for future growth.”
With their agreement with Stewart-Haas Racing, nine-time Xfinity Series winner Cole Custer will also join SS GreenLight Racing for a minimum of four Xfinity events over the course of the 2022 season. 11-time NASCAR Xfinity Series winner Chase Briscoe will also take the wheel for one race in 2022.
“The addition of Cole and Chase driving a limited schedule for SS GreenLight Racing will also be an added benefit to help evaluate the team’s transition,” added Joe Custer. The team’s technical support with SHR should allow SS GreenLight Racing the opportunity to showcase a performance peak in the series on a consistent basis.”
A fixture in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 1995 and a full-time commitment to the series since 2017, team owner Bobby Dotter is elated about the next chapter for his organization.
“I am excited to be joining the Ford Performance group this season,” he said. “I know they have a proven winning product, and I am looking forward to working with them and the other Ford teams.
“I have had a great working relationship with Stewart-Haas Racing for a number of years on other various racing projects, so it’s great to see this relationship come full circle of this magnitude. Having that prior relationship with SHR, I have seen what Ford does for its team and having an alliance with them should speed up our learning curve and result in better on track performances next season.”
The team also confirmed that Joe Graf Jr. will return to the team next season to pilot one of the two full-time entries.
“I am so stoked for the new opportunities in 2022,” said Graf Jr. who joined the Bobby Dotter-owned team at the beginning of the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. “Our new relationship with Stewart-Haas Racing and Ford will allow us to continue to grow and improve as a team and hopefully give us the opportunity to showcase our ability in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at our highest level yet.
“This new relationship with Stewart-Haas Racing is more than about a technical alliance, it’s about being a part of a new family and a team that has enjoyed monstrous success in the Xfinity Series for the past several seasons.
“Joe Williams will return as my crew chief next season, and I know we both feel like this new opportunity not only has the potential to bring SS GreenLight Racing to new heights, but hopefully elevate this team to a highly competitive perennial organization.”
Added Dotter, “This is a huge move for us, but it would not have been possible without fgrACCEL, Joe Graf Jr., Stewart-Haas Racing and our marketing partners. Joe has found a home at SS GreenLight Racing and with his team already having success in landing partnerships for next season, the opportunity to strengthen not only his team but the entire SS GreenLight Racing foundation is pinnacle for our future.
“We have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks and months ahead, but I believe with Joe’s continued focus, determination and outlook, he’s ready to make a giant step forward and we want to give him all the right equipment for his third year with SS GreenLight Racing.”
Additional details on Joe Graf Jr.’s 2022 program, including an expanded partnership lineup, will be announced at a later date.
Further announcements on SS GreenLight Racing’s second full-time team are forthcoming.
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About SS Green Light Racing:
As one of the most tenured teams in all of NASCAR, SS GreenLight Racing led by team owner and former driver Bobby Dotter has been a mainstay in the sport fielding entries in either the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series or the Xfinity Series competition since 2001.
SS GreenLight Racing will continue with a two-car program in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2022.
AVONDALE, AZ – November 7, 2022 – Joey Logano won the NASCAR Cup Series Championship race on Sunday, securing his second career title with Team Penske. The driver’s championship is Ford’s tenth overall and seventh in the modern era (1972-present). The victory marked Logano’s fourth points win of the season, third at Phoenix, and the 31st of his career in 507 Cup Series starts.
“Congratulations to Ford Performance, Roger, Joey, Paul, and everyone at Team Penske on the race win and the 2022 driver’s and owner’s championships,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “To see all of this year’s hard work come together is a proud moment. That was an intense race in which Joey and Paul executed flawlessly. We are blessed to be a part of the Ford family, providing the horsepower to win with these fast Ford Mustangs.”
“It’s been a great season for the sport, I think, just with the Next Gen car coming in and it definitely mixed things up a lot. We did start out well in many ways with the win in the Daytona 500. We were fast at some of the early races. Chase Briscoe won here, but then we seemed to struggle a lot and a lot of it was just coming to grips with the new car and really optimizing. It’s different at every track and we found that we could get the setup right across our teams at some of the different tracks, but not at all of them. It’s part of learning the new car and I think definitely in the second half of the seasons, the last third of the season came on really strong. There was a lot of extra work from Doug Yates and Roush Yates Engines and some extra power that they’ve been bringing these last couple races and it all came together and really strong today,” commented Mark Rushbrook, Global Director of Ford Motor Company.
“Race wins are nice, but championships are what it’s all about. We worked so hard the last couple weeks trying to put ourselves in position. And everything that happened in 2020, I knew we just wanted to have a solid run and do this today. I can’t thank Ford and Shell-Pennzoil enough for supporting me over the last 10 years and getting us a couple championships,” commented Logano.
Joey Logano began the 2022 season by winning the inaugural Clash at the LA Coliseum, marking the competitive debut of the Next Gen Ford Mustang. Ford Performance went on to sweep both duels at Daytona with Chris Buescher and driver/owner Brad Keselowski from Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing. Rookie Austin Cindric won the Daytona 500, marking his first NASCAR Cup Series win. In another first, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe claimed his first Cup Series win at Phoenix. Team Penske’s Joey Logano won again at Darlington and Gateway while teammate Ryan Blaney took home the All-Star Race win in Texas. Kevin Harvick claimed two back-to-back wins at Michigan and Richmond to retain the Michigan Heritage Trophy for Ford, while Chris Buescher took home his first win at Bristol.
Joey Logano started Sunday’s battle for the Championship from the pole position and carried the momentum throughout the race. A total of six Ford Performance drivers started in the top 10 with Logano including teammate Ryan Blaney in P2, Chase Briscoe with Stewart-Haas Racing in P3, Harrison Burton with Wood Brothers Racing in P6, Kevin Harvick with Stewart-Haas Racing in P7, and Cole Custer with Stewart-Haas Racing in P9. Logano led the first 87 laps of the 312-lap event. After passing Ford Performance teammate Chase Briscoe with 29 laps to go, Logano was able to maintain the lead over teammate Ryan Blaney and hold off fellow playoff contenders. Logano led a race-high 187 laps, capping a day in which Ford lead 310 laps of the 312-lap race. Four Ford drivers finished in the top 5: Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney in P2, and Stewart Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe in P4 and Kevin Harvick in P5.
The Xfinity Series also raced at Phoenix on Saturday. Riley Herbst with Stewart-Haas Racing finished in P7.