Roush Seeks 100Th Win At Nashville

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Roush Fenway Racing will be looking for their 100th NASCAR Nationwide Series win on Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway, a track where the team leads with four victories.

Along with the wins, Roush Fenway drivers have captured two poles, nine top-five and 15 top-10 finishes in the 15 races held at the 1.33-mile concrete track.

Greg Biffle, who will not be racing this weekend, won the first race for the team in the inaugural race in 2001. The victory also happened to be Biffle's first in the Nationwide Series.

This weekend, Roush will have three drivers in the field led by series points leader Carl Edwards, who won three-straight races at Nashville in 2006 and 2007. His 4.0 average finish leads all drivers entered in the 225-lap race.

David Ragan will be making his fifth start at Nashville and is coming off his best finish there after taking the checkered flag in fifth last June.

Both Edwards and Ragan will have a new teammate this weekend when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. makes his series debut driving the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford.

"I'm really looking forward to this weekend," Stenhouse Jr. said. "With the way these cars have been running this year I don't see any reason why we shouldn't be in the top 10 on Saturday."

Stenhouse Jr., who is scheduled to make six other starts this season, finished fourth in the ARCA RE/MAX Series standings in 2008 after capturing two wins and 14 top-10 finishes with Roush Fenway. One of Stenhouse Jr.'s top 10s came at Nashville when he finished seventh after starting 13th.

"Overall I think the race went pretty well," Stenhouse Jr. recalled. "I think we were running like third or fourth on the last re-start and ended up falling to seventh because we got some debris on the tires and didn't get them cleaned up good enough. I think that's why we ended up seventh. I think we had a top five car that day for sure so I'm looking forward to going back this weekend."

With his start coming in the sixth race of the season, Stenhouse Jr. has been learning what he can from the guys at the shop and at the track, including how to communicate with crew chief Eddie Pardue.

"I've been going to all the races, seeing how they work everything. Listening to Matt (Kenseth) on the radio to see how descriptive he is about the car during practice and throughout the race and watching videos. I think that's about all I can do."

The action at Nashville Suprspeedway will kick off on Friday with two practice sessions followed by qualifying on Saturday morning (11:05 a.m. ET). The Nashville 300 is then scheduled to take the green flag at 4 p.m. (ET).

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