Roush: No Team Orders at Talladega

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NASCAR team owner Jack Roush says there were no orders given to his drivers on the selection of drafting partners during Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

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In response to suggestions that he had issued team orders on who his drivers could and could not draft with during Sunday's Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR team owner Jack Roush has released the following statement:

“At Roush Fenway Racing, we expect our individual drivers to make decisions that put themselves in the best position to win each and every race.  That is a philosophy that we have lived by for over two decades and one that we will continue to abide by going forward.

"Of course, as (on) any team, we would prefer our drivers to work together when possible.  However, to be clear, we did not micro-manage or dictate to any of our drivers, nor any other Ford drivers, how to race with other drivers at Talladega last Sunday.  There are unique codes that all drivers establish and have to live by on the track.  How they manage their code is up to our drivers as individuals.  This weekend, there were no team orders - from myself or anyone at Roush Fenway - given to any of our drivers as to whom they could or could not choose to run with or assist, nor did I give similar directions or suggestion to any of the other Ford drivers.

“I’ve spoken with Trevor (Bayne) and understand that he was put in a situation requiring a split-second decision on the track and in his response to questions justifying his actions afterwards, where it was almost certain that not everyone was going to be satisfied.

"Trevor is extremely talented, but it is still very early in his career.  Over time, he will grow to understand that in such a high-paced, competitive and hostile environment, it is unlikely that all of his decisions will make everyone happy.  I’m confident in his decision-making, his ability and actions on the track, and I'm excited as we continue to move forward with his development."

Carl Edwards was the highest-finishing RFR driver in Sunday's race, placing eleventh.  Bayne finished 15th.

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