Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing has high hopes for a successful 2022 after a busy off-season.
The organization formally known as Roush Fenway Racing brought in former NASCAR Cup Series champion and Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski, who is now both a team co-owner and full-time driver for the two-car team. Keselowski will pilot the iconic No. 6 Ford out of the RFK stable paired up with holdover Chris Buescher, who returns to the No. 17 Mustang.
The duo plans to hit the ground running at Daytona and set the season off on the right foot.
“I’m excited to see this all come together and happy to get this journey going,” said Keselowski, who will have veteran Matt McCall serving as crew chief. “Daytona is obviously one of the most special places you will ever race, and for us it is a great opportunity to put our stake in the ground early and right out of the gate.”
Keselowski makes his 26th overall Cup start Sunday in Daytona (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN), and 13th start in the Daytona 500. In 12 Daytona 500 starts all-time, Keselowski has two top 10s and a best finish of third, which came back in 2014. A year prior, he crossed the line fourth.
Last year, Keselowski was in great position to potentially win the race until he was caught up in a massive last-lap accident that relegated him to a 13th-place finish.
“For me, the 500 hasn’t always treated me with the best of luck despite bright moments along the way, so I have that fire now, more than ever, to add a Daytona 500 win to my career list of accomplishments and can’t wait to get down to Florida soon to get the week started,” he said.
Buescher makes his 13th Cup start on the oval at Daytona on Sunday, and seventh in the Daytona 500. In 12 prior events, Buescher has five top 10s, including three inside the top-five. His best Daytona 500 result came just two years ago when he ran third (2020), and also has a fifth-place finish in the 500 back in 2018. He’ll have crew chief Scott Graves calling the shots for the 17 ride.
“More than anything I’m ready to get to a track and race, as this has been one of the longer off-season’s anyone has ever endured,” Buescher said.
“We have had a lot going on with everything new at RFK, but many of the facts remain the same in that our goal is to compete for wins every week, and Daytona and the 500 is a great place to start that. This year is already exciting, and I’m thrilled to get it going this week in Florida.”