January 4th 2019
Roush Fenway Racing Reveals It Will Not Field Teams In NASCAR Xfinity Series In 2019
In an interview on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Roush Fenway Racing President Steve Newmark confirmed that the team will no longer field teams in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2019.
"We're going to focus exclusively on both of those Cup teams and realized we needed to allocate all of our resources there,” Newmark told SiriusXM's Claire B. Lang. “We’ve fluctuated on the number of the teams in the Xfinity Series, and a lot of that has been based on need. We’ve been four, we’ve been one, and I think (in 2019) we’ve decided on how we’re positioned we’ll step out of that for a year and see how that goes and just focus all the resources, all the engineering, all the wind tunnel on making sure that we perform to our expectations at the Cup level.”
He said that sponsorship played a role in the decision. "There’s no doubt that sponsorship plays a factor in everything that we do," said Newmark. "For better or worse, that’s the way NASCAR is structured right now and sponsorship is the lifeblood for the teams. My hope is that at some point in time we continue to evolve to a model that moves a little bit way from that. But that was just a factor."
However, this move could only be temporary as the team looks to bolster their struggling Cup program, which went winless in 2018. Newmark later added, "(The) Xfinity Series is something that Jack (Roush) has always been passionate about."
Roush Fenway ran two full-time Xfinity cars during the 2018 season.
Roush's Xfinity program began in 1993 and has won 137 races, as well as five driver championships with Chris Buescher being the most recent in 2015.