NASCAR: Roush Fenway Racing Serves Notice with Nationwide Race at Charlotte

Sandra MacWattersCorrespondent IMay 29, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 28:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #16 Fastenal Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Top Gear 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Roush Fenway Racing may have previewed the dominance they intend to show during the rest of the season in the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup series.

RFR was dominant with three drivers in the top five at the end of the Top Gear 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

It was Matt Kenseth who fought teammate Carl Edwards at the end with Kenseth taking the checkered flag.

Kenseth stepped in to drive the No. 16 Fastenal Ford for Trevor Bayne, who has been absent from his car since April because of a mystery illness.

The victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway was Kenseth's third at the track in the Nationwide series, but his first run in the new generation car.

The Ford drivers have been showing off the potency of the FR9 engine from Doug Yates and Roush Fenway Racing with strong backing from Ford.

Kyle Busch finished third, followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., also a driver for Roush Fenway Racing. Reed Sorenson was fifth in a Chevrolet. Elliott Sadler maintained a one point lead over Stenhouse in the standings.

During a post-race interview on ABC television, Kyle Busch told the pit reporter, "It's funny, Matt comes and runs a one-off and beat us both."

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The lighter, cooler FR9 engine with it's healthy horsepower may just be the key to a Roush Fenway driver being the eventual NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide series champions at the end of the season.

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