KESELOWSKI TAKES FIRST IN ATLANTA 2 FOR 2 / Ford Performance & Roush Yates Engines

2 FOR 2 / Ford Performance & Roush Yates Engines

HAMPTON, Ga., March 6, 2017 – Brad Keselowski of Team Penske won his first Folds of Honor 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The strong horsepower of the Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines FR9 EFI engine dominated in Atlanta to win Ford’s 30th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The Ford Fusions were fast during practice and showed their steam with Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing winning the Aspen Dental Pole Qualifying Friday night followed by No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. from Roush Fenway Racing qualifying P4 and Team Penske’s No. 2 Keselowski finishing P5.

“Congratulations to Brad on his first win at Atlanta and Roger’s 104th Cup win.” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “The Ford Performance teams have worked well together this year as One Ford! We felt positive coming into this weekend that the cars and engines were well prepared for this dynamic track. We are proud to power Ford Performance Teams and help deliver the second win in a row for Ford this year. A special thank you to all of our valued partners that provide products and technical services that drive us to be better.”

The horsepower of the Ford FR9 EFI V8 engine was evident as soon as the green flag dropped. No. 4 Harvick utilized this horsepower and found his rhythm early, staying committed to running the bottom line and led a new track record, 292 laps. He went onto win the first and second segments of the race and accumulated the all-important bonus points.

The No. 2 of Keselowski showed patience and persistence coming back from a loose lug nut issue, but he persevered to pass No. 42 Kyle Larson, late in the race to take the lead after the last caution to grab the checkered flag.

“Everybody stayed focused and nobody had to say anything,” commented Keselowski. “We know the deal. We know that this isn’t going to be easy. You have to keep your head down and keep fighting at all times and that’s what we did.”

Ford drivers now lead the championship points race with Stewart-Haas Racing in first and second with No. 4 Harvick and No. 41, Kurt Busch {Daytona 500 winner}, followed by No. 2 Keselowski and No. 22 Joey Logano from Team Penske in third and fifth positions respectively.

2017 is off to a fast start. It’s onto Las Vegas, where No. 2 Brad Keselowski won last year. Can Team Ford make it three in a row? Tune-in to find out, Sunday, March 12th | 3:30 PM ET | FOX. Reference the full 2017 schedule on


About Roush Yates Engines
Roush Yates Engines is a leading edge engine development company, with 3 state-of-the-art facilities based in Mooresville, NC; which include Roush Yates Engines, Roush Yates Performance Engines Group, focused on road racing and Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions, a world class manufacturing center and ISO 9001 / AS9100 certified. The company’s core business includes designing, building and testing purpose built race engines.

Ford Performance in partnership with Roush Yates Engines is the exclusive engine builder of the NASCAR FR9 Ford V8 engine and twin-turbo EcoBoost Ford V6 race engine that powers the Ford GT super car.

With the unparalleled culture of winning and steeped in rich racing history, Roush Yates Engines continues to follow the company’s vision to lead performance engine innovation and staying true to the company’s mission, provide winning engines through demonstrated power and performance.

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