Josh Russell


Raybestos® Brakes Help Roush Fenway Reach “300” at the “500”

Matt Kenseth Scores Historic Victory Using Raybestos Brakes

McHenry, IL — March 1, 2012  - Matt Kenseth earned Roush Fenway Racing and Raybestos brakes the team’s first season win at the Daytona 500... becoming the first team in history to win 300 NASCAR races.

Rain delays couldn’t stop Kenseth. A ball of fire couldn’t stop him. Wild driving during the closing laps couldn’t stop him. The only thing stopping Matt Kenseth was the braking power of the Raybestos Superspeedway Racing brakes package. Kenseth and his teammate Greg Biffle (who finished third) combined to lead 83 of 200 laps in the race, with Kenseth taking the lead during the last 38 laps and holding that position until his green-white checkered finish.
“The Raybestos brakes were there for Matt when he needed them most,” said Jimmy Fennig, long-time Roush Fenway Racing employee and crew chief for Kenseth’s No. 17 Best Buy Ford Fusion. “They helped him maintain control and avoid all the big wrecks during the 500.”

The Raybestos Superspeedway Racing brake package, used by NASCAR teams like Roush Fenway Racing, combines ample stopping power with a considerable weight savings advantage on tracks like Daytona’s 2.5-Mile Tri-Oval. The Raybestos Racing caliper package is one of the strongest and lightest in all of NASCAR. The Raybestos Racing two-piece rotor is engineered to withstand high-heat torture, and they also deliver the effective lightweight operation required for qualifying and superspeedway runs.

The lessons learned on tracks like Daytona are continually translated into product improvements across the entire Raybestos product line, which includes racing, street performance, police patrol/pursuit vehicles and heavy-duty trucks.

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Raybestos® brand brake parts are produced by affiliated companies in Affinia’s Global Brake & Chassis Group, the leading manufacturer of braking systems in the transportation industry. The Raybestos brakes product line includes everything from brake drums to rotors, pads, shoes, calipers and hydraulic parts. Raybestos brand racing brakes are used by premier teams such as Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports in NASCAR® competition. For more information about Raybestos brakes, visit

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