Jack Roush Hall of Fame nominee bio

Nominee for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Once a Michigan-based drag racing owner and enthusiast, Jack Roush made his best motorsports decision when he turned south in 1988 to start a NASCAR team.

Born: April 19, 1942
Covington, Kentucky

Premier: 2003, ’04
Xfinity: 2002, ’07, ’11, ’12, ’15

Premier Series Owner Stats
Competed: 1988-present (Stats as of 2017)
Starts: 3,521 Wins: 104 Poles: 89

Since beginning Roush Racing (now known as Roush Fenway Racing), the graduate-level mathematician turned engineering entrepreneur has won a record 322 races across NASCAR’s three national series.

Overall, Roush boasts five NASCAR national series owner championships, while his drivers have won an additional three driver championships.

Roush initially built his powerhouse organization by pairing with fellow NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Mark Martin who won 83 NASCAR national series races for RFR from 1988-2005.

RELATED: Jack Roush’s owner stats | Members of the Hall of Fame

Known for his trademark Panama hat, Roush has displayed a prowess for discovering and developing talent. He helped Matt Kenseth (2003) and Kurt Busch (2004) grow into premier series champions and also jumpstarted the careers of current stars Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle.

Roush was the 2001 recipient of the Bill France Award of Excellence.