2012 will mark Fastenal’s seventh year as a NASCAR team sponsor and our first season in the Sprint Cup Series. Here’s a quick look at our racing history:
Fastenal partnered with Roush Fenway Racing and Carl Edwards to win seven times during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Schedule. Fastenal also sponsored Matt Kenseth's winning effort in the No. 16 NNS entry in Charlotte in May.
Fastenal partnered with Roush Fenway Racing for 15 races during the 2010 Nationwide Series season. During that time Carl Edwards managed to earn Fastenal its first Victory at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. To go along with that win he also finished in the top five six times, the top 10 nine times and started from the pole in Charlotte and Road America.
Fastenal also expanded our sponsorship program into the GP3 Series with driver Esteban M. Gutiérrez. Esteban went on to win the Series Championship in his first season.
Fastenal partnered with JR Motorsports for 14 races during the 2009 Nationwide Series season. During that time Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ron Fellows, Ryan Newman, and Scott Wimmer took to the track in the No. 5 Fastenal Chevrolet, finishing with a top 5 and 4 top 10 finishes.
Fastenal kicked off its first season in the Nationwide Series as sponsor of the No. 40 entry for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. One of the notable storylines was No. 40 driver Dario Franchitti’s transition to NASCAR one year after winning the Indy 500 and the IndyCar total points championship. Although the team failed to crack the winner’s circle, Franchitti combined with drivers Bryan Clauson, Kevin Hamlin, Reed Sorenson, Juan Pablo Montoya and Scott Pruett for 5 top-10 finishes and 3 top 5s, including a 3rd place finish in Mexico City.
2006 - 2007
Fastenal made its NASCAR debut in 2006 as sponsor of Bobby Hamilton Racing’s No. 18 Dodge in the Craftsman Truck Series. The season was clouded by Hamilton’s cancer diagnosis after just the third race of the season. Bobby Hamilton Jr. took over primary duties, overcoming difficult circumstances to record five top-10 finishes, including a 4th place showing at Homestead to end the season.
In 2007, Bobby Sr.’s long-time friend Kenny Schrader began the season as the primary driver of the No. 18 Fastenal Dodge. Dennis Setzer took over as a late-season replacement and pulled off four top-10 finishes in just seven starts. Thanks to Setzer’s late surge, the team finished the year with a respectable seven top-10 finishes and three top 5s.