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Spotlight: Roush Racing Driver X
May 30, 2006
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This No. 06 Ford F-150 was one of four vehicles used in Discovery Channel’s Roush Racing: Driver X, the reality series that aired in late 2005.

Roush Racing: Driver X debuted October 24, the first of 13 episodes that began with 1,776 hopeful applicants being cut down to just 25 that would take to the track and compete to become the newest driver for Roush Racing’s Craftsman Truck Series team. Based on Roush Racing’s “Gong Show” driver search, Driver X allowed behind-the-scenes access to the driver selection process and on-track activity that served as one of the most intense, and not to mention expensive job interviews ever conducted.

Beginning one hot morning in Martinsville, Va., and ending three weeks later on a cool, rainy night in Darlington, S.C., the drivers were put to the test not only on the track, but off the track as well. From interviews with various local and national media outlets to photo shoots and mock sponsor commercials, the drivers were left in the dark as to the events that would comprise their days and the selection criteria. From overwhelming excitement to gut-wrenching nervousness, the drivers felt the highs and lows of the relentless schedule.

When the dust settled, it was Erik Darnell who was named Driver X, and winner of a full-time ride in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

This Ford, retired from active NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition to be used in the driver search, was used at both Martinsville Speedway and Darlington Raceway. It was the truck driven by Darnell in the final portion of the competition, the head-to-head battle where he bested David Ragan in a 20-lap race to win the ultimate prize- a full time ride in the Craftsman Truck Series with Roush Racing.

Previous Spotlight Features:
1967 Mercury Cougar (April 7, 2006)
1939 Ford Convertible Deluxe (March 16, 2006)


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