Roush Fenway looks to rebound at Michigan

August 15, 2014 No Comments
Credit: Forbes

Credit: Forbes

Brian Wiggins, Senior Writer 

BROOKLYN, MI—The last time NASCAR visited the Irish Hills of Michigan, it was less-than a banner day for Roush Fenway Racing. All three of Roush’s Fords finished outside the top-fifteen, with Greg Biffle in twentieth being the best finisher for Roush.

Michigan International Speedway has been known over the years as a track where the Roush Fenway organization produces some of their best results. In the organization’s history, they have posted a total of 13 Sprint Cup Series wins at Michigan.

Roush Fenway Racing has won two of the last four races at Michigan International Speeedway, however its their performance — or lack there of– in June that has the team looking for a rebound this weekend.

“We came and tested here,” said Carl Edwards on Friday. “For us, there is no place where there is more pride in winning as a driver for Roush Fenway.

Edwards is a two-time winner in the Sprint Cup Series at Michigan. His last win came in June,2008.

“From the performance side, the first race here we were not the way we needed to be. We have hopefully stepped it up. If there is a Roush Fenway driver standing in victory lane it will be the biggest win of the year for our team.”

In Friday’s opening practice, Edwards set the second-fastest speed with a lap averaging over 204 mph. Edwards wasn’t the only driver from the Roush Fenway organization to post strong results in the opening practice session with teammates Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Greg Biffle posting the fifth and eighth-fastest times respectively.

Stenhouse Jr. is still seeking his first career win in the Sprint cup Series, let alone at Michigan. Biffle on the other hand has recorded four wins at the track in his career including two of the last four.

“He is Superman here,” Edwards said about his teammate Biffle at Michigan. “I think Greg is going to be really good and that helped me a lot in practice.”

Biffle, who is still seeking his first win of 2014, has posted back-to-back top-ten finishes including a fifth place finish at Pocono Raceway.

With Edwards currently the only Roush Fenway driver firmly into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, a win is almost a must for the organization.

“I think it is safe to say that is the fastest lap I have ever made in a race car. I am not sure but I think it is. You can’t argue with the time sheet,” Edwards said.

“At the end of the day if you are up top and running well then that is good. We are farther up the sheet than we have been in awhile and having more fun and the car seems to drive better. You never know how the race is going to go but I hope so, not because I just want to run well but because it would be nice for the guys at the shop to have something to show for all this work. They have been working tirelessly. It has been spectacular.”


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