Sprint All-Star Race
May 25, 2011 by staff
Sprint All-Star Race, Things could not have been better for Roush Fenway Racing last weekend, when the organization swept the three races that were introduced. RFR now returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway, eager to return to the domain that was once again in the NASCAR race this year. Is not going to be a problem.
Carl Edwards goes to the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday with the momentum of last week’s victory in the million-Star Race. He won three of the four segments, and beat Kyle Busch in the final 10-lap sprint to win his first All-Star win.
Greg Biffle won the only segment of the All-Star race that Edwards has argued, and David Ragan won the Sprint Showdown in place for drivers not already qualified for the main event.
The final order of execution showed the four cars of the RFR in the top eight, and was team owner Jack Roush his chances moving feeling well.
“The guys worked hard,” said Roush. “I am proud to be part of your program.”
Is a program that obviously had turned around at the beginning of this season when Edwards and Ragan fought for the Daytona 500 victory? Although the victory was a Roush driver development Trevor Bayne, driving the Wood Brothers in a car that is closely related to the organization of the RFR, the Roush cars were clearly at a rate of execution from the beginning again.
Is followed week after week, and Edwards won in Las Vegas and is the current leader of the Sprint Cup Series points. Matt Kenseth has two wins, Biffle has had dominant cars in the points this season, and Ragan has shown a clear improvement.
Toss in a victory on Sunday in Iowa by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the first regular series to win on the second floor of the Nationwide Series, and click the RFR is.
Roush credited everyone but himself for the change from the competition manager Robbie Reiser, the motor manufacturer Ford and Doug Yates generator.
“There is much discussion about hard work in this business, but the guys Roush Fenway is very, very appropriate for the winter,” said Roush. “I have very close to the door, so there are not many tools I can get my hands on and not many things that could ruin it used to.
“The engine is good, the car is good, and engineering is just incredible.”
Maybe good enough to get back to Victory Lane Roush Sunday.
Their drivers once strung four consecutive victories in the Coca-Cola 600, beginning with Jeff Burton’s victory in 1999. Then came a victory for Kenseth, another of Burton, Mark Martin and finally victory in 2002.
The domain next season ended with the emergence of Jimmie Johnson, who strung together five wins in six points races at Charlotte, including three straight 600 victory.
RFR began to slip away, and Charlotte Edwards admits he became a struggle. His average finish is 13.1 in 12 career Cup starts at Charlotte, and his 2006 victory in the Nationwide Series is their only victory on the track.
But team leader credits Bob Osborne for helping him get around, and you are sure it will be good this weekend.
“It is fair to say that we have not been very well here, and sometimes terrible,” said Edwards. “I think we realized some things. Bob and the guys have done a really good job. I think it bodes well for the 600, sure.
“Hopefully we can come back here with confidence as good or better a car and certainly much more than they had before.”
He is not alone.
“I feel very good about next week, I really do,” said Biffle after the race in fifth place in the All-Star race. “Let’s good run for sure.”
And Kenseth, who finished sixth in the race on Sunday in a car, driven 169 laps earlier this season in a win at Texas. He knows what the final 100 miles is the key to winning the race and is happy to use strategy to be in it at the end.
“I really want to be at least in the top 15 throughout the race, especially at the beginning to ensure that there is no road or if you have a problem of going too far,” said Kenseth. “There have been times I felt very good, and then there are moments when he fought, but the 600 is probably my favorite event of the season.”
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