By admin | August 7, 2010
By Richard Allen
Ford Motor Company had not had one of its cars to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup race since October of 2009 until last week when Greg Biffle put the brand in victory lane at Pocono. So far in Watkins Glen, the â€˜Blue Ovalâ€™ has continued to keep up the momentum.
Biffle started the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen weekend off on a good note during Fridayâ€™s practice session as he posted the fastest time.
Apparently the other Ford teams learned a lot from Biffle and his crew. â€œWe went and talked to Greg Erwin(Biffleâ€™s crew chief) and Greg Biffle and they helped us,â€ fellow Ford driver Carl Edwards said.
The advice taken from Erwin and Biffle obviously paid off for Edwards. In Saturdayâ€™s pole position qualifying session he put his Aflac Ford Fusion on the pole by posting a lap of 70.88 seconds around the western New York road course.
â€œI would have been a lot more conservative if I had known how good that lap was,â€ Edwards said, speaking of a slight bobble off the final turn of his run, in a post qualifying interview.
Edwards will be joined by fellow Ford drivers A.J. Allmendinger(4th) and Biffle(7th) in the top-10 of the starting grid.
So, can Edwards, or even one of the other Ford drivers, give their manufacturer a second win in a row on Sunday? In Edwardsâ€™ mind he is already a winner.
â€œI feel like I won the race with that lap,â€ said the driver who has won road course races on the Nationwide Series.
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Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.
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