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 ‘Blue Oval’ 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 Friday’s practice session as he posted the fastest time.
Apparently the other Ford teams learned a lot from Biffle and his crew. “We went and talked to Greg Erwin(Biffle’s crew chief) and Greg Biffle and they helped us,” fellow Ford driver Carl Edwards said.
The advice taken from Erwin and Biffle obviously paid off for Edwards. In Saturday’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.
“I would have been a lot more conservative if I had known how good that lap was,” 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 Edwards’ mind he is already a winner.
“I feel like I won the race with that lap,” 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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