By admin | April 14, 2012
By Richard Allen
After the dust settles at the Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday nightâ€™s Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup race, donâ€™t be surprised if a Ford is parked in victory lane. That particular brand has fared very well on this 1.5 mile track throughout the facilityâ€™s relatively brief history. In all, the â€˜Blue Ovalsâ€™ have won ten times in 23 chances with Roush Fenway Racing claiming eight of those checkered flags.
Matt Kenseth put his Ford in victory lane at this very race last season and he will start on the outside of the front row when the field takes the green flag on Saturday night for 500 miles of action on one of the fastest tracks currently used by NASCAR. The Wisconsin native has won here twice previously, both in Fords. He also has ten top-5s and thirteen top-10s in nineteen career Sprint Cup starts here.
Current Sprint Cup Series points leader Greg Biffle will start his Ford from the 3rd spot on the grid. He won here in 2005 and has amassed a total of nine top-10 finishes on this track, including seven in a row since 2008.
Another RFR driver, Carl Edwards, will begin Saturdayâ€™s event from the 20th starting position. He has won at TMS three times and has compiled six top-10s over his career here. His last two finishes on this track were a 3rd and a 2nd respectively.
Marcos Ambrose will start his Richard Petty Motorsports Ford from the 7th spot. The Australian driverâ€™s three most recent finishes on this track are a 12th, 6th and 11th. His RPM teammate, Aric Almirola, will roll off the grid from the 23rd starting spot.
Another potential front runner for Ford on Saturday night will be 2011 Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne. The Knoxville, Tennessee native has shown strength here so far this week as he was fastest overall in one of the Sprint Cup practice sessions. This will be his fourth start here. Oddly enough, the driver of the Wood Brothers Racing famous #21 car has finished 17th in each of his previous outings here.
Roush Fenway Racing driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. started the manufacturer’s weekend off on the right foot when he won Friday’s Nationwide Series event at TMS.
At the end of the night in Texas on Saturday, it could very well be a Ford team(in particular Greg Biffle)Â wearing the celebratory cowboy hats in victory lane at the Texas Motor Speedway. The manufacturer has had plenty of experience getting to that sought after piece of real estate.
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