By admin | June 1, 2008
By Richard Allen
When a race team wins the pole, dominates ¾ of the race and places three cars in the Top 5 they would have to leave the track in a good mood, wouldn’t they?
In the case of Roush Fenway Racing after the Best Buy 400 in Dover that was not quite the situation. Problem was, they dominated the wrong ¾ of the race.
RFR driver Greg Biffle started from the pole position and looked invincible during the first half of the event. However, his car began to fade. But not to worry for RFR, Carl Edwards was there to pick up where Biffle left off. And, teammate Matt Kenseth was lurking in the Top 5 as well.
Unfortunately for the Ford team, there was a wild card in the mix. Kyle Busch, whose worst finish over the last five races has been a 3rd place, including three wins was waiting in the wings for any slip up by the RFR teams. It would be he who would ultimately slay “The Monster Mile”.
Biffle’s car lost pace as he experienced handling troubles and electrical issues. Edwards fell back after the final pit stop sequence and was unable to gain ground over the race’s last 70 miles.
Runner up finisher Edwards admitted in a post race interview that his smile was a forced one. He was not entirely pleased with his 2nd place.
Biffle seemed in a bit of disbelief that his car, which had been so dominate early, had fallen to third place at the checkered flag.
Even Kenseth, who has not had a Kenseth like season thus far, admitted there was some degree of disappointment in not winning despite the fact that he felt as though his team is heading in the right direction.
As for Busch, it was business as usual for the Toyota driver. Another race, another win for Joe Gibbs Racing.
For Roush Fenway Racing it was a great day and a disappointing day at the same time. But later this week, after further evaluation, they will probably realize that it was not so bad after all.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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