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Roush drivers close racing catches up with them

By admin | October 6, 2008

By Richard Allen

 

In recent weeks the drivers of Roush Fenway Racing have come on strong. Carl Edwards has been a force throughout the season. Of late, however, he has been joined by teammates Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth.

In Dover, the three of them staged a great race over the last 30 laps on that one mile concrete oval. They raced side by side and on more than one occasion they came in contact with one another. All the while, they managed to race this way without causing each other to crash. They finished 1-2-3 in that race.

In Talladega the story had a different ending. Edwards and Biffle laid back near the rear of the pack for most of the Amp Energy 500. Then, with less than 30 laps to go the two of them raced forward to join their teammate Kenseth, who had run near the front for much of the day.

The RFR drivers raced close together for a few laps. Each bumping the other to boost them toward the front.

On lap 173, they got to the front. Then, their race came to a grinding halt. With Kenseth in the low line pushing leader Tony Stewart, Biffle and Edwards came charging up on the outside lane. Edwards then attempted to give Biffle yet another bump.

Unfortunately, that bump came at the wrong time. Biffle’s Ford turned hard left, right into the path of Kenseth’s car. At that instant, the “Big One” was on. No less than 11 cars, some of them Chase contenders, were swept up in the melee.

The three RFR cars were destroyed and the hopes of another 1-2-3 sweep were destroyed as well.

Roush Fenway’s drivers have gained some measure of respect this season for their willingness to race for wins rather than points. This time, however, their close quarter racing with each other caught up to them.

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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