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RPM having immediate success with Ford

By admin | November 12, 2009


By Richard Allen

In 1969 Richard Petty drove a Ford to ten victories on the NASCAR circuit. That was the only season in which ‘The King’ campaigned with a blue oval on the front of his car.

Now, the organization that carries his name is in the process of switching from Dodge to Ford. And in the earliest of stages in regard to that change, the results look promising.

RPM driver Elliott Sadler drove a Ford from the Yates Racing stable to a 9th place finish in Talladega. And to follow that, A.J. Allmendinger took an RPM prepared Ford to a 10th place finish in Texas.

Allmendinger will continue to drive Fords for the remaining two races of 2009 in preparation for the entire organization switching brands in 2010. His Texas finish had to be particularly encouraging for RPM because it took place on a 1.5 mile track the likes of which make up such a large portion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.

Also, that finish was one of only five top-10s for Allmendinger this season. Considering he began the season with a 3rd place finish in the season opening Daytona 500, the lack of top finishes has no doubt been a disappointment after such a promising start. Perhaps the change in manufacturer will provide the impetus for improved performance going forward.

For Sadler, his Talladega finish was only his fifth top-10 of 2009. Like Allmendinger, this one start in a Ford has accounted for 20% of his total top-10 results.

Granted, there is little difference among the different brands of cars competing in NASCAR. Outside the engine compartment, about the only way to distinguish one make from another is the sticker on the front of the car where the grill is supposed to be. But, that change inside the engine compartment might have provided something the RPM cars did not already have.

This organization is in desperate need of something positive happening. Over the past few days they have been in the news for layoffs and seeming instability. Perhaps the change in manufacturers has re-fired the remaining staff. Both of these runs ought to provide a positive mindset going into what promises to be a busy and important off-season for RPM.

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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3 Responses to “RPM having immediate success with Ford”

  1. Charles Says:
    November 13th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    I dont know all the situation between the RPM and Roush-Yates deal!

    But I think Ford should have kept the RPM deal separate from Roush Yates!

    I think RPM has a good engine shop, and at this time a mabe a better chasis program and it might be better for Ford if Roush-Yates had a little competition!
    If they had left them a separate enity !

    Not taking nothing away from Roush -Yates, but instead of a merger, leaving RPM they way they were would probably been better for Ford and they could have kept all the engine employees as well!

  2. Doug Says:
    November 13th, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Ford really needs to pour it on with this deal. Everyone makes comments about Richard Petty being ” The King” etc. etc……..What they never grasp is the impact Petty has on it all. Myself and twenty of my closest friends the one and only reason we stay with NASCAR is because of Richard Petty. We are barely hanging on as it is if Ford blows this deal and “MR THE KING” finally retires then we will be done as fans.

  3. Robbie Says:
    November 14th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Immediate success? Where? Kahne finished 2nd in an RPM Dodge at Dega outdoing Sadler’s ninth and one race at Texas is hardly enough to get excited about.

    Robbie