by Matt Mercer, Special To NASCAR commentary and driver pictures, 2012 NASCAR schedule, video, Bench Racing With Steve and Charlie
I'm the former blogger of The Catfish Show NASCAR Blog and a contributor to On Pit Row. Follow me on Twitter: @mattmercerAugust 13, 2008 1:44 pm UTC 1 Comment
It’s no secret that Roush-Fenway Racing has traditionally been pretty good at Michigan International Speedway. The Michigan races, after all, are in the shadow of Detroit and the “big three” manufacturers – and each one wants the bragging rights at the race closest to the city. That goes double for the Fords of Roush, as Roush is from Livonia, Michigan and Roush’s other companies are based in Livonia. Using the past 8 races at the track, it’s clear the drivers and teams have gotten the message: a Roush Ford has to run up front at Michigan. Since the August race in 2004 through the June race in 2008, Roush has won half the races at the track with 3 different drivers in Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, and Matt Kenseth. Hold on, though… it gets better (for Roush).
In the August ’04 race, Roush accomplished a feat not seen often: all 5 cars finished in the top 10. The finishing order went like this:
Edwards (in his first Cup race, no less)
In the June ’05 race, Biffle won once again, with 4 Roush cars in the top 5:
In three other races, Roush cars took at least 3 spots inside of the top 10, twice putting 4 cars inside. This most recently happened in June of this year with Kenseth, Edwards, David Ragan, and Jamie McMurray.
In racing, they say some tracks are just made for a certain car. At Michigan, Fords have done pretty well, especially Roush Fords. This year, they’ll need to do well once again at Michigan, as Biffle, Kenseth, and Ragan are all fighting to secure spots inside of the top 12 by Richmond.
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