Speeds climbed at Michigan Speedway Friday but the Fords didn't keep up. Not only is the Jack Roush team struggling, but only Penske Racing's Brad Keselowski (8th) and Petty Racing's Marcos Ambrose (9th) cracked the top 16.
A total of 21 drivers clocked speeds above 200 MPH. Chevrolet had the fastest seven, led by Kasey Kahne at 203.33 MPH. In fact Chevy SS's grabbed 14 of the 20 fastest practice times.
Denny Hamlin (13th) and Brian Vickers (15th) were the fastest Toyotas, so it wasn't just The Blue Oval lagging behind the Bowtie. But Michigan Speedway used to belong to Jack Roush - figuratively anyway. It was a Ford track in fact. But this is not looking like a big weekend for smiling Jack.
Practice isn't the same thing as qualifying, or the race. Cool temperatures bode well for a new track record on NASCAR's fastest track. But Hendrick Motorsports may sweep the front of the field, which might just make this a Chevy track.
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