Roush Fades at Bristol
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
It took a long look at the box score from Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Bristol before a Roush Fenway Racing driver’s named popped into view. No, Bristol was not a Roush kind of place last weekend.
Driver David Ragan, who finished 27th for Roush, succinctly summed things up for the team when he said, “It was just a real long day.”
Carl Edwards had the best finish for the team, but that finish, 15th, was far from a good finish.
No other driver from the team was in the top 25 when the day ended.
And one Roush driver with hopes for making a run at the 2009 championship, Greg Biffle, was 39th. It was a finished which dropped him from 10th to 18th in the standings.
Biffle’s problem was a blown engine, something which you just don’t expect at the Bristol short track.
“We were running along and I think we were 11th, but we had a top 10 sewn up, I think, easy, and may have even had a better car than that,” Biffle said. “I was kind of riding around waiting to get to the end. You’ve got to get to the end before you can race. I had a couple of close calls, but the car was running good and the guys were doing a great job. It’s just so disappointing.”
But other Roush drivers just suffered from bad luck and slow cars.
“Obviously it was a bad day,” Matt Kenseth, who finished 33rd and three laps off the pace, said. “We ran like junk in the beginning and then some of those guys got track position and we were buried in the back. I got loose and hit the wall a little bit, but Kyle Busch’s right-front looked worse than mine, so I can’t believe that hurt it too bad. We just missed it by about four miles all day.”
The fifth Roush driver, Jamie McMurray finished 37th, 12 laps back. With that finish, McMurray dropped 10 spots in the standings, all the way down to 28th.
Edwards dropped just one spot, from fourth to fifth in the standings. But Kenseth fell from fifth to 10th, and Ragan, 21st to 26th.