Did you notice who won the two All Star Race Showdown qualifiers this past Saturday? Greg Biffle and Trevor Bayne. Who won the All Star Race? Joey Logano. What do these three drivers have in common? All three race Fords.
Ford is making a comeback, a strong comeback. Team Penske has ben carrying the torch for the Blue Oval since making the switch after Dodge left the Series a few years back. Joey and Brad have won multiple races and Joey may have been the Cup champion last year if he hadn’t had it taken away from him in Martinsville.
Roush Fenway, who at one time was the king of the 1.5 mile tracks, has disappeared over the last several years but now are making a comeback. Now don’t get me wrong, they haven’t exactly been contending for wins but they are at least in the mix. Stenhouse and Bayne are 18th and 19th in the standings and Biffle, while 24th, is running much better.
Lets not forget that Ryan Blaney is running a Ford for the Wood brothers this year as well and may be the most exciting Blue Oval driver, at least the best story, this year. He is currently inside the chase grid at 15th giving Ford three drivers in the top 16.
Next year, as is well known by now, Stewart Haas Racing will make the move to Ford. Harvick and Kurt Busch are locks every year for the chase and don’t be surprised to see Clint Bowyer right up there once he gets to SHR. I think at least one RFR driver makes the chase this season and probably two next season. So what does all of this mean. If my math is correct there will be maybe 4 Ford chase drivers this season and next season there could be as many as 7!
This is a huge turn around for the Ford Motor Company. Ford has clearly made a concentrated effort to strengthen their spot in the sport. RFR’s stronger showing, I would have to bet, is directly linked to more support from the manufacturer. Look no further than the fact that they acquired SHR to know they mean business.
I love it and you should too. Chevy has dominated the sport for years and now with Toyota and Ford stepping up their game it will mean better racing and competition.
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