Roush Drivers Ready for Michigan
By: Ricky Hamber on June 13, 2012 | 3:35 P.M. EST
Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards each have two career wins at Michigan. (Photo: Getty Images)
Roush Fenway Racing is heading to its most successful track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS).
The two-mile oval is considered team owner Jack Roush’s "home track" since it is only an hour-long drive from Roush Industries in Livonia, Mich. The organization holds multiple Sprint Cup team track records with 11 wins, 51 top fives and 89 top 10s. Roush drivers have combined to lead over 2,200 laps at Michigan.
Greg Biffle finally lost the top spot in the point standings last weekend at Pocono, but the lead remained with the organization as teammate Matt Kenseth took over. Both drivers, along with Carl Edwards, look to be contenders again this weekend as they each have two career wins at MIS.
Kenseth’s victories came in 2002 and 2006, but he's also recorded 11 top fives and 16 top 10s in 25 races there. Starting second in last season’s August event, he led 15 laps and finished 10th.
“Michigan is one of my favorite tracks throughout the season,” Kenseth said. “It’s really important to have a good-handling car since it’s a big sweeping track. We participated in the tire test there in April and saw some pretty quick lap times. There was a ton of grip and I assume it would be a little faster as the track gets dusted off and rubbered in, so speeds should pick up a bit.”
Biffle, who currently sits third in the standings, won back-to-back events in 2004 and 2005 and has earned seven top fives and 10 top 10s in 18 career races at the speedway. In last season’s August event, he started from the pole and led 86 laps but suffered grip issues later in the race and finished 20th.
“I’m looking forward to Michigan,” Biffle said. “It’s one of my favorite tracks and we’ve run really, really well there in the past. It’s another track that’s been repaved, so we’ll have another whole day of testing this week to get our cars going good for the weekend.”
Edwards reached Victory Lane in 2007 and 2008, along with accumulating nine top fives and 12 top 10s in 15 starts. In the June event last season, Edwards started 23rd but made his way to the front to lead 30 laps and ended the day in fifth.
Edwards sits 11th in the standings, but his 8.2 average finishing position at MIS is the best among active drivers. Kenseth is second on that list with a 9.5 average finish and Biffle sixth with a 12.8.
All three teams will get a chance to test the new pavement on Thursday, as the first test session runs from 8-11 a.m. and the second session from 1-4 p.m. (ET). There are also two practice sessions on Friday before qualifying gets underway Saturday at 1:10 p.m.
Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" - will have live coverage of Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 starting at 12 p.m. The 200-lap event will be streamed live online at www.motorracingnetwork.com.