Roush Struggles at Michigan
By: Jeff Wackerlin - @JWackerlin Twitter and Instagram | MRN.com on June 15, 2014 | 6:30 P.M. EST
Biffle was the top performing Roush Fenway Ford on Sunday, finishing 20th - the last car on the lead lap. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)
BROOKLYN, Mich. – Roush Fenway Racing struggled on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway - their best track on the circuit based on wins - with Greg Biffle scoring the best finish in the Quicken Loans 400 for the team, in 20th.
Biffle came into the race having won two of the last three events and Carl Edwards led all drivers in average finish at the track RFR has posted 13 wins at. But Sunday was a struggle for the organization with the addition of Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finishing 23rd and 27th, respectively. It marked the first time this season that all three drivers finished 20th or worse in one race.
“That was a big struggle,” Edwards said. “It was pretty tough, but we worked hard and didn’t quit. Fortunately, we have a win to get us in the Chase, but we’ve just got to get better as a group. That’s the way it is.”
Team Penske was able to run up front on Sunday with Brad Keselowski giving Ford its best finish, in third.
"I know there's a lot of stuff going on over there," Keselowski said. "It's not really fair for me to really judge anything there because I know just enough to sound like a fool. Their stuff is -- I know they would probably tell you they're not where they want to be, but I would always assume that they have something over there that we don't. I think the '99' team has been one of the strongest on pit road, and that's where we've probably been -- that's probably our weak spot as a team. There's probably something to learn there, so there's always something when you share information, and I know it's really important to Ford, and I'm sure we'll continue to do so, whether they're contending for wins or not."
Biffle is now 15th in points and has failed to finish in the top 15 in the last five races.
"It's been a little bit of a struggle for us this season," Biffle said. "The cars seem to be so sensitive to changes and to having the combination right. And when you start to put in combinations - almost like a phone number - you start mixing those numbers around and trying to figure out the right combination. It becomes very difficult. We've had a hard time chasing that down and getting it exactly how it needs to be - and on top of that we don't know how it needs to be.
"I like challenges and we have a challenge facing us right now. I think both on the competition side in Nationwide and Sprint Cup to get as competitive as the Penske cars are right now. We know we can get to that level because they have sort of the same technical equipment that we do."