The Ford camp enjoyed a stellar afternoon in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Led by Joey Logano’s win, Ford drivers took six of the top-10 spots in the second restrictor-plate race of the season.
Team Penske has now won six of the last eight races at Talladega with Logano scoring his third career win at the track.
"The Fords dominated today," Logano said. "I am so proud to be in a Blue Oval with Roush Yates motors under the hood. That is a huge deal. A big part of our victory today."
Busch did his best to try and mount a run to pass Logano in the closing stages but couldn’t find the drafting help he needed. He still finished second for his first top-five of the year and best career Talladega finish.
"It was one of the best Fords I have ever had here and it was fun to race it and lead some laps and be right there but I just didn’t get the job done," Busch said. "The 22 (Logano) out-foxed us and we didn’t get the push from behind to go on offense at the end but a top-five day so I can’t really complain."
Defending race winner Stenhouse Jr., who scored his first career Cup win at Talladega a year ago, couldn’t make it back-to-back wins but was still proud of the effort from the Roush Fenway Racing organization.
"I thought the racing was good," Stenhouse Jr. said. "The cars were super tough to drive. They were sliding around everywhere which was fun. I think that made for a good race throughout the runs and the stages and the different strategies that we had."
David Ragan had his best finish of the year in sixth and had a chance to add another Talladega win to his resume.
"We had a fast car all weekend," said the Front Row Motorsports driver. "We qualified 12th and if it wasn’t for my speeding penalty early I think we could have run in the top-15 all day. Kudos to the Front Row Motorsports guys for assembling this car and the team at the shop and the engine shop and even Roush Fenway Racing who put a lot of effort in. Special thanks to Jimmy Fennig for helping us on this car."