Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Michigan Again Proves To Be House Of Roush

For the 5th time in the last 9 races at Michigan, a Roush car entered victory lane. This time it was Carl Edwards, who looks every bit as tough as Kyle Busch entering the Chase. Edwards also swept the weekend, taking home Nationwide honors and looking to make a sweeping comeback and ruin Clint Bowyer's year. Getting back to the Sprint Cup side, it's fun as a Roush fan to watch Michigan - a better than average chance of watching a win.

Edwards dominated the day, but it was also a big day for fellow Roush drivers David Ragan, Greg Biffle, and Matt Kenseth. The three drivers took positions 3-4-5 and improved their Chase chances thanks to DNF finishes from Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, and Kasey Kahne. For Ragan in particular, he is the unquestioned underdog in the fight to Richmond. It would be quite the story for him to make the top 12, a year after getting thrown into the fire and taking the criticism, learning the hard way, and stand on the stage as one of the top 12 drivers in the sport. As of now he stands on the outside, but one breakthrough win at California or Richmond could be enough.

Biffle and Kenseth don't look like championship contenders right now, but their performances Sunday did a lot to solidify their standing to at least have a shot at the title. Biffle has been a tad more consistent than Kenseth, who I still maintain is adjusting to having a new voice in his helmet. Chip Bolin has proven himself worthy of the promotion... it just has taken more time than I or most others expected. Only Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson have made every Chase since its inception and I don't expect that to change.

Heading into Bristol, Kenseth and Edwards are the last 2 drivers to have won the August race. Kenseth did so in 2005 and 2006, Edwards last season. I would expect both to be in contention Saturday night along with the usual suspects.

Finally, much like Jack himself Sunday, I didn't mention that other guy... will he be in the 5th car next season? Or will it be surprise?

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