State of the Teams ’11: Roush Fenway Racing

Jay Busbee
From the Marbles

As we draw within sight of the Chase, let's take a look back at how the season has gone so far for NASCAR's top teams. We continue with Roush Fenway Racing, perhaps the sport's biggest can-they-or-can't-they question mark.

Drivers: Carl Edwards (currently 1st in points), Matt Kenseth (currently 5th), Greg Biffle (currently 13th), David Ragan (currently 16th).

Wins: 4 (Edwards @ Vegas, Kenseth @ Texas and Dover, Ragan @ Daytona II)

Overall accolades: 4 wins, 5 poles, 21 top-5s, 36 top-10s, 5 DNFs

High point: Having one of your drivers at the top of the standings for most of the season could be considered a season-long high point, but really, you've got to hand it to David Ragan for his performance at Daytona in July. Coming back to the legendary track for the first time since his final-restart miscue at the Daytona 500 that may have cost him the race, Ragan managed to pull off a win and cool the "on-the-hot-seat" talk that's dogged him for most of the last few years. Perhaps he's not just keeping Trevor Bayne's seat warm after all.

Low point: Yet to come. Sure, Biffle hasn't performed up to expectations, but other than that, it's been a fine year so far for Roush Fenway. Edwards is leading in the points, Kenseth is a dark-horse championship contender, and Ragan has exceeded all expectations. But if Edwards decides to jump teams, that'll be a low point for RFR not just now, but for years to come.

Outlook for the Chase and beyond: Edwards is the odds-on favorite for the championship at this moment, though Jimmie Johnson has closed that gap. Kenseth is a lock to get in by virtue of his two wins (more than he had during his championship year, you may recall). Biffle has work to do; a single win would put him in contention, but he hasn't run at winning speeds in months. Ragan is a solid choice for the wild card, though he'll need to be aware of others jumping up to snag his spot from his hands.

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The Chrome Horn Podcast: Matt Kenseth
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