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The drivers that are part of Roush Fenway Racing will be the first people to tell you that Martinsville Speedway isn’t their strongest track as a company. When being interviewed by the media earlier in the week, the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion driver Greg Biffle admitted that the track known as the “paper clip” intimidated him the most, especially during qualifying efforts. Prior to the race, No. 99 Fastenal Ford Fusion driver Carl Edwards was quoted as saying, “If just one of us had a good run going, we’d have a measuring stick. But, all of us scratch our heads here.”
The Roush Fenway Racing drivers all started the race in the middle of the pack, with No. 17 Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation/Gary Sinise Foundation Ford Fusion driver Matt Kenseth starting 21st, Biffle starting 26th, and Edwards starting 28th.
Despite being a lap down and dealing with handling issues the entire race, Edwards spirits ran high. During the fourth caution, Edwards solemnly told his crew that he thought the transmission broke on the car. After everyone began to panic, especially crew chief Bob Osborne, Edwards called out “April Fools!” Osborne didn’t seem quite as amused as he told Edwards that he was going to give him a heart attack.
Kenseth ran well the entire race, maintaining a top-10 position for most of the race. His car’s handling never seemed to be much of an issue and he handled the car quite well on the track. Biffle maintained a position in the top-15 for most of the race, despite being a lap down at times, with Edwards often right behind him.
Ryan Newman took the checkered flag, for his first win of the year, and Stewart-Haas Racing’s third team win. Kenseth would finish in a respectable 4th place finish, while Edwards would finish 11th, with Biffle not far behind in 13th.
It looks like the Roush Fenway Racing camp will have some new information to take home to North Carolina, in preparation for the next Martinsville race. Despite reservations mentioned earlier, all three drivers finished well and either maintained or increased their points standings.
Heading into Texas Motor Speedway following an off-week for Easter, Biffle will start the Samsung Mobile 500 still in the points lead. He has a six-point lead over Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who is now 2nd in points. Kenseth is in 5th place, twelve points behind Biffle. Edwards remains in 12th, 47 points behind the leader.
From the Roush Fenway Rewind, I would like to wish you a happy week off and a great holiday weekend. See you at Texas!
Top Tweets of the Week:
Greg Biffle (@gbiffle):
(In response to a fan asking if someone won the lottery and wanted to buy a race team, what would they be in for?) “A lot of work!! And a lot of money!”
Matt Kenseth (@mattkenseth):
(Following today’s race): “Great day for team 17 at Martinsville, I’m not mad at anybody, I don’t think anyone is mad at me, and we got a great finish to boot!”
Carl remains #TwitterlessCarl