Media outlets have been reporting for years that car owner Jack Roush has no love when it comes to Toyota. In 2007, Roush declared war on the manufacturer using phrases like “handing them their heads.” In 2012, Roush called Toyota the “dark side” when speaking about the departure of Matt Kenseth to Joe Gibbs Racing. These were strong words for the driver who brought Roush the first of two consecutive titles and the final Winston Cup awarded.
Was the switch to Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota what Kenseth needed? In his last five years (2008-2012) with Roush Fenway, Kenseth earned seven victories, three coming in his final season with the team. Since the transition to JGR, Kenseth has fared extremely well finding victory lane seven times, all in the first season with the manufacturer. The No. 20
This season Kenseth's former teammate, Carl Edwards, joins him on the "dark side" after 12 years in the Roush Fenway stable. Though Roush
In his final five seasons (2010-2014) at RFR, Edwards had seven victories and
The question on everyone's mind is: Will Edwards have early success in his first season with Joe Gibbs Racing like Kenseth? Or will it take time to build a solid relationship between driver and crew?
Where does this leave Roush Fenway Racing? Greg Biffle returns to pilot the No. 16 Ford alongside 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The 2011 Daytona 500 winner, Trevor Bayne joins the lineup where he'll compete in his first full Sprint Cup Series season with hopes of taking home Rookie of the Year honors in November.
Will RFR return to the glory days of old? Or will Carl Edwards and the "dark side" be handing them their heads?