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Roush Resurgence Continues At Daytona


Greg Biffle scored what many considered a surprise Coors Light Pole Award at Daytona International Speedway on Friday for the following night’s Coke Zero 400. But for the Fords of Roush Racing, it was just the first highlight of what turned out to be a successful Independence Day weekend.

Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr continued the Roush party on Saturday night, claiming top 5 finishes. Bayne came home third while Stenhouse brought his Ford home in fifth position. Even after being involved in an accident, Biffle still managed to finish eighth.

For Bayne, it was his 2nd top 5 and 4th top 10 finish in the first half of the 2016 season. He has also led 34 laps thus far this year. All three totals are at least twice as many as he has accomplished in any of his previous Sprint Cup seasons. For the 2011 Daytona 500 winner, the season has already been a dramatic improvement and it would appear that there may be more to come.

Stenhouse added his 2nd top 5 and 3rd top 10 with his finish on Saturday night. Ricky mentioned that the team has seen remarkable improvement in their superspeedway program. “The Roush Fenway guys worked really hard. And Jack (Roush) has put a lot of confidence in everyone to get our cars better each week. We really have improved on the speedways.”

Biffle has had a decidedly less enjoyable season. The eighth place run was Biffle’s first top 10 finish of the season. He led for only 1 lap but the dominance of Brad Keselowski didn’t really allow for too much more than that. The greater significance is that it was only the 2nd race this year that Biffle has paced the field.

Next up for the Roush Fenway teams is Kentucky Speedway. Bayne, Stenhouse, and Biffle finished 11th, 13th, and 16th respectively last year at the 1.5 mile oval and considering the continued improvement, look for their Fords to better those results in Saturday night’s race.