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Ford drivers still looking for 1st win of season

Sunday, May 9, 2010 | 9:06 p.m. CDT

 DARLINGTON, S.C. — It's hard to accurately assess just where Roush-Fenway Racing is as the organization heads after Saturday night's race at Darlington Raceway.

The team does have three of its four drivers ranked inside the top 12 of the Sprint Cup Series standings. But Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards are stuck in long losing streaks that has Ford Motor Co. lagging behind the other three manufacturers in NASCAR.

Of the four manufacturers, Ford is the only carmaker without a victory in NASCAR's top three series this season.

"I didn't realize we were winless in all three series," Edwards said Friday. "That is pretty unbelievable, but that's good that it's an unbelievable stat because it shows you how good Ford has been."

This season has been OK in spots: Matt Kenseth leaves Darlington ranked fifth in the standings, while teammate Greg Biffle is seventh and Edwards is 11th. Combined, the trio has 18 top-10 finishes.

But Biffle is in a 54-race winless streak, Edwards hasn't won in 46 events and Kenseth's slump is now at 44.

"We all know we haven't won and none of our teammates have won," Biffle said. "We're trying to get better and better. And we're searching here. I think a lot of our teams here are a little bit different. Different setup, different this, different that, different front geometries. We're all kind of all over the map. We're hoping somebody hits on something."

Edwards thought he was there last weekend at Richmond, where his two laps led were his first out front all season.

"That's not good," he said. "We've got to be better than that."

And he thought he was better after he and crew chief Bob Osborne teamed for a season-best, fifth-place finish that could lead to better results for RFR moving forward.

"I think the next Ford was 12th or 13th, so if Bob and I hadn't hit what we hit on, that would have been another pretty bad run for us," he said. "What we're trying to do is have everybody go out there with something, take the best thing, and then everybody go to that and move on, so we've been working really well as a team."

Biffle, though, is frustrated with how slow it's taking to start collecting wins.

"I kind of personally felt like we would have a win by now," Biffle said. "We finished up the season really good and we started off good, and I thought we could get one of these. I'm not 100 percent happy because I don't have any wins. If I had two wins and was fifth in points, I'd be feeling a lot better."

 


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