Roush - Ford interview 2009-09-22

This Week in Ford Racing: September 22, 2009 Jack Roush, owner of five Roush Fenway Ford Fusions, is trying to secure his third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship this season with either Carl Edwards or Greg Biffle. Both drivers are in the...

This Week in Ford Racing:
September 22, 2009

Jack Roush, owner of five Roush Fenway Ford Fusions, is trying to secure his third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship this season with either Carl Edwards or Greg Biffle. Both drivers are in the 12-man Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with Biffle currently sitting ninth, 92 points behind leader Mark Martin, and Edwards 11th by 113 points. Roush spoke about heading to Dover, a place where Biffle is the defending race winner.

WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS SEEING GREG, CARL AND MATT KENSETH BATTLING DOWN THE STRETCH AT DOVER LAST YEAR? "I have greater apprehension today than I did at Dover nearly a year ago. After the Dover race we went to Talladega and, of course, Carl ran into Greg and collected Matt and our championship hopes were certainly dealt a death blow on that occasion. I thought at Dover when I watched them dicing and changing the lead that they were skilled enough and that they were Teflon-coated, but I saw differently at Talladega. So I'll have greater apprehension when they're in that kind of proximity if that happens to occur this year at the front, which I hope that it will."

HOW HAS THIS SEASON BEEN FOR YOU PERSONALLY? "We've tried a lot of things throughout the bulk of the season to find an edge and find something that would be better than we had last year and, by and large, we have not had the level of success in finding new things that were different and better that we had last year, but that's to be expected as this car becomes more and more refined and the rules stay more and more in place. Everybody, sooner or later, figures out what has been the cutting-edge secrets that a few teams have had and the other teams have caught us for the things that we knew last year that were holding us in good stead. We just need to find one little thing and we've got a short list of things that we're still going to be exploring with our seven-poster and on the few track tests we're going to have between now and the close of the season. We certainly are going to settle down and operate in a narrow band of known truths as it relates to setup parameters and I've got great hopes."

DO YOU VIEW YOURSELF AS AN UNDERDOG WHEN COMPARED TO HENDRICK AND SOME OF THE OTHERS? "Compared to where Hendrick is, I think he is certainly the heat this year, but I think based on the way things have gone for us generally that we're the match of anybody else, and I look forward to proving that in the chase."

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE TRACK BREAKDOWN IN THE CHASE? "The mile-and-a- half track had been our specialty in the past and recently we've obviously done very well at the restricted tracks, so our weakness has been the short tracks. Of course, last year we started the chase by winning at Loudon, but we'll certainly feel more vulnerable at short tracks than we do at the mile-and-a-half tracks or even at Talladega, which remains."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Greg Biffle , Carl Edwards , Jack Roush , Mark Martin