Disappointing Day for Ford Teams at Martinsville


Sunday’s STP 500 Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway began with so much promise featuring Ford driver Joey Logano starting on the pole. Unfortunately, the day ended in disappointment with only Brad Keselowski posting a top 10 finish for the Fusion drivers, finishing in fifth place. Keselowski ran in the top fiveMartinsville Nascar Racefor most of the final 150 laps until fading as the laps wound down. A late caution flag allowed Keselowski to pit for tires, putting on four fresh Goodyear’s proved a good decision as he was able to fight back for the top five finish.Joey Logano started on the pole but only led 21 laps before falling out of the top 20. Logano, unable to find the speed he displayed in qualifying, slowly improved his position despite having a beat up race car. He crossed the finish line in 11th with the bumper of his Ford Fusion flipping up onto the hood of his car. Logano admitted to having to rely on his spotter to navigate the tight half-mile oval during the final laps of the 500-mile event.Poor finishes by Ricky Stenhouse Jr (32nd) and Petty Enterprises driver Aric Almirola dropped both Ford drivers out of playoff position. Richard Petty’s number 43 carried the familiar paint scheme of race sponsor STP but finished dead last falling out before the halfway point of the race with engine failure.   With the return from the west coast swing to the more familiar confines of traditional southern racing roots, a full field of 40 drivers took the green flag for only the second time this season.Next week is the first night points race of the season as the circuit visits Texas Motor Speedway turning on the lights for a Saturday night shoot-out in the Duck Commander 500.