Ford NASCAR Sprint Cup Teams Short Track Troubles Continue at Richmond

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In the first ever last lap pass for a win at Richmond International Raceway, Carl Edwards bumped Kyle Bush out of the way and stoleJoey Logano Ford Nascar at Richmondthe checkered flag for his second Sprint Cup win in a row. Joey Logano, again, was the top finishing Ford placing eight. Brad Keselowski in 11th and Greg Biffle in 14th were the only other Ford Fusions in the top 15.  Handling proved to be the key to victory as Edwards chased down Bush over the final laps catching him in turn one after taking the white flag and tapping Bush’s bumper coming out of turn 4 to slide underneath as Bush’s car got loose from the impact. Logano started second based on his practice speed after qualifying was washed out by rain, unfortunately the number 22 Fusion was never a factor through the course of the afternoon.If there was ever any doubt that Team Penske driver’s Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski were head and shoulders above the drivers from the other Ford NASCAR teams, just check the Sprint Cup driver’s standings at the completion of the first quarter of the season. The Captain’s crew holds 2 of the top 16 playoff spots with Roush-Fenway Racing driver’s Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. outside looking in at 18th and 19th respectively. The Wood Brothers with Ryan Blaney sit a respectable 20th, considering the Woods do not hold a NASCAR franchise guaranteed starting spot, they have competed consistently in each of the series’ first nine events.Next week the series returns to superspeedway action with the Geico 500 at Talladega where Joey Logano won the fall race and three Fords finished in the top 10 during last May’s event. It is not too late for Ford drivers to change their luck, maybe it can happen at the track know for unpredictable finishes.

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Steve is the Sports Editor for the Lasco Press and highlights our coverage of NASCAR and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Steve is a nationally published author of automotive related articles for industry trade magazines, a freelance technical writer, and a contributing author to a consortium that provides “how to” articles for eBay Buying Guides. A 25-year resident of Southeast Michigan, Steve’s passion for reporting on our community, it’s residents, and our automotive connections allow us to use his skills to cover a number of events. Steve’s ability to seek out the unique behind the scenes accounts that tell the often-overlooked aspect of a story makes for entertaining reading. Follow Steve on the Lasco Press with weekly NASCAR updates and featured articles.

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