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Friday, August 19, 2011

Roush drivers sweep front row in MIS qualifying – Edwards struggles

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- On one hand, it’s not strange that two Roush drivers swept the front row at MIS, and a third will start 7th.

On the other hand, it is strange, because Carl Edwards is not among those three drivers. He, the fourth Roush driver, will start 22nd.

This doesn’t mean he won’t do well in the race, which is often decided by fuel mileage and other issues unrelated to how strong you are on Friday.

But if I were Carl, I’d talk to my teammates and see what they’re doing. After all, he is the one who is supposed to be contending for a title. Bad days won’t cut it at this stage of the game.

Maybe that trip to Montreal isn’t such a good idea Carl? (I’m kidding, sorta, but Billy Johnson is fully capable of running that race if Carl needs to stick around in Michigan to improve things.)

Biffle, whose year hasn’t been the greatest, said he was happy to help Roush sweep the front row.
“I don’t think that could have gone any better. I tell you what. This team has needed it. We have great cars and I can’t say enough for Matt Puccia and this 16 team. They work really hard and I am proud of them,” Biffle said. “I am just so proud of my guys because they have been working so hard. Matt Puccia is a great crew chief and he is really focused on these cars. I can’t wait for Sunday.”

Brad Keselowski will start sixth at his home track, and he outqualified his teammate Kurt Busch by seven positions. Roger Penske, another Michigan fixture is starting to see some success again at the track he formerly owned.

-- Three Cup drivers (Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Mark Martin) will compete in Saturday’s Truck Series race at MIS, which starts at 12:30 p.m.
-- Kyle Busch’s truck will carry the name and picture of 7-year-old Brady Reuter, of Hudson, Michigan, who won the “Riding Shotgun with Kyle Busch Motorsports” essay contest in early August.
-- A concert featuring rock band “Rev Theory” will take place Saturday in Lot 10 after the Truck race on Saturday … previous bands who have performed include Sugarland, Montgomery Gentry, 3 Doors Down, Saving Abel and Sick Puppies
-- Jimmie Johnson still hasn’t won at MIS, in 19 starts … it’s just one of the four tracks he hasn’t won at yet in his successful career.
-- If a Jack Roush wins the race Sunday, he will become the winningest car owner of all time at MIS, breaking his tie with the Wood Brothers. He has won with Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, and Greg Biffle
-- Brad Keselowski Racing’s Truck Series driver Parker Kligerman is a former winner at Michigan, in the ARCA series. Justin Lofton, also in the Truck race, also won an ARCA race at MIS.

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