It has been nearly a decade since a Ford Racing driver finished the NASCAR season with the sport’s biggest prize.
Kurt Busch was the last Ford driver to win the Cup championship when he captured the 2004 title while he was at Roush Racing.
For Busch, that was four teams ago. For Ford, it has been like an eternity.
In a surprising twist, it was a newcomer to the Chase – Joey Logano – who registered the best 2013 season for Ford Racing teams. He finished eighth in the standings and won the August Michigan race from the pole.
Roush Fenway Racing will continue to field three teams this season with Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who won rookie of the year honors in 2013.
Logano, Biffle and Edwards are the only returning Ford drivers to make the Chase last season.
Q&A with Joey Logano
So those key positions are still there and that’s important to kind of build off what we had last year. We ended the season with a good year, and being able to build off of that with the same people and kind of take a step back and look at what everyone’s role is and where we can all do a little better job individually and as a team and try to make a great season out of it.
I feel like we’ve had the opportunity last year to win five to six races. We only capitalized on one, so we can get better at that. I think that’s a big area for us. I think our pit stops, we’re making some changes on the pit crew to make that better. I felt like our cars last year had speed in them. I felt like the mile-and-a-half stuff was probably our best.
We’re excited about this season. We’re very positive about these rule changes, and like I said earlier, I want to take advantage of the opportunity to be the first guy to figure this out.