Ford still lacks muscle, Daytona a cure?

LOUDON, NH - JUNE 27: Kasey Kahne blows his engine of the  Budweiser Ford during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 27, 2010 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images for NASCAR)Despite the up talk that Ford’s teams said they had figured out their problems during the Michigan race weekend the results at New Hampshire aren’t exactly the same story.

At Infineon it wasn’t so much about what was under the hood as who was in the car. Kasey Kahne who won last year at Infineon came home third in that race and Greg Biffle managed a seventh.

Those numbers could be thrown out. We were going back to ovals this past weekend and the names of Edwards and Kenseth figured to join them. Well none of that quite worked out. Kasey Kahne who was running one of the two FR-9 engines in the event saw his day go up in smoke after leading a good portion early and and the duo of Kenseth and Edwards found themselves fighting amongst the lapped cars rather early.

Maybe no one should be surprised that A.J. Allmendinger was the highest finishing Ford in 10th. Equally depressing for fans of the blue oval was that the next Ford’s in line were Greg Biffle (16th) and Matt Kenseth (17th).

Normally Ford and Daytona aren’t exactly the best mixture but considering Biffle (3rd), Kenseth (8th), and Edwards (9th) all scored top-10’s in February’s race maybe it’s welcomed medicine.

Since Kenseth’s race shortened winning of the Daytona 500 last year there has been only one trip to victory lane for the automaker. That happened to be the following week at California.

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