The 2006 rendition of the Auto Club 500 at California was comparable to watching a tape of a NASCAR race held in 2005. The ingredients are simple- you have all five Roush Racing drivers, mix in a little Tony Stewart here and a sprinkle of Jimmie Johnson there, and BOOM, you have a NASCAR race at a 1.5 mile or 2 mile speedway.
It’s pretty much like how the old cliché goes, ‘the more things change, the more things stay the same’! Unless you’re a hardcore fan of Roush Racing, it can become rather tedious to watch races held at tracks such as California, Las Vegas, Atlanta, and Texas as the racing itself is hackneyed and has the potential to put you to sleep.
Now tell me if this doesn’t sound like a typical field rundown at a race held at one of the afore mentioned venues– In the lead is Greg Biffle by 7.02 seconds, running second is Matt Kenseth, running third is Mark Martin, running fourth is Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart currently sits fifth, while Jamie McMurray sits in sixth, followed by Jimmie Johnson in seventh. And poor Dodge, they usually average about one top ten a race at one of those types of tracks.
Last Sunday’s race was no exception as Greg Biffle totally spanked the field of forty-three drivers right from the drop of the green flag, all the way until he blew an engine on lap 230 forcing him to retire from the event and hand over the spanking privileges to his teammate Matt Kenseth, who eventually won the race. Throughout the event, Mark Martin, Carl Edwards, and Jamie McMurray spent most of the race hanging around the top seven. Even before the race began, FOX commentator Darrell Waltrip stated that Greg Biffle had the ability to stink up the show. Well, ole DW was right on the money.
Basically, the point is that Roush Racing continues to dominate on the racetrack, which has his rivals scratching their heads, wondering how one organization can comprise five exceptional teams on the tracks where horsepower is so imperative. What makes it even more mind-boggling is the fact that Roush Racing’s Ford counterpart Robert Yates Racing, which at one time was considered a powerhouse organization, has struggled to find that magic while running the same engine package as Roush Racing.
While the sport of NASCAR continued to escalate, and deeper pockets and resources became prevalent, Roush grew along with the sport, unlike Yates who has fielded a two-team operation since 1996. And nowadays, a two-team operation is almost equivalent to a single-car outfit.
Unless another team steps it up, we might as well get ready for another season filled with Roush Racing celebrations, especially at the afore mentioned racetracks.
Is there any team in NASCAR that has the potential to surpass Roush Racing?
Joe Gibbs Racing- We all know that Tony Stewart can run with the Roush boys, but J.J. Yeley was among the top ten for most of the race and Denny Hamlin has already showcased his potential.