Roush Fenway Racing Struggles at Atlanta

Misan AkuyaCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2009

HAMPTON, GA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Crew members for Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Cancer Center Ford, work on the car in the garage after having engine troubles during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on September 6, 2009 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

At Atlanta Roush Fenway cars finished 10th with Greg Biffle, 12th with Matt Kenseth, 28th 2 laps down with Jamie McMurray, David Ragan 33rd 3 laps down, and Carl Edwards with mechanical issues 37th 23 laps down.

Carl Edwards might have been able to win it if he didn't break an oil line which caused him to get his car to garage.  While he remains top 5 in points he now 105 points ahead of 12th, not bad but must be careful going to Richmond.

It was amazing that Biffle and Kenseth even finished in the top 20 much less 10th and 12th.  Kenseth hit the wall early on and was as low as 32nd a lap down.  But they got the free pass, kept working on the car and even went as high as being in the top 5.  A late caution hurt him but he still managed to grab a top 12 run.  But he is only 20 points ahead of Brian Vickers going into Richmond the final race before the chase and is just barely hanging on to his spot.

Greg Biffle ran mostly 22nd to 30th all night long and even got lapped.  But after getting the free pass and with some good pitstops they somehow found track position and were able to steal a 10th place finish.  But he is 69 points ahead of 13th place Brian Vickers in 11th and like Kenseth is just trying to hang on to make the chase.

Jamie McMurray like these 2 fought an ill handling racecar but unlike these 2 was never able to get it better, got 2 laps down and finished 28th.  The Lame duck driver's rough season continues.

As for David Ragan, well what can you expect?

Roush Fenway racing has had a tough season since Las Vegas.  They have 2 wins thanks to Matt Kenseth but other than that the season has been a total disappointment.  Matt Kenseth voiced his frustrations.

"We've run so bad," he said as post-race fireworks shot overhead. "I just want to run good and be back up front where we belong. We have a championship-caliber team as far as personnel. ... We're capable of much better than this. And to be honest with you, more so than the Chase, I'm trying to think how in the world we're going to get this team back to running up front where it should be, leading laps and contending for wins. Because we haven't done that since Fontana."

"Take out the first two weeks, and it's probably the worst we've run since '01. It's starting to get on my nerves," said Kenseth, referring to his second-full time season, when he finished 13th in points and failed to win a race. "... Hopefully, we'll have a good run at Richmond and make it in. If we do, that's great. If we don't run better than we've run here lately, we probably don't deserve to get in. But we'll go there and give it 100 percent effort and hope it turns out OK."

Is this the same Roush Fenway racing that had all 5 of it's cars winning and making the chase in 2005?  Is this the same Roush Fenway that had Carl Edwards win 9 races in 2008?