NASCAR Notes: Roush Fenway Drivers Aim To Sprint Past Hendrick in Texas

Sandra MacWattersCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2017

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Roush Fenway Racing has 99 top-10 finishes and intends to make it 100 in the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. They also plan to steal a win from those pesky Hendrick drivers so capable of finishing in position No. 1.

Roush Fenway has won 39 percent of NASCAR Sprint Cup wins at TMS, and every effort will be made this weekend to increase that percentage.

Hendrick Motorsports will be going for the gold during the Samsung Mobile 500. Points leader Jimmie Johnson is expected to once again add to his win column.

Jeff Gordon is on a march to overtake Johnson as the frustration of near wins drives him to get it right this weekend.

The spoiler may be a factor at this intermediate track. Another problem is getting the cars to handle coming out of the turns. Both issues could be game-changers for all teams.

A loose-handling car might favor Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his driving style at this fast track.

Mark Martin, currently 13th in the points standings, should pose a threat as a top contender for HMS.

Currently Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, and Carl Edwards are second, third, and eighth in points, respectively. David Ragan ranks lowest of the team members, in 28th position.

Kenseth appears to be in stealth mode as he pilots his Crown Royal Ford under the guidance of Todd Parrott.

He may be the best hope of pulling off a win for Roush Fenway Racing at Texas Motor Speedway.

His record at that track shows one win, seven top-five, and 10 top-10 finishes for an average of 9.3.

Biffle has one NASCAR Sprint Cup win at TMS. His average finish there is 20.9. The "Biff" was one of six drivers along with Kenseth to score top-10 finishes in both races at Texas Motor Speedway last year.

Edwards made a large positive move in the point standings at Phoenix. He has three wins at TMS with an average finish of 16.0.

Edwards has proven his talent on intermediate tracks with 14 wins. Though he claims he is ready to do back-flips again, it does not seem likely he will contend for a win. He has certainly improved under the guidance of crew chief Bob Osborne, but his consistency is still questionable.

Ragan continues to bring up the rear at Roush Fenway Racing as he remains in 28th place in the points.

Only a fluke ending with the green-white-checker policy could allow Ragan a top finish in his UPS Ford.

The loan interloper driving a Toyota is Kyle Busch, who could pose a serious threat to the plans of RFR and HMS.

The Chevrolet drivers, Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer from Richard Childress Racing, will attempt to upset the contest between the "Roushketeers" and the Hendrick posse. They are fourth and sixth in points, respectively.

Though they will race hard, a win for either RCR driver may only be accidental. Harvick should have a top-five finish.

Stewart-Haas drivers Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman will round out the drivers hot on the trail of Jimmie and Jeff.

The Ford and Chevy battle will unfold at Texas Motor Speedway with the Roush Fenway drivers prepared to take down the Hendrick driver who leads the charge.