Michigan Can't Come Soon Enough for Ford NASCAR Teams

Clint BryantCorrespondent IIJune 9, 2010

LONG POND, PA - JUNE 05:  Matt Kenseth drives the #17 Crown Royal Ford during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at Pocono Raceway on June 5, 2010 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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For Ford teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, seeing Michigan as the next race is a relief. Ford teams are winless so far in 2010, that includes perennial cup contenders Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth. 

Kenseth has not won since winning back to back races at the beginning of 2009. For Edwards, it has been even longer. After winning a series high nine races in 2008, the Roush Fenway driver has yet to find victory lane since.

Michigan represents a chance for redemption. 

Ford teams have always performed well at the track that is closest to Detroit, home of American automobile manufacturing. 15 of the last 28 races at Michigan have been won by a Ford. This includes a stretch of five straight wins from 1996 to 1998.

This season, however, has rendered no such streaks. While there are three Ford drivers in the top 10 in points, those positions are merely from consistency, not battling for wins. 

Hendrick Motorsports has dominated the sport the last four years, and with the rise of Joe Gibbs Racing and Richard Childress Racing, wins are harder to come by.  Even Dodge, with only three Sprint Cup Series teams, has managed to break into the win column with Kurt Busch.

Will this be the weekend that Ford drivers break out of the funk? Only time will tell, but it has to help morale to be going to a place where the blue oval has experienced so much success.

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Last 25 Races at Michigan and Winner's Manufacturer

08/16/09 - Toyota

06/14/09 - Chevrolet

08/17/08  - Ford

06/15/08 - Chevrolet

08/21/07 - Dodge

06/17/07 - Ford

08/20/06 - Ford

06/18/06 - Dodge

08/21/05 - Dodge

06/19/05 - Ford

08/22/04 - Ford

06/20/04 - Dodge

08/17/03 - Dodge

06/15/03 - Ford

08/18/02 - Ford

06/16/02 - Ford

08/19/01 - Dodge

06/10/01 - Chevrolet

08/20/00 - Ford

06/11/00 - Pontiac

08/22/99 - Pontiac

06/13/99 - Ford

 08/16/98 - Chevrolet

06/14/98 - Ford

08/17/97 - Ford

06/15/97- Ford

08/18/96 - Ford

06/23/96 - Ford

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