Greetings Roush Fenway Racing fans from your 2008 Fan of the Year!
"Well, it's already that time of year in NASCAR when we roll through a few weeks of short track racing. This is one of my favorite times of the year, as the Roush boys go short track racin' at Bristol and Martinsville. It's a nice interlude between the superspeedway and restrictor plate tracks where a majority of the racing takes place in a season. What I like about these tracks is that you usually don't have to worry about much "aero" stuff when the cars are beating and banging, making the racing a lot more exciting, in my opinion. Brakes come into play more than the big tracks, and the drivers' reaction time has to be really sharpened, as anything can erupt in front of them at any given time. Of course, a good handling car can make life a bit easier for the drivers and crews. At a place like Bristol, where the banking is high and the speeds are fast for a half-mile race track, it's easy to get caught up in someone else's mess. Let's hope the Roush Fenway drivers can avoid those situations this weekend.
"Our drivers usually do well at Bristol. Matt, Greg, and Carl have all gone to victory lane at this track in the past, and there's no reason to think that any of those three, or Jamie or David can't find the winner's circle this weekend. I like RFR's chances this weekend! This is a track where anything can happen, especially in the waning laps of the race. Just ask Carl and Kyle Busch (remember last year?). With that being said, I predict a successful weekend at Bristol for the Roush Fenway drivers (as long as they don't get collected in someone else's wreck).
"One of my students, Collin (pictured above), wanted to make his prediction for the weekend, and he says, 'I think 'The Biff' (Greg Biffle) will win at Bristol because he has a heart for racing hard, and he never gives up if he's in first or last place. Plus, he likes dogs just like me!' My prediction is that Carl Edwards will find victory lane this weekend. He has had success at Bristol in the past, and he is due for his first win of the 2009 season. What better place than Bristol for the #99 team to get that first victory of the year!
"Good luck to all the Roush Fenway Racing teams this weekend!"