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LAS VEGAS -- Just when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams were getting comfortable with the wing on the new car, there’s a change back to the tried-and-true spoiler on the horizon.
It will come at Martinsville later this month, which is by no means a huge downforce track, and that is both a blessing and a curse for the teams as they try to get dialed in to yet another spec change.
Carl Edwards is of the opinion that change is good, especially now when Roush Fenway Racing is on a bit of learning curve with the new cars…again.
“The spoiler is coming, and, yes, we’ve only had two races, but California is a pretty good indicator,” Edwards said at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “This one [the Shelby American at LVMS] will be the best. I think when we come out of here, based on California being mediocre at best for us, if we’re not out here with fast cars and leading laps, we’re already buckling down so I don’t know what we’re gonna do.”
Matt Kenseth did well at Las Vegas, finishing fifth and running near the lead all day. Edwards had a so-so day, falling a lap down midway through the race, and Greg Biffle was in and out of the lead pack too before finishing 10th.
Edwards still believes that change is a good thing, especially after watching Hendrick Motorsports lead all but 30 laps of Sunday’s race.
“The things that are different are good for us,” he said. “The more that we can change right now, the better off we’re going to be. At the current rate, we just have not been good enough, so anything that comes along that shakes things up is good for us.”
Kasey Kahne was ninth at LVMS, his first solid finish of 2010. He said that while Ford has been out front of the engine development part of the package, the cars have not yet followed.
“The Ford engine is better, but that’s it,” he said. “We have a lot of people there. You’ve seen how well Roush has run in the past and we’ve run really well at times at RPM, so, hopefully, we can all put it together and figure out how to make some better race cars.”
The spoiler change is coming, and Kahne said Ford is out in front for the switch.
“You’re getting that and that’s something RPM and Roush and that whole combination is working on is the spoiler,” he said. “They’re [the teams] putting a lot into it because that’s what we’re going to run the season on the majority of the year, so I actually look forward to running that because we’ve been putting the time into it and hopefully it’ll be a little better than what we have now.”
Initial reports on the spoiler tests have the balance of the cars staying essentially the same, car to car, and since Hendrick seems to have set the pace with the winged cars, that can only be a good thing for the Ford teams scrambling to put an end to the HMS domination.