Hampton, GA – Last week, I wrote how Fords were the class of the field at Daytona. They had 1-2 in the Daytona 500 and three cars finish in the top four last weekend. Then, on Saturday, I wrote how these cars could be the ones to watch in Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 in Atlanta too.
Today, they didn’t disappoint.
Kevin Harvick was by far the class of the field leading a race-high 293 of the 325 laps on Sunday from the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway. If not for a late race pit road speeding penalty, he would have easily won. As much as he stole the show, Fords as a whole were the top manufacturer again on Sunday in Atlanta.
They’d lead all but 12 laps as a whole this afternoon.
Brad Keselowski would win though while his Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish sixth. Mix in Kurt Busch coming home seventh and you’d see three Fords come home in the top seven finishing spots.
Throw in both Roush/Fenway Racing cars in Trevor Bayne (12th) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (13th) and there were seven Fords in the top 13 final positions.
Those seven were the mainstays on the lead lap all afternoon long, as 12-14 cars were it as far as cars on the lead lap. For them to lead nearly every lap today, it shows that Fords have figured something out this past offseason. They’re going to be a huge threat to win this year’s Cup championship.
SHR is also showing the chance they took from switching from Chevrolet power to Ford in the offseason is paying off. Busch, won the Daytona 500 and now Harvick dominating in Atlanta today.
They’re 2-for-2 to start 2017.
It’s one thing to be strong at Daytona, it’s another to be this strong on 1.5-mile tracks.