It should come to no surprise that the Ford drivers were strong so far this weekend at the Michigan International Speedway. Ford as a whole has won eight of the first 14 races (57%) to the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. They’ve also led 54-percent of the overall laps too with leading 2,420 out of the 4,462 possible circuits. So, when we head to a horsepower track like the 2-mile track in Michigan, it shouldn’t come to a shock whatsoever that Ford drivers have been leading the charge thus far.
In the opening practice session of the weekend on Friday, Ford took eight of the top 10 spots on the speed chart. All eight were among the Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske camps.
Ryan Blaney topped the speed charts in that session with a speed of 202.617 mph in his No. 12 Ford. His two teammates of Brad Keselowski (201.867 mph) and Joey Logano (199.978 mph) were third and 10th respectively. Their fourth member in an alliance with the Wood Brothers in Paul Menard was eighth in session one with a speed of 200.312 mph in his No. 21 Ford.
Kevin Harvick led the charge for the SHR foursome with a top lap of 201.478 mph in his No. 4 Ford. He has five runner-up finishes since 2013 in Michigan and has been among the top drivers not just on the season, but at Michigan too.
Kurt Busch (200.630 mph), Clint Bowyer (200.568 mph) and Aric Almirola (200.128 mph) were sixth, seventh and ninth respectively themselves.
In qualifying, they dominated again. They took the front row and six of the top seven starting spots for Sunday’s race. Furthermore, they had eight cars make it to the final round of the three round session. Penske had Keselowski (2nd) and Logano (5th) in the top five while Blaney rolls off ninth. SHR had first (Busch), fourth (Harvick), sixth (Almirola) and 12th (Bowyer).