Originally created 04/09/06

Ford enjoying great success in Texas



FORT WORTH, Texas - While no driver has won more than one Nextel Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, car owner Jack Roush has been to Victory Lane five times.

The 1.5-mile track might not favor a single driver, but it certainly seems to like Fords. Seven of the 10 races have been won by cars sporting the blue oval logo.

"More and more I give Mark Martin more credit for what we are and what we can do," Roush said. "He's really good at tracks like these and over time, as I tried to help him win, we've maximized certain things on our cars that help us at the mile-and-a-half tracks. Mark's got his fingerprints over everything we do."

Including a Texas trophy.

Martin, Jeff Burton, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth all have won races at Texas for Roush. Elliott Sadler and Dale Jarrett have also won in a Ford. With three of the top six qualifiers for today's Samsung/RadioShack 500, Ford's got a good chance to extend its success.

"You can run real fast here," Kenseth said. "Over the years the groove has widened out. Last year I saw Carl (Edwards) win the race in the fall running way up on top, so that was really good. Any one track you go to where there's more than one groove you can definitely put on a good race and have a lot of passes."

TOUGH AT THE TOP: Tony Stewart said owning a track comes with as much headache as satisfaction.

Stewart owns Eldora Speedway in Rossville, Ohio, a half-mile dirt track. Even after getting sponsorship from Crown Royal for The Kings Royal spint-car race July 15, Stewart said things aren't easier.

"The first night, the women's restroom in the pits stopped up," Stewart said. "So, the first night I realized it was a lot more than just turning on the lights, opening the gates, selling tickets, hot dogs and the race goes fine. I have been there this week working on catchfence design. We are getting ready to expand the restrooms on the grandstand side. It is a big project to double the size to handle the capacity."

THE LATE SHOW: Stewart won the International Race of Champions late Friday at Texas.

Stewart was forced to start at the rear of the field because he skipped mandatory practice for the all-star race, but he worked his way to the front to lead four times for 16 laps.

The series pits drivers from NASCAR, IRL, Grand American Road Racing, Busch, Craftsman Truck and World of Outlaws series against one another in four races.