The performance of Roush Fenway Racing was about as eye gouging as you can get in 2015. Nothing was clicking for any of the drivers including veteran leader Greg Biffle. It appeared for awhile that Carl Edwards’ departure may have had an impact, but oddly enough no one seemed to mention it. Some mostly blamed it on the system and technology that was in place, which kept the entire team out of the Chase for the first time ever. Whatever those changes were seem to be helping out one individual so far.
The one leading the charge is not the veteran Biffle, but Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Stenhouse may not have had the success that everyone had expected from a former two time Xfinity Series Champion, but with the changes that were made during the offseason, he may be looking at a breakthrough season. His first five races show him as the top driver so far for RFR.
Out of five races into 2016, Stenhouse is the only RFR driver with top 10 finishes. His best so far is fifth at Fontana before the off week, and currently sits 14th in points and would be in the Chase if it started today. As it comes as a surprise, Biffle is off to the worst start of his career after five races and sits in 27th, but Trevor Bayne is seven spots higher than where he was at this time sitting 20th.
If I didn’t see any better, it looks as if the new changes favor the younger drivers and Stenhouse looks to have started to put it together. Yes the 2016 Sprint Cup season is still young as we look to Martinsville, what’s not skeptical enough is that RFR may be seeing a change in the guard as the season gets deeper. For the time being, it looks like Ricky Stenhouse Jr has the right stuff.
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Bryan Law