"I've said all along that the road to victory is paved with second- and third-place finishes, and we've had plenty of those the last five weeks. We knew we were getting better. We could see it, and we had to be running good enough to be in position to win. ... Everyone has played a part of getting us here by working together to make the program better. It has truly been a [united] Ford effort at the root of it all, but there's a lot of Jack Roush's spirit behind it all, as well." (Continued)
It was the first win for Roush's organization in a car using the "new" FR9 engine -- the motor that was unveiled by Roush himself at a news conference way back in January 2009 but one that his teams dared not use with any regularity until only recently.
Upon its initial unveiling, Roush touted it as the engine of the future for his teams. But he also admitted then and repeatedly as time progressed that the old Ford engine was durable and reliable and was going to be just fine for the time being, which eventually became much longer of a time frame than even he envisioned.
Now the engine and the rest of the Ford racing package at Roush Fenway appears to be bearing fruit at just the right time. Despite the lack of wins this season, Biffle heads into the final five-race stretch prior to the Chase as one of three drivers whose paychecks are signed by Roush who remain in the all-important top 12 in the point standings.