HOMESTEAD, Fla – When Kurt Busch won the 2004 Cup Series championship, it was the second straight not just for Roush/Fenway Racing but for Ford’s as well. It looked then like the blue ovals may be the next superior manufacturer in NASCAR.
In the decade of the 1990s, the bowties had won eight championships in a nine year span. But, from the close of the decade (1999) through the mid 2000’s (2004), Ford had started to take over.
In the six years between 1999 and 2004, Ford had won three championships. Chevy had just one. Pontiac had the other two.
Unfortunately for Ford, it’s been all Chevy since.
Chevrolet won the Cup Series title in literally seven straight years after that including nine of the next 10 overall. Ford’s next championship didn’t come until last year even.
That’s right, Ford went 13 years without a Cup championship in NASCAR. Now, they’re looking for their second straight on Sunday.