NASCAR At Kansas: Who Is The Top Dog In Roush Fenway Racing Hierarchy?

If you were to create a hierarchy of the Roush Fenway Racing teams, who would you place at the top?

Would it be the guy who last year lost the championship on a tiebreaker? If so, make sure to note that in his last 40 races, this driver is winless, currently resides 11th in the standings and has led a total of zero laps in 2012.

Option No. 2 is a former series champion who opened the year by winning the Daytona 500 and is second overall in points, just 19 points out of the championship lead. Would you pick him?

Or would you go with the driver behind Door No. 3, who is coming off a win last Saturday in Texas and enters this weekend's race at Kansas as the championship leader?

If you selected Driver No. 1, you picked Carl Edwards. If you went with No. 2, you're favoring Matt Kenseth. Option No. 3, of course, is Greg Biffle.

So what do the drivers themselves say about who should be regarded as the top man in the Roush camp?

"I still think (Edwards) is the number one team at Roush," Biffle said Friday at Kansas Speedway. "I'm the underdog."

Biffle's observation about Edwards being the alpha dog is a valid one.

After all, Edwards entered the year as one the of the title favorites and not only has become face of the entire RFR organization, but Ford Racing as a whole.

When told of Biffle's remarks Friday, Edwards laughed off the suggestion and quickly pointed out the obvious.

"Right now, Greg and the 16 team is (the top team) because they're leading the points and winning races," Edwards said.

Edwards then went on to explain that whoever may be number one now may not be later and in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really matter.

"I don't think in terms of who is the number one team," Edwards said. "I don't think Jack (Roush) thinks that way. I feel that Greg and Matt have had a huge part in building this team, so that guys like myself are able to come in and have success. Greg has my respect. His team has my respect, just like everybody in the garage right now, so as to who is 'the number one team,' stay tuned. That could change at any moment, I guess, but I don't think like that."

And what about the only man among the three drivers in question to have a Sprint Cup trophy on his mantle?

Well, neither Biffle nor Edwards had much to say about the 2003 Sprint Cup champion. This in all likelihood suits Kenseth just fine, considering his low-key demeanor.

What Edwards is most concerned about is finding a way to match the performance of the guys who are sitting first and second in points. Biffle and Kenseth's early season success is a challenge to Edwards to up his game and match their accomplishments.

"I think we all get motivated by someone doing well, but especially when it's someone that's got the same equipment as you and the same resources," Edwards said. "It shows us and gives us confidence that our 99 team has no excuses.

"We need to be up there in the points where those guys are and I believe we will be."

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