Ford facing questions after lackluster 2006

It could be a long, slow fade, but Ford owners and drivers feel confident they can right the ship. David Newton breaks down the teams' 2007 outlook.

Updated: February 7, 2007, 9:30 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

Mark Martin -- gone.

Dale Jarrett -- gone.

Elliott Sadler, Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and Jeff Burton -- all gone.

Ford Racing has lost marquee Nextel Cup drivers to other manufacturers as fast as the mother company has laid off employees over the past few years. Top sponsors UPS and National Guard also have bolted.

The manufacturer that in 2002 had seven drivers finish in the top 10 in points had only two this past season in Matt Kenseth and Martin. Only four ...

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