BUSCH: Atlanta: Roush Racing pre-race notes

Roush Racing Fast Facts - Mark Martin is currently 10th in the Nextel Cup point standings, 136 points behind first. Martin has currently been inside the top-10 for 15 straight weeks, dating back to September of last season. - This will...

Roush Racing Fast Facts

- Mark Martin is currently 10th in the Nextel Cup point standings, 136 points behind first. Martin has currently been inside the top-10 for 15 straight weeks, dating back to September of last season.

- This will be Martin's 39th-career Cup start at Atlanta, where the veteran has posted 18 top-10 finishes, 10 top fives and two wins. Martin ran his first career Cup race at Atlanta just one day shy of 23 years to the date of this Sunday's race on March 21, 1982, finishing second. He returned there that spring and drove to a top 10. He finished second at AMS last fall, his first top-10 finish at the track since back-to-back top-10's there in 2002.

- Martin has already notched three wins on the "Salute Tour" with all three having had significance in the record books. Martin's 12th career win in the IROC race at Daytona set a record for wins in the series. Both of his Busch wins this season have extended his record for wins in that series, which now stands at 47.

- While Greg Biffle has two top-10 finishes under his belt in the Nextel Cup Series at Atlanta, he also has four top-five finishes, two poles and a win in four NASCAR Busch Series starts at the 1.54-mile oval.

- The No. 17 Trex Decking & Railing Ford Taurus will make its debut this weekend in Atlanta. Usually seen in the yellow and black DEWALT colors, Matt Kenseth will be driving the black and gray entry for the Cup race on Sunday.

- In his 10 starts at Atlanta in the Cup series, Matt Kenseth has two top-five and five top-10 finishes.

- Matt Kenseth won the last Busch race in Atlanta October 30, 2004.

- With his third consecutive top-three finish at Last Vegas last weekend, Kurt Busch remains in the top 10 in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competition for the 38th consecutive race week, currently the second-longest streak behind Tony Stewart.

- Busch has finished sixth or better in 11 of his last 13 starts (with 12 top-10 finishes) dating back to his win at Loudon on Sept. 19, 2004.

- Busch's third career NEXTEL Cup Series victory came at Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 27, 2002. Busch started eighth in the rain-shortened event, and led 84 laps en route to his third victory of the season. The win at the 1.54 mile quad-oval was his first Cup victory on a superspeedway.

- Carl Edwards had his best NEXTEL Cup start and finish to date last season at Atlanta Motor Speedway when he started fourth and finished third in the No. 99 World Financial Group Ford in Atlanta. Edwards also lead his first laps as a NEXTEL Cup driver at the superspeedway last fall leading a total of 15 laps.

- In 2005 Edwards has finished all three races in the top-15. This effort has been good enough to keep him in the top-five in the NEXTEL Cup point standings heading into Atlanta. Edwards currently sits fifth.

- The No. 99 team tested one day for this event on March 8 and unofficially posted the fourth quickest time.

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Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra® Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-118 (led 227 laps and finished second at AMS last fall)

Mark Martin on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "We sure are excited about going back to Atlanta. Boy you talk about having fun, now we are talking about going to Atlanta. That's a real race track with real racing. It's a big, fast race track. The pavement has gotten a little older and it has finally given up and made it a really fun place to race. From top-to-bottom, it's one of the best places that we go to race. It usually makes for a great show and a great race.

"We had a great race there in the fall. We led a lot of laps and really let a win get away there, so we are excited about going there this weekend."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "We can't wait to get down there. It's one of Mark's best tracks and we really had the place figured out last fall. Hopefully we can go back there have another strong run and this time seal the deal with a win. We have two wins in the Busch car, but we want really bad to put that No. 6 Viagra Ford into victory lane and I can't think of a better place to do that than Atlanta on this Sunday."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-195

Greg Biffle on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "The National Guard car should be good this weekend in Atlanta. The car we're taking tested well in the wind tunnel and it has the new body style that we've had success with this season. I always look forward to Atlanta and racing at that track. We've run well there, especially in the Busch cars. It's important for us to get a good run there this weekend and keep the momentum going. We've got a solid start this season and if we don't make any mistakes, we'll be there at the end."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "We're taking chassis 195, which is a car that we raced last season but put a new body on for this year. We decided to take it to Atlanta because it showed pretty good numbers in the wind tunnel for balance. We've gotten off to a pretty good start this season. The team has really come together and we haven't had any mechanical failures or big wrecks either, so that helps. If we can get these first five races under our belts and establish a solid foundation for the season, we may be able to stay in there for the Chase."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Trex Decking & Railing Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser

Matt Kenseth on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "Although I don't have a great record at Atlanta, it is a track that I enjoy and I'm looking forward to this weekend. The team is pumped up after we finally broke our streak of bad finishes by posting our first top-ten finish of the season in Las Vegas. I won the Busch race here last fall, so I'm also looking forward to running the Waste Management car on Saturday."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "Our cars have been running well this year, we've just had one thing or another go wrong until Las Vegas. We hope to use our solid finish there to build momentum for this team and carry that to Atlanta, where we've had inconsistent finishes in the past."

Kurt Busch
Team: No. 97 Sharpie Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #62 (finished third at Fontana three weeks ago)

Kurt Busch on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "Atlanta is a high-speed racetrack, and with these new tires it will be interesting to see how much our set-up is going to have to change. I like these high-banked tracks. We've won here before, but had a motor failure last time, so I'm looking forward to going back and doing some three-wide racing."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "Atlanta is the fastest race track we go to, but its one of those tracks where Kurt has won before, so we feel good about our driver this week."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Scotts Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis Number: RK-270 (finished third at Atlanta in 2004)

Carl Edwards on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "I'm really excited to go to Atlanta. Last year we had a great run in the World Financial Group Ford and this year we are hoping to improve on that in the No. 99 Scotts Ford. The Scotts team tested there a week or so ago and we learned quite a bit. We were pretty fast in race trim and overall I think Bob and the team were happy with the test. I'm really looking forward to racing there this weekend, I really think we have a good car and a great team so I think our chances of winning are pretty good."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "We tested there a week ago and had a really good car. We are taking the same car we finished third with in the fall so I'm feeling pretty good about our chances this upcoming weekend with the Scotts Ford. Carl's been doing a great job so far not just this year but overall and I think we'll see victory lane sometime this year. We're really excited to be in the top-five in points and our goal is really to win a race or two and be in the chase at the end. Right now we're headed in the right direction so I'm pretty happy with everything."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Waste Management Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Cully Barraclough

Kenseth on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "Although I don't have a great record at Atlanta, it is a track that I enjoy and I'm looking forward to this weekend. The team is pumped up after we finally broke our streak of bad finishes by posting our first top-ten finish of the season in Las Vegas. I won the Busch race here last fall, so I'm also looking forward to running the Waste Management car on Saturday."

Crew Chief Cully Barraclough on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "The No. 17 won here last fall, so that's a great place for our team to build upon. We tested here last week and hope that what we learned will propel us toward a top-ten finish this weekend."

NBS:

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 Charter Communications Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Brad Parrott
Chassis: JR-80

Carl Edwards on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "Las Vegas was a lot like Mexico. Everything was going really well and then a little bad luck. The whole crew did a spectacular job. We rebounded from a flat tire and still finished seventh. It was a dynamic recovery, but leading up to that point it was neat to have a dominating car that ran that well. It really felt good and this has really boosted the team's confidence going into Atlanta. We are all going into Atlanta with a little bounce in our step and hopefully come out of there with the victory we lost Saturday in Vegas."

Crew Chief Brad Parrott on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "We are really excited about going to Atlanta. Carl tested his Cup car there along with the No. 17 Busch car. We took that information and combined it with Carl's Cup run and Biffle's Busch run from last year and are making the No. 60 Charter car strong. Carl's coming off another good week-very excited about Atlanta. Carl likes to run against the wall, that's his kind of track. The whole team is very excited about the rest of the year."

NCTS:

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 50 World Financial Group Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Monsam
Chassis: #36 (finished fourth at Fontana two weeks ago)

Todd Kluever on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "I'm excited about racing at Atlanta. We tested there at the end of January for two days so at least I have some experience there. I also tested my ASA car there last year, although I ended up not running the race for financial reasons. The first time I went out during the truck test and made a few laps, I needed to catch my breath after I came in the garage because it's a very fast track. It probably won't seem as fast once you get out there with the other trucks during the race. If you are running 80 mph down the highway, not that I do that, but if all the other cars are running the same speed it doesn't seem like you are going that fast. You don't get a sense of speed when everyone around you is going just as fast. That seemed to be the case at Daytona and California, so I figure it will hold true at Atlanta as well."

Crew Chief John Monsam on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "We've been looking forward to Atlanta ever since we left California. We had a good test there earlier this year, and we're taking the same truck that ran really well in California. I think Todd should have a great run there. It's a pretty fast place, but Todd is up for the challenge."

Ricky Craven
Team: No. 99 Superchips Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: #37 (finished third at Fontana two weeks ago)

Ricky Craven on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "Atlanta in the last five years has become one of my favorite tracks because it's driver friendly and offers several options. The bottom will be the fast way around in qualifying, and as the race unfolds the middle groove will become an option as early as the green flag. The high groove will be an option late in the run as the bottom loses grip. The middle and top will offer more speed. The drivers that can adjust to that change and go to the top when they need to will be rewarded."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "We were really pleased with how this truck performed at California a few weeks ago so we decided to run it again at Atlanta this week. We had a good test there in early February and learned a few things that I think will help us in the race."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Ricky Craven , Carl Edwards , Todd Kluever , Doug Richert , Mark Martin