Dover International Speedway, September 23rd-25th, 2005

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: MBNA RacePoints 400, Sunday 1:00PM

NASCAR Busch Series: Dover 200, Saturday 1:00PM

Roush Racing Fast Facts

- Mark Martin has finished inside the top three in his last three starts at Dover, including a win, a second and a third.

- After his top-10 finish at Loudon, Martin is seventh in the points, 54 points behind first. He is only four points behind fifth and he's 41 points out of eighth.

- This will be Martin's 39th start at Dover, where he has won four times. Three of Martin's wins at Dover came in the fall. The four wins tie for the most ever at the track. Considered one of his favorite tracks on the circuit, Martin has 23 top-10 and 18 top-five finishes there. The 18 top-fives are the most of any driver. In addition, Martin earned his first ever career Busch Series win at Dover in 1987.

- Martin was fast at Dover from the start, running fifth in the Mason-Dixon 500 in his first ever start at the one-mile track on 5/16/82. Martin started the event seventh, the first of his 23 top-10 starts at the track. Martin has four poles at Dover and started in the top 10 in 23 of his first 29 races there.

- With the fourth place finish at New Hampshire, Greg Biffle remains second in the point standings. He currently trails leader Tony Stewart by 20 points.

- In the June race at Dover, Biffle led 150 laps on his way to his fourth victory of the 2005 season.

- In addition to his Nextel Cup Series win at Dover, Biffle also has two Busch Series wins and a second place finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

- This weekend the signature National Guard red, white and blue paint scheme returns to the No. 16 Ford.

- In the Busch Series at Dover, Matt Kenseth has two wins and one pole, in addition to six top-five and seven top-ten finishes.

- In his 13 Cup starts at Dover, Matt Kenseth has finished in the top-ten seven times, with one pole.

- Kenseth's first Cup Series start came at Dover in September, 1998, when substituting for Bill Elliott.

- Kurt Busch and the No. 97 Roush Racing team dropped to 10th in the "Chase" standings after the No. 10 spun Busch on lap three last week in Loudon leading to a 35th-place finish. The defending champion is now 142 behind Tony Stewart with nine races remaining in the "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup."

- Busch's first start in NASCAR's premier series came at Dover International Speedway on Sept. 24, 2000, where he qualified 10th and finished 18th in the No. 97 John Deere Ford Taurus. Busch won the inaugural Craftsman Truck Series race at Dover earlier that same weekend.

- Though Busch has the lowest average finishing position (19.6) of the 10 drivers in the "Chase," he has started 13th or better in his last seven appearances at Dover, a streak that has resulted in three top-10 finishes, including fifth in this race one year ago.

- Carl Edwards has four total starts at Dover International Speedway (two in the Truck Series and two in the NEXTEL Cup Series). His best Truck finish is 14th while his best Cup finish came in the spring race when he finished 16th. In the Cup car Edwards has an average starting position of 11.5 while his average finish is 17th.

- Edwards currently sits ninth in the overall point standings, 109 out of first. With 5,121 points, Edwards sits 59 points out of fifth and just 14 points out of eighth.

- Edwards spent two days in New York with the other "Chase" contenders helping to promote NASCAR and the "Chase". As part of his media, Edwards made a cameo appearance along with Mark Martin on "The Guiding Light". The episode will air on Friday, October 21 on CBS.

- Office Depot will be carried on the No. 99 Ford as the primary sponsor this week. In addition to their $1 million donation, Office Depot has started "Kids of Katrina". Office Depot is trying to raise enough money to build 25,000 backpacks full of school supplies to send to the kids affected by Hurricane Katrina. Carl Edwards has already donated a portion of his Busch Series winnings from his win in California. For more information you can log onto


Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra® Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-314/315 (to be determined)

Martin on racing at Dover International Speedway: "Dover has always been one of my favorite tracks. We've had great success there over the years, including the last three years when we've been up front and a serious contender. The very first time I went to Dover, I loved it from the start. It is definitely in my list of top tracks and there probably is no cooler track to go and race on. I'm looking really forward to getting back up there this weekend and hopefully putting together another strong run. We were pretty happy to get out of Loudon with a seventh. It's one of our weaker tracks in the Chase, and we were able to go there and do what we needed to do. This weekend and Dover couldn't come at a better time. We are looking to put together another strong run there and hopefully we'll be able to leave there in pretty good position in the chase."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Dover International Speedway: "Dover is one of Mark's favorite tracks and it's a pretty special place for this race team. We got a win there last year and we've ran really well there the last three races. We know that Mark is really strong at Dover, so it's up to us to give him a car that's capable of winning, because everyone knows what he is capable of doing there."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-275 (won at Fontana earlier this year)

Biffle on racing at Dover International Speedway: "Dover has always been a pretty good track for me. I had my first Cup win there this June and it was a very special win. We had some soldiers there that weekend from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and one of them had lost his leg fighting for our country in Iraq. I obviously thought about that a lot that day and when we won, it was that much more of an honor to be able to put the National Guard Ford in Victory Lane. This time we're taking the car we won with at California and it should be another good race for us."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Dover International Speedway: " We're taking the car that we won with at California earlier this year. It's a proven performer and we feel it is an even better car than the won we took to victory lane the last time we were in Dover. We'll use all the set-up notes from the June race but we'll have to create a qualifying set up. Qualifying was rained out in the first race this year, so if the weather holds up this time around, it will be the first time qualifying at Dover with the new spoiler package. We just need consistent finishes but we are going with every intention of competing for the win."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-39 (four top-10 finishes in five starts this season)

Kenseth on racing at Dover International Speedway: "I've always said that Dover is one of my favorite tracks. It's particularly special to me because I got my first Cup Series start there back in 1998, subbing for Bill Elliott. We had a good run there in June, and I think we'll be in good shape for this weekend. We kept our positive momentum going at Loudon by finishing in the top-five and the DEWALT crew is on top of their game."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Dover International Speedway: "I think we'll be in good shape for Dover. Matt really likes racing there and although our finishes haven't been consistent due to some crashes we've been involved in over the past couple of years, we generally do run well there. Car number 39 has been good to us this season, especially lately, and we're bringing it to Dover. It should be a good weekend."

Kurt Busch
Team: No. 97 Crown Royal Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #70 (new chassis)

Busch on racing at Dover International Speedway: "When I first started out in the Cup series, Dover was one of my favorite tracks. I made my first Cup start there in 2000 and we qualified well at 10th place, and went on to finish 18th, so it was a solid way to kick off our Cup series efforts. I had won earlier that weekend in the inaugural truck race at Dover, but since then we haven't had the same success there.

It's a track similar to Bristol, almost like a bigger brother to that track being a mile in length at Dover versus a half-mile in Bristol, but our success at Bristol hasn't translated as well to Dover."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Dover International Speedway: "We're bringing a brand-new race car this weekend to Dover, and we're looking for a good finish. Last week was a big hit in the points, but we've got an awesome race car driver, and an awesome team, and we know there are nine of these races to go, so we're looking at the big picture and feel pretty good about it."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Roush Racing Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis Number: RK-272 (raced at Las Vegas and first Fontana)

Edwards on racing at Dover International Speedway: "Handling is really important at Dover. It's pretty much a one groove track so you need to handle well through the center of the corners in order to keep your position. If we can get the No. 99 Office Depot Ford handling well I think we'll be good. In the spring we didn't handle as well as we should have so we were getting passed in the center of the corners and that hurt us a lot. We have one 'Chase' race under our belt and we finished 19th. I think championships are defined by your bad days and if that's a bad day for us, I think we have a chance at the championship."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Dover International Speedway: "We have not run as well as we would have liked the last couple times but we continue to improve and that's encouraging. I think with some fine tuning and more practice, we'll be just fine. Dover is a really unique track. It's different from any other track in that you drop off into the corner whereas at the other tracks you run up a hill into the corners. You have to have a brave driver to be fast at Dover. You have to have a driver that's not worried about how he's going to land when he drives off into the corner and I think we have that kind of driver. If we can score a top 10 at Dover I think we'll be looking good in the point standings, we just need to survive."


Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Waste Management Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Chad Norris
Chassis: JR-50 (finished eighth at Chicago in July, tested Dover in May)

Kenseth on racing at Dover International Speedway: "I've always said that Dover is one of my favorite tracks. It's particularly special to me because I got my first Cup Series start there back in 1998, subbing for Bill Elliott. We had a good run there in June, and I think we'll be in good shape for this weekend. We kept our positive momentum going at Loudon by finishing in the top-five and the DEWALT crew is on top of their game."

Crew Chief Chad Norris on racing at Dover International Speedway: "We started our end of the season stretch with a good finish at Richmond, finishing third. I think we'll be competitive this weekend. We tested at Dover back in May in preparation for the June race and felt really good about our car. We're bringing car number 50, the same one we tested, so we should be strong."

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 CNN/Charter Communications Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Brad Parrott
Chassis: JR-69

Carl Edwards on racing at Dover International Speedway: "I really can't wait to race at Dover on the 'Monster Mile'. We ran really well on the one-mile concrete oval last time, but had an engine problem late in the race that kept us from winning. The CNN/Charter Team is very determined to redeem themselves and put the No. 60 Ford Taurus back into Victory Lane. It's just awesome that we are mathematically still in this championship hunt with only seven races to go. We are well aware of what we need to do and we plan on giving it all we have until the end!"

Crew Chief Brad Parrott on racing at Dover International Speedway: "The Charter Team is proud to run the CNN logo this weekend. We are ready to go back to the 'Monster Mile' after the way we ran there earlier this year. If it wasn't for a motor issue, we were poised to win the race. We've got seven races to go and we are not out of this championship hunt. Our main goal is to win all seven. That's our main objective. We enjoyed this weekend off and are ready to go. The team has worked 16 weekends in a row. It showed what kind of team we have to stay in the hunt like we have. We are just proud of everybody at Charter Communications and Roush Racing for sticking behind this race team."