BUSCH: Fontana II: Roush Racing preview

Roush Racing Fast Facts - Mark Martin has posted five top-10 and three top-five finishes in 10 races at California Speedway. - Martin has led a total of 263 laps at California Speedway, including 65 laps last fall. - Martin finished...

Roush Racing Fast Facts

- Mark Martin has posted five top-10 and three top-five finishes in 10 races at California Speedway.

- Martin has led a total of 263 laps at California Speedway, including 65 laps last fall.

- Martin finished 10th in the inaugural California race, despite running out of gas late and posting a DNF. Martin rebounded the following year to win the race.

- Martin won the Busch race at Fontana back in the spring in his first and only Busch start there.

- With just two races remaining before the Chase cutoff, Martin remains in fifth; 226 points out of 11th.

- With his 3rd place finish at Bristol, Greg Biffle remains third in the point standings, 224 points behind leader Tony Stewart and 11 points behind second-place contender Jimmie Johnson.

- Biffle secured his position in the Chase for the Nextel Cup when he took the third-place finish at Bristol.

- Biffle led a total of 46 laps before taking the checkered flag .231 seconds ahead of second-place Jimmie Johnson to win the February 27th race at California.

- This weekend the signature National Guard red, white and blue paint scheme returns to the No. 16 Ford but will feature the Charter Communications logo on the hood.

- In his seven Cup starts at the California, Matt Kenseth has two top-five finishes and three top-10's.

- Kenseth will be running chassis number 39 this weekend in Fontana. This is the same car that was dominant in Chicago in July, ultimately finishing in the second position. Most recently, number 39 raced in Michigan to a third-place finish.

- Kenseth is going to Fontana fresh off his first win of the 2005 season at the Bristol Motor Speedway. With his win at Bristol, Kenseth gained an impressive four positions in the Nextel Cup point standings, moving up to 11th-place. He is currently 11 points out of the tenth spot.

- Kurt Busch remains seventh in the NEXTEL Cup standings after his 13th top-10 finish of the season (10th) last week at Bristol. The No. 97 team is now 428 points behind leader Tony Stewart with two races remaining until the beginning of the "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup," with a 194 point margin separating them from 11th.

- Busch picked up his sixth Cup career in Fontana in the April 2003, leading 102 laps on the way to his second win of four wins that year. Busch has finished in the top-three in half of his starts at the track.

- Busch's No. 97 Ford Taurus carries a special red, silver and black paint scheme for the Smirnoff Ice this weekend at Fontana.

- The Smirnoff Ice team brings chassis #65 to Fontana this weekend, the same car Busch took to victory lane in Pocono in July. Busch has four top-10 finishes in chassis #65's five starts dating back to its debut at Homestead in 2004 (fifth at Homestead on 11/21/04 clinching Busch's championship, seventh at Texas on 4/17/05, win at Pocono on 7/24/05, seventh at Michigan on 8/21/05 -- its lone finish outside the top 10 was 12th at Michigan on 6/19/05).

- Carl Edwards has made two NEXTEL Cup starts at California, finishing inside the top 10 both times. Edwards finished fifth there in the spring, his best finish at the track in the No. 99 Ford to date. He also led 33 laps that same race.

- At California, Edwards has an average starting position of 19th while his average finishing position is 5.5. In all four of his starts (two Cup and two truck) he has finished inside the top 10.

- RK-270 has been a staple in the No. 99 stable of cars. It's raced to two wins (Atlanta, Pocono) in 2005. Also in 2005 the car has raced at the first Texas, first Atlanta, All-Star race and both Pocono races. In 2004 the team raced the car at the second Atlanta and Darlington races. To date the car has four top-five and five top-10 finishes in seven starts.

- Edwards moved up one position in the overall point standings to eighth. He sits 561 out of first and 133 points out of seventh. Only 62 points separates eighth place from 12th in the point standings.

NNCS:

Mark Martin

Team: No. 6 Viagra® Ford Taurus

Crew Chief: Pat Tryson

Chassis: RK-314 (finished seventh at Indy)

Martin on racing at California Speedway: "Fontana is my kind of track and that seems to be the type of place where this team excels. We were seventh there in the spring and we'll be looking to build on that this week. We had a really strong run last year in this race and we are excited about going back out there and hopefully we can give our fans out west something to cheer about.

"We've had a tough couple of weeks in the sense that we haven't had the finishes that our cars were capable of bringing home. On the other hand, we've done exactly what we need to do and we are sitting at fifth in the points with just two races remaining before the Chase starts, and that's a whole lot better off than we were a year ago today. This is a really good race team and I'm excited about heading down the stretch run with them."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at California Speedway: "We are excited about getting back out on the track at Fontana. It's one of Mark's better tracks and we've ran really well there the last two times we've been out there. Hopefully we can get a strong finish and lock up our place in the top 10 and then shift our attention to those final 10 races."

Greg Biffle

Team: No. 16 National Guard/Charter Ford Taurus

Crew Chief: Doug Richert

Chassis: RK-239 (won at Michigan in the spring)

Biffle on racing at California Speedway: "I've had a lot of success at California in both the Busch and Cup Series, so it's right up there as one of my favorite tracks. We're taking the car we won with at Michigan and it should be a good car for us at California. I can't say that I'm not looking ahead to the Chase but this weekend we're racing to win in California and that is at the forefront of my thoughts."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at California Speedway: "We're taking the car we ran at both Michigan races this year and won there with it in the spring. We think it will be a good car for California because of the similarities between the two tracks. We'll just go back looking to have the same success we had there in the spring. Being locked into the Chase doesn't really change the way we'll race at all. We've gotten where we are by showing up each week ready to win and that's what we intend to do the rest of the season."

Matt Kenseth

Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus

Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser

Chassis: RK-39 (finished second at Chicagoland this season)

Kenseth on racing at California Speedway: "I'm looking forward to heading back out to California this weekend. We had a good run there early in the year. We ran in the top ten for much of the day until we cut a tire down late in the race. This team really has a lot of momentum right now. We've been running well, posting some good finishes and, of course, are coming off of our first win of the season."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at California Speedway: "Our team is really pumped right now. With our win last weekend, we gained several spots in the points and are still a contender for the Chase. The guys will be really focused this weekend on executing their pit stops. We're bringing our Chicago and Michigan car to California and it's done well for us, so we're looking forward to being competitive again this weekend."

Kurt Busch

Team: No. 97 Smirnoff Ice Ford Taurus

Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig

Chassis: #65 (won at Pocono in July)

Busch on racing at California Speedway: "I always enjoy heading out to the west coast for races. Being from this side of the Mississippi you always want to run well at the west coast venues. This is a track where we were able to pick up a win a couple of years ago, and we ran well here in the spring, so it's a track that we enjoy coming to at this critical point in the season with two races to go sitting seventh in points with the 'Chase' coming up."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at California Speedway: "We need a good finish this weekend in Fontana. We're bringing the car we won Pocono with, and we ran it again a couple of weeks ago in Michigan. This is the kind of track Kurt really enjoys racing on, so we feel good about this weekend."

Carl Edwards

Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Taurus

Crew Chief: Bob Osborne

Chassis Number: RK-270 (won at Atlanta and Pocono)

Edwards on racing at California Speedway: "I'm excited to go to California this weekend. It's a fun track to drive especially this weekend since we start during the day and finish at night. Last year the track got really slick and reminded me a lot of a dirt track which made it fun. I think we have a great car for this weekend and I feel pretty good about our chances of running up front. I think a strong run this weekend could really help our chances of solidifying a spot in the 'Chase'. If we make it that would be awesome but if we don't, there's still 10 races left to win and that's what we'll do. There are a million reasons we shouldn't make the 'Chase' right now but we're going to try our hardest to make it these last two races."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at California Speedway: "I think we are all relieved to make it out of Bristol moving up a position in the points. We've been good at California the last couple times and I feel like we have a pretty good chance to run up front this weekend. We have two races until the 'Chase' so we need to do our very best in order to make it and I think we have a driver and team that are fully capable of that."

NBS:

Carl Edwards

Team: No. 60 Charter Communications Ford Taurus

Crew Chief: Brad Parrott

Chassis: JR-80

Carl Edwards on racing at California Speedway: "I just love California Speedway. I have been on the track five times and have come away with five top-10's. The Charter Team and Greg Biffle swept both races there last year. After our finish in Bristol I absolutely know that we need to get back into Victory Lane. It will be great to get back on to a 2-mile track where I feel very confident."

Crew Chief Brad Parrott on racing at California Speedway: "We took a big hit at Bristol. Luckily we are headed to a track where Carl and I both have had a lot of success. Carl has finished every race at Fontana in the top-ten and the Charter Team pulled off the sweep of both races there in 2004. We will go to California on a mission. That mission is to lead laps and win the race."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Carl Edwards , Doug Richert , Mark Martin