BUSCH: Fontana: Roush Racing preview

Roush Racing Fast Facts * Mark Martin has posted five top-10 and three top-five finishes in 11 races at California Speedway. * Martin has led a total of 267 laps at California Speedway. * Martin finished 10th in the inaugural California...

Roush Racing Fast Facts

* Mark Martin has posted five top-10 and three top-five finishes in 11 races at California Speedway.

* Martin has led a total of 267 laps at California Speedway.

* 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 a year ago in his only Busch run there.

* Martin will pull double duty this weekend at California, running in Friday's Craftsman Truck race.

* Greg Biffle is currently 30th in the point standing but is only 75 points out of first and 24 points out of 10th.

* In addition to Biffle's Cup win at California, he also has a pair of Busch series wins at the 2-mile oval.

* The National Guard Ford Fusion will feature a special Jackson Hewitt paint scheme this weekend.

* Matt Kenseth and Robbie Reiser have posted three career wins at California Speedway, all in the Busch Series while running for Reiser Enterprises.

* Kenseth has led in six of his eight career Cup races at Fontana for a total of 206 laps.

* For his career, including Busch and Cup, Kenseth has completed 3351 of 3354 laps at California Speedway, or 99.9%.

* Kenseth's finish of 26th at Fontana last year in the spring race was his worst finish ever at California Speedway.

* Kenseth has finished in the top-10, three of the last five Cup races at California Speedway.

* In Jaime McMurray's five Cup starts at the California Speedway, he has three top-five's and four top-ten finishes.

* McMurray will be running car number 72 this weekend in California. This car was raced for the first time in the season finale last year in Homestead with Kenny Wallace behind the wheel. The No. 26 team took this car to the Las Vegas test three weeks ago with good results - McMurray had the fastest car on the second day of the three-day test.

* Carl Edwards has never finished outside the top-ten in any of his NASCAR starts at California Speedway. Edwards has finished sixth or better in his three Nextel Cup starts.

* Edwards' average start at California is 13, his average finish is 5.0.

* Edwards' FIRST Nextel Cup pole award came at California Speedway in September of 2005

* Edwards has the highest average finish (5.0) at California Speedway of all drivers.

* Carl will be making an appearance on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Wednesday, Feb. 22nd. The show will air on Thursday, Feb. 23rd at 12:35am

* Danny O'Quinn Jr. started out his NASCAR Busch Series campaign with a nice top-10 starting position at Daytona International Speedway and a clean 18th place finish.

* Although O'Quinn Jr. has never raced at the California Speedway, he has a top-10 finish on a similar 2-mile race track. O'Quinn Jr. posted an 8th place finish in the ARCA Re/Max Series at the Michigan International Speedway last year while driving in a developmental deal with Roush Racing.

* This will be O'Quinn Jr.'s first trip to the west side of the United States, as he has never raced on the west coast before.

* This will be Mark Martin's fifth career Craftsman Truck Series Race.

* Martin has finished in the top 10 in each of his Truck starts, including a wins at North Wilkesboro and Daytona.

* Martin is scheduled to run seven Craftsman Truck races in 2006, before moving into the series full-time in 2007.

NEXTEL CUP

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-315 (Homestead '05, Kansas win, Oct. '05) & RK-221 (backup)

Martin on racing at California Speedway:
"After two weeks at Daytona, I for one can't wait to get on the track at California. I'm ready to get to a track where things are a little more in control of the driver and Fontana is really my kind of track. It suits my driving style and we've been pretty good there in the last couple of years. I'm looking forward to getting that AAA Ford Fusion on that type of track and seeing what we can do.

"We had a good Daytona and we were able to get through it without tearing our car up or taking a huge hit in the points, and now I'm really excited about the part of the schedule that we have coming up, with Fontana, Las Vegas and Atlanta, because they are all tracks that we as a team excel. I've always looked forward to this part of the schedule and hopefully we can have some more exciting racing and maybe pick up another win."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at California Speedway:
"I know that Mark really likes going to these next few tracks, because they are all places where he has had a lot of success in the past and we've been strong the last few seasons as well. We had a really good car at Daytona, and now it's our task to give Mark the kind of cars that he can win with at the next couple of tracks, because there is no question he can win this weekend if we do our job."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-239 (Homestead win, '05)

Biffle on racing at California Speedway:
"I really enjoy the west coast races and the fans out there. I've had some success at California Speedway and I hope to continue that this weekend. We got ourselves into a little bit of a hole in Daytona but I have no doubt that this team will turn it around this weekend. We're taking a car that's already been to victory lane and we think it's going to perform even better this season."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at California Speedway:
"We're taking the same car that we won with at Homestead at the end of last season. We've re-bodied it with the new Fusion body and have decided to take it this weekend because it has always been good on the intermediate tracks. We're a little behind after our finish in Daytona but I expect us to get right back on track in California. Our finishes at superspeedways are certainly not a good reflection of what this team is capable of doing."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-323 (Has tested before, but never ran) RK-150 (Won Vegas twice, last ran at Indy '05 finished fourth)

Kenseth on racing at California Speedway:
"To be honest with you, I think everyone looks forward to Fontana because it puts the race back into the team's hands. You spend so much time and energy preparing for Daytona then you spend almost two weeks racing there. The frustrating part of Daytona is that there's so much that happens there that is out of your control. But Fontana is more like the racing we'll be doing for most of the season, so it's nice to get out there and have more control of your destiny than at Daytona or any restrictor-plate track. We feel good about where this race program is right now, and everyone on the DEWALT team is anxious to get out there and prove it."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at California Speedway:
"We've had pretty good success at Fontana. Not quite as good as we'd like to have in the Cup Series but we've had a few runs where we were competing for the win. It's a two-mile, down-force track where we'll carry a lot of speed through the turns. It's so important at Fontana to be good on long runs, because we'll be sure to have a few. If you can still get the car to turn good about halfway through a run, you can really pick up a lot of positions on the back end of a green-flag run. The primary car we're bringing here has never raced before but it has tested and we think it will be a good one."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal/IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig

McMurray on racing at California Speedway:
"It's good to have Daytona behind us. I was very pleased with the way our cars ran while we were there. We obviously didn't get the finish that we were looking for, but the speed was definitely there. We had a good test in Las Vegas a few weeks ago so I feel confident about our intermediate program right now going in to California. Hopefully, we can come out with a strong finish and move up in the standings."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at California Speedway:
"We're looking forward to racing out in California this weekend. The car that we're taking out there we tested in Vegas a few weeks ago and it was pretty fast. Jamie has had some good finishes in Fontana so I know he can get around this track."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis Number: RK-281

Edwards on racing at California Speedway:
"California is going to be great, I love racing there. It's a big, fast, slick race track. It's a lot of fun. We have great cars and great engines. I think we are fortunate this is the next race considering our position, you know, our finishing position at Daytona. I was just telling Bob (No. 99 Crew Chief) I hope we can pick up a couple of spots in the points standings. I don't think we can fall much further back, so I think it's going to be fun race in California."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at California Speedway:
"Well, after last week's race the No. 99 Office Depot team is looking forward to getting back to actual racetracks where the driver and team can essentially make changes to the racecar that will influence its performance throughout the entire race, at least handling wise. We defiantly have to have a good showing in Fontana and I expect that we will. Our intermediate program is fairly strong. The team is looking to come out of there with a top-10 and continue to look forward to the next race."

BUSCH SERIES

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-217 -- former Kenseth car with new body and clip

Todd Kluever on racing at California Speedway:
"I'm really looking forward to getting to California and doing some real racing. We still have to qualify based on our time there too, but at least at California it has more to do with the driver. At Daytona you just hold your foot to the floor and hope for the best.

"We've got a pretty good Fusion for the California race. It's one of Matt's (Kenseth) old Busch cars and we put a new body and clip on it. We tested it at Vegas earlier this month and found some pretty good speed on the second day of the test. I really like racing at California and we had a great run out there in the truck last year. I got my first top-five finish in the truck there last year so I'd be happy to get my first top five in the Busch car there too."

Mike Kelley on racing at California Speedway:
"We've got some great momentum going into California. It's a big relief to have Daytona behind us and to come out of there with at top-10 finish. It's always nice to start the season with a good run, especially with a new team. Now that we can start some real racing I think we'll really have a lot of fun."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 AmeriQuest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue

Greg Biffle on racing at California Speedway:
"I just love California Speedway. I have always run great there. Edwards and I both won there last year. After our finish in Daytona I absolutely know that we need to get back into Victory Lane. It will be great to get back to a 2-mile track where I feel very confident."

Crew Chief Eddie Pardue on racing at California Speedway:
"The Ameriquest Team is really looking forward to going to California this weekend for a number of reasons. We are coming off some bad luck at Daytona, so we are looking to capitalize on Greg's great record there. We feel like we are going back to California with a better and stronger racecar. We look forward to repeating Greg's success from 2004 and 2005. California is one of Greg's best tracks as far as finishes. We are looking to do the job we know we can do and that is to win races."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Pennzoil Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Chad Norris
Chassis: RK-346

Matt Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at California Speedway:
"Fontana is a great place for my first Busch Series race of 2006. The track is fun to drive. There is plenty of room so you can really move your car around to find the groove that suits you the best. We've won races at Fontana in the past and, obviously, that would be a great way to start off our 2006 season in the Busch Series."

Crew Chief Chad Norris on racing at California Speedway:
"The #17 crew has been busy building brand new cars for Matt to go out and win races. A good run at Fontana and Vegas would be awesome. This season we are taking it to the next level of performance. We are very optimistic going into these first few races and Matt is really pumped up! We are ready to lay it all on the line!"

Danny O'Quinn, Jr.
Team: No. 50 Transamerica Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK-140

O'Quinn on racing at California Speedway:
"Fontana is a lot like Michigan speedway. I ran one of my first ARCA races at Michigan Speedway last year and ran really well there, it's a track I really enjoyed. From what I've seen and talked to everybody, that's (Michigan Speedway) probably the closest thing to compare Fontana to. I'm really looking forward to going there and I think it will be a good race for us."

"Our goals are still to qualify in the show and hopefully come out of there with a top-10 or top-15 finish. The Roush Fords normally run well there so I think that we have a really good race car and we're really excited after Daytona."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at California Speedway:
"Fontana is a big, wide, fast track. You need good down force and a lot of horsepower to be successful. Danny has raced at Michigan in an ARCA car, and it is very similar to California."

"We are bringing the car we tested at Vegas to California. We have a feel for that car since we tested it so we feel comfortable it will perform well in California."

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 AmeriQuest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuttel
Chassis Number: RK-345

Edwards on racing at California Speedway:
"California is going to be great, I love racing there. It's a big, fast, slick race track. It's a lot of fun. We have great cars and great engines. I think we are fortunate this is the next race considering our position, you know, our finishing position at Daytona. I was just telling P.K. (No. 60 Crew Chief) I hope we can pick up a couple of spots in the points standings. I don't think we can fall much farther back, so I think it's going to be fun race in California. I am totally focused."

Crew Chief Pierre Kuttel on racing at California Speedway:
"Daytona didn't exactly turn out the way we expected, but luckily the season is young and we can pick up momentum by having a good race in California. Carl has seven starts at Fontana and has never finished outside the top 10. As a matter of fact, Carl won the Ameriquest 300 there last year. We are very excited about California and confident about our chances there!"

CRAFTSMAN TRUCK

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Scotts Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: 330 Homestead '05, finished 8th

Martin on the Truck Race at the California Speedway:
"I'm excited about getting back out in that No. 6 Scotts Ford F-150. We just had a blast at Daytona and California is a much better track for me as far as my style of driving, so I can't wait. I can't say enough about the job Mike Beam and the guys on the Scotts Team have done this year and hopefully we can get us another trophy this weekend."

Erik Darnell
Team: No. 99 Roush Racing Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Quinn
Chassis: 41

Erik Darnell on racing at California Speedway:
"I've never run there. I'm looking forward to getting out there. It's similar to Michigan, and we raced there in the ARCA race last year, so I think that will help me a little bit. The Roush trucks ran really well there last year, so I think we can take that experience and learn from it. I feel pretty good heading out there this weekend. We had a great run at Daytona with Woolrich coming on board, and we're talking with them about running a larger program with us in the future. I hope to carry some of the momentum from Daytona out to the west coast. "

Crew Chief John Quinn on racing at California Speedway:
"We're bringing a really good, proven truck. I think we showed at Daytona that we've got great potential to have some strong runs this year. Everyone on this crew has worked extremely hard to make sure that we're getting the best equipment put together, and I think we'll have a good chance to show that out in Fontana."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Kenny Wallace , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , Todd Kluever , Erik Darnell , Doug Richert , Danny O'Quinn , Mike Kelley , Mark Martin