BUSCH: Kansas: Roush Fenway Racing preview

Roush Fenway Racing Kansas Speedway, Sept. 28-30 Kansas City, Kan. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: LifeLock 400 Sunday September 30 1:00 PM Eastern - ABC/MRN NASCAR Busch Series: Yellow Transportation 300 Saturday September 29 3:30 PM Eastern -- ...

Roush Fenway Racing
Kansas Speedway, Sept. 28-30
Kansas City, Kan.

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: LifeLock 400
Sunday September 30
1:00 PM Eastern - ABC/MRN

NASCAR Busch Series: Yellow Transportation 300
Saturday September 29
3:30 PM Eastern -- ESPN2/MRN

Roush Fenway Racing Fast Facts

* David Ragan competed in the Craftsman Truck Series at Kansas Speedway in 2006. He started third and finished sixth.

* The best finish by a Raybestos Rookie in six previous NEXTEL Cup races at Kansas is second by Ryan Newman in 2002 (.618 seconds behind race winner Jeff Gordon). Newman is the only Raybestos Rookie to finish inside the top-five at Kansas.

* Jason Leffler is the only Raybestos Rookie to win a pole in six races at Kansas Speedway. Leffler took the top starting spot in the race in the inaugural race in 2001.

* Ragan is currently 21st in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings.

* Ragan currently holds the second place spot in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Race. He trails Juan Pablo Montoya by 15 points entering the LifeLock 400 at Kansas.

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* Last year at Kansas Speedway, Greg Biffle was on track for a top-10 finish when a long green flag run forced him to pit under green for fuel late in the race.

* Biffle has five top-five and six top-10 finishes in six NASCAR Busch Series starts at Kansas Speedway.

* Biffle finished second last week at Dover and currently sits 15th in the point standings, 93 points out of the 14th and 24 points ahead of Casey Mears in the 16th position.

* This weekend Biffle will run a black, blue and white Aflac paint scheme with the Aflac duck on the hood.

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* Jack Roush scored his 100th career Cup victory at Dover on Sunday. Matt Kenseth has contributed 15 of those victories, his first coming in May 2000 in the Coca-Cola 600. Kenseth also brought Roush his first Cup Championship in 2003.

* Dover heartbreak -- For the second year straight, Dover has been unkind to Kenseth during the Chase. On Sunday, Kenseth dominated, leading 192 laps until a mechanical failure ended his day just 26 laps from the finish. In 2006, Kenseth again dominated, leading 215 laps before running out of fuel with two laps to go.

* Kenseth scored the third pole of his Cup career at Kansas in 2005. It is the only "Chase track" where Kenseth has recorded a pole.

* Kenseth has an average start of 8.0 at Kansas Speedway during the Chase; tops among all tracks during the Chase.

* Kenseth's average finish during the Chase at Kansas Speedway is 11.6; ranking fifth among tracks during the Chase.

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* Jamie McMurray, a native of Joplin, Mo., returns to Kansas Speedway this weekend, where in four starts has two top-10 finishes.

* In just his second outing at the 1.5-mile speedway, McMurray led 19 laps before going on to finish with a career-best finish of seventh at Kansas Speedway.

* Last weekend, McMurray scored his eighth top-10 finish of 2007 at Dover International Speedway.

* This weekend, McMurray will pilot his No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion.

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* Coming off of an impressive win at Dover, Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Office Depot team are currently third in the overall point standings. Edwards has 5337 points, just three points behind the leader, Jeff Gordon

* Edwards will make his fourth Cup start at Kansas this weekend. In his previous starts, he has achieved two top-10 and one top-five finishes

* Edwards best finish at Kansas is third place, captured in 2005

* 10.3 is Edwards' average finish at Kansas

* Edwards has two Busch Series starts at Kansas and three Craftsman Truck Series starts. In his three Truck Series starts, Edwards boast one win, two top-five and three top-10 finishes

* The No. 99 Office Depot team will be unloading chassis No. RK-358, the same car that Edwards raced at Indy in July of this year. He started that race 35 and finished 18th

* Office Depot Store No. 2389 from Johnston, R.I. is this week's sales winner and will ride along on the No. 99 at Kansas this weekend

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series:

David Ragan
Team: No. 6 AAA Insurance Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: Primary: RK-275 2006 No. 16/Biffle car rebuilt
     Back-up: RK-201 Previously ran at Michigan; finished 21st

Ragan on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"We had a little bit of a rough weekend in Dover so we are hoping to redeem ourselves this weekend in Kansas. I don't have a lot of experience at the track. I ran the No. 6 Craftsman truck for Roush there last year and finished sixth, but there is quite a bit of difference between the truck and a Cup car so I have a feeling that it is going to take some getting used to. I think we have been improving on our mile and a half tracks and with Charlotte and Atlanta coming up in the next month we really need to be at the top of our game going to tracks of that size. The rookie race is pretty close right now. We are with in a good finishes of catching Montoya so we are really going to be focusing on getting some successful finishes throughout these final eight races."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"We are taking a car to Kansas that Biffle has run in the past and we have rebuilt. It will be the first time that it has run this year so hopefully we've got something to them this weekend. One of our main goals as a team this year is to finish out the year in the top-20 in points. We are sitting 21st right now and we are less than a 80 points out of the top-20 so it is definitely an achievable goal, we just have to stay focused. We can not afford mistakes right now with the season winding down and David running for the Rookie of the Year."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 Aflac Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Greg Erwin
Chassis: RK-315 Indy '07- 15th, Michigan '07- 19th

Biffle on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"I've had some success at Kansas in both the Busch and Cup cars. I came really close to a win there a couple of years ago and it would be incredible to get the Aflac Fusion into Victory Lane this weekend. I'd settle for another top-five run though. The team is learning a lot and I think things are starting to come together. We had a good run last weekend at Dover and I think if we can keep the momentum and learn from our mistakes, we can hopefully finish this season on a high note."

Crew Chief Greg Erwin on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"We're taking the same car we raced earlier this year at Indy and Michigan. We got off to a good start at Michigan but the car just got loose and we ended up chasing the setup all day. I think we've learned a few things since then that will help on top of what we figured out that day. We've been improving throughout the season and I just want to continue that in these last few races."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-323 Last outing: Michigan, Aug. '07 -- finished fourth. Also: Won Michigan, Aug. '06; Won Fontana, Feb. '06
    RK-340 Last outing: Pocono, August '07 -- finished 14th. Also: Served as backup in seven races in 2007

Kenseth on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"Dover was a big disappointment for sure, considering we had a car capable of winning and ended up with nothing to show for it. But, I can't help but look at the positives from that race. That's the first time all year that we've been able to compete for a win in the Car of Tomorrow. We ran really well and just had a problem at the end that we really couldn't do anything about. So, instead of getting down and thinking about what could've been, I feel like we've finally got some promise in these COT cars and I think we should be able to compete now. Carl (Edwards) won, Greg (Biffle) finished second, and Jamie (McMurray) finished top 10, so obviously Roush as a team is making a lot of improvement with these cars.

"We'll be at Kansas this weekend with another shot at an intermediate track with the 'old' car. This kind of track has been good for us in the past and Kansas is a lot like Chicago, and we've been very competitive there the past two years. We're taking the same car that's run at Chicago the last two times there and it's been a car we've ran at a lot of intermediate tracks, so hopefully it will be just as competitive this weekend and we'll be able to bounce back with a strong finish."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"We're back to the 'old' car this week and we're bringing our favorite car to the track. This car has run well the last two times out at Michigan and Chicago and there's no reason to think it won't be able to compete this weekend.

"Our results may not have shown it, but our performance has picked up lately. The pit crew was back to form at Dover and they did a great job for us all day on pit road. Even when we lost the lead on the track they put us back in front on the final two stops. Their performance and our car's performance were both promising signs last week and we can't afford to get down just because we had something go wrong at the end of the race. It was, without a doubt, our best all around performance in the COT car and it couldn't have came at a better time. But that race is over and it's on to Kansas where we've had some pretty good cars over the years. We need to build on our performance last weekend, how well we ran during the race, and just keep that going now."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Larry Carter
Chassis: Primary: RK-393 Last raced at Fontana, Sept. 2007; Finished 16th
     Backup: RK-403 Tested at Las Vegas, Feb. 2007

McMurray on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"The last few weeks have been really good for the No. 26 team. Each weekend we've unloaded a really good car. Even though we didn't finish Richmond, I knew how good our car really was, and so did the rest of the team. And the last two weeks in the COT, we've continued making big strides, and feel like we are starting to catch up with everyone else. Hopefully, the top-10 finish in Dover will keep the momentum going as we head to Kansas this weekend.

"Racing at Kansas is always pretty cool because it's my hometown track. You always see a bunch of people that you know and remember from when you lived there. I know it's a special track for me, Carl (Edwards), and Clint (Bowyer), as we are all pretty close to our hometowns.

"In my first two races at Kansas, I finished both in the top 10, but since then I just haven't had the same luck at the hometown track. This weekend we are taking the same car that we ran pretty well with at Fontana. I'm hoping the momentum swing continues for the No. 26 Crown Royal team and we can post another good finish in front of my hometown crowd at Kansas this weekend."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"This weekend at Kansas Speedway we are running chassis RK-393, which is the same chassis that we ran at Fontana just a few weeks ago. We brought the car back and fixed some of the damage to the car, and worked on some of the body. After seeing this car perform well in the wind tunnel, I'm hoping that will transfer over to the track. I know this is a track that Jamie would like to run really well at, as it is his hometown track. The guys on the No. 26 team have been really excited with our last few races, and hopefully we can keep that up this weekend. We were the ones with a lot of good luck last week, and this weekend we are hoping for the same thing."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-358 Previously raced Indy in July of this year -- started 35th, finished 18th

Edwards on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"I'm really excited to race at Kansas this week. It's my hometown track so it will be neat having so many family and friends there. I think we have a really good Office Depot car for this weekend. Kansas is a really fun track to drive and I think we'll be able to have a good run there. We are coming off a great win at Dover and with that momentum in the 'Chase' the entire Office Depot team is really pumped and looking forward to going racing at the kind of track where we've been successful in the past."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"I'm really looking forward to racing Kansas. I like intermediate tracks a whole lot and feel like our Office Depot team has what it takes to be really successful there this weekend. The 'Chase' is shaping up to be very exciting, hopefully the No. 99 team can continue to build on the momentum from our Dover win and make strides towards the Championship."

NASCAR Busch Series:

David Ragan
Team: No. 6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-378 Last ran at Kentucky, Jun. '07, finished eighth. Ran at Nashville, Jun. '07, finished seventh. Ran at Texas, Apr. '07, finished fifth

Ragan on racing in the Busch Series at Kansas Speedway:
"I am very disappointed in our finish last weekend and I really want to bounce back strong this weekend at Kansas. I had a sixth place finish at Kansas in the trucks last year, so I am hoping I can build upon that success. The Discount Tire team has prepared an awesome race car for me to drive. I will be ready to drive hard and do whatever it takes to put us in position to contend at the end of the race. If we are patient and race within ourselves, everything else should fall into place."

Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"We are bringing the same car that ran at Texas, Nashville and Kentucky. We had top-10 finishes in all of those races. I feel we can still make a move in the point standings and maybe get that third spot by years end. The key for the Discount Tire team is to put Dover out of our minds and move forward. We have a great car and a driver hungry to make amends for last weekend. Our mile-and-a-half program has been extremely consistent this year and it will be no different at Kansas. A top-five finish sounds like a great way to right the ship and finish the year strong."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis: RK-520 Brand new car

Biffle on racing in the Busch Series at Kansas Speedway:
"I am really looking forward to Kansas this weekend. That has always been a good track for me in the Busch car. I haven't won a Busch race there yet, but I've never finished outside the top 10, either. We're bringing a brand new car to Kansas that I'm excited to drive since it should be really fast. The guys on this 3M team have given me good cars all season, but we just need to put it all together for a win. We've come close a few times, but so far have fallen a little short of our goal."

Eddie Pardue on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"I anticipate a good run with Greg at Kansas. We've built him a new car for this weekend that I think he will really like. He has a great record there and rarely finishes out of the top five so I think we've got a good shot at our first win of the season."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No.17 Arby's Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK-346 Last ran California -- finished 28th

Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Kansas Speedway:
"Drew and the guys did a great job last weekend straightening out my car after we got caught up in that caution. Luckily, we were able to keep coming in under caution to put on a fender brace and get everything straightened out without going a lap down. Actually, they got my car to handle even better than it did in both practice sessions. Knowing we can make the best of a situation like that and still pull off a third-place finish gives us a lot of confidence going into Kansas. I like Kansas; it's definitely a multi-grooved track that is smooth and wide like Chicago. We did pretty well there last year, so hopefully we can pull off something similar this year."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"I'm kind of hoping this weekend isn't quite as eventful as Dover. Matt is really strong at Dover, but we struggled finding the perfect set-up. Luckily, we got it handling well for the race and didn't get hurt too badly in the wreck on lap 10. The team did a great job making repairs and keeping Matt on the lead lap. The third-place finish is a real confidence booster for the team going into Kansas. Kansas is another track that Matt is strong at, so hopefully we can get our Arby's Ford Fusion handling well in practice, and for the race, and be a strong contender for the win."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No.26 Dish Network Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Chad Norris
Chassis: RK-502 Last ran California -- finished eighth

McMurray on racing in the Busch Series at Kansas Speedway:
"Kansas is my hometown track so I'm very excited to be racing there this weekend. Being at your hometown track definitely has some advantages. The fan support there is always huge and this year I get to compete in the Busch race as well. It's been a few years since I've been Busch racing at Kansas, but I really like the track and we've pulled off some top 10's in the past. We did not have the best of luck last week at Dover in the Busch car, but my team is really good and I have a ton of confidence going into this weekend."

Crew Chief Chad Norris on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"The Dish Network team is looking to rebound from last week's results at Dover. We thought we had a really good car and kind of had nothing to show for it but a good qualifying effort. Chassis 502 is the same car we ran at Fontana and had a pretty good run there a couple of weeks ago. We are looking forward to earning that top-five finish we've been missing out on the last few weeks."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.60 Scotts Winterguard Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel (P.K.)
Chassis: RK-501 Ran last at Michigan; finished 28th

Edwards on racing in the Busch Series at Kansas Speedway:
"I absolutely love Kansas Speedway. It's not far from my hometown and I will have several of my family and friends there. I love the mile and a half speedways. They are awesome. This track is exactly what this Scotts Winterguard team needs for the owners points. We have six races left and we want to gain as many points as possible and make it count. These last races are at very good tracks and we will make it exciting for the fans!"

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"We're excited about traveling to Kansas Speedway this weekend. We will be back in the Scotts Winterguard Ford and we are coming off a very good points weekend in Dover. We are focused on the big picture, but are determined to get the best finish possible. Kansas is a very important track to Carl and the whole team is determined to get him back into victory lane in front of his home crowd."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Roush Fenway Racing