BUSCH: Kansas: Roush Racing preview

Roush Racing Fast Facts - After getting caught up in the 'big one' at Talladega early, Martin fell to ninth in the points. He is currently 138 points out of first place. However, he is only 62 points out of third and just 40 behind fifth. -...

Roush Racing Fast Facts

- After getting caught up in the 'big one' at Talladega early, Martin fell to ninth in the points. He is currently 138 points out of first place. However, he is only 62 points out of third and just 40 behind fifth.

- This will mark the fifth time that Martin and the Nextel Cup circuit has visited Kansas Speedway. Martin finished sixth in the inaugural event in 2001. Martin has a 17.7 finish at Kansas, mostly aided by engine problems in 2002 and an accident in 2003.

- Martin has won 10 races, posted 51 top five and 80 top 10 finishes at the remaining seven Chase tracks.

- Kansas is the only Chase track where Martin has yet to score a top five finish.

- Mark Martin made a name for himself in the Busch Series, taking a series record 45 checkered-flags from 1987 until he 'retired' from the series in 2000. Martin has posted an additional two wins this year, boosting his record total to 47. All in all Martin has run 211 Busch races, collecting 135 top-10's and 98 top-fives. Martin has won 22 percent of all the Busch races he's entered and finished inside the top 10 sixty-four percent of the time. Martin has led 5,232 laps in the series.

- Martin won his career 28th career pole last month at Richmond. The pole tied for the most career poles ever in the Busch Series.

- This will be Martin's first run in the Busch Series at Kansas. Martin has four runs in the Nextel Cup Series at Kansas, posting a 17.7 average finish and a sixth-place run in the inaugural race there in 2001.

- This will be the seventh of eight scheduled Busch starts for Martin in 2005. Martin will make his final Busch start of the season in the finale at Homestead in November.

- With his 27th place finish at Talladega, Greg Biffle moved to fifth in the point standings. He currently trails leader Tony Stewart by only 98 points and has a two-point advantage over sixth place contender Carl Edwards.

- Biffle led 64 laps in last season's Kansas event before a late pit stop cost him valuable track position.

- In addition to his Cup Series record at Kansas, Biffle also has four top-five finishes in four NASCAR Busch Series starts at the 1.5-mile oval.

- The "Yes, Dear" episode featuring a Greg Biffle cameo appearance will air this Wednesday, October 5th at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.

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

- Matt Kenseth has one top-10 Cup Series finish at the Kansas Speedway.

-    Kenseth and the DEWALT team will be bringing a new car to the Kansas
Speedway.  Car number 48 was tested at Kansas last week.

- Matt Kenseth will be running in both the Busch and Cup Series events this weekend.

-    Kenseth will be running car number 42 in the Busch Series event on
Saturday.  This car has not been run this season.

- With his third-place finish at Talladega, Kenseth gained two spots in the point standings, moving up to the seventh position.

- Kurt Busch and the No. 97 Roush Racing team remained 10th in the "Chase" standings after an eighth-place run at Talladega. Busch is now 180 points behind leader Tony Stewart.

- The No. 97 brings the black and red of Sharpie to Kansas on chassis #65, the workhouse of the No. 97 team with starts this season at Texas (seventh), both Michigan races (12th and seventh), the fall California (12th) and a win at Pocono. A new chassis (#72) will be the back-up. The No. 97 team tested both cars at Kansas on Sept. 27. This weekend's race will be the final run for the Sharpie paint scheme.

- Busch has competed in four races at Kansas Speedway scoring two top-10 finishes. He finished sixth in this race one year ago. Busch has a 21.5 average finish at Kansas Speedway and ranks eighth among the Chase drivers there.

- Carl Edwards currently sits sixth in the overall point standings, up two positions from last week. With 5,419 points, Edwards sits 100 points behind first place Tony Stewart and just two points behind teammate Greg Biffle who currently sits fifth.

- In three "Chase" starts Edwards has an average starting position of 22 while his average finishing position is 10.6.

- In three starts at Kansas Speedway (Edwards hometown track) he has completed 100% of his laps run. He has one win, two top five and two top 10 finishes all in the Truck Series. Edwards made his Cup debut at the track last fall in a back up car after the primary was damaged in a wreck during practice.

NNCS:

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra® Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-315 (finished fourth at Dover two weeks ago in only run)

Martin on racing at Kansas Speedway: "We are looking forward to getting back out on the track and getting to race some. We didn't get a lot of laps last week at Talladega - I don't think I even broke a sweat. I'm definitely looking forward to getting back out on a 1.5 and seeing what we can do. Those types of tracks have been our bread and butter and we are hoping that we can get a strong finish this weekend and see what happens from there.

"Last week was a tough one. You go in to those things knowing that that kind of thing can happen at Talladega and you just hope that you don't get in it. We haven't done a very good job of not getting in it and we were once again in the wrong place at the wrong time on Sunday. We took a big hit in the points, but we'll just have to keep fighting our way back. This team doesn't give up and we'll just keep fighting back and see what happens."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Kansas Speedway: "We are really looking forward to running Kansas this weekend. We are taking the same car that we had a really good run with at Dover two weeks ago and the team is ready to get back to come series racing. We had some really bad luck at Talladega last week, so we are hoping that is behind us and we can get back to the business of winning that championship."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-239 (won at Michigan in June)

Biffle on racing at Kansas Speedway: "We've always run pretty well at Kansas both in the Busch and Cup Series. Last year we finished third in the Cup race at Kansas but led several laps and felt like we had a good shot at the win. I like racing at Kansas, it's a nice facility and the track suits my driving style. As always, track position will be important so we'll look to qualify well and stay up front. We had some rough luck at Talladega and Kansas could be the race that gets us back on track."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Kansas Speedway: "We're taking chassis RK 239 to Kansas this weekend. It's the same car that we won with at Michigan earlier this year. It was one of the cars damaged at the Charlotte test but we rebuilt it because it is one of Greg's favorite cars. It runs really well on intermediate tracks and we expect this to be a strong race for us. Last year we had to pit late for fuel but Greg made his way back up to third and had been a contender for the win all day."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-48 (new chassis tested at Kansas last week)

Kenseth on racing at Kansas Speedway: "We are relieved to be finished with Talladega. Our car was really good and we were able to come home with a solid third-place finish. It was disappointing, though, to lose the lead on the last lap and not end up in Victory Lane. Our momentum is good right now going into Kansas -- our cars have been strong, the pit stops have been fast and this whole team is just focused every week on getting the best finish possible."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Kansas Speedway: "We have a new car that we're taking to Kansas. We tested there last week and are looking forward to seeing if what we learned during the test will pay off. Our record at Kansas hasn't been great and we're definitely looking to turn that around."

Kurt Busch
Team: No. 97 Sharpie Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #65 (has competed five times this year, including a win at Pocono)

Busch on racing at Kansas Speedway: "It's a very fast race track. They built it almost too fast - similar to Chicago. It was a sister track supposedly to Vegas, but Vegas is flat enough to where you can run any multiple groove you want. We'll see when we go this time around. I tested there last week. It seems like we're on our own little testing 500, 1500, 2000, whatever we're testing we're making so many laps that we're trying to keep up with all of our notes. Kansas should be a good race for the Sharpie Ford. It's the last time we'll run this paint scheme this year, so we'd love to end it with a good top five run."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Kansas Speedway: "We tested at Kansas a few weeks ago with a new car and one that we've run a few times this year, and Kurt liked the one that we've ran a lot this year. We worked a lot on our setups during the test because we know this racetrack we'll get tight as the day goes on."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Roush Racing Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis Number: RK-320 (new chassis)

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 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 made it through what I think have been three of our biggest hurdles in the 'Chase' so far so the entire Office Depot team is 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: "We're taking a brand new car that has not been raced or tested. I think we have a really good chance to run well at Kansas this weekend. The last three weeks have provided three of the biggest obstacles for this team in the 'Chase' so I think we are ready to go have fun and race at a track that we are confident we can run well at."

NBS:

Mark Martin
Team: No. 9 Pennzoil Platinum Ultimate Protection Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-296 (new chassis)

Martin on racing at Kansas Speedway: "We had a good test there a couple of weeks ago in the Busch car and we are looking forward to going out and running the race. Pat (Tryson) and the entire Busch Team have done a great job this season and we'll be gunning for win number three this weekend."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Kansas Speedway: "We are taking a new car this weekend that we haven't run this season. We tested at Kansas two weeks ago and liked the car so hopefully we'll be able to put the Pennzoil No. 9 car in victory lane for the third time. We've been really good on the 1.5's this year so hopefully we'll be able to do it again."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Waste Management Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Chad Norris
Chassis: JR-42 (new chassis)

Kenseth on racing at Kansas Speedway: "We are relieved to be finished with Talladega. Our car was really good and we were able to come home with a solid third-place finish. It was disappointing, though, to lose the lead on the last lap and not end up in Victory Lane. Our momentum is good right now going into Kansas -- our cars have been strong, the pit stops have been fast and this whole team is just focused every week on getting the best finish possible."

Crew Chief Chad Norris on racing at Kansas Speedway: "We are certainly looking to rebound from our finish last weekend. Sometimes those things just happen and there is nothing you can do about it. We hated it, though, because we had such a good car. We're bringing car number 42 this weekend, which we haven't run this season. We're looking forward to seeing what it can do. Matt has a top-five Busch finish at Kansas and we'll be looking to match and hopefully beat that."

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

Carl Edwards on racing 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 just awesome. I won there in the Craftsman Truck Series. This track is exactly what the Charter Communications Team needs. We have six races left and we want to stir up as much as possible and make it count. These last races will be exciting."

Crew Chief Brad Parrott on racing at Kansas Speedway: "The Charter Team is coming off another weekend off. The crew had a chance to relax and gear up for Kansas. We're ready to go back to Kansas and improve by one position from last year with Greg Biffle when we finished second. This year we plan on finishing first with Carl Edwards. Carl is really pumped up about the Kansas Track. It's very similar to what we ran at Kentucky and Chicago and we had good results at both tracks. We are coming off a great speedway win in Fontana a couple weeks back and we are looking to recover from our disappointing finish in Dover. We are looking to bring home the trophy for Charter this weekend."

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