BUSCH: Phoenix: Roush Racing preview

Roush Racing heads to Phoenix for round eight of "The Chase" Phoenix International Raceway, November 5th-7th, 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Checker Auto Parts 500k, 1:00PM, November 7 NASCAR Busch Series: Bashas' 200, 1:30PM, November...

Roush Racing heads to Phoenix for round eight of "The Chase"

Phoenix International Raceway, November 5th-7th, 2004
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Checker Auto Parts 500k, 1:00PM, November 7
NASCAR Busch Series: Bashas' 200, 1:30PM, November 6
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Chevy Silverado 150, 3:30PM, November 5

Roush Racing Fast Facts

* Jack Roush has more NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series victories (four) at Phoenix International Raceway than any other car owner.

* Last week's second-place run moved Mark Martin up to fourth place, 81 points outside of first and just nine points behind third.

* Martin has two wins at the remaining three tracks, including a win in '93 at Phoenix. Martin has a combined 25 top-fives, 38-top 10's and two poles in 58 starts at the remaining three tracks. Martin has finished in the top 10 in almost 66 percent of his starts at those tracks.

* This will be Martin's 17th race at PIR, where he won in 1993. Martin boasts 13 top-10 finishes in 16 races at PIR. Furthermore he has eight top-five finishes on the one-mile track. Martin has finished top-10 in 11 of the last 12 at Phoenix, including a 10th-place run there a year ago. In addition to his 1993 win, Martin has finished second on five occasions at Phoenix.

* Martin will be making his 600th career Nextel Cup start this weekend at Phoenix. Martin started his first Cup race on April 19, 1981 at North Wilkesboro at the age of 22. He started fifth that day and finished 27th. Martin has currently started 542 straight Nextel Cup races dating back to Feb. of 1988.

* In addition to his Nextel Cup duties, Martin will run in the Busch race at Phoenix for the first time in his storied career. Martin has finished inside the top-five in all four Cup races where he has run the Busch car this season, including second-place finishes at Michigan, Dover and Atlanta.

* Martin will make his fifth and final Busch start of the season this weekend at Phoenix when he takes part in the Phoenix Busch race for the first time. Martin has finished inside the top-10 in three of his four Busch starts this season and will be looking for his record extending 46th win in the series.

* Martin will be going for his record-extending 46th win in the Busch Series. Martin's first win in the Busch Series came on May 30, 1987 at Dover. His last win in a Busch car was on Sept. 2, 2000 at Darlington. Despite running a limited schedule of 15 races or less, Martin won at least two Busch races each year from 1993-2000, including six win seasons in '92, '96, '97 and '99.

* Pennzoil first sponsored Jack Roush in the 1960's, when the former Ford Motor Company engineer was a driver himself. This season Pennzoil is proud to once again team up with Jack Roush as sponsor of all five 2004 Roush Racing Nextel Cup teams as well as a NASCAR Busch Series "Pennzoil Super Team." This will be Martin's third race this season in the Pennzoil No. 9 Ford, with his best run coming at Michigan where he finished second.

* Matt Kenseth finished 41st at Atlanta Motor Speedway one week ago. He has 16 top-10 finishes in 33 starts in 2004. Kenseth has now been inside the NASCAR Top-10 for 68 straight weeks--the longest active streak.

* Kenseth has four starts at Phoenix with one win (2002), two top-fives and three top-tens.

* Last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kenseth won the Busch Series race (his third this year), then went out and won the final IROC Race (his second of the four events), handing him the 2004 Crown Royal IROC Championship and a $1 million payday.

* This week marks the debut of the No. 17 Waste Management Ford in the Busch Series for driver Matt Kenseth. He will race this car in 14 events in 2005.

* Kenseth will make his first start in the No. 17 Waste Management Ford Taurus on Saturday, November 6th. Last year's Winston Cup Champion will be competing in 14 select events for the Waste Management Ford in 2005.

* Kenseth is no stranger to success in the Busch Grand National Series. Since 1996, Kenseth has made 159 total starts, with 17 victories and 8 career pole positions. He finished runner-up for the championship in 1998 and third in the championship chase in 1999, his last full year on the Busch Grand National circuit. In the 2004 season, Matt Kenseth has 13 starts, three wins, seven top-five and eight top-ten finishes.

* The Waste Management sponsored car will mark Matt Kenseth's 160th start in the Busch Series.

* Kurt Busch held on to the lead in the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series despite his 42nd place finish in Atlanta last week. He is now 59 points ahead of second-place Jimmie Johnson. It is the fifth-consecutive week Busch has been atop the point standings.

* Kurt Busch is the only driver to score a top-10 finish in six of the seven races in the Chase.

* Busch ranks fifth among all drivers in laps lead at Phoenix (215) in only four starts. Roush Racing teammate Mark Martin is the only Chase contender ranked higher (second with 471 laps led).

* Busch is one of seven active drivers who have posted top-10 finishes in at least half of his starts at PIR.

* Busch is running the No. 97 IRWIN paint scheme for the 20th and final time this season.

* Busch has extra incentive to run well this weekend to benefit low-income families. For a top five-finish, IRWIN will donate $10,000 in product to the charitable foundation Rebuilding Together, and $20,000 for a win.

NNCS:

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra* Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-141 (finished 12th at Martinsville two weeks ago, won at Dover)

Mark Martin on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "We've ran really well at Phoenix over the years and it's been a pretty strong track for us. We won there in 1993 and we've had quite a few second-place runs as well. The fans out west are great, so hopefully we can put a show on for them as well. They tell me that we'll be making our 600th career Cup start, so we'd like nothing more than to get a win on Sunday. We had a great car last week and we were able to make up a lot of points and get back in the Chase, although we were pretty disappointed that we didn't get the win. Pat Tryson and this team just continue to do a great job and I'm honored to be a part of this team."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "We had a great run in Atlanta and hopefully we can build on that this week at Phoenix. We are taking the same car that won at Dover earlier this year so hopefully it can get us another one. Mark has a good record at Phoenix, so we know what's he's capable of doing there. It will just be up to us to make sure that we give him a good enough car to win and he'll take care of the rest."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-221 (finished 28th at New Hampshire after an early incident)

Greg Biffle on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "I always look forward to racing at Phoenix for a number of reasons. The track is very technical and it's almost like an oval road course because of the different corners and dogleg on the backstretch. Phoenix really challenges the driver and those are the tracks that are the most fun. It's also one of the few West Coast stops we have. I've got a lot of family and friends coming in for the race and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone. Both teams are running really strong right now and we're hoping to keep it up with good performances this weekend. The Charter team has finished in the top five the last four races and the National Guard car running equally as well although we've had some bad luck on that side. I expect both cars to be fast this weekend and hopefully we'll be able to capitalize on that."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "We tested this car in Phoenix a couple of weeks ago and it seems to have a pretty good balance for the flat conditions of Phoenix. We made quite a few long runs during the test with this car and feel pretty good about taking it back this weekend. We had a decent run going with this car at Loudon in September but a run-in with Robby Gordon took us out of contention. Phoenix is one of Greg's favorite tracks and we feel pretty good about the race there this weekend."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush/Mark Martin
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: MMR- 23 (led 60 laps at Richmond before finishing 28th)

Matt Kenseth on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "Phoenix is a track that's always been pretty good to us as a team--certainly the finishes show it, but it's still a tricky place sometimes. The track can change a lot during the race and you have to have a lot of adjustability built into the car in order to get through the different stages in the day. I like the chassis we're taking here, it ran really good for us at Richmond and I think we could have won that race. We'll try to get it this week because I think we still have a win left in this team before the season is over and the points will just take care of themselves."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "We have us a great car this weekend and I think the over-the-wall guys are coming together with some good stops in practice. We need to have a good Sunday because we're not used to running the way we're running, but I think we're still a dangerous team, we just need to prove again here before the end of the year."

Kurt Busch
Team: No. 97 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #62 (swept Loudon this year)

Kurt Busch on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "We've done an awesome job for six weeks. We stumbled this past week, but we've got three more to go and they're great race tracks for us. Jimmy (Fennig) and the rest of the team have built a fantastic car that we are taking out to Phoenix. I really enjoy that track, and it's one I have a lot of experience with in the Southwest Tour Series and Craftsman Truck Series."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "We're taking our New Hampshire car -- the one we won with up in Loudon twice this year. We feel like we've got a good shot at it, out there, because we ran real good out there the last race, last year. We're taking a good car and a positive attitude. At Phoenix you'll end up with long runs, so we just have to make sure we're all right on long runs, there."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne

Carl Edwards on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "I love racing at Phoenix. I've run there a few times in a Silver Crown car, including this March. The extra laps really help me in the truck. It made a big difference last year since we were able to finish fourth in my first outing in a truck there. I'm really excited to get to race twice this weekend. The extra track time I get in both series should really help."

NBS:

Mark Martin
Team: No. 9 Pennzoil Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Tony Liberati
Chassis: RK-15 (finished sixth in Atlanta last week)

Martin on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "We are looking forward to running the Busch race at Phoenix this weekend. It's hard to believe, but we've never ran the Busch Series at Phoenix, so it'll be fun to get out there this weekend. I know there is about 20 other drivers from the Cup side that will be in the race, so it should make for some exciting competition and a great race. Hopefully we can take that Pennzoil No. 9 to victory lane on Saturday."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Waste Management Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Cully Barraclough
Chassis: JR-44 (new chassis)

Kenseth on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "I'm really excited about getting to run this new car for our new sponsors, Waste Management. I've been doing hospitality for them all year and everyone involved with their program has a lot of enthusiasm for this debut. I want to get them a victory in their first race and I think Phoenix is a track where this can happen for us. We have to run a smart race, keep up with the changes and do our best as a team. I guess you could say that Roush Racing and Waste Management have the exact same goals."

Crew Chief Cully Barraclough on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "This is a winning race team and I think we're capable of getting the job done any time we get on the track. Like Matt, I'm pretty excited about this new deal. I know those folks at Waste Management are really pumped up about watching how well we do on Saturday. I can say right now that we'll be bringing our 'A Game'."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 60 Charter Communications Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Brad Parrott
Chassis: JR-78 (finished seventh at Gateway)

Greg Biffle on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "I always look forward to racing at Phoenix for a number of reasons. The track is very technical and it's almost like an oval road course because of the different corners and dogleg on the backstretch. Phoenix really challenges the driver and those are the tracks that are the most fun. It's also one of the few West Coast stops we have. I've got a lot of family and friends coming in for the race and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone. Both teams are running really strong right now and we're hoping to keep it up with good performances this weekend. The Charter team has finished in the top five the last four races and the National Guard car running equally as well although we've had some bad luck on that side. I expect both cars to be fast this weekend and hopefully we'll be able to capitalize on that."

Crew Chief Brad Parrott on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "The month of October was just awesome for us and we're hoping to keep that momentum going into November. The Charter team is definitely on a roll as the season draws to a close and if the Busch Series had a Nextel Cup type format we'd be 45 points ahead of the No. 8 car right now. We're not though, so we out there to do the best we can each week and we want to bring home three more trophies before this year is over."

NCTS:

Jon Wood
Team: No. 50 Roush Racing Ford F-150
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Tony Price
Chassis: #30 (ran at Loudon, Bristol, Milwaukee and Atlanta)

Jon Wood on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "Track position was important at Phoenix last year since it seemed to be a one-groove race track. That made it tough, especially on restarts. If someone would get under you, you couldn't get back down in line. Starting last because of the motor change certainly didn't help matters. I don't know if the track has changed any, but it will be important to qualify well so we don't have to fight our way to the front again."

Crew Chief Tony Price on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "Jon had such a good run at Martinsville a few weeks ago, that I hope we can keep the momentum going. That was the first race that we got the result we deserved. This is a better team than what our results have shown recently. We should be able to get another good finish at Phoenix and move up in the points a bit more."

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 99 Superchips Ford F-150
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Kevin Starland
Chassis: #35 (raced at Martinsville two weeks ago)

Carl Edwards on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "I love racing at Phoenix. I've run there a few times in a Silver Crown car, including this March. The extra laps really help me in the truck. It made a big difference last year since we were able to finish fourth in my first outing in a truck there. I'm really excited to get to race twice this weekend. The extra track time I get in both series should really help. We're taking the same truck we raced at Martinsville which is pretty amazing the guys could turn it around that fast. That truck was pretty beat up after the Martinsville race, but the guys did a lot of work in the body shop to get it looking as good as new. Hopefully I can leave Phoenix without having any body damage."

Crew Chief Kevin "Cowboy" Starland on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "We gained a few points at Martinsville, and our goal is to chip away a few more at Phoenix. We don't have many races left, so we need to make sure we're on top of our game. There isn't any room for error at this point."

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