Pocono Raceway, Jul. 23 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series:Pennsylvania 500 Martinsville Speedway, Jul. 22 NASCAR Busch Series:Goody's 250 Roush Racing Fast Facts * Mark Martin has finished second at Pocono on six different occasions. * Martin...
Pocono Raceway, Jul. 23
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series:Pennsylvania 500
Martinsville Speedway, Jul. 22
NASCAR Busch Series:Goody's 250
Roush Racing Fast Facts
* Mark Martin has finished second at Pocono on six different occasions.
* Martin has finished second or third in over 25 percent of his 39 starts at Pocono.
* Martin's 19 top-five finishes at Pocono are the most of any driver.
* Martin's 27-top 10 finishes at Pocono leads all drivers.
* Martin has posted 27 top-10 starts in 36 races at Pocono.
* Martin has finished second in three of his last eight at Pocono.
* Greg Biffle is currently 10th in the point standings after his third place finish at New Hampshire.
* Biffle and the National Guard team are currently 447 points out of the lead and hold an 11-point advantage over Tony Stewart in the 11th position.
* Biffle has accumulated more bonus points than any other Nextel Cup driver this season. He has a total of 95 bonus points and has led at least one lap in all but four races this season.
* This weekend the No. 16 National Guard team will run the red, white and blue National Guard paint scheme.
* Matt Kenseth returns to one of the 10 tracks which he has already notched a top-five finish this season.
* Pocono is one of 14 tracks (including North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham) where Kenseth has scored three or more top-five finishes in his career.
* Kenseth has led only 26 laps in 13 races at Pocono, the lowest total number of laps led at any track where Kenseth has 10 or more starts.
* Kenseth is third in total laps led in 2006 with 640, second in total laps completed with 5571, and tied for second in lead-lap finishes with 17.
* Kenseth's fifth-place finish at Pocono last month broke a two race streak at the 2.5-mile triangle where he had failed to finish on the lead lap.
* Jamie McMurray has seven career starts at Pocono Raceway, his best start came one year ago when he started first. His best finish came in June of 2005 when he finished 10th.
* In the last three races at Pocono, McMurray has an average starting position of 4.3, with an average finishing position of 13.
* Crew chief Bob Osborne, who graduated from Penn State University, looks for his second career win at Pocono Raceway.
* McMurray will be returning to the Crown Royal paint scheme for this weekend's Pennsylvania 500.
* Carl Edwards, in three career starts at Pocono Raceway, has two top-five finishes.
* Edwards scored his second NEXTEL Cup Series win at Pocono Raceway in June 2005.
* Crew chief Wally Brown, who graduated from Widener University in Chester, PA, looks for his first career win at his "local" track.
* Edwards will be back-on-the-road this weekend with the Busch Series competing in Martinsville, Va. Edwards is currently second in the Busch Series point standings.
* After a second-place run last weekend in New Hampshire, Edwards is currently 13th in the point standings and only 146 points out of 10th place.
* Edwards has scored six top-five finishes and nine top-10 finishes so far this season.
* Office Depot Store #2413 of Slidell, La. will be on the side of Edwards' Ford Fusion for this weekend's race at Pocono Raceway.
NEXTEL CUP SERIES
PENNSYLVANIA 500, Sunday, Jul. 23
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief:Pat Tryson
Chassis:RK-231Last ran at the All-Star race where it posted a strong showing before getting caught up in an accident while leading.
Nicknamed "Batmobile," after running special Batman paint schemes at Michigan in '04 and '05.
Martin on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"I really love racing at Pocono. It's one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. We've actually had a lot of success there over the years, despite the fact that we have never been able to get a win there. We've finished second five or six times there over the years, but we just haven't been able to finish the deal. Still, it's one of my favorite places. It's kind of funny, because I hate Martinsville with a passion and yet we've won there a couple of times, so I guess what you like really doesn't matter that much. We were off last month at Pocono, so it will be up to us to make sure we get back on track and get back to what worked so well there last year. We'll be looking forward to going back and seeing what we can do.
"The team pulled together a great run last week in Loudon. That was just what we have been needing. We didn't have the fastest car, but it handled great and we had a really good pit strategy and it all payed off in the end with a good solid finish after a good run. Hopefully we can put a couple of more runs like that together and get ourselves in better position as we move towards that cutoff point. It would be good to get started on that with another strong run this weekend at Pocono."
Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"We had a good run last week at New Hampshire and we are excited about going back to Pocono. We had a tough race there last time, with some things not falling not falling our way at the end and we lost a lot of position, but it's one of Mark's best tracks and we've actually been really good there the last few years. It's a place that we know Mark is very capable of running well, and we'd like nothing more than to help him get his first win there this weekend."
Team:No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion
Crew Chief:Doug Richert
Chassis:RK-201 Atlanta, Charlotte and Pocono '06
Biffle on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"Pocono is a little different than most of the tracks we go to just because you can get so much speed in the straightaways but the corners are so flat that you've got to be able to slow down and control the car almost like a road course. We had a really good run at Pocono last month, so we'll just start with that, although the track tends to change a little between the two races. Obviously it will be hotter this time, so we'll be prepared for that. We just need to get a solid top-five finish and continue to try to secure our top-10 position in the points."
Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"We're taking the same car back that we ran there last month. We've made a few small changes but the biggest thing we've worked on is improving the brakes. We had a car capable of winning the race there the last time and we had another brake issue. So, we've changed a couple of things and I am going there with the goal of running in the top five and being there to compete for the win at the end of the race."
Team:No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief:Robbie Reiser
Chassis:RK-317Last ran All-Star race; involved in accident, finished 11th '05 ran Kansas (pole), Texas & Homestead recording three top fives
RK-280Tested at Charlotte, last ran Michigan, Jun. '05; finished 4th
Kenseth on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"Someone asked me the other week if there is any change in Pocono from one race to the next. I don't know about Pocono changing that much. I'm a bad guy to ask that. I don't feel like I do a very good job when I go there. The only thing I notice when I go back there, there's a different route or there's a different bump or hole in the asphalt or something, it seems like the place gets real bumpy real fast. That's the only thing maybe I notice different. They redid the curb in the tunnel turn the last few races, something like that. I don't know if the track really changes that much."
Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"Pocono you just have to pick your poison. It becomes nearly impossible to get the car exactly right in all three corners because they're so much different. So, you pick the most important corner and try to get your car as good as possible for that one. Then adjust for the other corners as best you can without compromising what you've got in the first one. We bringing a car that was pretty good for us in the Chase last year and hasn't ran but once in 2006 and that was the All-Star race. We think it's going to be a little more competitive than the car we took to Pocono last month and maybe give us a better shot at this thing."
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief:Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK- 218Last raced at Pocono in June; finished 18th
McMurray on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"I really like racing at Pocono Raceway. It's one of the tracks that is really open and allows us to run anywhere on the track. It's a long race that requires a strong engine. I know our Roush Racing engine guys put a lot of work into giving us the best engines possible. It's a track that Bob really enjoys racing at each year. I am hoping for a strong run this weekend in Pocono."
Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"Pocono is one of my favorite tracks that we visit each season. It's one of the tracks that puts a lot into the hands of the crew, as it's a place that requires a strong setup. To run well at Pocono you really have to set the car for long, enduring runs. It will be a hot weekend in Pocono, so setup is really important. Hopefully, we can have a good run this weekend and come out with a top-10 or top-five finish."
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Wally Brown
Chassis: RK---272 Last raced at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May; finished third
Edwards on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"I really can't wait to race at Pocono this weekend. Pocono is by far one of my favorite tracks. It's a track where I have raced well at in the past. The last race at Pocono was really tough, because we had the fastest car on the track. Hopefully, we can return to Pocono this weekend and prove to everyone the depth of this Office Depot team. Last week's finish in New Hampshire really helped us gain back valuable points in the 'Chase' and another good run this weekend will continue to move the Office Depot team up in the standings."
Crew Chief Wally Brown on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"Pocono is a great track for our Office Depot team. It's a track that Carl really enjoys racing at, and a track we all enjoy setting up for. It's a track where you need to put a lot of effort into the setup of the car to be successful. Since our last run at Pocono, the guys at the shop have had the date circled on our calendar. This weekend's race will hopefully allow us to continue gaining points in the standings."
GOODY'S 250, Saturday, Jul. 22
Team:No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief:Mike Kelley
Chassis:RK-217 or RK-349 -- the car will be determined after the test day on Thursday
Kluever on racing at Martinsville Speedway:
"Martinsville is not one of my favorite tracks because I prefer the banked tracks over the flat ones. I did finish second there in the trucks last year so that made me like it a little bit more. Hopefully we can duplicate a finish close to that this year. It will be interesting to see how the Busch cars handle there versus the trucks.
"The open test day on Thursday will determine which car we are going to race on Saturday. We're taking two cars to see which one is better. We planned on taking RK-217 which we have not raced since Phoenix, but since then the guys have done a lot of work to the body of the car to make it better. If it turns out we don't like it then we'll run RK-349 which is the car that finished 13th at New Hampshire last weekend."
Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at Martinsville Speedway:
"I'm pleased NASCAR gave us a test day on Thursday since we've done so much work to the car we plan on running (RK-217). We want to make sure that car is as good as we think it will be since we've changed so much on it. If it doesn't run as well as we expect we have a good back-up with the New Hampshire car.
"Todd had a great finish at Martinsville the trucks last fall so I expect him to figure this place out in a Busch car pretty quickly. We've gained quite a few points in the last several weeks and this would be a good weekend to make up a lot more."
Danny O'Quinn, Jr.
Team:No. 50 Transamerica Insurance Ford Fusion
Crew Chief :Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK-216Last ran at Phoenix in 2005 where Carl Edwards won the pole in this car
O'Quinn, Jr. on racing at Martinsville Speedway:
"I am really looking forward to Martinsville. We really want to get back on track and make a come back after last weekend. The car we are taking is one of Carl's from last year and he won the pole in it so hopefully it will do the same for us. We have Transamerica on the car this weekend so I plan to go out there and do a good job for them."
Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Martinsville Speedway:
"Danny has run tracks like Martinsville throughout his entire career, so he knows what it takes to get around these shorter tracks. We tested our car at another short track, and Danny really liked the car, so it should be an excellent weekend."
Team: No. 60 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel
Chassis:RK- 345 Last ran at Dover, June 3; Finished second
Edwards on racing in the Busch Series at Martinsville Speedway:
"I am looking forward to racing at Martinsville. It has always been a very challenging track for me. This will be my first Busch Series race there, but we are coming off a great win in Loudon and the tracks are very similar. Our Ameriquest Team has a lot of momentum going there and hopefully, we can keep it going and keep chipping away at the Busch Series Championship."
Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel (P.K.) on racing at Martinsville Speedway:
"We've got a little momentum going into Martinsville with our Ameriquest Ford Fusion. We've got a lot of good ideas going in that we picked up from Milwaukee and now from Loudon. We've learned what to adjust. Our guys are going to be busy. We'll have David Ragan filling in for us at this non-companion event for practice and setup on Friday. We're really looking forward to Martinsville."