Roush Racing heads to Atlanta for Round Four of "The Chase"

Atlanta Motor Speedway, October 29-31st, 2004
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: MBNA Bass Pro Shops 500, 12:30PM, Sunday
NASCAR Busch Series: Aaron's 312, 1:00PM, Saturday

Roush Racing Fast Facts

- After a 12th-place run last week in Martinsville, Mark Martin and the team will look for a solid run this weekend in Atlanta where they were very fast last week during a two-day test session. Martin, who has two wins and 17 top-10 finishes in 37 starts at Atlanta will look to build on that success this weekend.

- Martin remains in fifth place in the Chase. He currently trails first by 224 points and fourth by 17 points with four races remaining.

- Ten of Martin's 17 top-10 finishes and both of his wins at Atlanta have come in the fall race.

- Also, Martin will start his 600th career Nextel Cup race next week in Phoenix.

- In addition to his Nextel Cup duties, Martin will be making his long-awaited return to the ASA series this weekend in Atlanta. Martin will also make his fourth Busch start of the season this weekend in Atlanta, where he pulls into the weekend looking for a trio of victories. This will be Martin's first ever ASA race at Atlanta and his 10th in the Busch series, where he has three wins.

- This will be Martin's 38th start at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the veteran driver has tallied 17 top-10 finishes and nine top-fives. Martin ran his first race at the track on March 21, 1982 where he finished 19th. He returned that same year and drove to a top-10 finish in the spring. The No. 6 team posted a pair of top-10 finishes there in 2002, but fell victim to mechanical failures in both races there in 2003. The team finished 14th there in the spring.

- Greg Biffle has two poles, one win and three top-five finishes in three Busch Series starts at Atlanta. He won last year's event after starting from the pole position.

- Biffle best Cup Series finish at Atlanta came in the spring event of this year (eighth).

- Matt Kenseth finished 16th at Martinsville one week ago. He has 16 top-10 finishes in 32 starts in 2004. Kenseth has now been inside the NASCAR Top-10 for 67 straight weeks*the longest active streak.

- Kenseth has two top-five and five top-10's at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

- Kenseth tested at Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 20-21st of this year.

- Kurt Busch continues to the lead in the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series following his fifth place finish in Martinsville last week. He now leads second-place Jeff Gordon by 96 points.

- Busch led a race-high 120 laps (the most laps he has led in a race this season) in the Subway 500 last week to extend his streak of races led to eight. Busch and Ryan Newman are the only two "Chase" contenders to lead at least one lap in each of the first six "Chase" races.

- Busch has finished in the top six in each of the first six races in the "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup," and is the only driver to finish in the top ten in each of the events. Busch, second-place Jeff Gordon and Roush Racing teammate Mark Martin (currently fifth) are the only drivers to finish on the lead lap in all six "Chase" events.

- Busch has now scored twelve consecutive top-15 finishes and has been among the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 for 31 consecutive race weeks (his only week out during 2004 was following a 16th place finish at the season-opening Daytona 500).

- Busch is running the No. 97 Sharpie paint scheme for the 16th of 17 events in the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season this weekend.

- Carl Edwards has raced at Atlanta Motor Speedway one time in the No. 99 Superchips F-150 qualifying third and finishing seventh.

- Atlanta based World Financial Group will appear as the primary sponsor on the No. 99 Ford for this weekend's Halloween race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

- To date Edward's best qualifying effort in the NEXTEL Cup Series came in Charlotte when he qualified 10th. His best finish is sixth twice, once at Richmond and again at California.

NNCS:

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra® Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-118 (new chassis, tested at Atlanta last week)

Mark Martin on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "Atlanta is the fastest track that we go to that's not a restrictor plate race and that makes for a lot of fun. It's my kind of racetrack. You have to figure out how to go fast through those corners. If you do that you'll be in good shape on the straight-aways. It's a fast track and sometime you might find yourself holding your breath, but it makes for some good racing.

"It's the shape, the size, the banking and the transitions from straightaway to corner that make it so fast. It makes better speed. If you made sharper corners, it wouldn't be as fast. If you had flat straight-aways and then corners that were banked up, you'd have to slow down more approaching the corner. It's just the shape and the banking, coupled with the transitions and size that really make it a lot of fun."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "We had a pretty good test there last week and we are excited about going back for the real deal. We are taking a new car and we really liked the way it preformed at the test, so we are looking for an exciting weekend and hopefully we'll be able to make the car fast enough to put it in victory lane. If we can do that, I have no doubt the driver will get it there. We've had some good runs lately, we just haven't been able to get the finish we should have, but hopefully we'll be able to put it all together this weekend in Atlanta and take the Viagra car back to victory lane."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-239 (won at Michigan and finished third at Kansas)

Greg Biffle on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "It's really hard to think about racing after what happened last weekend. I'd become very good friends over the years with many of those involved and I'm just heartbroken.. I really don't know what to say or do. I'm deeply saddened and I have an empty feeling inside of me, as does the entire NASCAR family. All of them will be greatly missed. I sympathize with Rick Hendrick, the entire Hendrick organization and the families and friends of those whose lives were taken. My thoughts and prayers are with all of them."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "We're taking car No. 239 to Atlanta this weekend. This is the car we won with at Michigan and finished third with at Kansas. We've had our best finishes with it this year and that's why we're taking this weekend. Although the tracks have their differences, we believe that this type of car should work well for us at Atlanta as well."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush/Mark Martin
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: MMR-36 (new chassis, tested last week at Atlanta)

Matt Kenseth on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "This is definitely the kind of racetrack where our team has had a lot of success and Atlanta is a great example of a multiple groove place. It's a lot of fun to drive here, especially when you have a great handling car. The speeds are fast, but it's fun when you're running up front and that's what we need to be doing on Sunday in order to get some of these points back we've been missing."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "Our test sessions seem to have become 'car-tryouts' where we try to find out if our new chassis stuff responds to the track better than our old chassis stuff. It still comes down to the stopwatch in the end and our new one performed that much better than the old one. That's why we're bringing 36."

Kurt Busch
Team: No. 97 Sharpie Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #62 (finished fourth in Charlotte two weeks ago)

Kurt Busch on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "We've got a Crown Royal IROC race on Saturday and, of course, Atlanta is a very fast race track. There's a tremendous draft as well as aero issues there and that's what we have to work on this next week. We've got our car built and we've had teammates test there at Atlanta, so it's just a matter of taking one day at a time and not getting too far ahead of ourselves. This was the halfway point. We're now past that and we can look forward to the final four races."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "Atlanta is the fastest race track we go to, but its one of those tracks where Kurt has won before, so we feel good about our driver this week. We're taking the same car that we took earlier this year to Atlanta that we ended up with some damage in practice and had to go with the back-up car, but the same car finished well at both Charlotte races this year, so we should be alright."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 World Financial Group Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis Number: RK-270 (new chassis, wind tunnel test last week)

Carl Edwards on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "I'm really looking forward to Atlanta. We had a good run there in the Superchips truck this spring and I'm looking forward to returning to the track this weekend. It's a big fast track where you don't use your brakes much and that makes it fun. We have World Financial Group on the No. 99 Ford this week as our primary sponsor and we want to do everything possible to give them a great run and finish up front."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "We are taking a brand new car to Atlanta this week. Unfortunately our test was cancelled last week due to rain but I think we have some good information from our teammates that will help us set the car up to run fast. We have World Financial Group on the car this week and we will do everything we can to give them a good run and put the No. 99 Ford up front."

NBS:

Mark Martin
Team: No. 9 Cottman Transmission Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Tony Liberati
Chassis: RK-15 (finished second at Michigan)

Mark Martin on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "We are going to have a busy weekend this weekend that's for sure, but we'll get to do a lot of racing and I'm excited about that. We are running the No. 9 Cottman car again this weekend in the Busch race and hopefully we can take it to victory lane. It's the same car that we finished second with at Michigan and we had a strong run at Dover as well, so hopefully we'll be able to get a little better and see if we can't win the thing. I can't remember the last time I ran three races in one weekend and I'm excited about the chance to win all three."

Crew Chief Tony Liberati on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "We're excited about the race this weekend. We have a good car and a great driver. Hopefully we can take that combination to victory lane."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 60 Charter Communications Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Brad Parrott
Chassis: JR-80 (won both Fontana events)

Greg Biffle on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "It's really hard to think about racing after what happened last weekend. I'd become very good friends over the years with many of those involved and I'm just heartbroken.. I really don't know what to say or do. I'm deeply saddened and I have an empty feeling inside of me, as does the entire NASCAR family. All of them will be greatly missed. I sympathize with Rick Hendrick, the entire Hendrick organization and the families and friends of those whose lives were taken. My thoughts and prayers are with all of them."

Crew Chief Brad Parrott on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "Atlanta is an extremely fast one and a half-mile racetrack and Greg typically runs well on these types of tracks. He had a good run there in his Cup car in March and he won the fall Busch race last year after starting from the pole. We're taking Chassis 80, which is the same car we won both California races with and it's more than capable of getting the job done for the Charter team this weekend.

"Most importantly our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Hendrick organization and the families and friends of those involved in Sunday's tragedy."

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