BUSCH: Roush Racing Daytona II/Kansas preview

ROUSH RACING Daytona International Speedway, Jun. 29-Jul. 1 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Pepsi 400, Jul. 1 NASCAR Busch Series: Winn-Dixie 250, Jun. 30 Kansas Speedway, Jul. 1 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: O'Reilly...

ROUSH RACING
Daytona International Speedway, Jun. 29-Jul. 1
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Pepsi 400, Jul. 1
NASCAR Busch Series: Winn-Dixie 250, Jun. 30

Kansas Speedway, Jul. 1
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: O'Reilly Auto Parts 250, Jul. 1

Roush Racing Fast Facts

* Mark Martin has two wins in the IROC series and a Bud Shootout victory at Daytona.

* Martin has finished inside the top six in five of his last nine races at Daytona.

* Martin has finished inside the top-10 in 15 of his last 29 at Daytona and seven of his last 14 Pepsi 400's.

* Martin has nine top five and 15 top-10 finishes in 42 starts at DIS.

* Martin has finished in the top-10 in 54 percent of his 74 restrictor -plate races.

* Martin's 34 top-10 finishes in restrictor plate races are the most ever.

* Martin is one of six drivers to have completed in all 74 restrictor-plate races.

* Greg Biffle is currently ninth in the point standings after his fourth place finish at Infineon.

* Biffle and the National Guard team are currently 467 points out of the lead and have a 22-point advantage over Kevin Harvick in the 10th position.

* Biffle's fourth place finish at Infineon was his seventh top-10 in a row, already beating his personal Nextel Cup record of five top-10 finishes in a row.

* Biffle's string of top-10 finishes began at Richmond. Following that race, he was still only 20th in the point standings and 169 points out of the top 10.

* This weekend the No. 16 National Guard team will run the yellow National Guard/Subway paint scheme.

* Matt Kenseth will fly the R+L Carriers colors this weekend for the second time in 2006. In the previous showing, Kenseth drove the R+L Carriers Ford Fusion to a fifth-place finish at Charlotte. The paint scheme will run once more at Martinsville in October.

* Kenseth will race in round three of the 2006 Crown Royal IROC Series on Thursday night. Kenseth comes into round three as the IROC points leader with 43, nine points clear of second place.

* Thursday will mark the second time Kenseth has raced on Daytona International Speedway's road course. He first did so in the 2005 24 Hours of Daytona.

* Kenseth has two top-10 finished in the past three Pepsi 400s.

* Kenseth comes into Daytona ranked second in the championship point standings. The last three seasons he has entered this weekend ranked first in 2003 (Championship year), third in 2004, and 20th in 2005.

* Jamie McMurray has competed in seven Daytona International Speedway races, including a best finish of second a year ago.

* McMurray's average start is 24.1 and finish is 37.3 at Daytona International Speedway in seven races.

* McMurray and the No. 26 team will feature Smirnoff Ice for the second time.

* Smirnoff Ice malt beverage consumer platform is: Be Smart. Drink Responsibly.

* In Carl Edwards' 65 Nextel Cup starts, 29% have resulted in top-five finishes, with 47% resulting in top-10 finishes.

* Edwards' average start in restrictor-plate races is 17.9, with an average finish of 25.

* Edwards has posted two top-10 finishes in his last three restrictor-plate finishes. His best Cup restrictor-plate finish came at Talladega Speedway in October of 2005 where Edwards finished fifth.

* In his first nine starts as crew chief of the Office Depot team, Wally Brown has recorded six top-10 finishes.

* Entering the second Daytona race last year, Edwards was in ninth place in the Nextel Cup point standings. This year, Edwards is currently 13th and 73 points out of 10th place.

* Office Depot Store #2348 of Howell, NJ will be on the side of Edwards' Ford Fusion for this weekend's race at Daytona International Speedway.

NNCS

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-284 Last ran in Feb. Daytona 500, where it led 18 laps and finished 12th.

Martin on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"We haven't had a lot of luck at Daytona. It's actually been pretty rough on us over the years. We've had some really fast cars there in recent years, but we've gotten caught up in some accidents and we've had some other stuff go on that wasn't necessarily in your control. Everyone knows that I'm not a huge fan of restrictor-place racing in general, but we have had some good cars. Hopefully we can build on that, go there and stay out of trouble and bring home a descent finish, before we head to Chicago where we'll be doing a little more of what we like to do.

"We didn't have the best car at Sonoma, but the team just dug down and worked hard and we were really able to dodge a bullet there. We came out with a solid finish and we actually gained a spot in the points on a day when it could have been much worse for us. I think that says a lot about the determination of this team. Now we'll turn our attention to Daytona and hope that we are lucky enough to finish the race and stay out of the wrecks."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"We've actually had pretty good cars at Daytona the last few years. We are taking the same car that we ran there in February when we were really strong and Mark was able to drive to the front of the field and lead the race. We had a mishap in the pits that cost us on the finish, but we were pretty strong there and hopefully we'll be able to pick back up where we left off. If we can stay out of trouble then we should be pretty competitive this on Saturday."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard/ Subway Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-382 Brand new car

Biffle on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"Daytona was where I had my first Cup Series win and for that reason the July race at Daytona is always one I look forward to. A win at Daytona is something you never forget and it would be incredible to do it again. We just need to stay out of trouble this week. We've made up a lot of ground in the points these last few weeks and if we can just keep up this string of top-10 finishes, we'll be in good shape."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"We're taking a brand new racecar to Daytona this week. We built it based on a lot of the things we have learned at Daytona July races in the past. The main thing we will be focusing on is getting the car to turn well in the heat. That will be crucial and we had the car built with that in mind. If we can stay out of the wrecks and be there with the top-10 at the end of the race, I'll be happy."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 R+L Carriers/DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-327 Last ran; '06 Daytona 500, led 28 laps before finishing 15th
     RK-283 Last ran; '05 Pepsi 400, finished ninth

Kenseth on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"I've been looking forward to this race for awhile. We're bringing the same car we ran there in the 500 and it was probably the best car I've ever had at Daytona. Hopefully, it will be just as good this weekend. You have to have a car that handles good when you come to Daytona. You don't necessarily think of handling when you think about Daytona, but if you have a car that handles good you can really maneuver through the turns, instead of just following the guy in front of you. This car handled really well there in February. I thought we were good enough to compete for the win until we got taken out. Still, we managed to come back and finish 15th and that says something about this car and about our team."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"Anything can happen at Daytona. I always tell our guys that they have to be prepared for anything when we come here. With the reduced fuel cell, you have to be ready for two-tire stops, four-tire stops, gas only, and then you'd better to be ready to patch up the car on pit road. It use to be, when you came to Daytona you didn't really think about beating and banging, but now, after the race, these cars look like they've just ran 500 laps at Martinsville sometimes. There are so many things that are out of your hands at Daytona, so you just have to make sure that what you can control, you do it well and you hit all of you marks on pit road."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Smirnoff Ice Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-328

McMurray on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"I am looking forward to the Pepsi 400. I think this is our best chance of winning so far this year. We ran this chassis at the Shootout in February. And last year, I finished second. I really like racing at Daytona, and am hopeful for our Smirnoff Ice team to get into victory lane."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"The Smirnoff Ice team is ready for Daytona. We are bringing RK-328, it's the same car we used at the Shoot Out in February. Going back to Daytona for the night race will be good for the Smirnoff Ice team, we anticipate a good race."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Wally Brown
Chassis: RK -- 336 (Last raced at DIS in February 2006; Edwards finished 43rd

Edwards on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"Daytona this weekend will be awesome. The Office Depot team is coming off a couple of great weeks and hopefully we can carry that same momentum into Daytona this weekend. I really do enjoy racing at Daytona, although, in recent past, we have just been a victim of unfortunate luck. We are so close at getting ourselves into the top 10 and honestly, that is our number one goal right now. We don't have many races left, so we have to do everything we can week in and week out until the 'Chase' ends. Another good week in Daytona is exactly what the Office Depot team needs to move ourselves a bit closer."

Crew Chief Wally Brown on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"The Office Depot team is looking forward to this weekend in Daytona. We are returning with the same body style the team took down to the first Daytona. The team had a really fast car in February, but unfortunately they were caught up in a wreck. Hopefully we can enter Daytona this weekend with the same fast car and come out with another top-10 finish. Right now, the Office Depot team is focused on getting ourselves into the top 10, if we collect a win or two along the way, that would be great, but our focus is on Carl and getting him into the 'Chase.'"

NBS

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-236 Tested at Daytona in January but has not raced yet

Kluever on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"It's hard to believe we're going back to Daytona already. The first half of the season has just flown by so fast. We had pretty good luck at Daytona in February, so hopefully we didn't use it all up. You just never know what could happen there. You might have the best car in the field but if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time there isn't much you can do.

"We're taking the car we tested at Daytona in January, but we didn't race it at Daytona or Talladega. It was really fast in race trim, but we were afraid it wouldn't be fast enough in qualifying trim. When we went to Daytona the last time, we had to qualify on time since we were a new team without any points. This time we don't have to sacrifice a good race car just to get one that qualifies better. It's much more important to have a good car for the race than for qualifying. It doesn't really matter where you start at a place like Daytona because you can just as easily move to the front or the back on the very first lap."

Mike Kelley on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"I'd take another seventh-place finish like we had in February this weekend. We're taking the car we wanted to race in February, but couldn't take a chance on it in qualifying trim since we had no points. Todd has quite a bit of experience at restrictor-plate tracks compared to some of the rookies since he's already run two Busch races, one truck race and an ARCA race. The extra experience will help him in the draft. This is a tough race to watch from the pits because there isn't much we can do to help him -- it's mainly up to him and the spotter."

Greg Biffle
Team: No.16 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis Number: RK- 289

Biffle on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"I'm glad to be back in the saddle for Ameriquest this weekend. I am looking forward to representing them at one of the most fun night races of the year. We have had some rough times and some success at Daytona. The key is to stay out of the proverbial "big one" and find some drafting partners. If we can do that, I'm very excited about our chances on the superspeedway."

Crew Chief Eddie Pardue on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"The Ameriquest Team is excited to be back racing this weekend at Daytona. Greg is awesome on the super-speedways and we look forward to a great run this weekend. We'll be running with chassis RK-289. It is a challenging race and handling will be a key factor in winning. We are ready to go!"

Danny O'Quinn, Jr.
Team: No. 50 World Financial Group Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK-368 Brand new

O'Quinn, Jr. on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"I am really looking forward to going back to Daytona. I got my first ever Busch Series start there and finished 18th so with a little experience under our belts now who knows what we are capable of."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"We are taking a brand new car that we built specially for Daytona. A good handling car for the summer race at Daytona is very important, so that will be our focus."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.60 Henkel Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel
Chassis Number: RK- 338

Edwards on racing in the NBS at Daytona International Speedway:
"My Henkel Team is very pumped about racing at Daytona under the lights. We have had a few rough finishes there and we are determined to change that. We need to stay out of the big one and draft well with our friends. We need to come out of Daytona with a top-ten, but we are striving for better. Racing at Daytona is just awesome!"

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel (P.K.) on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"Daytona is one of our toughest challenges. It's a great track with a lot of history. Carl won a truck race there a few years ago and our Henkel team is very focused on staying out of trouble. We need to draft well and be in one piece at the end of the night. If we do all these things, we should have a good night."

NCTS

David Ragan
Team: No. 6 Scotts Miracle-Gro Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: 36

Ragan on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"I've never raced here. It's another mile and a half race for me in the No. 6 truck. It's one of the tracks I think we can look at and say we'll run well based on the success of our program. We'll look forward to having a good race out there. I'll sit down with some of the other drivers and try to get a gauge on what it's going to take to be competitive out here."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"We had a good run here last year with Todd Kluever, and really it's been a good track for Roush over the years. It's a great facility that we really enjoy heading out to. We're looking forward to rebounding from some of our misfortunes last week at Milwaukee and getting a good finish here."

Michel Jourdain, Jr.
Team: No. 50 Roush Racing Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Chassis: 48

Jourdain on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"Kansas is a track that I enjoyed a lot last year in the Busch car. I feel that with the race we had in Texas, a similar mile and a half track, we should be good and really competitive. We're bringing the same truck we raced at Texas, so we're going to be bringing a proven Ford F-150 to the track."

Crew Chief Matt Puccia on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"Michel ran here last year in the Busch series, so he has a feel for what it takes to get around here in a stock car. Obviously a lot of what he's done in the open wheel cars does not cross over, so we're looking forward to taking advantage of the experience he has and seeing what we can do with it. We're bringing the truck we raced at Texas, so I hope we can improve on what we were able to accomplish there and get another good finish out of it."

Erik Darnell
Team: No. 99 Roush Racing Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Quinn
Chassis: 42

Darnell on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"I've never been to Kansas, but from what I hear, I think it's going to be similar to Kentucky. I really enjoy racing there, so I think we'll have a good run. The team ran really well here last year with Todd Kluever, so I think we'll be able to draw off that and that will obviously help our effort. Jon Wood and Carl Edwards ran well here years ago as relatively new drivers, so it's definitely a place that favors rookies. We've run well on the mile and a half tracks, so I'm looking forward to heading to Kansas."

Crew Chief John Quinn on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"We've been fairly successful on the mile and a half tracks, so even though Erik has never been here, we can come into the weekend with the confidence of knowing that his ability to adapt to these places will greatly help us. We've got some good notes from last year, Todd Kluever ran really well in his first start here. We're bringing chassis 42, we've run this at Charlotte and Michigan most recently. We feel pretty good about our chances for a good finish."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Jon Wood , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , Jack Roush , David Ragan , Todd Kluever , Erik Darnell , Doug Richert , Danny O'Quinn , Mike Kelley , Mark Martin , Michel Jourdain