BUSCH: Roush Racing Daytona preview

ROUSH RACING Daytona International Speedway, Feb. 10 -- Feb. 18 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Daytona 500, Feb.18 NASCAR Busch Series: Orbitz 300, Feb. 17 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Chevy Silverado HD 250, Feb.

ROUSH RACING
Daytona International Speedway, Feb. 10 -- Feb. 18

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Daytona 500, Feb.18
NASCAR Busch Series: Orbitz 300, Feb. 17
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Chevy Silverado HD 250, Feb. 16

Roush Racing Fast Facts

* David Ragan is competing for Rookie of the Year in both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series in 2007.

* Ragan will compete in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race on February 10th.

* This will be Ragan's first race in any NASCAR series at Daytona International Speedway.

* Ragan is one of twelve rookies vying for Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year in the Busch Series.

* Ragan is one of four drivers racing full-time in both the Busch and Cup Series in 2007

* Greg Biffle took his first ever Cup Series win at Daytona on July 5, 2003, during his rookie season.

* Biffle also took his first ever Cup Series pole at Daytona when he topped the speed charts during qualifying for the 2004 Daytona 500.

* In addition to Biffle's Cup win at Daytona, he also has a pair of second place Busch finishes at the 2.5-mile oval.

* Tryson is one of only three crew chiefs to take his driver to the Chase in each of the past three seasons.

* Last season Biffle took home two wins, eight top-five finishes and 15 top-10 finishes on his way to a 13th place finish in the point standings.

* Along with Tryson, the No. 16 Ameriquest Nextel Cup team will be the crew for Biffle in the No. 26 Oreo Double Stuf Busch entry.

* Last season Biffle took home one win, nine top-five finishes and 18 top-10 finishes on his way to a ninth place finish in the Busch Series point standings.

* This season Biffle will be running all but three Busch Series races for either Roush Racing or Brewco Motorsports.

* Matt Kenseth enters 2007 coming off the second best points finish of his career, only 57 points shy of his second Cup title.

* The 2007 version of the "Killer Bees" (the over-the-wall crew) welcomes two new members to fold, rear-tire changer and original crew member, Dave Smith returns along with rear-tire carrier Jason Binger. Of the 24 race-day crew members on the No. 17 team, 21 returned from 2006.

* Kenseth has three top fives and five top-10 finishes in the past six-restrictor plate races.

* Kenseth finished fifth last season in his respective race in the Gatorade Duel, marking the third straight season he has finished sixth or better.

* A flat tire, which occurred just a few hundred yards from taking the green flag during his solo qualifying run in 2006, had Kenseth slotted 57th out of 57 cars after qualifying.

* By finishing 42nd in the 2005 Daytona 500, Kenseth & the No. 17 DEWALT team snapped a 71-consecutive race streak in which they had been inside the top 10 in the Championship Points Standings, dating back to the 2003 Daytona 500.

* Kenseth will pilot the No. 17 Arby's Ford Fusion on its maiden voyage on Saturday, Feb. 17 in the NBS race, the Orbitz 300.

* Jamie McMurray scored one top five and two top-10 finishes in his last three starts at Daytona International Speedway.

* McMurray, who admittedly enjoys restrictor-plate racing, has posted two top-10 finishes in his last three restrictor-plate starts.

* Larry Carter will be making his first start as crew chief of the No. 26 Crown Royal team in this weekend's Daytona 500.

* McMurray has a career starting position of 18.5 and an average finishing position of 27.5 at the famed Daytona International Speedway.

* In 150 career starts, McMurray has posted 22 top five and 55 top-10 finishes

* Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion will pull triple duty at Daytona, competing in the NASCAR Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series events.

* Edwards and the No. 99 Office Depot team closed out the 2006 season 12th in point standings.

* Edwards captured his best Nextel Cup finish at Daytona, 12th place, in the 2005 Daytona 500. He started that race from the 29th position.

* Edwards will also drive the No. 60 Scotts Ford Fusion in the Busch Series and the No. 50 Roush Racing Ford F-150 in the Truck Series at Daytona.

* In 2006, Edwards and the No. 60 team finished second to Kevin Harvick in the NBS point standings.

* Edwards captured his best NBS finish at Daytona, fifth place, in the Winn-Dixie 250 in June of 2006.

NEXTEL Cup
Daytona 500 - Feb. 18, 2007

David Ragan
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: Primary RK-433 Brand new Backup RK-382 Last ran at the '06 Pepsi 400, driven by Biffle

Ragan on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "I think we are ready for Daytona. I have mentally and physically prepared myself for this race. I have a great crew and a great crew chief behind me for support. I have spent a lot of time in the shop with the team making sure I know everything there is to know about my car, picking Jimmy's brain and talking with my teammates about what to expect this weekend. I know I have a lot to learn, but my goal is to learn quickly and improve each and every weekend. This is one of the biggest races of the season if not the biggest and I want to finish every lap and improve every lap. I know I have the resources to get the job done so I am going to take advantage of that and do the very best I can."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "David is scheduled to run the ARCA and the Busch race before he gets in the Cup car so I think that time on the track is going to be important. We have a good crew of guys and a good car. David ran really well here during the test too, so I think we have a shot at a decent finish. David has a lot of growing to do as a rookie driver, but he also has a lot of talent and the discipline that is required to succeed in this series."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: Bud Shootout -- 309 Never ran Daytona 500 -- 422 Brand new

Biffle on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "I don't know that I've ever been so excited to get a season started. This new team has really come together and I can't wait to see what we can do at the track. We had a little bad luck in the off-season at the Vegas tests but we've still got plenty of good cars and we're taking two of them to Daytona this week. We tested both cars at the Daytona test and feel pretty confident about our chances with them. Pat's got a great group of guys and I think we're all just ready to get going. A win at Daytona is something you never forget and a Daytona 500 win is something no one forgets."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "We're taking both of the cars that we tested at Daytona in January. We ran really well with both of them and feel pretty good about taking them down there this week. They're both new cars but were both fast right off the truck. We've got pretty much the same team we had last year for the 6 car, so they already work together pretty well. I know we're all ready to get down to Daytona and start racing.

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-327 Last ran: Jul. '06 at Daytona; finished fifth Also ran: Feb. '06 Daytona 500, led 28 laps before finishing 15th RK-418 Brand New

Kenseth on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "The Daytona 500 is the biggest race of the year for so many reasons. It has the most build up, it has the most prestige, definitely the most interest, and it pays far more than any other race. We've had our share of disappointment in this race over the years, including last year, which was extremely frustrating because I really thought we had a car good enough to win. But, I always look forward to coming back.

"It's a pretty cool qualifying format with the Gatorade Duel. That race improved our starting spot tremendously last season because we had a flat tire about 200 yards before we took the green flag on our solo qualifying run, and that put us qualifying dead last.

"Plate racing is always a crap shoot, because at the end of the race there's only so much you can do and you rely on everyone else to help you. It seems lately we've had a car capable of winning these races but we haven't gotten the help we need at the end. I know the car we're bringing is going to be a good one, if we can avoid the wrecks and have some things fall the right way for us at the end, we should be in position to compete for the win."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "It's always refreshing to get back to Daytona. This is the start of the new year and our goals really haven't changed. I expect this team to be a championship caliber team and to compete for the title and compete for wins every week.

"We're bringing the same car we brought last year to Daytona for both races and it ran really well both times. Matt likes the way it handles and it was our strongest car during the test for sure. We built a brand new car hoping to find some more speed but wasn't able to do so. That's the bad news. The good news is that the car we had before, that we're bringing back, is still fast and so we should be okay.

"We'll approach this race the way we approach every plate race. Once the race begins, there's only so much we can control, but we have to make sure we hold up our end on pit road, and don't lose track position. One slip on pit road could cost you three seconds on the track, which could cause you to lose the draft, which could end your day. So, we have to be mistake free on pit road and keep the track position we have all day."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Larry Carter
Chassis: Primary RK -- 192 Last raced at Talladega in Oct. 2006; McMurray finished 37th Backup RK -- 328

McMurray on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "I can't wait to get back down to Daytona. It's always exciting to get back in the racecar -- this year especially. We're starting the season with Larry Carter as the crew chief and with him came a whole new No. 26 team. We have a new car chief Todd Zeigler; he was with Mark's (Martin) team last year. We have a new engineer, tire specialist, shock specialist; basically, a whole new team. When we came down here for testing, I was certainly impressed with what we had. This is a new body on the Crown Royal Ford Fusion, and a really fast engine to go with it. I'm excited to get this season started out on the right foot and I think with the team we put together during the off season, we are going to have a great year."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "Daytona is a great track for us to kick off the 2007 season. Roush Racing has a good plate program, and it seems they are constantly improving on it. While we were down in Daytona a few weeks ago, the car really handled well and was pretty decent in the draft. Hopefully, with a few changes we made back at the shop over the last couple of weeks, we should run really well. I know the entire No. 26 team is excited to get back down to Daytona and get the season underway."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-287 Last raced in the Budweiser Shootout in 2006; finished 12th

Edwards on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "I'm really looking forward to getting back in my No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion for the start of the 2007 season in Daytona. The Daytona 500 is our most challenging race of the year. I'm very excited about reuniting with Bob Osborne and carrying the momentum we had from our last 10 races of 2006 into the start of this year. We just need to produce good results. We need to stay out of trouble and finish in the top-10 or better. We finished 43rd there last year, so we definitely need a better finish this year. I think 2007 is going to be a blast. My goal is to produce top 10's and wins."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "It's great to be teamed back up with Carl and the Office Depot team. I'm very excited about our prospects for 2007. Our first step will be to finish the Daytona 500 in a good position to set us up for the long road to the Chase. The No. 99 Office Depot team needs to have excellent pit stops, stay out of the "big one" and draft well to finish the top 10. We can't wait to get the 2007 season rolling."

Busch Series
Orbitz 300 - Feb. 17, 2007

Mark Martin
Team: No.06 Dish Network Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Chad Norris
Chassis: RK- 236 - Last ran Daytona in July with Todd Kluever, finished 25th

Martin on racing in the Busch Series at Daytona International Speedway: "Well, I said at Homestead last year about never saying never when it came to driving for Jack again and here we are at Daytona and we'll be in one of Jack's Busch cars. Daytona isn't my favorite place in the world, and we've never been able to win there in the Busch car. We were however, able to win there last year in the truck, so maybe our luck is changing there and we can take another trip to victory lane with Jack."

Crew Chief Chad Norris on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "We are taking a car that has been in the stable for awhile. David Ragan tested the car and it was pretty fast with him, so I think with Mark's experience we should be fine. The No. 06 team is really excited to be a part of having Mark in the car. We all really think this is a shot to start this new team off on the right foot and maybe get the first win for Dish Network and Roush Racing for the season."

David Ragan Team: No. 6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-344 Last ran at Talladega as the No. 50 car

Ragan on racing in the Busch Series at Daytona International Speedway: "I think the Busch race will be a good warm up for the 500. It feels good to have a new sponsor and a solid team. We had a good test in Daytona so the outlook is positive. If we can build on that momentum to start the season, with a little luck, and if everyone does their job, I feel like we have a shot at a top ten finish in the Discount Tire Ford Fusion."

Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "We are really excited to get back to Daytona. We have a great car and a capable team, so our confidence at this point is very high. We tested well at Daytona last month, and we are looking forward to getting off to a good start in the points with David and the entire Discount Tire Team."

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 16 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis: RK-368 -- Danny O'Quinn raced this car at Daytona last July

Kluever on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "I am excited to get back on track at Daytona. We had a pretty good test down there in January with this car. Eddie (Pardue) and the guys have worked really hard on this car and I think it's going to be pretty decent. My expectations are very high for this season so I'm ready to get started. This is a really good team and they won a race last year so I'm excited to be with them. I'd love to be running the full season, but at least I get to compete in one of the biggest races of the year at Daytona."

Eddie Pardue on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "This is a good car that tested well at Daytona last month. I think we can have a really good run with Todd. Daytona is tough because it's all about being in the right place at the right time, and definitely trying not to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. We did a lot of single-car runs and drafting with this car at the test so we all feel pretty confident it will be a good piece."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No.17 Arby's Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK- 414 Brand new

Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Daytona International Speedway: "It should be fun to get back in the Busch car on a plate race. I haven't run in the Busch Series at Daytona since 2004, but we were always able to compete and we won this race back in 2000 with Robbie and Johnny R's team. It's going to be our first race with Arby's and hopefully we can have a great run with those guys to kick off the year. The first race of the season is always exciting, and the fact we have a brand new sponsor will just increase the excitement. Plus, this team is on a win streak after winning the last two races of '06. Hopefully, we can keep that streak alive with a win at Daytona. I can't think of a better way to start the year."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "We are taking a brand new car down to Daytona, this car tested well and hopefully we got it a faster. Speedway racing is about being around the front as the race is winding down. With Matt driving, and a little luck, we should run up front all day long and give the Arby's Ford Fusion a good finish."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 26 Oreo Double Stuf Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: NA

Biffle on racing in the Busch Series at Daytona International Speedway: "We're really excited to run this No. 26 Oreo Double Stuf car in the Daytona Busch race this year. I've gotten a lot of feedback already on the commercial we did and I know Kraft and Oreo have a lot more planned in association with the Double Stuf brand and the 'Ready, Set, Lick' promotion this year. It's a cool paint scheme and I think it would look pretty good sitting in victory lane."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "The No. 26 Busch car, that we are going to run at Daytona, is a car that Erik Darnell tested at the Busch test there in January. From what I understand, he ran top-five times during most of the session and the guys that were down there feel pretty confident with this car. There's always a chance at Daytona, especially in the Busch race, that you're going to get caught up in something that is not your fault but we've got a veteran driver and a fast racecar, so we'll just go out there and race for the win."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.60 Scotts Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel (P.K.)
Chassis: RK-338 Last raced at Daytona in June '06; finished 5th

Edwards on racing in the Busch Series at Daytona International Speedway: "It was just awesome to get back in the car for testing a few weeks ago at Daytona. We have a very fast car and the whole team is pumped. We have Scotts back with us and we are all very excited about 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 10, but we are striving for better. Daytona is a big race and we are ready. Racing at Daytona is just awesome and I can't wait to get started with the 2007 season!"

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel (P.K.) on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "We are looking forward to reuniting with Scotts. We had a lot of success in the Cup Series with them as our sponsor. Hopefully, they can bring that with them to the Busch side. Daytona is one of our toughest challenges. We want to make sure that we finish the race. We finished 15th there in June. We just want to get a good start on the season and we are excited about racing at Daytona."

Craftsman Truck Series
Chevy Silverado HD 250 - Feb. 16, 2007

Travis Kvapil
Team: No. 6 Roush Racing Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: 52, brand-new chassis

Kvapil on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "Daytona is a track that I've come close to winning at twice. It's a real fun track to race at in the trucks. We had a spectacular test and all the Roush trucks are performing well, so we're looking forward to getting back down there for the race. This will be my first start for Roush Racing and I'm looking forward to kicking off our relationship with a great finish at Daytona."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "We had great super-speedway stuff last year, so we're hoping we can build on what we learned and continue to run the way we did. We tested a new truck and the one we had so much success with last year, and we've decided to run the new one in the race. Travis was really happy with the way that truck handled in traffic, so that's what we'll be bringing as our primary. I'm happy to have Travis as our driver for 2007. We're looking forward to a great year."

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 50 Roush Racing Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Chassis: 31, last raced at Talladega in October, David Ragan started 2nd & finished 7th

Edwards on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "I just think it's awesome to be driving the No. 50 Ford F-150 in the Craftsman Truck Series in Daytona. One of my greatest memories is winning the truck race there in 2004. I'm really excited about working with Matt Puccia, he's great and I know he and the guys have worked really hard to build some fast trucks for this year. If we stay out of trouble I feel we have a great shot to win."

Crew Chief Matt Puccia on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "We're very optimistic about racing at Daytona. The last time we raced this truck it was really good. We updated the nose and put a cover over it, we knew it was going to be the truck we'd race in Daytona. Carl's won this race before, so he knows what it takes to get the job done here. All the guys are really looking forward to working with him again. All three Roush trucks showed they were really strong at the test last month, so we're all ready to get down there and race."

Erik Darnell
Team: No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Quinn
Chassis: 51, brand-new chassis

Darnell on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "We're all looking forward to coming back to Daytona after our run last year. It was my first speedway start in a truck, and we finished sixth. The test last month went very well and we've got a great truck. It handled very well in traffic and it was very good in the draft. I can't think of a better way to kick off 2007 than with a strong finish in the Northern Tool + Equipment Ford.

Crew Chief John Quinn on racing at Daytona International Speedway: "Daytona is an unpredictable track because it's so easy for someone else to get you caught up in trouble. We've got a great truck. We showed that last month in the test. If we can qualify towards the front and Erik can keep us up there in the draft, we'll be in great shape. We feel really good about our program for 2007 and we feel like we've got a chance to kick off the season in style."

-credit: rr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , David Ragan , Todd Kluever , Erik Darnell , Danny O'Quinn , Mike Kelley , Mark Martin , Travis Kvapil , Johnny R