Chicagoland Speedway, Jul. 7 - Jul. 9 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: USG Sheetrock 400 NASCAR Busch Series: USG Durock 300 Kentucky Speedway, Jul. 8 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Built Ford Tough 225 Roush Racing Fast Facts * This will be Mark...
Chicagoland Speedway, Jul. 7 - Jul. 9
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: USG Sheetrock 400
NASCAR Busch Series: USG Durock 300
Kentucky Speedway, Jul. 8
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Built Ford Tough 225
Roush Racing Fast Facts
* This will be Mark Martin's sixth start at Chicagoland Speedway.
* Martin finished sixth in the inaugural race at Chicagoland in 2001 and 10th there last season.
* Martin has a 12.6 average finish at Chicagoland.
* Martin has led in three of the five races at Chicagoland.
* Martin is one of 22 drivers that have competed in all five races at Chicagoland.
* Greg Biffle is currently 11th in the point standings after his 31st place finish at Daytona.
* Biffle and the National Guard team are currently 459 points out of the lead but are only six points from a top-10 position.
* In addition to his Cup Series record at Chicagoland, Biffle also has one top-10 finish in the NASCAR Busch Series.
* Biffle was able to lead a lap at Daytona last week and has now led at least one lap in all but three of the 17 Nextel Cup races run this season.
* This weekend the No. 16 National Guard team will run the yellow National Guard/Subway paint scheme.
* Matt Kenseth leads all NEXTEL Cup drivers with 10 top-five finishes in 2006, two better than his nearest pursuer.
* Kenseth has completed all but one lap in five races at Chicago and is tops among laps completed with 1334, (tied with Kevin Harvick).
* Kenseth's average finish at Chicago is 9.4. That's second best among drivers who have competed in all five races at the track and third on Kenseth's personal best list trailing only Las Vegas and Michigan.
* Kenseth has never finished worse than 14th in five races at Chicago.
* Kenseth is coming off of a career-best Daytona finish. His fifth-place finish marks the first time in 14 points-paying races at Daytona where Kenseth has cracked the top five.
* Kenseth's No. 17 Ford Fusion will carry the USG Sheetrock colors this weekend in the USG Sheetrock 400. It marks the second of three times this season Kenseth will pilot the USG Sheetrock Ford; the first was at Bristol in March (finished third) and the last will be at Phoenix in November.
* Jamie McMurray has competed in three Chicagoland Speedway races, with one top-ten finish.
* McMurray's average start is 20 and finish is 14 at Chicagoland Speedway in three races.
* McMurray has completed all possible 801 laps in his three starts at Chicagoland, only two other drivers (Jimmy Johnson in 4 starts and Bill Elliott in 3 starts) have completed each entered lap at the Joliet track.
* McMurray and the No. 26 team will feature the Lenox Industrial Tools paint scheme for three races, beginning at this weekend's Chicagoland Speedway; followed by the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway in July and Kansas Speedway.
* Carl Edwards will be making his second Nextel Cup start at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend.
* The Office Depot team will take chassis RK-270 this weekend to Chicagoland Speedway. RK-270 had its best finish of the year three weeks ago at Michigan where Edwards finished second.
* Edwards will be making an Office Depot store appearance this Thursday, July 6th in Frankfort, Ill.
* Currently, Edwards is 14th in the Nextel Cup point standings and only 125 points out of 10th place.
* In Wally Brown's first 10 Nextel Cup starts as crew chief, he has posted three top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes.
* Office Depot Store #2111 of Hammond, LA will be on the side of Edwards' Ford Fusion for this weekend's race at Chicagoland Speedway.
USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, Sunday, Jul. 9
Team: No. 06 Post-it Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Frank Stoddard
Chassis: RK-276 One of Mark Martin's former cars
Kluever on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"It's hard to believe that two years ago I was racing ASA and wondering what I was going to do next as that series began to fall apart. Now I am making my first NEXTEL Cup start for Jack Roush. It's amazing how much things can change in such a short amount of time.
"I'm really excited about this weekend. We had a great test with this car at Kentucky a few weeks ago. The Cup cars seem to drive so much easier than the Busch cars. You can do a lot more with throttle control which is what I'm used to from racing in Wisconsin. Sunday will be a big day since if everything goes according to plan I'll be making my first Cup start on my Mom's birthday. Luckily this race is close enough to home that she will be there for it."
Crew Chief Frank Stoddard on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"I'm looking forward to this weekend. Todd did a really good job with the feedback at the test at Kentucky and had a really good feel for the car. I think we've got a car and driver that can be very competitive this weekend."
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-315 Last ran at Michigan; finished 27th
Finished ninth earlier this year at Dover, eighth at Darlington, ninth at Fontana and sixth at Las Vegas. Martin used the car in his win at Kansas last season.
Martin on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"It will be good to get back to a 1.5 again, especially after last week at Daytona. Chicagoland is a good track fur us and we are sure ready to get back up there. The racing there gets better every years, and as the different grooves start to develop the racing only continues to get better and better. This weekend we should see a lot of passing and some good solid racing. Hopefully we'll have a competitive car and we'll be able to go there and contend for the race.
"We actually had a good run going last weekend at Daytona. The car was good and the team had one of there best night in the pits this season. It's a shame that we had to get caught up in someone else's mess again, but that just seems to be what happens to us at those tracks. We might not have had a car to win that race, but we sure had a top-10 and the team sure gave a great effort. That's all you can really ask for, we'll just have to go back to work this weekend in Chicago and go after it."
Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"Chicagoland is a good track for us. We've had really good runs there the last couple of years and we think that we should be able to go back this year and run competitively and hopefully compete for a win. The team did a great job last week on pit road as well. We still have room for improvement, but they are getting better and better each week. We know that this is Mark's type of track, so maybe this will be the weekend that it all comes together for the AAA Team."
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-239 Vegas '06, California '06, Texas '06, Michigan '06
Biffle on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"We're taking one of our best cars to Chicago this weekend. We've had a lot of success with this car and I feel confident taking it to Chicago. Chicagoland is very fast and relatively flat, which makes it challenging. It requires a lot of throttle and brake control and those types of tracks are the most fun for a driver."
Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"We're taking RK 239 because we've run it at similar tracks this season and had a decent amount of success. Chicagoland is similar to California and Texas, so we think this is the car to take. We'll just take last year's setup and apply what we've learned this year. We're going to focus on getting the car to turn well in practice and then as always, qualifying will be important for pit selection."
Team: No. 17 USG Sheetrock/DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-323 Last ran; '06 Michigan, finished 13th
Also in 2006: Won at Fontana, Second at Texas and Las Vegas
RK-280 Tested at Charlotte, last ran Michigan, Jun. '05; finished 4th
Kenseth on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"The track is starting to age a little bit so it's becoming a really good track. We had an excellent car there last year and did everything right up until the end and got beat on pit strategy. But, Chicago's a fun track. It's wide and has a lot of banking for a mile and half (track). This weekend is going to be big for us. This is the closest we'll come to a home game since a lot of our guys on this team are from Wisconsin. So, we'll have a lot of support and, of course, everyone wants to perform well in front of their friends and family. Also, our sponsor USG, is the title sponsor for the weekend and their going to have a lot of their execs and employees in attendance, so we should have a big cheering section all around this weekend."
Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"We were real close at Chicago last year but couldn't quite get the win. We've been close several times in the Busch car too, but all in all we've been knocking on the door. Hopefully we'll be able to run up front and compete for the win again this weekend. The car we bringing has had a heck of a year so far. We won with it at Fontana and ran second twice at Vegas and Texas, then finished fifth with it at Charlotte. It was going to be good at Michigan too, but we just had too many things go wrong and then the rain cut the race short. But, if everything goes right, we should be good this weekend."
Team: No. 26 Lenox Industrial Tools Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Car Number: RK-227
McMurray on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"Chicagoland Speedway should be good for the No. 26 team. We've had some real decent runs lately and really like the upcoming tracks this month. Daytona was good to us and we just need to keep chipping away at the top-ten points. This weekend will be our first of three Lenox Industrial Tool sponsored races -- I am looking for big things to happen to welcome them into our family."
Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"We are looking forward to going to Chicago Speedway with chassis No. RK-227, and our new sponsor Lenox Industrial Tools, a division of Newell-Rubbermaid. This is the same Ford Fusion that we raced at Darlington. We had a good run at Daytona and are looking for a solid run at the upcoming intermediate tracks."
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Wally Brown
Chassis: RK -- 270 Last raced at Michigan, June 2006; finished second
Edwards on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"This weekend at Chicago will be great for the Office Depot team. Wally told me the guys at the shop put together a really good car for this weekend; it's the same car we ran at Michigan, so it should be really fast. Last year, at Chicago we cut a tire and ended up losing laps, so we have a lot to prove this weekend. After our finish at Daytona last weekend, the Office Depot team really needs a strong finish. We are in crunch time for the 'Chase.' Chicago will be a good place for us to show our team's strength."
Crew Chief Wally Brown on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"Next week at Chicago will be a good stop for the Office Depot team. We look forward to visiting the 1.5-mile speedways. Roush Racing has had a lot of success at these types of tracks in the past, so it gives us a pretty good feeling heading into the weekend. Outside of Daytona, the last few weeks have been really good for our Office Depot team. Carl has made some really good runs and the team has really stepped up their efforts. I think if we keep focusing on top-five and top-10 finishes we can move ourselves into contention for the 'Chase.'"
USG Durock 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, Saturday, Jul. 8
Team: No. 06 Post-it Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-365 Finished ninth at Lowe's in May
Kluever on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"I'm really looking forward to the race at Chicago this weekend. It will be the first time I've raced there, but I've heard a lot of good things about the track from my teammates. We're taking the same car that finished ninth at Lowe's in May so we're excited about that and hope it runs as well as it did. We've also got the Post-it logos on our car this week which is something different for us.
"I'll also be attempting my first NEXTEL Cup start this weekend which is pretty cool. I tested at Kentucky a few weeks ago and our test went great so I'm hoping everything will go well. It's going to be a big weekend for me and it's close to home so there will be a lot of my friends and family there to support me."
Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"Todd has never been to Chicagoland, but his experience on the other mile and a half tracks should make it easy for him to figure out. The car we are taking was great at Lowe's in May so we expect it to run just as well this weekend."
Team: No.16 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Team: No. 17 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: RK-346 Last ran Charlotte in May; won the pole, led 83 laps before mechanical failure ended the day in 38th
RK-355 Yet to run in 2006
Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Chicagoland Speedway:
"I'm looking forward to getting back on track with Jimmy and the guys. It's been about a month since we raced and that was at Dover, which didn't go so good. Other than that race, we've had a pretty good year in the Busch Series. It seems like every time we run, if we aren't competing for the win, we're running a solid top five or top 10. That makes racing a lot of fun, I don't care what series you're running, when you can come to the track and race for the win. Hopefully we'll continue that this weekend at Chicago."
Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"We're bringing our favorite car. It's already won two poles this season and I thought we were the class of the field in Charlotte before we blew up. Before that, its worst finish this season was sixth at Fontana. So, we feel like it's capable of running up front and competing for the win. These guys have been anxious to get back on the track considering it's almost been a month since we've raced. We're looking forward to a positive weekend and hopefully, if some things fall our way, we'll be able to pick up a win."
Danny O'Quinn, Jr.
Team: No. 50 Pennzoil Platinum Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
O'Quinn, Jr. on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"I got the opportunity to race in the ARCA Series last year at Chicago. I really like the track and I am looking forward to going back. We are in the Pennzoil Platinum Fusion this weekend so it would be pretty cool to get a good finish for those guys. With half of a full season's experience under my belt I really want our presence in the top-5 and top-10 finishers to be a regular thing."
Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Chicagoland:
"We are taking a brand new car to Chicago. "We will try to simulate the things we did at Kentucky, since the tracks are similar. Our intermediate program has made huge gains since the beginning of the year. We are looking forward to getting back to these types of tracks."
Team: No.60 Henkel Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel
CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES
Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway, Saturday, Jul. 8
Team: No. 6 Scotts Miracle-Gro Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Michel Jourdain, Jr.
Team: No. 50 Roush Racing Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Team: No. 99 Woolrich Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Quinn