BUSCH: Roush Racing Michigan preview

Michigan International Speedway, Aug. 18-20 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: GFS Marketplace 400, Aug. 20 NASCAR Busch Series: Carfax 250, Aug. 19 Roush Racing Fast Facts * Mark Martin's 26 top-10 finishes at Michigan are the most of any active ...

Michigan International Speedway, Aug. 18-20
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: GFS Marketplace 400, Aug. 20
NASCAR Busch Series: Carfax 250, Aug. 19

Roush Racing Fast Facts

* Mark Martin's 26 top-10 finishes at Michigan are the most of any active driver.

* Martin has four wins at Michigan in the Cup car.

* Martin has led 22 races at Michigan for a total of 851 laps.

* Martin has finished in the top 10 in six of his last 11 at Michigan, including a third-place finish there last spring.

* Martin has finished top three in three of his last six Cup starts at MIS.

* Martin boasts two Busch wins at Michigan and will take part in the Busch race there this weekend.

* Martin's 47 wins in the Busch Series are the series record.

* Martin's 28 career Busch poles tie for the most ever in the series.

* Martin has two wins in the Busch Series at Michigan and five top-fives in eight races.

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* Greg Biffle is currently 13th in the point standings after his 38th place finish at Watkins Glen.

* Biffle and the National Guard team are currently 695 points out of the lead and are 180 points out of the top 10.

* In addition to his Cup record at Michigan, Biffle has two Craftsman Truck Series wins.

* In Biffle's last four Nextel Cup attempts at the 2-mile oval, his average finish is 3.5.

* This weekend the No. 16 National Guard team will run the red, white and blue National Guard paint scheme.

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* Matt Kenseth's average finish of 8.4 at Michigan is second best among the 23 tracks that he has raced at in his NEXTEL Cup career, trailing only Las Vegas (8.1).

* Kenseth's average Michigan finish of 8.4 is best all-time among drivers with five or more starts at the track.

* The June, rain-shortened event at Michigan snapped a string of six consecutive top-10 finishes for Kenseth at the track.

* Chassis No. RK-323 has led in five out of six races it has run in 2006 for a combined 313 laps.

* Since entering the series full time in 2000, no one has completed more laps on two-mile ovals (Michigan & Fontana) than Kenseth who has completed 4,849.

* At this point last season, Kenseth who ended up in the Chase, was in 16th, 165 points out of 10th in the Championship Chase. This season his teammate, Greg Biffle is in the 13th position, 180 points out of 10th.

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* Jamie McMurray moved up one spot to 18th in the Nextel Cup standings with his third-place run at Watkins Glen International last weekend.

* In seven starts at Michigan International Speedway, McMurray averages a 29.0 start and a 21.0 finish.

* McMurray's best finish at the two-mile speedway came in August of 2004, where he led four laps and finished fourth.

* Thus far in the 2006 season, McMurray has scored three top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes.

* McMurray will be running the Crown Royal paint scheme for this weekend's GFS Marketplace 400.

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* Carl Edwards will make his fifth Nextel Cup start at the 2-mile tri-oval.

* Michigan International Speedway is the site of Edwards's first career Nextel Cup start. Edwards finished 10th in the August 2004 race, one of only five active Nextel Cup drivers to finish inside the top-10 in their first career start.

* Currently, Edwards and the Office Depot team are in 14th place in the point standings and 191 points out of 10th place.

* Office Depot Store #2517 in Columbia, Tenn., will be on the side of Edwards' Ford Fusion for this weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway.

NNCS:

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Frank Stoddard
Chassis: RK-276 Same car Kluever raced at Chicagoland in July

Kluever on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"I am really looking forward to my second Cup start, especially at Michigan. That track is so wide and smooth it makes it easy to pass anywhere. Although our results from the Chicago race aren't very impressive, we learned a lot as a team and I learned a lot as a driver that weekend. I had only tested the Cup car once before that race, so we really used the Chicago race as another test session. One thing I learned from hitting the commitment cone on pit road is that it takes a lot more to slow down a Cup car coming on to pit road for a green-flag pit stop than it does to slow down a Busch car.

"I feel like I am more prepared for my second race and this team has worked together more so I think this weekend will go much smoother for everyone."

Crew Chief Frank Stoddard on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"We're taking the same car we raced at Chicago last month. Todd did a great job at Chicago since he ran the entire race and gained a ton of valuable experience. We learned a lot as a team and I think that will show this weekend at Michigan."

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-381 Last ran two weeks ago in its debut at Indy; finished fifth

Martin on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"Typically Michigan is one of our best tracks on the circuit and we've had some really strong runs there over the past few years. We were off there in June, so we do go there with our work cut out for us. It's actually a great track and if you have your car set up right, you can really pass and it's really a lot of fun to get around there. We just have to work and get back to where we need to be and if we can dial the car in, we should be pretty strong.

"We had a tough day at Watkins Glen, but in the end we were able to hang in there and battled for a top-20 finish and we ended up with a decent day in the points. This weekend we need to come out with a strong finish at Michigan and hopefully we can start to put a little more cushion between us and 10th position, as we continue to fight to get back into that Chase."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"Michigan is one of our favorite tracks and we've had a lot of really good runs there in the past few years. Unfortunately we didn't have a very good run there in the spring, so it will be up to us to make sure that we get back on track. We are taking the same car that we ran at Indy a few weeks ago and it was a top-five car, so we are optimistic going into this weekend. Mark really likes racing at Michigan and his record there is pretty stout, so that tells us all we have to do is provide him with the right car and setup and a solid effort on pit road and he knows how to do the rest."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-201 Atlanta, Charlotte and both Pocono races '06

Biffle on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"I always say that Michigan is one of my favorite racetracks. I've had a lot of success at that track in all three series and I enjoy the racing there. There's plenty of room for good side-by-side racing and passing. We're going back in the direction of the body style we've run so well with there and I think that is the right move for us. We've got to do everything we can to make up as many points as we can over the next four weeks."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"We're taking the same car we raced at both Pocono races earlier this summer. We've made a few changes to the body to make it a little more like the style we've run at Michigan in the past. We obviously need flawless runs in the next four races to even consider making the chase but the fortunate thing is that we know we can run well at all four tracks. We'll just have to be at the top of our game."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-323 Last ran Chicago; led 112 laps, finished 22nd
     Ran Michigan in June; finished 13th
     Also in '06: won Fontana, 2nd at Las Vegas & Texas
     RK-280 Tested at Charlotte, last ran Michigan, Jun. '05; finished 4th

Kenseth on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"Michigan was kind of like our light at the end of the tunnel last weekend at The Glen. For me, it's going from one extreme to the other. We've never had a lot of success at road courses so obviously they can be frustrating, but Michigan is the total opposite. We seem to always run good at Michigan, so it's definitely more fun for me to race. I joked with the guys during the race last weekend that all would be forgiven as long as we had a car capable of winning this weekend. We're bringing our favorite car so hopefully we can get up front and be a factor like we have been in the past at Michigan."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"This will be the first time we've raced car 323 since Chicago and it got tore up pretty good at the end of that race. But, we've pieced it back together and it's spent a lot of time on the dyno since then. We feel like it's going to be as good as it ever was and I sure hope that's the case, because it was probably one of our best pieces. It won this year at California Speedway and has a couple of second-place finishes. We have a stretch of tracks coming up where we can run good at and build a lot of momentum for the Chase, and that all starts this weekend."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK- 273 Last raced at Lowe's in May 2006; finished 18th

McMurray on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"After last weekend's run at The Glen, I am really excited to get back in the car. Michigan is a speedway that traditionally Roush performs extremely well at and a track that I have a lot of fun racing. It's really fast and wide, which allows for passing anywhere. Personally, I am excited about the car we are taking this weekend -- it's the same car we tested down in Atlanta during our tire test last week. Bob and the guys put a lot of work into this car for me. I feel pretty confident that our Crown Royal Ford Fusion will run well this weekend and hopefully, we can bring home a trophy for Jack and Roush Racing at their home track."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"I am really looking forward to Michigan this weekend for a couple of reasons. First, we are coming off a great finish at Watkins Glen, and second, I am excited about the car we are bringing. Last week in Atlanta we were able to shake down the car and hopefully we found the right balance for Jamie. Michigan and Atlanta are similar in many ways, so hopefully we will unload on Friday with a really fast car. This will be a good weekend for the whole Crown Royal team; we are certainly hoping for another great finish like last weekend."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Wally Brown
Chassis: RK--270 Last raced at Michigan June '06; finished 2nd

Edwards on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"We've done well at Michigan in the past, and I'm looking forward to this weekend. In our last race here, the car was awesome, and I think we'll be strong again. I made my first Cup start here, and I always enjoy coming back. Last weekend was a good one for the No. 99 Office Depot team, and it would be awesome to carry that momentum into Victory Lane on Sunday."

Crew Chief Wally Brown on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"RK-270 is the same car we ran at Michigan in June when we finished second and the race was shortened by rain. We felt like the car was strong enough to win that race, so the rain was pretty disappointing. I think all the guys on the No. 99 Office Depot team are looking forward to another chance to run here."

NBS:

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-374 -- This car last raced at Kentucky in June

Kluever on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"Michigan is an awesome track to race on. It is so wide and smooth that there are several grooves which makes for great racing. I really enjoyed running the truck race there last year, but my truck got tighter and tighter as the race progressed so we didn't get the finish we wanted. Hopefully this weekend we can find the right set-up to keep that from happening again.

"We've had a rough couple of weeks at ORP and Watkins Glen so the 3M team is looking to rebound at MIS this weekend. We fell a few spots in the points after Watkins Glen so our goal is to make that up at Michigan. We've got a good car so there is no reason why we can't get a top-10 finish on Saturday."

Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"We should have a good run this weekend at MIS. It's always important to run well there since we're in Ford's and Jack's backyard being so close to Detroit. We should have had a better finish with this car in Kentucky but a tight set of tires early in the race threw us off and we over-adjusted the car. Hopefully this weekend we can avoid that, get a solid finish and gain back some points."

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Pennzoil Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: RK-378 -- RK-378 will make its first run this weekend.

Martin on racing in the Busch Series at Michigan International Speedway:
"Michigan is one of my favorite tracks on the circuit and we are looking forward to running the Busch race there this weekend. We ran the truck there in the spring and we were pretty good, so hopefully we'll be just as good in the Busch car. We've had a good bit of success there in the past, and we are looking forward to building on that this weekend."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"We're excited to be running the Busch race with Mark Martin this weekend in Michigan. Any time you've got Mark Martin at the wheel of a Busch car, you feel like you've got a shot to win. This is our No. 6 Craftsman Truck Series team that runs this deal, and I'm real proud of all the hard work that they put in to this effort. We're taking a brand new chassis this weekend, and we're hoping that it will be a pretty good car for us. It would mean a lot if we could pull off a good run up there in Jack Roush and Ford's backyards."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis: RK- 347, last ran at Darlington and won the California race in February

Biffle on racing in the Busch Series at Michigan International Speedway:
"I always say that Michigan is one of my favorite racetracks. I've had a lot of success at that track in all three series and I enjoy the racing there. There's plenty of room for good side-by-side racing and passing. We are bringing the same Ameriquest car that got us a victory in California so I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of finish we can get out of it this weekend."

Crew Chief Eddie Pardue on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"It will be awesome to get back to racing at Michigan after an off weekend for us. We are taking chassis # RK-347 and we have had great results with it at similar tracks so we're looking forward to getting Ameriquest back in victory lane. Greg has had some great finishes at Michigan and this weekend should be one of our best."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: RK-360 Has yet to race, but tested at Charlotte in May

Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Michigan International Speedway:
"Michigan is one of my favorite tracks. It's fast, wide, and multi-grooved. You can move your car around to find what line works best for you and you don't have to run over the guy in front of you in order to pass. Michigan has been a good track for us in the Cup Series, but not as good in the Busch Series. Hopefully, we can turn that around this weekend. We've been close to winning a couple Busch races this season and just haven't quite closed the deal. But, Michigan has the potential to be a strong track for us and maybe another opportunity to pull out a win."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"The No. 17 Ameriquest Ford Fusion team has had a few weekends off so everyone is rested up and ready for Michigan this weekend. We are taking a new car with us and we hope to have a great race at the home track of Roush Industries."

Danny O'Quinn, Jr.
Team: No. 50 Roush Racing Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK-375 Last ran at Kentucky

O'Quinn, Jr. on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"Michigan is one of the tracks that I raced at in the ARCA Series so I feel a little bit more confident going into this weekend than I do when we are headed to tracks that I have never been on before. Michigan is the home of Roush Industries so hopefully we will have a good turn out and a good run."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"Michigan is the home track for Roush Industries so we will have plenty of fans watching us run toward the front."

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 Henkel Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel
Chassis: RK-377 Last ran Chicago, finished 5th

Edwards on racing in the Busch Series at Michigan International Speedway:
"I can't wait to run at Michigan next week. I love the 2-mile oval there because I have raced there seven times and have accumulated five top-5's and seven top-10's. I always go in there with a lot of confidence. We had a great race there last time. Michigan is one of my favorite tracks and the Henkel Team is focused on winning there."

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel (P.K.) on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"We are looking forward to getting back to these bigger tracks, Carl always runs well at large tracks like Chicago and Michigan. He is very excited for Michigan and we all can't wait to get the Henkel Ford Fusion back in victory lane."

-credit: roush racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , Jack Roush , Todd Kluever , Doug Richert , Danny O'Quinn , Mike Kelley , Mark Martin