BUSCH: Roush Racing Phoenix preview

Roush Racing Fast Facts - Mark Martin will look for his third top-five finish in a row and his fifth in the last seven races when the team heads out west to Phoenix this weekend for the ninth race in the 'Chase' for the Nextel Cup....

Roush Racing Fast Facts

- Mark Martin will look for his third top-five finish in a row and his fifth in the last seven races when the team heads out west to Phoenix this weekend for the ninth race in the 'Chase' for the Nextel Cup. Martin will look to continue his forward momentum as the season winds down with only two races remaining.

- Martin won at Phoenix on Halloween of 1993 and he has finished second or better in six of 18 starts.

- Martin has started a total of 24 races at the remaining two tracks that will make up the Chase. He has posted one win, 11 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes at those tracks. Martin has an 11.15 average finish at those two Chase tracks and he has led a total of 499 laps, including 471 at Phoenix.

- Martin has top-10 finishes in 13 of his 18 starts at Phoenix, with eight top-five finishes and a win in October of 1993. He has finished inside the top 10 in 11 of his last 14 there. In addition, Martin has run second at Phoenix on five occasions. He finished 22nd in the spring race and 15th there last fall.

- In eight chase races, Martin has six finishes of seventh or better, including a win at Kansas, a second at Texas and a third at Atlanta. Martin has led a total of 262 laps during the "Chase". Martin trails the leader by 123 points, and his Championship hopes were dealt a severe blow after getting caught up in someone else's early accident at Talladega where he lost 150 points to the leader.

- With his 20th place finish at Texas, Greg Biffle fell to the fourth position in the point standings. He currently trails leader Tony Stewart by 122 points and has a one-point advantage over Mark Martin in fifth.

- During the spring race at Phoenix, Biffle started third but took the second position from Jeff Gordon on lap four. Biffle maintained the second position behind Kurt Busch until an incident on pit road during a caution on lap 165 eventually took him out of the race.

- In addition to his Cup Series record at Phoenix, Biffle also has two wins, four top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes in five NASCAR Busch Series attempts at the one-mile oval.

- This weekend the National Guard Ford will feature the red, white and blue Post-it paint scheme.

- Matt Kenseth has two top-five and three top-10's in his six Cup starts at Phoenix, including a win in 2002.

- Kenseth and the DEWALT team will bring car #23 to PIR. In five runs this season, this car has two top-five and three top-ten finishes, including second at Richmond and third at Loudon in September.

- Kenseth will be competing in the Busch Series event on Saturday in the No. 17 Waste Management Ford. The team will bring chassis number 41, which most recently finished third at Richmond in September.

- In his five Busch Series starts in Phoenix, Kenseth has three top-ten finishes.

- Kurt Busch's fourth consecutive top-10 finish at Texas Motor Speedway last Sunday moved the No. 97 up to eighth place with two races remaining in the Chase, 281 points behind leader Tony Stewart.

- The No. 97 Roush Racing Ford again brings the blue and yellow of IRWIN Industrial Tools on a special paint scheme for IRWIN's new VISE-GRIP GrooveLock pliers to Phoenix International Raceway on chassis #52. This chassis has finished first or second in six of its 10 starts, with wins at Loudon, Homestead and the Phoenix victory earlier this year.

- Busch has competed in six races at Phoenix with four top-10 finishes in his last four starts, including a victory in April. Busch has a 12.0 average finish at Phoenix, third among Chase drivers, and has led each of the last four races at the track, the longest current streak amongst all drivers.

- Busch ranks third among all drivers in laps lead at Phoenix (448) in only six Cup starts at the track.

- After last week's win at Texas, Carl Edwards moved up one spot in the overall point standings to third. Edwards, who has 6,178 points, sits just 77 points away from first place Tony Stewart. Edwards is just 39 points back from second place Jimmie Johnson.

- With Edwards's back-to-back wins at Atlanta and Texas, he is now tied with Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon with four wins each in 2005. Only Biffle and Tony Stewart have more, with five each.

- At Phoenix in the spring, Edwards came from two laps down to finish seventh, his best Cup finish there.

- Four short years ago Edwards made his pavement debut at PIR in the 2001 Copper World Classic.

Roush Racing at Phoenix International Raceway NNCS

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra® Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-48 (No. 97 won fall Richmond with this car)

Martin on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "Phoenix is a good track for racing. It's set up a little different on each end, but ultimately the key is getting through the corners faster than everyone else. We've had pretty good success there over the years, although we have been off a little the last couple of times. Hopefully we can get that figured out and go there and get another strong finish for this race team.

"We've had some really strong runs in the last couple of races and I can't tell you how proud I am of Pat Tryson and this Viagra Race team. These cars that they are giving me are awesome and it's a lot of fun to drive them. We had a really good car this past weekend at Texas and we almost pulled it off, but we just lost out to the best car. We've finished second and third in the last two so hopefully we can do just a little better this week and get us another win here before this thing is over."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "We've been pretty strong lately and we are looking forward to going back to Phoenix and hopefully getting another strong run. We were off there in the spring race, so we are hoping to go there and get that corrected and come out with another good finish. We've been really fast lately - we just have come up a little short on getting the win. Hopefully this week we can go there and come out on top."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard/Post-it Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-221 (raced at Phoenix in the spring)

Biffle on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "I love racing in Phoenix. I guess I consider it my home track if I have one. I've had a lot of success out there in the Busch and Truck series and we had a good run going there in the spring in the Cup car until that incident on pit road took us out of the race. We tested there last week before Texas and decided to take the same car that we raced there in the spring. The car is a good match for the type of track that Phoenix is and I feel pretty confident taking it back. We lost a lot of ground last week in the points battle but we're not giving up. I think we can still make up a position or two in these final races."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "We're taking the same car we raced at Phoenix in the spring. We were running second there with it when a car got into us on pit road and put their bumper bar through our radiator. We tested in Phoenix during the week before Texas and felt that this car still seemed to be the better feeling car. We took a good hit in the points last week but that doesn't mean that we're not going to go to Phoenix and Homestead with everything we've got. Those are two good tracks for us and if we finish the season with two wins, well, that's the best we can do."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-23 (finished second at Richmond and third at Loudon in the fall)

Kenseth on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "I'm looking forward to this weekend in Phoenix. We're coming off a good run in Texas. It felt really good to lead all of those laps. We were able to get the bonus points for leading the most laps and we moved up in the standings with our finish. I don't know if we can still win this thing, but we can certainly continue to move up, and our whole team is focused on that."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "We were running sixth here in the spring when we blew a tire and hit the wall, pretty much destroying the car. We're bringing the same car back this weekend, and it's been a good one for us. We've won a couple of times with it, and it was great in Richmond and Loudon this fall. We had a good run in Texas that boosted us in the point standings, and we want to keep that momentum going."

Kurt Busch
Team: No. 97 VISE-GRIP GrooveLock Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #52 (won at Phoenix in the spring)

Busch on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "I feel good about Phoenix this weekend. Phoenix is a track where I have a lot of experience from my Southwest Tour Series and Truck days. With good finishes in the past there our IRWIN Industrial Tools team is poised for a top five run there. We picked up our first victory of the year at Phoenix in April, and we're bringing the same car this time around, so we're looking for another solid run. We're also bringing back the same paint scheme that we ran at Lowe's a few weeks ago. We finished second with the GrooveLock pliers machine in Charlotte, so we'd love to take it to victory lane this time."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "We're taking #52 - the one we won with up in Loudon twice last year and Phoenix earlier this year. We feel like we've got a good shot at it, out there, because we ran good out there the past few years. We're taking a good car and a positive attitude. At Phoenix you'll end up with long runs, so we just have to make sure we're all right on long runs, there."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Roush Racing Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis Number: RK-270 (won at Atlanta in the spring)

Edwards on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "It's always fun to go to Phoenix. I ran my first pavement race there back in 2001 when I ran in the Copper World Classic. The track itself is a complex shape and has variations in the banking and radii that make it a lot of fun. We came from two laps down there in the spring to finish seventh so I know we have ability to run well. The last two weeks have been awesome and our goals have definitely evolved throughout the year. My primary focus right now is to win this championship. Both Tony and Jimmie will be tough to beat but this Office Depot team isn't out of contention just yet. We're going to do everything we can to go out there and run up front and try to win this thing."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "Phoenix is a unique track. It essentially has three straight-aways and is shape that's different from any other track we race at. We are taking RK-270 this week which has been a great car for us this year. We've had a lot of success the last two weeks so we want to keep that momentum going forward. I think the No. 20 and No. 48 will be tough to beat but it's not out of the question. I think Carl has shown that he has the ability to win races and run up front all year. As long as we can continue to give him fast race cars, I think we might still be in the hunt at the end of this thing."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Waste Management Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Chad Norris
Chassis: JR-41 (finished third at Richmond in the fall)

Kenseth on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "I'm looking forward to this weekend in Phoenix. We're coming off a good run in Texas. It felt really good to lead all of those laps. We were able to get the bonus points for leading the most laps and we moved up in the standings with our finish. I don't know if we can still win this thing, but we can certainly continue to move up, and our whole team is focused on that."

Crew Chief Chad Norris on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "We're back in the No. 17 Waste Management Ford Taurus this weekend, running chassis number 41. We finished third the last time we ran this car and certainly hope to match that in Phoenix. We had some slow pit stops last weekend and we've really focused this week on improving our performance on pit road."

NBS

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 World Financial Group Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Brad Parrott
Chassis: JR-78

Carl Edwards on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "I am proud to have World Financial Group as my primary sponsor again for the Phoenix race. We're coming off our third consecutive top-five finish and we are taking this momentum into Phoenix. We finished in the top-ten there earlier this year and we feel great about our chance next week on the 1-mile oval. Phoenix is a blast and we will go in there to have fun and gain as many points as we can. This No. 60 Team will not give up and we will give these last two races everything we have. Our goal is to get the World Financial Group into Victory Lane this weekend."

Crew Chief Brad Parrott on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "We are headed into Phoenix this week with lots of momentum and confidence coming out of Texas. We are very excited about the World Financial Group being on the car again this weekend. We've had great success and two top-ten finishes with them this year and the No. 60 Team is focused on getting them into Victory Lane."

NCTS

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 50 Rotella T Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: #34 (rebuilt after an accident at Richmond)

Todd Kluever on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "I'm looking forward to racing in Phoenix this weekend. I've never raced there before, so I've watched the tape of last year's race a few times to try to familiarize myself with the track and the lines everyone ran last year. We're taking chassis 34. We haven't raced this truck since it was rebuilt after an accident in Richmond, but it should be really good. We've been saving it for this race because it should be especially good at a one-mile track. This whole team is still determined to win a race before the season ends. We've come so close on a few occasions that I believe our first win isn't too far off. I really want to win a truck race before I move up to Busch next year. We've pretty much got the rookie deal locked-up so all that is left is to win a race."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "Todd hasn't raced at Phoenix before, but I don't think that will slow him down at all. We've been saving this truck for the Phoenix race and it should run pretty good there. We rebuilt it after Richmond so we've had a lot of time to really make it right. We all want to win pretty bad before the season ends and this could be the weekend."

Ricky Craven
Team: No. 99 Superchips Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Quinn
Chassis: #35 (won at Martinsville)

Ricky Craven on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "I've always enjoyed racing at Phoenix because it's fun. The track is unique. There is no track or environment like it anywhere on the circuit. Racing in the desert is pretty amazing and it's fun to visit a place that is so different from home. We've got a real push here for the top 10 in points, and we feel like if we can finish in the top five in the next two races then we've locked ourselves into the top 10 in points. We're only 10 points out of 10th place right now and there is quite a fight to get in with several trucks. We've got a great truck that we're taking to Phoenix. It was the winner in Martinsville and hopefully it will be the winner in Phoenix as well."

Crew Chief John Quinn on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "Ricky has had a strategy from the beginning of the year about how many points we need to score every week. He and I talked about it the other day and we both feel we need top-five finishes in these last two to make sure we end up in the top 10. We're taking our Martinsville truck to Phoenix so that should give us a very competitive truck for the race."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Ricky Craven , Carl Edwards , Todd Kluever , Doug Richert , Mark Martin