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Infineon Raceway, Jun. 23-25 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Dodge/Save Mart 350 Milwaukee Mile, Jun. 23-24 NASCAR Busch Series: AT&T 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 Roush Racing Fast Facts * Mark Martin won...

Infineon Raceway, Jun. 23-25
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Dodge/Save Mart 350

Milwaukee Mile, Jun. 23-24
NASCAR Busch Series: AT&T 250
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200

Roush Racing Fast Facts

* Mark Martin won at Infineon from the pole in 1997, a feat that has only been accomplished four other times.

* Martin leads all drivers with 14 top-10 finishes at Sonoma.

* Martin has finished in the top 10 in 10 of the last 12 at Sonoma.

* Martin has competed in 37 career road-course races scoring four victories and 32 top-10 finishes.

* Martin has finished either first or second in 30 percent of every Nextel Cup race at Sonoma.

* Martin has finished inside the top 10 in 82 percent of the NC races at Sonoma and inside the top five in 47 percent of the races.

* Martin's four wins at road courses tie for the ninth most in NASCAR history and his four poles tie for the eighth most.

* Martin has competed in all 17 races at Sonoma, scoring four second-place finishes, in addition to one win.

* Greg Biffle is currently 10th in the point standings after his fourth place finish in Michigan.

* Biffle and the National Guard team are currently 488 points out of the lead and have an 11-point advantage over Jeff Gordon in the 11th position.

* Biffle has led at least one lap in all but two of the 15 Nextel Cup races so far this season for a total of 846 laps led. He has led the most laps of any Nextel Cup driver this season. (Tony Stewart is second with 807 laps led)

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

* Matt Kenseth's nine top-five finishes lead all drivers in 2006.

* Kenseth's average starting spot in 2006 is 15.7, currently the best in his seven year Cup career. His single-season best is 17.0 in 2005 and his career average is 21.4.

* Kenseth's average finish in 2006 is 8.9, also currently the best average in his Cup career. His single-season best is 10.4 during his 2003 Championship Season. His career average is 15.5.

* Infineon Raceway is the only track that Kenseth has yet to score a top-10 finish during his Cup career. He has scored at least one top-10 finish at 22 of 23 tracks (including Rockinham).

* Kenseth's average finish at Infineon Raceway is 22.8; second only to Homestead as the worst average finish during his career.

* Jamie McMurray has three starts in his three seasons, with completing every lap so far.

* For his career, McMurray has scored one top-five at Infineon Raceway in NEXTEL Cup competition.

* McMurray's average start is 18 and finish is 11.7 at Infineon Raceway in three starts.

* Carl Edwards is coming off his best finish of the 2006 season, after finishing second last weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

* Edwards recently tested his Busch Series Ford Fusion at Infineon Raceway with help from road-course ace Boris Said. Edwards left the test as the fastest car with a time of one minute and 17.60 seconds.

* Since first taking his seat atop the pit box in Phoenix, crew chief Wally Brown has led the Office Depot team to five top-10 finishes in eight starts.

* This weekend at Sonoma will mark the last of three consecutive weekends that Edwards will be traveling to compete in the Busch race. The Busch Series will be racing in Milwaukee this weekend, where Edwards will be piloting the No. 60 Ameriquest Ford Fusion.

* The Office Depot team will run chassis RK-208 this weekend at Infineon Raceway. This chassis was last raced by Jeff Burton in 2003.

* Office Depot Store #2451 of East Brunswick, NJ will be on the side of Edwards' Ford Fusion for this weekend's race at Infineon Raceway.

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Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-204 Ran both road-course races last season at Sonoma and Watkins Glen.

Martin on racing at Infineon Raceway:
"I grew up learning how to drive on those old winding dirt roads of Arkansas and to me that's a lot like what road course racing is like, so I've always like the road courses. The good thing about it is that the cars are a lot faster now, but the competition is pretty steep as well. Sonoma ia a fun road course to race at and we always look forward to going out west and seeing the fans out there. We've had a lot of success out there over the years and we've been pretty good on the road courses in general, so we are looking forward to the challenge.


"We haven't been as good the last couple of races and the rain didn't help us out last week and we ended up with a finish that was worse than our performance, but we'll just have to bounce back and take our best effort to Sonoma this weekend.

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Infineon Raceway:
"We are ready to get out to Sonoma and see what we can do on the road course. Mark has always been one of the best drivers in NASCAR on the road courses, so it's always a lot of fun to work with him on those types of tracks. We've been a little off the last couple of races, so we'll be looking to rebound with a strong run this weekend."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-260 Infineon '05, finished 14th

Biffle on racing at Infineon Raceway:
"I like road course racing. It breaks up the season a little. Last year we had a decent finish at Infineon and I think it's reasonable to shoot for a top-10 finish this weekend. There are some drivers in this series who have a lot of road course experience and if I can just hold my own with them and get out of there with a top-10 or top-five finish, I think that would be a reasonable expectation."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Infineon Raceway:
"We're taking the same car we raced last year at Infineon but the body has been completely rebuilt with the new 2006 style. We tested this car at Road Atlanta a few weeks ago and found a few things that we can do to improve upon what we ran last year set-up wise. We're trying a few different things but our goal is to come out of there with no problems and a solid top-10 or top-five finish. If we can do that, I'll be happy."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-250 Ran both road courses last season; Finished 11th at Sonoma and 18th at Watkins Glen

Kenseth on racing at Infineon Raceway:
"Sonoma has not been good to us over the years. I thought last season, we were finally going to break through and score at least a top 10. We had a good car and thought we were going to be able to pick up some spots at the end because the leaders would have to pit for fuel. But, they got a caution and were able to conserve fuel and we ended up just outside the top 10. I'm looking forward to this weekend. We've ran good at nearly every track and even when we haven't had a car capable of winning, we've been fortunate enough to run inside the top 10 for most of the year. Hopefully we can score our first ever top 10 at Sonoma this weekend."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Infineon Raceway:
"It wasn't long ago where we kind of dreaded coming to a road course. But, a couple of years ago, we started putting more emphasis on our road course program and I think it's paid off. Maybe we haven't had the results to prove it, but we were much more competitive last year at Sears Point (Infineon) and Watkins Glen than we have been in the past. We were in position to pick up two top 10s last year at the road courses but we had some trouble in the pits at the Glen and just didn't get a long green flag run like we needed at the end of the race at Sonoma. We're bringing the same car this year that we ran both road courses last year. It was good to us last year and we're thinking it should be good to us this year."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-009

McMurray on racing at Infineon Raceway:
"Qualifying is big here. We will look for a decent qualifying effort so we can get our Crown Royal Fusion out front early. I like coming here; it's fun and I do pretty well here. We've finished in the top 20 each time out in Sonoma and have completed every lap of each race."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Infineon Raceway:
"Infineon Raceway is a great place; we will bring RK-009 to the 1.99 mile track. This is a new chassis that we tested at Road Atlanta with Jamie and he really liked it. With this being our first of two road courses, I am looking for a good qualifying effort from Jamie and great communication from the Crown Royal team."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Wally Brown
Chassis Number: RK -- 208 Last tested at Watkins Glen in 2005
    Hasn't raced since Watkins Glen 2003

Edwards on racing at Infineon Raceway:
"I am really looking forward to racing at Sonoma this weekend. I had the opportunity to practice out there a couple weeks ago with Boris Said. With the practice and the coaching I received from Boris we should do well. We had a great finish last weekend in Michigan and moved ourselves closer to 10th place in the point standings. Hopefully, with another good run this weekend, we can move a bit closer. I am really proud of the effort my team showed last weekend; they really clicked off some amazing pit stops. If I run well at Sonoma, matched with another strong effort by the team, we should have a great weekend."

Crew Chief Wally Brown on racing at Infineon Raceway:
"Sonoma this weekend will be a good challenge for the Office Depot team. This will be our first road course car we have built this year. I know Carl received some top-notch coaching a couple weeks ago from Boris Said. With that practice under his belt and a solid racecar, we should have a good finish. The Office Depot team really stepped up last weekend in pits and hopefully will continue with the same speed and accuracy in the coming weeks. We are still looking for our first win of the season, but more importantly, getting ourselves in the top 10."

NBS

TODD KLUEVER
Team: No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-190 -- This is the car Mark Martin finished fifth with at Phoenix

Kluever on racing at the Milwaukee Mile:
"I've been looking forward to running at Milwaukee all season. Although the track itself does not suit my driving style because it is so flat, I consider it my home track because it's as close as we come to Madison. It always makes it more special to race there because so many of my family and friends can come out to support the team. 3M has even worked out a deal with my brother so that customers from our tavern can be part of 3M's hospitality tent at the track. It's going to be a fun weekend.


"We're taking the same Ford Fusion Mark Martin drove to a top-five finish at Phoenix so I think we should have a good car. We had a good race at Milwaukee last year in the truck with a top-10 finish so I hope to have another strong run this year in the Busch car."

Mike Kelley on racing at the Milwaukee Mile:
"We really want to have a good run this weekend at Milwaukee, not just to keep moving up in the points, but also because it's Todd's home track. He'll have a lot of fans in the grandstands and we want to put on a good show for them. I think we'll have a great car considering how well it ran for Mark (Martin) at Phoenix earlier this year."

Danny O'Quinn, Jr.
Team: No. 50 World Financial Group Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK-350

O'Quinn, Jr. on racing at The Milwaukee Mile:
"Milwaukee is going to be a lot of fun, I think. I like the mile tracks a lot and it is our last stand alone event for awhile so that should play in our favor a little bit. We have a good car and I know that the team is ready to make something happen so hopefully this weekend will be it."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at The Milwaukee Mile:
"Milwaukee is the type of track Danny grew up racing, so we are looking forward to go going there. After our strong run through the field at Phoenix, we believe we can run up front all day."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.60 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel
Chassis Number: RK- 352

Edwards on racing at The Milwaukee Mile:
"I can't wait to race at Milwaukee. We stumbled a little in Kentucky last weekend, because of mechanical problems. The Ameriquest crew has been awesome. It's time to get back on track and turn it up a notch. We are not out of this Championship race and are focused on catching Harvick."

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel on racing at The Milwaukee Mile:
"Our Ameriquest team is very excited about going to Milwaukee. It's a split weekend with Carl's NEXTEL Cup race being in Sonoma, CA. We have Hank Parker, Jr. filling in for us again and he will be practicing and qualifying. Hopefully we can have a weekend in Milwaukee just like we did in Nashville."

NCTS

David Ragan
Team: No. 6 Scotts Miracle-Gro Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: 34

Ragan on racing at the Milwaukee Mile:
"I've got one ARCA start at Milwaukee, I sat on the pole and still hold the track record. It's a pretty unique track with flat sweeping corners, and your truck really has to handle well in order to go fast. Erik and I raced there last year in the ARCA race, we wound up qualifying on the front row together. I look forward to running the truck there. I think we'll carry some information from Martinsville and Gateway over here and put it to use."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at the Milwaukee Mile:
"Milwaukee is a flat track where guys who excel on the short tracks generally run well. We know that David's got a strong background with the short, flat tracks so that should play into our favor. Last time David was in the No. 6, he picked up his first top 10 finish. Hopefully we can have a good night in Milwaukee and get another good finish."

Michel Jourdain, Jr.
Team: No. 50 Roush Racing Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Chassis: 33

Michel Jourdain on racing at the Milwaukee Mile:
"I've to Milwaukee a few times now, mainly in the Champ cars. I won there in my first ever Champ Car start. Milwaukee will always have a very special place in my heart. I learned last year in the Busch car that it's a completely different track than it was in the open wheel car. I'm looking forward to getting there in the truck and seeing what we can do. We had a great run in Texas, so hopefully we can build off that and have another good run. The fans are great up in Wisconsin, I really enjoy going there because it's a great atmosphere."

Crew Chief Matt Puccia on racing at the Milwaukee Mile:
"Michel's going to head to Milwaukee with the confidence of knowing that he has raced and won here before. Very little of what he has accomplished in the open wheel cars will transfer over to the truck, but any time you can go to the track with the level of confidence that Michel has, you stand to run well. We learned a lot together with our run at Texas two weeks ago, so our communication will be stepped up, as well.

Erik Darnell
Team: No. 99 Roush Racing Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Quinn
Chassis: 35

Darnell on racing at the Milwaukee Mile:
"Milwaukee is one of my hometown racetracks, so I'm looking forward to getting up there to race in front of the fans up there. My family has a lot of history here, with my grandfather and father raced here several times. Milwaukee holds a lot of prestige for me because every time I'm there, people come up to me and tell me that they've seen my grandfather race here, so I put a lot of importance on this race, because I feel like it's my job to continue building on the successes of my family. I've raced here several times, and I'm really looking forward to getting back up there. It's a flat track that's a lot of fun to race on."

Crew Chief John Quinn on racing at the Milwaukee Mile:
"Milwaukee is a race that a lot of the 99 guys have circled on the calendar, because a lot of the crew guys are from that area. Knowing that they've raced there a bunch of times and our driver has as well, we're looking forward to a good race. Track position can play into your favor here, so we'll try to get up front and stay there all night. We ran well at Michigan, breaking the streak of two bad weeks for us, so we're hoping to get our deal back on track and regain some of the points we've lost."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Boris Said , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , Jack Roush , David Ragan , Erik Darnell , Doug Richert , Danny O'Quinn , Mike Kelley , Mark Martin , Michel Jourdain