BUSCH: Texas: Roush Fenway Racing preview

Roush Fenway Racing Texas Motor Speedway, Apr. 14-15 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Samsung 500, Sunday Apr. 15 2:00 PM Eastern on FOX/PRN NASCAR Busch Series: O'Reilly 300, Saturday Apr. 14 3:00 PM Eastern on ESPN2/PRN Roush Fenway Racing Fast...

Roush Fenway Racing
Texas Motor Speedway, Apr. 14-15

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Samsung 500, Sunday Apr. 15
2:00 PM Eastern on FOX/PRN

NASCAR Busch Series: O'Reilly 300, Saturday Apr. 14
3:00 PM Eastern on ESPN2/PRN

Roush Fenway Racing Fast Facts

* David Ragan competed at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Busch Series in 2005. He started 34th and finished in the 39th position.

* Ragan has also competed in the Craftsman Truck Series at the track in 2004 and twice in 2006 finishing 20th, eighth and sixth respectively.

* This will be Ragan's first start in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway. He attempted to qualify for the 2006 fall race, but was not quick enough to make the field.

* David Ragan was the Raybestos* Rookie of the Race in the April 1 Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Motor Speedway. Ragan finished 15th and took top rookie honors for the fourth time in six races.

* Ragan claimed a $5,000 award at Martinsville as part of the Raybestos* Rookie Magnificent Seven program and won an authentic Ridgeway clock. Ragan also captured the bonus in the season opening Daytona 500. The Raybestos* Rookie of the Race normally pays $1,500 but that increases to $5,000 at seven designated races throughout the 2007 season. The next race where the bonus is available is Darlington (May 12).

* Ragan took the lead in the Raybestos* Rookie standings by one point (68-67) over Juan Pablo Montoya entering the April 15 Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

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* In last year's spring race at Texas, Greg Biffle led 49 laps and was running eighth when contact from another car on lap 81 sent him into the wall and out of the race.

* Biffle has one win and three top-five NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finishes as well as three top five's and four top 10's in the Busch Series at Texas Motor Speedway.

* Biffle finished 32nd two weeks ago at Martinsville and currently sits 21st in the point standings, 378 points out of the lead and 62 points out of the top 12.

* This weekend Biffle will run a multi-colored 3M paint scheme with Ameriquest on the hood.

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* Matt Kenseth is the all-time lap leader at Texas Motor Speedway in NASCAR competition, leading 612 laps total; 314 in NEXTEL Cup and 298 in Busch. In addition, he's also led nine laps in IROC.

* Kenseth has led the third most laps in NEXTEL Cup competition at TMS with 314.

* Kenseth has led the second most laps in Busch Series competition at TMS with 298.

* Kenseth has recorded nine top-10 finishes in 11 starts in Busch Series competition at TMS.

* Kenseth's average finish of 9.3 is currently third best among drivers who have competed in all six events in 2007.

* Conversely, Kenseth's average starting spot of 27.3 ranks 31st among drivers who have started every race in 2007.

* In the past five races, Kenseth has picked up a total of 125 positions from where he started to where he finished, or an average of 25 spots per race.

* Kenseth has completed every lap so far in 2007, one of only three drivers to do so (Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton).

* Texas will be the first "Car of Yesterday" race that Robbie Reiser will be at the track since Homestead, last November, 147 days ago from Sunday.

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* Over the last four races, Jamie McMurray has moved up 24 positions to 12th place in the NEXTEL Cup point standings.

* In six visits to the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway, McMurray has posted three top-10 finishes. The best finish came in April 2005, where McMurray finished second.

* The No. 26 team will be taking the same car that ran 15th at Atlanta Motor Speedway and 10th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway earlier this season.

* In his last four runs, McMurray has posted four top-15 finishes in a row. Three of those finishes resulted in top-10's for the No. 26 team.

* McMurray will carry a special hood decal this weekend at Texas. Chad Provo, 35, of Terrell, Texas, will have his name front and center on the No. 26 hood after winning a statewide sweepstakes conducted by Crown Royal for their promotion, "Your Name Here 400."

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* After six races, Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Office Depot team are currently ninth in the overall point standings with 710 points; 256 points behind leader Jeff Gordon.

* Office Depot store #2375 from Atlanta, Ga. is the weekly sales winner and will ride along with Edwards this weekend at Texas.

* In four NNCS starts at Texas Motor Speedway, Edwards has earned one victory, as well as one top-five and one top-10 finish.

* Edwards will visit Office Depot store at 17711 Tomball Highway in Houston, TX on Wednesday, April 11. Edwards will be signing autographs from 5:00 -- 6:00 p.m.

* The No. 99 Office Depot team will be unloading car RK-387. Edwards raced this car at California in September 2006. He started that race 24th and finished fourth.

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series:

David Ragan
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: Primary RK-201 Previously ran at Atlanta Motor Speedway
     Backup RK-405 Previously ran at Texas Motor Speedway

Ragan on racing in the Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Well, we've had a weekend off in the Cup cars so I am anxious to get back in our AAA Ford. Texas is not a COT race and I have raced there a few times before in the Busch cars and in the trucks so it will be a little more familiar to me than some of these other tracks. We have a pretty cool AAA Insurance paint scheme on the car this weekend so I am excited to see that, especially if we see it in the top-5 at the end of the day on Sunday."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas should be a good track for David. He has two good finishes there in the trucks and I think he will do well on the mile and a half tracks. We are taking the same two cars that we took to Atlanta so hopefully we will be able to get a good qualifying spot and stay out of the mess at the back of the field. David has done a great job of taking care of his race car so far this year so we just need to keep up the good work and move on up there in the points."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 Ameriquest/3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-439 New car

Biffle on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"I like racing at Texas a lot, it's a fun and it's always good racing. We had a good run going there last spring but got taken out pretty early. It seems like we usually run well at Texas but I've had a little bad luck there. We had a great win there in 2005 and it would be really nice to get this team a set of cowboy hats to wear home on Sunday. We're taking a new car back this time and I think it'll be good at Texas."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"We're taking a brand new racecar to Texas this weekend. It is similar to the one we raced in Atlanta, which is the car we originally wanted to take to Texas. After the wreck with Reutimann there, though, we decided to take this new car to Texas. This team is really pulling together and I think that Greg is backing them as much as they are backing him every weekend. We've got some good finishes and maybe a win coming. Texas might be the place."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-317 Last ran: Atlanta in March, finished third Also in 2007: Won Fontana and finished fourth at Las Vegas
     RK-340 Tested Las Vegas, Jan. '07 Last ran: Pocono, Jun. '06, finished fifth

Kenseth on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"After two weekends of struggling with the COT (Car of Tomorrow), it's going to be a lot of fun getting back into the 'old cars' this weekend. It helps that we're going to Texas, which is becoming one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. The track is fast and the groove is getting wider as the pavement ages, which means more room to race. The crowd is great and the fans are second to none. Eddie Gossage and his staff always do a really good job promoting the event and putting on a great show, and I always look forward to going there.

"It's a night-and-day difference for me going from Martinsville, a track we always struggle at, with a car that gave us fits, to Texas, which is almost the exact opposite for me. That's not to say we're going to be good at Texas, although the car we're taking has been pretty good so far this year, but it's really going to feel good getting back into the old car, which will immediately handle 10 times better than what we've been driving the past few weeks."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"I just hope I remember how these cars work. No, I'm looking forward to the weekend, that's for sure and hopefully, we can keep things rolling with this car, which has been really good for us so far this year.

"The last few weeks have been real valuable for us in learning some things on the COT. The Richmond test could not have gone much better for us. I think we learned some things that will help us in the near future with that car. But this week, it will feel good to get back to the old car and not have to deal with some of the issues we've been dealing with the past few weeks. I'm proud of the guys on this team for doing an excellent job on pit road over the past couple weeks when we weren't that good on the track. Those guys continued to pick up positions on pit road and keep us in good track position, and are the main reason we've been able to salvage decent finishes. Texas has been good to us in the past, so hopefully this week we'll get the car to where it needs to be in order to contend for the win or at least get a top five out of it."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Larry Carter
Chassis: Primary -- RK-428 Last run at Las Vegas Motor Speedway finished 10th
    Backup -- RK-403 Tested at Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- February 2007

McMurray on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"In the past, I've really enjoyed running at Texas. In my first four starts, I ran really, really well. Last year, we just couldn't seem to find the right handling on the track, but I think we have that problem resolved. This weekend we are taking the same car that I ran at both Las Vegas and at Atlanta, where the car wasn't exactly great, but we had a good handle on everything. It's also a car that we found doesn't qualify very well, but races really well and that's obviously what's more important. This weekend, I'm really expecting the same type of run. It was great going into last weekend's off weekend with a string of good runs this No. 26 team put together. Hopefully, we can continue to knock off these top-10 finishes each weekend."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas is setup a lot like Atlanta and some of the other tracks we run at, like Charlotte. After our run in Atlanta a few weeks ago, we decided that we would bring the same car to Texas. All the guys on the No. 26 team are excited and pumped up about the recent run of good finishes and effort we have all made both at the track and back at the shop. It's hard not to think about where we would be if hadn't gotten wrecked at Daytona and Fontana earlier this season, but that's water under the bridge. We need to focus on where we are now and the races we have coming up. Texas should be another good run for this No. 26 Crown Royal team. The team has knocked off some great pit stops and the communication between everyone has been great. I'm real proud of this team and look forward to a good effort this weekend in Texas."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-387 previously raced at California Speedway

Carl Edwards on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"I'm looking forward to going to Texas this week. I am really excited to get back into a car that I feel more comfortable in. Racing the COT was a lot of fun, but it's definitely going to takes some time to get used to."

"Going to a 1.5-mile track is a nice change of pace from the short tracks we've been racing at recently. We've not had the best runs the last couple weeks but I'm not going to let that get me down. I've had a lot of success at Texas throughout my career and I am hoping to continue that this weekend. Bob (Osborne, crew chief) and the guys have been working really hard all year and I am confident that the Office Depot team will be competitive this weekend."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"I am certainly looking to forward to returning to the "old" cars and the familiarity of the set-ups. We're bringing a good car to Texas, the one that Carl raced in Fontana last September. It's not a brand new car, but we've made some significant chassis adjustments to it and worked on several different set-ups, so hopefully we'll be fast from the start."

"We've kind of been a victim of circumstance the past couple of races. Some risks we've taken didn't really pay off and there have been small mishaps along the way. But, that's racing; we've learned from it and moved on. I think we should run well at Texas. Carl and the entire Office Depot team have really been focused this year and are doing a fantastic job. I feel very confident in my guys heading into Texas."

NASCAR Busch Series:

Mark Martin
Team: No.06 Dish Network Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Chad Norris
Chassis: RK- 371 - last ran Atlanta

Martin on racing NBS at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas has always been a really good track for us and we've won two or three races there in the Busch Series. In fact we won the first one there back in 1997 and we are looking forward to going back there this weekend and seeing what we have. Chad Norris and the guys at Roush Fenway Racing gave me a good car at Daytona, so hopefully we can pick up where we left off and contend for the win in the No. 06 Dish Network car."

Crew Chief Chad Norris on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"The whole team is really looking forward to having Mark (Martin) back in the Dish Network Ford. We are bringing what we feel like is a winning car. It is the same car Jamie (McMurray) raced to a top-15 finish in Atlanta last month. We've been preparing for this race the past few weeks, all of the guys have been putting a ton of effort into trying to make Mark's last start at Roush Fenway Racing a memorable one. With Mark's record at Texas we feel like we have a really good shot to bring a trophy back home with us."

David Ragan
Team: No. 6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-378 ran this year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Ragan on racing NBS at Texas Motor Speedway:
"This is a rebound weekend for The No. 6 Discount Tire team. We had a set back last week at Nashville, so we need a great finish just to climb back in the points. I know this team is extremely focused on bringing the best equipment possible to Texas. Our goal will continue to be top-10 finishes every week with a chance to win at the end of every race. Discount Tire has been a tremendous sponsor thus far and we would like to give them something special this weekend. The only place I want to be this weekend is Victory Lane".

Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"David has had some success at Texas in the Craftsman Truck series and one start in the Busch series. That experience goes along way on a half-mile track. I am excited to get to Texas because we are bringing a car that is set-up nicely for this track. We ran the Ford Fusion at Las Vegas earlier in the year and it is a fast race car. The Discount Tire team will not panic, but we all need to realize it is time to put it together from start to finish. That is the only way we are going to start winning races".

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis: RK-347

Biffle on racing NBS at Texas Motor Speedway:
"I really like racing at Texas. It's a great track and a lot of fun for a driver. I've never won in a Busch car there, but I have won once in the NEXTEL Cup car and once in the trucks. I've finished second a bunch of times in the Busch car, but never quite got the win that has eluded me. I figure I've got a great shot this weekend since Eddie (Pardue) and the guys have always got good cars for me and the Roush Fenway cars typically run well at Texas."

Eddie Pardue on racing in Texas Motor Speedway:
"We should have a pretty good chance at a win this weekend at Texas. We're taking one of Greg's cars from last season that we haven't run yet this year. The car he raced at California and Vegas is still out of commission after the wreck in Vegas, but I think this car will be just as good. He's never won in a Busch car at Texas, but he's won in every other series so we hope to change that for him this weekend."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No.17 Arby's Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK- 360 Last ran at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Kenseth on racing NBS at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas is definitely one of my favorite tracks. It is a track we are generally successful at, but things didn't quite go our way in the fall. We had some bad luck with a tire that came loose twice during the race. This time around we are bringing the same car that won California, so hopefully things will be different. We feel good about the car we're taking and hopefully, if some things fall our way, we'll have the Arby's car up front and in position to contend for the win on Saturday."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"The guys have had two weeks off and are ready to head to Texas. RK-360 is the same chassis that won California, but didn't fair so well in Las Vegas. With Matt behind the wheel at one of his favorite tracks we should be able to earn a good finish for Arby's."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.60 Scotts Bonus S Max Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel (P.K.)
Chassis: RK-427 last ran at Atlanta; finished 4th

Edwards on racing NBS at Texas Motor Speedway:
"I really think racing at Texas Motor Speedway is awesome. The mile and a half oval is very fast and lots of fun and it has more than one groove which makes passing easier. It's a great track. Our Scotts Bonus S Max Ford Fusion is very fast and we are coming off two huge wins. Our goal is to go into Texas and extend our lead. We are carrying a lot of momentum and would love to win at that track again."

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel (P.K.) on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"We are really looking forward to taking the Scotts Bonus S Max Ford Fusion to Texas Motor Speedway. Carl (Edwards) has had some really good runs there and is on a roll. We are coming off back-to-back wins and we have a lot of emotion and momentum going into Texas. Our goal is to come out of there with a top-10 finish or better and keep our streak alive."

-credit: rfr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
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