BUSCH: Texas: Roush Racing preview

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Samsung/RadioShack 500 NASCAR Busch Series: O'Reilly 300 Roush Racing Fast Facts * Mark Martin posted a Cup win at Texas in the second race there in 1998. * Martin has four top fives and three top 10's in eight Cup...

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Samsung/RadioShack 500
NASCAR Busch Series: O'Reilly 300

Roush Racing Fast Facts

* Mark Martin posted a Cup win at Texas in the second race there in 1998.

* Martin has four top fives and three top 10's in eight Cup starts at Texas.

* Martin has won three times in the Busch Series at Texas in only four races.

* Martin has finished inside the top 15 in 10 consecutive races dating back to last season.

* Martin has finished every race of the 2006 season on the lead lap.

* Martin is currently second in the Nextel Cup point standings, his highest mark since 2002.

* Greg Biffle is currently 18th in the point standings, dropping only three positions after a 31st place finish in Martinsville.

* Biffle and the National Guard team are currently 318 points out of the lead but are only 109 points out of a top-10 position.

* Biffle has three top-five finishes in five NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway.

* This weekend the No. 16 National Guard team will run a special Subway/Little League Baseball paint scheme. Subway is a proud sponsor of Little League Baseball.

* Matt Kenseth is the all-time lap leader at Texas Motor Speedway in NASCAR competition, leading 571 laps total; 299 in NEXTEL Cup and 272 in Busch.

* In nine Busch Series starts at Texas, Kenseth has an average finish of 7.0.

* Kenseth is running chassis number 323 which so far this season has led 186 laps, won at Fontana and finished second at Las Vegas.

* Until his accident on lap 493 at Martinsville last week, Kenseth had completed every lap of the 2006 season (2042 laps to that point).

* Kenseth will be running the Carhartt paint scheme this weekend; the first of three races in which Kenseth will carry the Carhartt colors (Michigan 6/18, Charlotte 10/14).

* Kenseth enters the second round of the 2006 Crown Royal IROC Series as the point leader after dominating round one at Daytona in February. Kenseth, the 2004 IROC Champion, has 29 points and leads second place Sam Hornish Jr. by 12.

* In his four Cup starts at the Texas Motor Speedway, Jamie McMurray has one top-five and three top-ten finishes.

* McMurray will be bringing a brand new car this weekend to Texas, which will feature Crown Royal as the primary sponsor.

* McMurray will be participating in the "Crown Royal Safe Rides Home" designated driver program on Thursday night in Ft. Worth, Texas.

* With his ninth-place finish in Martinsville, McMurray jumped seven spots in the point standings, moving up to the 17th position.

* Carl Edwards enters Texas as the defending race winner. His last win in Texas came in November of 2005 at the Dickie's 500.

* After moving up three spots to 19th place in the point standings, Edwards currently sits only 122 points out of 10th place.

* Chassis RK-270 was run last at Atlanta in March. RK-270 is also the winning chassis from Edwards' first wins at both Atlanta and Pocono.

* Edwards will be a guest host on Speed's, "Inside Nextel Cup" this Monday, April 10th at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).

* Danny O'Quinn Jr. enters the O'Reilly 300 after posting his best finish of the year at Bristol, an 11th place finish, and gaining two points positions to put him 20th in the championship standings.

* Co-primary sponsor Stonebridge Life Insurance Company returns to the No. 50 this weekend at Texas to run their second race of the season as primary sponsor.

* O'Quinn Jr. will race chassis RK-350 in the O'Reilly 300, which is the same car he raced in Atlanta in the Nicorette 300, but with a few adjustments to the set-up.

* Roush Racing has four wins at the Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Busch Series, their last one coming in 2004. Danny O'Quinn Jr. would love to make it five.

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Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson


Chassis: RK-314 Finished second in its last run at Atlanta three weeks ago Finished second at Texas last fall

Martin on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:

"Texas is a great race track. It's the type of place that suits my driving style. I've always done pretty well on the 1.5-mile tracks and Texas has been pretty good for us in that mix. We won the second race there and we've been pretty good there ever since. Last fall we competed for the win late in the race and we are really looking forward to going back there and seeing what we can do this weekend.

"Pat (Tryson) and the team continue to do a great job with the cars and I'm really impressed how nobody gave up last Sunday and we were able to get a solid finish out of what could have been a rough day at Martinsville. We've survived the short tracks and now we get a chance to go back to an intermediate track - which is our strong point - and hopefully do what we do best."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:

"We are very excited about going back to a bigger track, and hopefully we'll be able to take up where we left off at Atlanta. We are running the same car that we used to finish second at Atlanta, so if we can just tweak that and put together a solid effort on pit road then we should really be in good shape this weekend at Texas, where I know Mark really loves the racing."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard/Subway Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-239 (Vegas and California '06)

Biffle on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:

"I really enjoy racing at Texas and this time we're coming back as the defending race winners, so that adds a little to it. We're bringing back the car that we raced this year at California and Vegas and won with last year at Michigan and Homestead. Another win and another set of cowboy hats would be huge for the team this weekend. We've had a little bad luck this year but we've got some really good tracks coming up and I know the team's ready for them."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:

"We're taking a car this weekend that has proven to run well at the intermediate type tracks. We won with it twice last year and probably should have had a couple of wins with it this year. It's always fun to go back to a track where you've won and try to make it two in a row. We lost a little in the points last week but we've got Texas, Phoenix, Richmond and Darlington coming up and those should be good tracks for us. Talladega is a roll of the dice but I'd say it's about time for our luck to turn around."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Carhartt/DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-323 -- Last ran Las Vegas, Mar. '06, finished second Won at Fontana in Feb. '06 RK-317 -- Last ran Texas, Nov. '05, finished third

Kenseth on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:

"Texas is a really fast track and I love racing there. Any driver loves speed and Texas doesn't disappoint in that department. We've had some success there and I always feel going into the weekend that we should be competing for the win. We'll be looking to rebound from last week where we had a good racecar but just lost the brakes there at the end. Still, we were running in the top ten all day, and just because something like that happened at the end, it doesn't break our momentum by any means."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:

"Well, we're bringing a car that's been real good to us so far this year. It ran well at Fontana and Las Vegas and very easily could be sitting two for two on the season. Texas has been good to us during our career and hopefully we can get back on the right track this weekend. The mood in the shop has remained real upbeat. We were in before sun up on Monday breaking down the Martinsville car, putting that behind us and focusing on Texas. So, I don't expect to see any kind of let down on this team."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Car Number: Brand new car

Jamie McMurray on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:

"I look forward to racing in Texas. I raced well there back when I was driving in the Truck Series and I have a lot of confidence whenever I return to the track. I've been fortunate to finish well there since I've been in the Cup Series. We struggled in Atlanta so there are some unknowns for us going into this weekend at an intermediate track, but we're trying a new approach toward our set-ups that I'm excited about. We'll see if it works for us again."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:

"We're bringing a brand new car to Texas. I think it will be a good one for us. We went our own way last weekend at Martinsville with our set-up and it worked out fairly well for us. We were looking for a top-ten finish and we were able to accomplish that. Jamie has a good record at Texas, as does this team. We're looking to build upon the solid finish we had at Martinsville and get a little momentum going."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis Number: RK-270

Edwards on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:

"I love going to Texas. The track is really smooth and really fast; it's a track where we carry a lot of speed. Texas Motor Speedway has always been a really special place to me. And the Dallas/Fort Worth area is just awesome; there is so much to do there. For me, it's really motivating to see how many fans show up in Texas, it makes such a big difference to see that many people at the track."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:

"The Office Depot team is looking forward to Texas. It is a big, fast race track where our team has seen success. We hope to have a good run, a strong finish and move up some more in the points. The guys on the crew have been working really hard on getting Carl off pit road a little bit faster. So with some good pit stops and a good car, we should do well in Texas."

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Todd Kluever
Team: No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley


Chassis: #RK-296 -- this had been one of Greg Biffle's Busch cars

Todd Kluever on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:

"Our goal this weekend in Texas is to have a good, solid run. We've struggled a bit at our last few mile and a half tracks, which we thought would be some of our strongest tracks. For us, it's not an issue of finding the speed, it's been an issue of keeping it the whole race. We're still learning to keep up with the track changes throughout the race. At Atlanta a few weeks ago I was really pleased with the 3M Ford Fusion early in the race, but it just got tighter and tighter as the race progressed. If we can keep that from happening then we should have a good day.

"I've raced at Texas twice in the trucks. The first time we brought the totally wrong truck for that type of track and we really struggled. The last race in November was pretty good and we ended up with a top-10 finish. If we can come out of Texas with a top-10 finish this weekend I will be pleased, especially with all of the Cup drivers who will be in the race."

Mike Kelley on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:

"Texas is typically a good track for the Roush cars in both Cup and Busch. We've got a few things planned to try during practice that hopefully will keep the car much freer during the race. We're learning that these cars need some big adjustments throughout the race to keep up with the track changes and that is one of the areas we really need to focus on this weekend."

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Pennzoil Platinum Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: RK-356

Mark Martin, Busch Series at Texas Motor Speedway: Races Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Money Cumulative 5 3 3 3 0 $226,510

Mark Martin on racing in the Busch Series at Texas Motor Speedway:

"I am excited about going to Texas anytime. It is a great track. I also have a strong fan base there since it is the closest track to my home in Arkansas. I have a lot of personal fans there from when I was younger. It is always a fun place to go."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:

"We are looking forward to Texas, it will be our first outing with the new Pennzoil Fusion. Plus, Texas is such a great track and to be representing Pennzoil there being that they are from Houston, TX is really exciting. Hopefully we will have a great day!"

Greg Biffle
Team: No.16 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis Number: RK- 296

Biffle on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:

"Texas is going to be good. I'm already excited about it. I really like Texas, Roush Racing runs well there and we will go there and we will try to win one."

Crew Chief Eddie Pardue on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:

"I'm really excited about Texas. It's one of Greg's better tracks. We're taking the car that we won with at California. I'm looking forward to being able to go there and show them what we've got."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Ameriquest Soaring Dreams Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Chad Norris
Chassis: RK-346

Matt Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Texas Motor Speedway:

"I'm looking forward to Texas. We've ran real good there over the years, especially in the Busch Series. Every track we've gone to this year in the Busch Series, we've had a car that competed for the win. It's not going to be hard to find my car out there this weekend with the unique paint scheme we'll be running, which represents the kids who have participated Ameriquest's Soaring Dream Program. It's a pretty neat program they have going that teaches kids about teamwork, achievement, and responsibility. I'll be taking part in the program myself on Thursday morning at the track, so I'm looking forward to what should be an exciting weekend."

Crew Chief Chad Norris on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:

"We are taking the same car to Texas that we have been running here lately. It's been a good car but just not good enough. So, we brought it back and worked on it a little more, trying to make it better. The No. 17 team is really pumped up right now we have been running good and qualifying good its just a matter of time before we visit victory lane."

Danny O'Quinn, Jr.
Team: No. 50 Stonebridge Life Insurance Co. Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK-350

O'Quinn Jr. on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:

"We are brining the same car we ran at Atlanta to Texas this weekend. Texas is a lot like Atlanta so were just going to take some things that we think would make the car better at Atlanta and try to apply them to Texas this week. The tracks are both really fast, really high banked and I think that we can run pretty decent based on what we learned at Atlanta. We should have a really good race and look forward to going there and getting on the racetrack."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:

"Texas is a fast racetrack where horsepower and down force are at a premium. To be fast there, you need a good Ford Fusion body and huge horsepower. It is similar to Atlanta in size and shape, but very smooth which puts a premium on down force."

Carl Edwards
Chassis Number: No.60 Henkel Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel
Chassis Number: RK- 345

Edwards on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:

"The whole Henkel Team is pumped about going to Texas. It will be great to get back to a fast 1.5-mile track after two weeks of short tracks. My confidence is very high. I just love the fast tracks. They are a blast! The Henkel Team only has one goal in mind and that is to win in Texas"

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:

"Texas is a pretty exciting race track. We've only been there for just a few years if you look at the whole scope of the NASCAR history. It's quite an exciting race track for all the fans. It's really fast. I'm looking forward to making the car run pretty good like we did in Atlanta. There are things we're working on back at the shop and I hope we show up with a good race car."

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