Indianapolis: Roush Fenway Racing preview

FAST FACTS David Ragan * 2007 was Ragan's first time competing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He qualified 30th and finished 16th. * Ragan will be pulling double duty and competing in the Nationwide Series race at O'Reilly Raceway Park....

FAST FACTS

David Ragan

* 2007 was Ragan's first time competing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He qualified 30th and finished 16th.

* Ragan will be pulling double duty and competing in the Nationwide Series race at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Ragan has competed once at ORP, he started second and finished 18th in 2007.

* David competed in the Craftsman Truck Series twice at ORP. In 2006 he sat on the pole and finished ninth.

* Ragan is currently 15th in the point standings, 98 points out of 12th.

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Greg Biffle

* Biffle has completed every lap in the five Sprint Cup Series starts he has at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

* Biffle's fourth-place finish in Chicago puts him seventh in the point standings, 563 points out of the lead but only 66 points behind Jeff Gordon in the sixth position.

* Biffle used the off weekend to spend some time with his family and friends in his home state of Washington.

* This weekend Biffle will run the red and black Dish Network paint scheme.

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Matt Kenseth

* Matt Kenseth will make his ninth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in this weekend's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.

* Kenseth has five top-10 and four top-five finishes in eight starts at Indy.

* According to NASCAR's "loop data," Kenseth ranks fourth in driver rating at Indy with a score of 106.1. His average finish in the past three races there is 5.7, Kenseth has also spent 404 laps or 84.2% in the top 15 over the past three races.

* The No.17 will again sport the colors of DEWALT this weekend at Indy.

* In the past nine races, Kenseth has finished in the top 10 eight times and has moved from 20 in overall point standings (rank after Darlington) to eighth place (currently).

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Jamie McMurray

* In five starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, McMurray has produced one top-five and two top-10 finishes.

* McMurray's average finish in five starts at IMS is a 17.2, which ironically is also his average starting position.

* In five races, McMurray has led 22 laps at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

* On Thursday night, McMurray will lead a fleet of eight Crown Royal Ford Fusions in downtown Indianapolis to help promote Crown Royal's, "Be a Champion. Drink Responsibly." campaign. The Safe Rides Home program has provided rides for hundreds of patrons and NASCAR fans since its inception in 2003.

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Carl Edwards

* Carl Edwards enters Indianapolis fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings, 372 markers behind point leader Kyle Busch. In 19 starts, Edwards has accumulated three wins, seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. Edwards is tied with Kyle Busch for the most top-10 finishes this season.

* Edwards will make his fourth Cup start at Indianapolis this weekend. In his previous three starts, Edwards has one top-10 finish.

* Edwards' average start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is 31.7, his   .
average finish is 13.0 Edwards' best finish at The Brickyard is ninth  .
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* Edwards will carry the blue and green colors of Aflac this Sunday afternoon.

* The No.99 team will be bringing chassis RK-609 to Indianapolis. This is a brand-new chassis.

David Ragan; No.6 AAA Ford Fusion

"It's really cool to be heading to Indy this weekend. Indy is a track with a lot of history and it's a special place to be able to compete. It's a really fast track and qualifying is very important. We didn't qualify great last year, but still finished decent. I've been qualifying much more consistently, so if we can keep that up and get good track position to start with we should be in for a good race. Drafting is key down the long straightaway, so having a car that handles well and qualifying towards the front will lead to a solid run for us at the Brickyard."

Crew chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"Everyone should be well rested after our off weekend and ready to get back to the track. Last year was David's first time at the Brickyard and he did well, but we can definitely improve and get a better finish this year. We are taking a good car and if we can get some good pit stops then we should have a solid run."

GREG BIFFLE: No.16 Dish Network Ford Fusion

"Indy is a very unique track and since this is the first time for everyone to race the COT there, it should be an exciting weekend. It has not historically been my best track if you look at the stats but I've had a few good runs there, so I think we can realistically look for a solid top-10 finish. The team worked hard on the car last weekend and with some pit strategy, we were able to get a top-five finish. If we can keep that momentum going and just be consistent in the last seven races before the chase, we should be in good shape."

Crew chief Greg Erwin on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"We're taking a brand new car to Indy this weekend. Indy is a unique track which means we can't really take what we've learned with the COT at other tracks and apply it this weekend. Track position will be crucial and historically taking care of the left-front tire has also been important. Goodyear is enforcing a minimum air pressure for the left-front tires this weekend though, so it may not be as much of an issue. We will have to adjust to the mandated tire pressure though, so that will be a minor obstacle. We had a good run at Chicago and now is the time for this team to establish consistency in performance. With only seven races left in the season, we can't afford any mistakes."

Matt Kenseth: No.17 DEWALT Ford Fusion

"Indy ranks right at the top, or close to the top, on races you'd like to win in your career. I think everyone wants to win the Daytona 500, that's the biggest one you want to win. But, certainly the Brickyard is right there with it. We've been close a few times and we've been real competitive. Actually a couple of times we've been there we've had some problems, but we've always ran pretty good. I always feel like we'll have a shot when we go there, and it's certainly one we'd like to pull off."

Crew chief Chip Bolin on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"Indy's a special place for anyone in racing. It has a ton of history and when you think about all of the greats that have won there throughout the years it would mean a lot to be able to add our names to that list.

"We're bringing a brand new car this weekend - built specifically with Indy in mind. Hopefully we aren't too far off and can zero in on what we need for the race. If we can get it to turn like Matt wants it to turn, then I feel like we can be competitive on Sunday."

Jamie McMurray: No.26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion

"Indy is one of the best tracks that we visit each year. The last couple of years, I haven't faired very well, but it is a track where I really like to race. Last year, our day ended early when we were caught in a wreck in turn one. There is so much history and tradition at Indy that it's one of the most exciting races that we run, and certainly one on every driver's list that they would like to win. We are taking a brand new car this weekend, and with everything the guys back at the shop and all the engineering support Ford has given us, we should have a pretty good Crown Royal Ford Fusion.

"Prior to running the race this weekend, we will once again be hosting Crown Royal's `Safe Rides Home' in downtown Indianapolis on Thursday evening. I've been a part of this for the last two years, and it's always been a lot of fun. Crown Royal does so much to promote their `Be a Champion. Drink Responsibly.' campaign, and this is just another effort they support. It should be fun driving Crown Royal branded Ford Fusion through downtown Indianapolis on Thursday evening."

Crew chief Larry Carter on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"After a much needed off-weekend, I know all the guys on the No.26 Crown Royal team are ready to get back to the track. The last six or seven weeks, we've had some really fast cars, probably the fastest cars that we've had all season. With that said, it's exciting to be going to Indy this weekend, a track that Jamie has had some success at the in the past. We are taking a brand new car this weekend to Indy, which in the past, you would typically have to test somewhere, or shake down somewhere, but with how far we have come with engineering, we put it through all the simulators and feel really confident with the car before it even leaves the shop. If we can avoid the trouble this weekend, it should be a great weekend for the No. 26 Crown Royal team."

Carl Edwards: No.99 Aflac Ford Fusion

"I'm really looking forward to racing at Indy. There's so much history at that track, it would certainly mean a lot to run well and win there."

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"To race at the Brickyard is pretty incredible. There's so much history there and so many great `racers' have been there. I think being able to say that you've won at Indy is a great accomplishment. I think the Aflac team has the potential to run really well there and I'm excited to go there this week and see what we can do."

-credit: rfr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , David Ragan , Greg Erwin , Kyle Busch
Teams Roush Fenway Racing