Pocono II: Roush Fenway Racing preview

David Ragan * Ragan has three career starts at Pocono Raceway. His most recent start in June produced his best qualifying effort and finishing position at Pocono. He started 30th and finished 24th. * Ragan has competed two times in the ...

David Ragan

* Ragan has three career starts at Pocono Raceway. His most recent start in June produced his best qualifying effort and finishing position at Pocono. He started 30th and finished 24th.

* Ragan has competed two times in the ARCA/REMAX Series at Pocono. Both ARCA starts came in 2005 with his best effort being a fourth-place finish.

* Ragan is currently 14th in the point standings, 56 points out of 12th.

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Greg Biffle

* This weekend Biffle will be racing the Dish Network Ford Fusion in Pocono and the 3M Ford Fusion in Montreal.

* Colin Braun will be practicing with the No.163M team in Montreal and Biffle will race the car on Saturday.

* Biffle finished eighth last week at Indy and currently sits seventh in the point standings.

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Matt Kenseth

* Kenseth will make his 18th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Pocono Raceway this weekend behind the wheel of the No.17 DEWALT Ford Fusion.

* In his 17 previous starts, Kenseth has achieved three top-five and eight top-10 finishes.

* Kenseth has completed 3234 of 3285 (98.4%) of laps attempted at Pocono Raceway.

* 20.5 is Kenseth's average start at Pocono, however his average finish is 14.4.

* Kenseth has led only 29 laps in 17 races at Pocono, the lowest total number of laps led at any track where Kenseth has nine, or more starts.

* Kenseth and the No.17 team are currently 11th in overall point standings, just 33 points out of 10th place.

* The logo for Friedman Electric will ride along on Kenseth's No.17 this weekend at Pocono. Friedman Electric has been in business for over 65 years and has 14 branches in northeast and central Pennsylvania and New York. Friedman Electric is known in the industry for its extensive inventory- both for popular and hard to find products. Friedman Electric provides the full range of electrical, residential and commercial lighting, telecom and automation products.

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Jamie McMurray

* In 11 starts at the 2.5-mile, tri-oval track, Jamie McMurray has one Sprint Cup pole and two top-10 finishes.

* McMurray's average start at Pocono Raceway is a 15.5, which is his fifth-best qualifying track on the Sprint Cup circuit.

* Pocono Raceway is one of the few tracks where McMurray has yet to lead a lap the others are Atlanta, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Richmond.

* After last week's season-best finish of sixth place, McMurray moved up two spots in the Sprint Cup point standings to 20.

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Carl Edwards

* Carl Edwards enters Pocono fifth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings, 320 markers behind point leader Kyle Busch. In 20 starts, Edwards has accumulated three wins, eight top-five and 14 top-10 finishes.

* Edwards will make his eighth Cup start at Pocono this weekend. In his previous seven starts, Edwards has accumulated one win, two top-five and three top-10 finishes.

* Edwards leads all drivers in top-10 finishes, having scored 14 thus far in 2008. Edwards has top-10 finishes in 11 of his last 13 races.

* Edwards will carry the red and black colors of Office Depot this Sunday. Office Depot store #2569 from Newington, Conn., is the weekly sales winner and will ride along with Edwards this weekend at Pocono.

* The Office Depot team will be bringing chassis RK-587 to Pocono. This chassis last raced at Pocono in June, where Edwards started sixth and finished ninth.

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NSCS

David Ragan: No.6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: RK-613 Brand new chassis
     RK-561 Last ran Pocono, finished 24th

Ragan on racing at Pocono Raceway:

"Pocono is a fun track that is very unique; we definitely don't go anywhere else quite like Pocono throughout the season. It's also a track where I've struggled in the past, but we've had some good runs recently so hopefully we can build off of that momentum. We need to go there and get a good run; it's all about points and having solid finishes at this point in the season."

Crew chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Pocono Raceway:

"Pocono hasn't been one of David's strongest tracks, but he improved on last year when we were just there and there's no reason he can't keep improving. We are taking a brand new chassis which should be a good car. He's been doing great this season, but we just need to have a strong points run."

GREG BIFFLE: No.16 Dish Network Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Greg Erwin
Chassis: RK 585 (Pocono June '08 Finished 15th)

Biffle on racing at Pocono Raceway:

"We had a good run there in June and should have had a top-five finish. I got a pit road speeding penalty near the end of the race though and that hurt us. We ended up with a 15th-place finish but I'd be happy if we could just have a run like that again this weekend without the speeding penalty. We've got momentum behind us right now and we just need to keep it. A top-five or even a solid top-10 finish in Pocono this weekend would keep the momentum going and then if we can get through Watkins Glen, the last four tracks before the Chase are four of my favorites."

Crew chief Greg Erwin on racing at Pocono Raceway:

"We're taking the car that we ran there last month. We had a decent run with it but a late-race pit road speeding penalty put us at a disadvantage at the end of the race. It's always difficult to set up a car for Pocono because all three turns are so different. Brakes can be a concern so we are running our short track/road course brake package to ensure we don't have any problems. We just need to run as well as we did in June and not have any mistakes. We need to come out of it with a solid finish to maintain our point position."

Matt Kenseth: No.17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Chip Bolin
Chassis: RK-606, Raced Pocono in June of this year; started 13th, finished seventh

Kenseth on racing at Pocono Raceway:

"We'll be looking to bounce back this weekend at Pocono. Last weekend was a huge disappointment for us at Indy. We had a decent top-10 car, but with the tire issues we ended up finishing 38th. It was pretty frustrating all weekend. We unloaded pretty good, with high hopes for a good finish. So, blowing a tire like we did and tearing up our car was pretty embarrassing.

"This weekend we're looking to bounce back at Pocono, which has really been one of our tougher tracks. We're bringing back the same car we raced there earlier this year and hopefully we'll be able to better our seventh-place finish. A solid finish at Pocono would go a long way towards gaining some momentum in this stretch run leading up to the Chase."

Crew chief Chip Bolin on racing at Pocono Raceway:

"We're bringing a car that we tested here back in June. It was a brand new car then, but Matt was pleased with it and we ended up with a top-10 finish. We've put a lot of work into this car and I think we've made some big improvements. Hopefully all of that will prove true when we unload on Friday.

"We've seen it come down to fuel mileage in the past, so we've got to do our part to stay on top of pit strategy and be on top of our game and take care of everything that we have control over. After such a disappointing race last weekend, we have to have a solid finish at Pocono."

Jamie McMurray: No.26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Larry Carter
Chassis: RK-594 Last outing: Pocono, June 2008; Finished 20th
     RK-463 Last outing: Martinsville, Oct.2007; Finished 32nd

McMurray on racing at Pocono Raceway:

"After our finish last week in Indy, I think all the guys on the No.26 Crown Royal team are excited about running again this weekend. It was a little shot in the arm. Last week everyone did such a good job with the different scenarios that we were faced with. This weekend, we are taking the same car that we took to Pocono last time. This will be only the second time this car has been run. Last time at Pocono, we had a really good car, and were making our way through the field, but were caught in an accident, which put us behind the rest of the day.

"The funny thing about Pocono is typically the guys who were fast in the first race, are typically fast again in the second race, not much really changes between the two races. I thought we had a good car in the first one, so hopefully that holds true this weekend."

Crew chief Larry Carter on racing at Pocono Raceway:

"Pocono is one of the more challenging tracks that we visit each year. It's tough because you are setting up for three different corners, as well as needing a lot of horsepower to carry off turn one all the way into the tunnel turn. Last time we were there, I thought we were going to have a pretty good day, our car was fast, but we were caught in a little wreck early in the race that set us back a ways. This weekend should be a good weekend for the No.26 Crown Royal team."

Carl Edwards: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-587, last raced at Pocono in June finished ninth

Carl Edwards on racing at Pocono Raceway:

"I'm excited to go to Pocono. We certainly have what it takes to run well there. We had a strong car when we raced there earlier this year, but had a problem on pit road that took us out of contention for the win late in the race. The Office Depot guys have been working really hard, and I look forward to competing for the win this weekend."

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Pocono Raceway:

"Pocono is a challenging race track, but I enjoy racing there. With three different turns, there is a fine line between being good and being good enough to win. We've run well on the flat tracks this year. Our Office Depot team had a shot to win the spring race at Pocono, and I'd like nothing more than to go back and win it this time around."

-credit: rfr

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