Pocono: Roush Racing preview

Roush Racing Fast Facts - In his 10 Cup starts at Pocono, Matt Kenseth has finished in the top-five twice and the top-ten five times. - Kenseth will be running car number 20 at the Pocono Raceway on Sunday. This car has not seen ...

Roush Racing Fast Facts

- In his 10 Cup starts at Pocono, Matt Kenseth has finished in the top-five twice and the top-ten five times.

- Kenseth will be running car number 20 at the Pocono Raceway on Sunday. This car has not seen competition this year, but is one of Matt Kenseth's favorites. It has prior wins at Las Vegas under its belt (2003 and 2004) and was most recently run during a tire test at Indy in April 2005.

- Kenseth has led laps in half of his starts at Pocono Raceway.

- This will be Carl Edwards' first career start at Pocono Raceway.

- This will be Edwards' first double duty weekend in two separate cities. Edwards will practice and qualify the No. 99 Stonebridge Insurance Ford in Pocono on Friday, and Saturday morning then head to Nashville to race the No. 60 Charter Ford in the Busch race. Edwards will then return late Saturday night to race the No. 99 Ford in Sunday's 500-mile event.

- Edwards currently sits ninth in the overall NEXTEL Cup point standings, only 33 points separate fifth to 10th place. After 13 starts (half-way to the "Chase") only 13 cars remain eligible for a chance at winning the NEXTEL Cup.

- RK-270 is the same car Edwards won with at Atlanta earlier in 2005.

- With the win in Dover last weekend, Greg Biffle remains second in the point standings, 46 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.

- Biffle extended his advantage on third place in the points with this weekend's finish in Dover and now holds a 180-point advantage over Elliott Sadler.

- The National Guard/Post-it paint scheme returns to the No. 16 Ford this weekend. This is the same paint scheme the team had on the car when they won at California and Texas earlier this year.

- Kurt Busch moved to eighth in points following his seventh top-10 of the season at Dover last week, and remains in the top 10 NEXTEL Cup Series competition for the 48th consecutive race week (since Rockingham 2004), currently the longest streak on the circuit.

- Busch's No. 97 Ford Taurus sports the black and red of Sharpie for this weekend's race.

- Busch's career at Pocono International Raceway has been primarily feast or famine. In eight races at the speedway he has finished in the top five three times (including two runner-up finishes), but 36th or lower three times.

- The Sharpie team brings chassis #64 to Pocono, the same car that finished sixth at Kansas last season.

- Mark Martin's third-place run at Dover propelled him up six places to sixth in the Nextel Cup point standings, just 18 points out of fifth. At the midway point in the "regular'" season, Martin is currently 324 points behind first place.

- Martin has finished second at Pocono on six different occasions.

- Martin's 18 top-five finishes at Pocono are the most of any driver.

- Martin's 25-top 10 finishes at Pocono leads all drivers.

- Martin has posted 26-top 10 starts in 36 races at Pocono, including a fourth-place starting spot there last June.

- Martin has finished second in three of his last five races at Pocono.

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra® Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-221 (Won the All-Star Challenge earlier this season)

Mark Martin on racing at Pocono: "Pocono is a great race track for us. It has long straight-aways and you have to really be able to get in into the corners well. We ran well there in both races last year and finished second there in the fall. I love racing there. We've never won there, but we finished second a bunch, so I guess you could say that we might be due there. We'd like nothing more than to go there and get our first win there this weekend.

"We had a really solid run at Dover last weekend and a great points day. We are sitting at sixth halfway through the first 26-race period and I'm very happy with the way Pat (Tryson) and the Viagra Team have performed this season. We are in the middle of what should be a great stretch for us and are exited about the next couple of races we have coming up."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Pocono: "Mark has always been really good at Pocono and we were pretty good there last year in both races. We are taking the same car that we ran at The All-Star race a couple of weeks ago, so hopefully it'll bring us the same results that we had there. We had a good run last week, so we'll be looking to improve on that and hopefully help Mark get to victory circle for the first time at Pocono."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK- 275 (The car the team won with at California and Texas)

Greg Biffle on racing at Pocono: "I'm looking forward to running at Pocono this weekend. We had two really strong race cars there last year. The track is extremely challenging and it's very much like running on a road course. We're taking the car we won California and Texas with and I think it will be a good car for Pocono as well. Based on what we know from last year and how we are running as a team this year, I anticipate a strong run this weekend."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Pocono: "We decided to take this car because we have done well with it and because it turns well on the flatter corners. Pocono is a fairly flat track and you need to take a car that can turn through the corners there. We think this is the best car we have for that type of track. We did well in Pocono last year in the first race and then finished fourth in the second race. We'll use the set-up from last year to build our set-up for this year with the new aero package. You're not allowed to shift at Pocono anymore, so that will affect our strategy as well."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: #20 (Won at Las Vegas in 2003 and 2004)

Matt Kenseth on racing at Pocono: "I'm glad to be going into Pocono with a solid finish under our belts. It has been a tough season for us so far, with some of our cars not running great, and other times just having rotten luck. Our focus is to consistently finish in the top-ten and work our way into the Chase. We're bringing my favorite car to Pocono to build on the momentum we created at Dover by finishing in the top-ten. It's really good on flat tracks so I'm looking forward to seeing what it will do this weekend."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Pocono: "Our goal at Dover was to finish in the top-ten and we were able to accomplish that. Now, we have to focus on doing the same thing week in and week out to work our way up into the top-ten in points. One thing I can say about our team, no matter what has happened this season, they've continued to work hard and remain positive and focused on the task at hand. They executed some awesome pit stops last weekend in Dover and repeatedly gained us positions off of pit road."

Kurt Busch
Team: No. 97 IRWIN Industrial Tools/Sharpie Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #64 (Finished 6th at Kansas last year)

Kurt Busch on racing at Pocono: "Pocono is definitely one of the most unique tracks we'll be visiting this year with the configuration of the track. It's basically a road course in the shape of an oval. We've run well at this facility the last couple of years, and had some trouble at the end. A couple years ago we were running well and hit some debris and got into the wall, and last year we had a transmission failure while running in the top 10 towards the end of the race, so some of our results here haven't been what they should have been. But we feel good about our car this weekend and want to continue getting the top 10's we need to stay up in the points."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Pocono: "We're on track right now with where we want to be. We had a good run at Dover last weekend which hasn't always been our best track, and now we're heading to Pocono where we've run pretty good in the past. So we're just looking for another good run in this Sharpie Ford."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Roush Racing Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-270 (Won at Atlanta earlier this season)

Carl Edwards on racing at Pocono: "I'm excited to go to Pocono. This will be my first time at the track and I know I have a lot to learn but I've been watching tapes and talking to my teammates so I'm hoping to have a bit of a head start. This is the first weekend I'll be traveling between the Busch and Cup Series so I'm looking forward to that too. It would be awesome to give Charter a good run in Nashville then follow that up with a strong run in Pocono for Stonebridge Life Insurance. I think we are capable of that. As long as the rain stays away in Pocono and we get our practice sessions in we will be fine."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Pocono: "Pocono is an extremely tough race track for veterans let alone rookies. I was disappointed that the track did not allow test time for rookies but we'll do the best we can with the three practice sessions we have. I think we do have a small advantage with the rule changes. Since no one will be shifting everyone will have a little something new to learn so that helps us a bit but that said we still have a lot to learn. All that said, I think Carl is a great talent and we should be fine, we'll see what happens this week."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Carl Edwards , Elliott Sadler , Doug Richert , Mark Martin