Roush Racing Quote of The Week
September 8th, 2004
TOPIC: Roush Racing Nextel Cup drivers were asked this week to comment on what kind of final race they expect at Richmond before the Chase for the Championship begins.
Mark Martin, driver of the No. 6 Viagra? (sildenafil citrate) Ford Taurus:
"I don't think it will be different than any other race. I mean the races are always intense and everyone is always trying really hard to win and that's the way it will be this week. That's what we are going to try and go out and do. I know that if we are running up front, there will be no reason to worry about the points or where we are or anything else. But I pretty much think you'll see everyone just go out and run their race."
Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus:
"I don't expect that we'll see guys taking people out intentionally if it will help their chances of getting into the top 10. We're all professionals here and we have to work with each other and respect each other 38 races a year. At the same time, I don't think you'll be seeing a lot of give and take. Every position counts for some of those guys this weekend, so I think they'll be leaning on the drivers they're racing against a little more than they normally might. And, it's Richmond so there's going to be a ton of excitement no matter what."
Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DEWALT Tools Ford Taurus:
"I don't know. I think it's going to be a little bit wilder than we're used to seeing and Richmond is usually pretty wild as it is. I just hope that everybody keeps a clear head and doesn't force an issue with one of the borderline teams trying to make the chase."
Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 97 Sharpie/IRWIN Ford Taurus:
"Richmond provides a great atmosphere for all the venues we partake in, whether it's the IROC race, a truck race, or the full-blown 400 laps of a Cup race, there's different excitement levels in each of those races. The side-by-side racing action provides a little bit of balance between a speedway attitude and a short track feel. The track is its own unique length. There's no other track on the circuit that's ¾ of a mile and the way that the Cup cars run here, it feels like it is a mile in speed, but it feels like it's a half-mile in handling characteristics. So, it's really a unique track. When you include the additional element of the race to the chase, it will certainly only contribute to that intensity that we're already enveloped in, and make it that much more interesting out there on the track."
Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Ford Taurus:
"I think it will be just as exciting as every other night race at Richmond. Richmond has always been a place that people expect to see exciting racing and I don't think anyone will be disappointed this weekend."
"Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates nine motorsports teams; five in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, two in the NASCAR Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Biffle and two in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Jon Wood and Carl Edwards."