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NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Sunday September 16 1:00 PM Eastern - ABC/MRN NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: New Hampshire 200 Saturday September 15 2:30 PM Eastern -- SPEED Channel/MRN Roush Fenway Racing Fast Facts * David Ragan competed in the...

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series:
Sunday September 16
1:00 PM Eastern - ABC/MRN

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: New Hampshire 200
Saturday September 15
2:30 PM Eastern -- SPEED Channel/MRN

Roush Fenway Racing Fast Facts

* David Ragan competed in the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at NHIS in June 2007. He started 32nd and finished 15th.
* Ragan has made two starts at New Hampshire International Speedway in the Craftsman Truck Series. He started 32nd in the truck series in 2004 and finished 21st. Ragan made his second start in 2006 when we started 25th and finished 11th.
* Ragan is currently 21st in the NEXTEL Cup Series point standings and trails Juan Pablo Montoya by 14 points for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year title.
* Ragan was the top Raybestos Rookie finisher in the July race at New Hampshire, claiming a 15th-place finish.

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* Greg Biffle has two top-10 finishes in six NASCAR Busch Series starts at New Hampshire International Speedway as well as three top-five finishes in three Craftsman Truck Series starts.
* Biffle finished 39th last week at Richmond and currently sits 15th in the point standings, 170 points out of 14th and 22 points ahead of Casey Mears in the 16th position.
* At the July race in New Hampshire, Aflac debuted its black and blue Ford Fusion with driver Greg Biffle, a first for the Georgia-based company.
* This weekend Biffle will run a yellow and black Lumber Liquidators paint scheme.

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* Matt Kenseth is one of two drivers to have made the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup in all four seasons (Jimmie Johnson is the other).
* Kenseth enters the 2007 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup tied for the sixth position. Last season, Kenseth entered the Chase atop the standings. In 2005, he entered in the ninth spot, and 2004, he started the Chase in fifth.
* NHIS holds Kenseth's highest average finish in Chase races of 5.0, and his best finish during any of his 30 Chase races of second in 2004. His 10.7 career average finish at NHIS is also tops among the 10 tracks in the Chase.
* Kenseth's average finish of 10.7 at NHIS is tops among all NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers with four or more starts at the track; the fifth-best track for Kenseth's career.
* Kenseth's 10 top-10 finishes at NHIS is best among all drivers since 2000, Kenseth's rookie season.
* Kenseth has completed all but four laps in 15 races at NHIS; 4,384 of 4,388. The second best mark of any driver that has competed in those same 15 events (Jeff Gordon - 4,385).

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* In nine starts at New Hampshire International Speedway, Jamie McMurray has one top five and three top-10 finishes.
* Summer to Fall Improvement -- Each season McMurray has improved his position in the fall race over the summer race. McMurray averages a summer finish of 27.2 and a fall average finish of 14.0.
* In McMurray's first race at the "Magic Mile," he led 13 laps before a crash took him out of the race.
* This weekend, McMurray will pilot his No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion.

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* Carl Edwards enters Loudon fourth in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings with 5020 points, 40 points behind the leader Jimmie Johnson
* Catch Edwards every Thursday night on the SPEED Channel at 8:00 PM (ET), as he and NASCAR broadcaster Steve Byrnes recap the races in the 'Chase' for the NEXTEL Cup
* Edwards will make his sixth Cup start at Loudon this weekend. In his previous starts, Edwards has achieved one top-five and one top-10 finish
* After a disappointing pit road mishap during the July race at Loudon ruined what could have been a top five finish, Edwards and the No. 99 team are looking for a little redemption. During the Lennox Industrial Tools 300 Edwards led two laps and looked to be the car to beat as he turned 38 of the race's fastest laps. However, a pit road mishap put Edwards one lap down and he was forced to race his way back, ultimately relegated to a 13th-place finish.
* The No. 99 Office Depot team will be unloading chassis No. RK-453, the same car that Edwards raced at Loudon in July of this year

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Sylvania 300

David Ragan
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: Primary: RK-459 Previously ran at Phoenix, finished 41st; Dover, finished 14th
    Back-up: RK-478 Brand new car, tested at Richmond

Ragan on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"We are coming off a good run last weekend in Richmond so I am really hoping that we can carry that momentum into this weekend in New Hampshire. The car we are taking ran last in Dover and finished 14th so my plan is to finish better in the car this go around. Loudon is actually a pretty cool place for Roush Fenway to come race since John Henry and the Red Sox are right down the road in Boston. It is really cool to be associated with such a huge organization and for Mr. Henry and the No. 6 team owner, Mike Dee, out there supporting us at the race track."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"David did a great job in Richmond last weekend and the team did a great job in the pits so hopefully that was a good morale booster and we will be going into Loudon with some confidence and the realization that we do have the potential to win a race at this point. We finished 15th at Loudon back in June so obviously we would like to finish better than that this time, but our main focus right now is moving up in the points. David made a big gain in rookie points last week and if we keep it up he still has a good shot at Rookie of the Year."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 Lumber Liquidators Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Greg Erwin
Chassis: RK-476 New Car

Biffle on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"I always enjoy racing at New Hampshire. It's a flat track and those are always fun for a driver because it requires a lot of throttle and brake input. The keys to New Hampshire are getting the car to rotate in the corner and have lots of forward bite exiting. If you can hit both of those things with the setup then it's generally a good day. We're taking a brand new racecar that was built for flat tracks and we did some testing at Milwaukee back in June that should help us with our setup notes."

Crew Chief Greg Erwin on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"We're taking a brand new car to New Hampshire this weekend that was built for flat-track racing. We'll focus on getting the car to turn through the center of the corners. That's something we struggled with as a team in July so Roush Fenway has spent some time sending teams to Milwaukee and Iowa to test and work on getting these cars to turn on the flat tracks. We tested at Milwaukee and I think we learned a few things that will help us out this weekend. We've got several new things we'll be working with as far as the setup goes and I think if we get off on the right foot, it will be a good weekend for us."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-451 Last outing: Loudon, July '07 -- finished ninth Also: Has one top five (Phoenix) and three top 10s in four starts @_RK-458 Has served as backup in four races in '07, but has yet to see action

Kenseth on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"New Hampshire is a challenging track and like most everywhere else, you have to get your car to turn well through the center of the corner. The straight-a-ways are long for just a one-mile track and the turns are extremely flat, so having good brakes that will last you to the end is important if you want to run good.

"We usually have pretty good finishes at New Hampshire, but it seems like we're never that competitive. I don't really know why that is. It seems like every time we go there, we'll run around 12th to 15th all day, but we usually do a good job with pit strategy and have good stops, so we'll come away with a seventh or 10th-place finish. Hopefully, we can do a little better than that this weekend.

"Our COT program has definitely improved and I feel like we're gaining, but we still aren't where we need to be to keep up with some of those guys. There are four or five teams running really well right now, and if we're going to have a shot, then we have to continue to improve."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"We've been preparing this car for awhile now with this race in mind. It hasn't run since New Hampshire in July and it's done a lot of testing, probably as much as any of our COT cars. The 99 was pretty fast the last time we went to Loudon and we were able to learn some things from what they did.

"The Chase is here and this is really what it's all about. The reason that the guys on this team do what they do and work as hard as they do is to win a championship. There really isn't any other goal on this team, so now's the time for us to step up and perform and really bring out the 'A Game.' I feel like our team is as good as any out there and if we can continue to get these cars better and better then we'll have a good shot at this."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Larry Carter
Chassis: Primary: RK-463: Last raced at Loudon, July 2007; Finished 16th
    Backup: RK--462: Tested at Richmond, April 2007

McMurray on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"Last weekend I went into Richmond not knowing how the COT would react at the speedway. Since the first race at Richmond, we have done a lot of testing with the COT and feel like we have really improved on it. Last weekend in Richmond was testament to that. We worked hard throughout the race and our car got stronger and stronger. It's a shame we were taken out twice during the race, as I really felt like we had a great car. This weekend in Loudon I'm hoping for the same results, just without the wrecks.

"I don't think we have a full handle on the COT and how to adjust on it and make it faster, but I feel we are moving in the right direction. Each race our COT cars for all of Roush Fenway seem to become stronger. This weekend in Loudon we are looking for the same results. If we can just avoid the wrecks and not be taken out of the race early; I really do feel like we will have another strong finish in our No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion at Loudon."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"Over the last few months our engineering department has put a lot of time and effort into testing the new COT. We've been to a lot of tracks and tested a lot of different setups in the new car. Last weekend at Richmond, I felt like we had a pretty strong car and I know Jamie was pleased with it. We worked out a few kinks early in the race and we're pleased with it after that. This weekend in Loudon, we are expecting the same type of run. If we can just keep our No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion out of the wrecks, I think we will have a pretty good weekend in Loudon."

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-453 Raced the first Loudon in 2007. Started 22nd, led two laps, turned 38 of the race's fastest laps, but a pit road mishap relegated the team to a 13th-place finish

Edwards on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"We had an awesome car at Loudon when we raced there in July. It was one of our better Car of Tomorrow races. We just had some trouble in the pits when we were leading and pitting under green, but everybody kept their composure and we were able to pull off a 13th-place finish. Our car should have been the race winner, so obviously I am eager to race Loudon again."

"My Office Depot team has improved so much this season and I am very proud of their work. We're making great strides with the Car of Tomorrow and I feel very confident heading into this weekend."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"After the disappointment of the last Loudon race, we definitely have something to prove this time around. We had an awesome, fast car that could have won the race, but unfortunately we had some issues on pit road. Since then, our team has made huge improvements and I'm so proud of their efforts."

"We're bringing back the same car from the first Loudon race. Hopefully we'll be able to put it in victory lane this weekend. Now that we're in the 'Chase' we are racing for wins and ultimately the championship. I am really looking forward to what's to come."

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series:

Travis Kvapil
Team: No. 6 K&N Filters Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: RK-330-45 Last raced at Bristol where Kvapil started on the pole and finished 11th

Kvapil on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"New Hampshire is very similar to Milwaukee, a flat one-mile racetrack. We feel like we'll be able to take some of what worked for us there and apply it to this race. I won here a few years ago in the truck series, so it's a place I've got a lot of confidence heading back to. It's another one of the tracks where the fans really take us in, so that's something that we're really looking forward to."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"Any time we head to a racetrack where we've won or Travis has won, it gives us a little extra confidence. Travis won here back in 2004, and we ran well in this race last year despite some problems on the track and on pit road. We ran well at Milwaukee earlier in the year, but not as well as we would have liked. We feel like we can build off what we accomplished there and get a good result this weekend at New Hampshire."

T. J. Bell
Team: No. 50 Heathcliff's Cat Litter Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Quinn
Chassis: RK-240-34 Last raced at ORP where Peter Shepherd started 23rd and finished 21st

Bell on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"I've made one truck start at New Hampshire back in 2003. It's a track that I really enjoy racing at. You've got to have a lot of horsepower to pull you down the straightaway, but you've got to have good brakes to get you through the corners. There isn't much banking in the corners, it's a very flat track. I'm excited about the opportunity to work with John Quinn and his crew, they have a very strong team. We should be able to get a good finish this weekend."

Crew Chief John Quinn on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"We're looking to have a really strong run in New Hampshire. All three of the Roush Fenway trucks have run well on flat tracks, places like Phoenix and Milwaukee, which have similarities to New Hampshire. This will be the first race for the swapped crews, so I'm looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish with T.J. and the No. 50 team."

Erik Darnell
Team: No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Chassis: RK-384-50 Last raced at Gateway where Darnell started and finished seventh

Darnell on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"New Hampshire is among my favorite places to race. It's like a speedway and a short track all in one. It's very similar to Milwaukee, a track where I've got a lot of experience. We ran well at New Hampshire last year, and I feel like we can back that up. This will be my first race working with Matt Puccia and his crew, so we're looking forward to kicking this relationship off with a bang."

Crew Chief Matt Puccia on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"New Hampshire is a challenging track, it has characteristics of a short track and a speedway all in one. Erik ran well at New Hampshire last year, and he's got a knack for getting around the flat tracks. He's got a lot of laps at Milwaukee, a track very similar to New Hampshire. He does not have a ton of experience on this track, but I think it's a little deceiving with the track time he has at some of the other tracks. This will be our first race working together, so we'll see how things go."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Roush Fenway Racing