Sears Point: Roush Racing preview

Roush Racing Fast Facts - With his win at Michigan, Greg Biffle remains second in the point standings, 49 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson. - Biffle has extended his lead on Elliott Sadler in the third position to 201 points. - ...

Roush Racing Fast Facts

- With his win at Michigan, Greg Biffle remains second in the point standings, 49 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.

- Biffle has extended his lead on Elliott Sadler in the third position to 201 points.

- In addition to his two Nextel Cup starts at Infineon, Biffle also has one Craftsman Truck Series start under his belt at the northern California road course.

- The National Guard/Post-it paint scheme returns to the No. 16 Ford this weekend.

- This will be Carl Edwards' first career start at Infineon Raceway. It will only be his second career road course race (his first was in Mexico City earlier this year in the Busch Series). In his first road course start, Edwards finished third in a backup car. The No. 99 team did test at Infineon in preparation for the upcoming race.

- Pocono Raceway was the last track Edwards had his first career start at where he came from 29th to win.

- Edwards currently sits fourth in the overall Cup point standings, just nine points out of third and 259 points out of first. Edwards is one of 11 drivers currently eligible for the NEXTEL Cup after 15 races. Only 11 races remain until the 10-race chase begins.

- Edwards will travel between Sonoma, CA, and Milwaukee, WI, for the Cup and Busch Series races. This marks the third weekend in a row Edwards has traveled between two cities to race in both series.

- Kurt Busch moved back into the top 10 in the NEXTEL Cup points following his 12th-place effort at Michigan International Speedway last weekend. Busch is currently ninth in the standings, 360 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.

- Busch's No. 97 Ford Taurus sports the purple and gold of Crown Royal for the third time this season for this weekend's race at Sonoma.

- The Sharpie team brings chassis #69 to Sonoma, a new chassis. Car #50 will serve as the back-up, a car that finished 10th at Watkins Glen last year.

- Mark Martin won at Infineon from the pole in 1997, a feat that has only been accomplished four other times.

- Martin leads all drivers with 13 top-10 finishes at Sonoma.

- Martin has finished in the top 10 in 10 of the last 11 at Sonoma.

- Martin has competed in 35 career road-course races scoring four victories and 31 top-10 finishes.

- Martin has finished either first or second in 30 percent of every Nextel Cup race at Sonoma.

- Martin has finished inside the top 10 in 81 percent of the Nextel Cup races at Sonoma and inside the top-five in 44 percent of the races.

- Martin's four wins at road courses tie for the ninth most in NASCAR history and his four poles tie for the eighth most.

- Martin has competed in all 16 races at Sonoma, scoring four second-place finishes, in addition to one win.

- In his five Cup starts at Infineon Raceway, Matt Kenseth has one top-15 finish.

- Kenseth will be running car number 37 at the Infineon Raceway on Sunday. This car qualified fifth at Sonoma last year, and finished ninth at Watkins Glen.

- Kenseth and the No. 17 team tested at VIR last week in preparation for the first road course race of the 2005 season.

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra® Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-204 (Finished eighth last year at Sonoma and second at Watkins Glen)

Mark Martin on racing at Infineon: "I grew up learning how to drive on those old winding dirt roads of Arkansas and to me that's a lot like what road course racing is like, so I've always like the road courses. The good thing about it is that the cars are a lot faster now, but the competition is pretty steep as well. Sonoma is a fun road course to race at and we always look forward to going out west and seeing the fans out there. We've had a lot of success out there and hopefully we can go out there and take the Viagra Ford to victory lane.

"Pat (Tryson) and this Viagra Team have really been on their game the last couple of months. We won the All-Star Race and had a good run going in the 600 before we got wrecked. Then we rebounded from that with top-five efforts at Dover, Pocono and Michigan. We are up to fifth in the points and hopefully we can gain some more ground this weekend at Sonoma."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Infineon: "We are excited about going road racing. We tested Road Atlanta and were pleased with what we saw there. We are taking the same car that Mark finished eighth with at Sonoma and second with at Watkins Glen last season, so it will just be a matter of getting the car right for Mark, as we all know he is one of the best road course racers on the circuit. If we can give him the right car, there is no doubt he can take us to victory lane on Sunday."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-260 (Raced at Infineon last year)

Greg Biffle on racing at Infineon: "I like road course racing. It breaks up the season a little. Last year we had a decent finish at Infineon and I think it's reasonable to shoot for a top-10 finish this weekend. There are some drivers in this series who have a lot of road course experience and if I can just hold my own with them and get out of there with a top-10 or top-five finish, I think that would be a reasonable expectation."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Infineon: "We're taking the same car we raced there last year but we have given it the new 2005 body updates. We took it to both Road Atlanta and Virginia International Raceway to shake it down just to make sure everything is working correctly. We just want to make sure the brake system, the cooling system, the shifting, etc. are all working well so that when we get there we can focus on handling. Obviously you can't set up a car for a road course during a test unless you're at that particular track, so we just want to be sure we can focus on the set-up as soon as we get there."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: #37 (Finished ninth at Watkins Glen last fall)

Matt Kenseth on racing at Infineon: "Our road course program has improved over the last couple of years. We have made it a point to go to places like Road Atlanta and VIR to get in some practice on road courses and I think it has helped. Also, not coming from that kind of racing background, getting a few races under our belts has helped, as well. We feel confident coming off of our fourth-place finish last week at Michigan."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Infineon: "We've qualified really well in Sonoma the last few years -- our finishes haven't been great but they have improved the last couple of times we raced out there. We went to VIR last week to shake the car down, check the brakes, things like that, so hopefully we'll have a competitive car come Sunday."

Kurt Busch
Team: No. 97 IRWIN Industrial Tools/Sharpie Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #69 (Brand new car)

Kurt Busch on racing at Infineon: "I know a lot of people have mixed feelings about bringing the NEXTEL Cup cars to the road courses, but I think it's a nice twist a few times a year. You do have to put a lot of resources behind these two races to build entirely different cars, so from that standpoint I wouldn't mind doing these type events maybe three or four times a year.

The facility out in Sonoma is such a great one too. It's unlike any other road course, because from a lot of the seats, you can see 80 percent of the racetrack. That's unusual for a road course. I always enjoy heading out there."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Infineon: "We tested earlier this year up at Elkhart Lake, and tried some different brake combinations than what we've had before -- some bigger rotors with some different calipers, and vice versa. We need more forward bite. With the horsepower these cars are producing we've got to get that bite -- you need it because you're always spinning your rear tires at these road courses."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-252 (Ran at Infineon and Watkins Glen in 2004)

Carl Edwards on racing at Infineon: "I'm really looking forward to racing at Infineon this coming weekend. The No. 99 team has had some really great runs over the last few weeks and I think we have an opportunity to build on that this weekend. I tested there a few weeks ago and thought it was a real fun track to drive. I've been talking to my teammates and guys like Boris Said to get their expert opinion on the track and I think that will help a lot. We plan on practicing and qualifying on Friday at Sonoma then flying to Milwaukee for the Busch race. It's going to be a long weekend but I think we'll be good in both cars."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Infineon: "We had a decent test considering Carl's lack of road course experience. We weren't the fastest car but we didn't break anything and we were solid. I think if we can stay out of trouble and not break anything we should have a good run there. Of course Carl will be back and forth between Sonoma and Milwaukee but I don't think it will be a problem. As long as he gets enough sleep he will be fine and I think looking at past races he seems to do just fine with that."

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