Kentucky: Roush Fenway Racing preview

David Ragan - No.6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion "I am looking forward to this weekend at Gateway. I have a lot of family in the St. Louis area, so a good run would be a nice treat for the family. The key to this track is having a good motor that...

David Ragan - No.6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion

"I am looking forward to this weekend at Gateway. I have a lot of family in the St. Louis area, so a good run would be a nice treat for the family. The key to this track is having a good motor that can carry you down the long straightaway. We are bringing the same Discount Tire Ford Fusion that ran at Darlington earlier in the year. We didn't have a great finish, but we ran in the top-five all night. I am confident we can challenge for a win on Saturday night."

Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at Gateway International Raceway:
"The Discount Tire team has worked hard preparing a fast racecar that sets up nicely for this track. David has some experience at Gateway so we are looking forward to a great run. When a driver is comfortable with a track they can do great things in a racecar. This weekend is very important for the Discount Tire team. We need a good run to stay in the hunt for a championship. We have run upfront all year long and it is time to see our hard work payoff with a trip to victory lane."

Jamie McMurray No.17 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion

"This is my first race with Pierre Kuettel as my crew chief. Working with a new crew chief is always a challenge but PK has proven he can win races and championships and I know he'll give me a great car. It's been a long time since I raced at Gateway and I'm really looking forward to coming back. It will be great to come back to such a challenging track and hopefully, I can put the No.17 CitiFinancial Fusion in victory lane in front of a hometown crowd."

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel on racing at Gateway International Raceway:
"I like Gateway. The No.17 team didn't run out there last year but the track is similar to Darlington and the team had a good car there in May. This is my first race with Jamie and it's pretty cool that it comes at his home track. I'm still getting acclimated to these guys but I'm really happy with how everything is going so far. Jamie is a very talented driver and I'm looking forward to having him keep the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion up front all day."

Carl Edwards No.60 Save-A-Lot Ford Fusion

"It's going to be great racing at Gateway. I consider it my home track and I will have a lot of family and friends there. I won a race there a few years ago and it was one of my greatest accomplishments. Save-A- Lot's headquarters are nearby, so I am going to try my best to get them into victory lane this weekend."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Gateway International Raceway:
"Carl knows what it takes to get to victory lane at Gateway. As a past winner, a repeat performance is very likely. I am confident our Save-A-Lot Ford Fusion will be fast this weekend. We struggled a bit last week, so we need to have a solid run to stay in championship contention. Our goal is to win a championship. Anything less would be a major disappointment for this team."

Colin Braun No.6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150

"I've never been to Kentucky Speedway before, other than a media event they had there a few weeks ago. I got to make a few laps around the track in the pace car so that is the only experience I have there so far. It seems like a great track and I'm looking forward to racing there this weekend. We're taking the same truck that we ran at Michigan last month, which was a good truck. Mike Beam and the guys always give me fast trucks every week, we just have to stay out of trouble and as Mike says, `not beat ourselves.' We've had a rough time the last few races, so we're looking for at least a solid top-10 finish at Kentucky. We finished 31st and 29th in our last two races so we need to put an end to that streak immediately."

Crew chief Mike Beam on racing at Kentucky Speedway:
"I expect Colin to run well this weekend at Kentucky. We're taking the same truck he finished sixth with at Michigan last month and third at Kansas back in the spring. He likes the intermediate tracks and usually runs quite well on them. We're basically starting the second half of the season now so every race counts toward the rookie title and finishing in the top 10 in points."

John Wes Townley No.09 Zaxby's Ford F-150

"I feel very confident going into Saturday night's truck race, primarily due to the great finish I had at Kentucky in the ARCA race back in May. I have a lot of confidence at that track. I love the way it drives and the line at Kentucky. It's my favorite track that I've been on this season. I'll be running the ARCA race on Friday night too so I think it will be a big help. The more experience you get on a particular track, the better off you are."

Crew chief Chad Norris on racing at Kentucky Speedway:
"I believe this will be a good race for John Wes. He's got an ARCA race under his belt already so that experience will help him quite a bit. He'll get a lot of track time this weekend between the truck and the ARCA car. It will be our job to help him make a smooth transition between the two different vehicles."

Erik Darnell No.99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150

"I'm really glad to be getting back in the truck after two weeks off. The time off was nice, but this No.99 team had built up so much momentum over the past three races that I hope we can keep it going heading into the Ford Built Tough 225. You can always expect to have a fight on your hands when the green flag drops at Kentucky. Last year's race is one I would like to forget, starting right outside the top five and then finishing a disappointing 29th after blowing a tire. So, you could say I will have redemption on my mind come this weekend."

Crew chief Matt Puccia on racing at Kentucky Speedway: "Kentucky is one of those cookie-cutter tracks that Erik really enjoys racing at. It reminds me a lot of Charlotte and Texas, but a little flatter. Erik will be driving the same Ford F-150 that he brought home to victory lane back at Michigan. We have a couple of trucks that we use on these mile-and-a-half tracks, but it was a no brainer when deciding which one to bring to Kentucky. The truck was so dominant that day and I anticipate another great run out of the No.99 Saturday evening."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Colin Braun , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , David Ragan , Erik Darnell , John Wes Townley , Mike Kelley
Teams Roush Fenway Racing