BUSCH: Roush Fenway Racing Kentucky/Michigan preview

Michigan International Speedway, June 14-17 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Citizens Bank 400 Sunday June 17 12:30 PM Eastern on TNT/MRN NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Michigan 200 Saturday June 16 2:30 PM Eastern -- SPEED/MRN ARCA RE/MAX Series:...

Michigan International Speedway, June 14-17

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Citizens Bank 400
Sunday June 17
12:30 PM Eastern on TNT/MRN

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Michigan 200
Saturday June 16
2:30 PM Eastern -- SPEED/MRN

ARCA RE/MAX Series: ARCA 200
Friday June 15
5:15 PM Eastern


Kentucky Speedway, June 15-16

NASCAR Busch Series: Meijer 300 presented by Oreo
Saturday June 16
8:00 PM Eastern -- ESPN2/MRN

Roush Fenway Racing Fast Facts

* David Ragan competed at Michigan International Speedway in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2004 and 2006, finishing 31st and 19th respectively.

* Ragan also competed in several ARCA RE/MAX Series races at MIS. His best finish of 4th came in the fall of 2005.

* Ragan is currently 27th in the Nextel Cup Championship point standings.

* Ragan is currently second in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Race. He trails Juan Pablo Montoya by six points.


* Greg Biffle has a 9.625 average finish at Michigan as well as the following stats at the two-mile oval: Provided by Nascarmedia.com loop stats.

    Series-best Average Running Position of 6.527,
    Series-best Driver Rating of 118.1
     Series-high 65 Fastest Laps Run
     Fastest Green Flag Speed
     Series-high 680 Laps in the Top 15
     188 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), second-most
     Fastest Speed in Traffic

* Biffle was the first driver ever to complete a full season in both series when he ran every Nextel Cup and Busch Series race in 2004.

* Biffle finished 30th last week at Pocono and currently sits 19th in the point standings, 174 points out of the top 12.

* This weekend Biffle will run the black and red Dish Network paint scheme.


* Matt Kenseth is the only driver in the NEXTEL Cup Series that has completed every lap to this point in 2007, a total of 4,559.

* Kenseth's average finish in the NEXTEL Cup Series this season is 8.5, second only to Jeff Gordon.

* Kenseth's No. 17 Ford Fusion will carry the Carhartt colors this weekend for the second of four times in 2007. The first time was at Fontana, where Kenseth started 25th and led 133 laps, before scoring his first and only Cup victory to this point of 2007.

* Matt Kenseth's average finish of 7.9 at Michigan is second best among the 23 tracks that he has raced at in his NEXTEL Cup career, trailing only Las Vegas (7.6).

* Kenseth's average finish at Michigan, 7.9, is best all-time among drivers with two or more starts at Michigan.

* Since entering the series full time in 2000, no one has completed more laps on two-mile ovals (Michigan & Fontana) than Kenseth who has completed 5,549.

* Since the beginning of 2000, no one has collected more top-five finishes or top-10 finishes on the two, two-mile ovals than Kenseth, who has scored 10 top fives and 17 top 10s in 26 starts.


* In eight starts at Michigan International Speedway, Jamie McMurray has recorded one top-five finish.

* This weekend, in the Citizens Bank 400, McMurray will be making his 165th career start.

* In 164 career Cup starts, McMurray has posted 60 top 10's, 24 top 5's and one win, along with two Cup poles.

* McMurray has an average starting position of 30.4 and an average finishing position of 20.5 at Michigan International Speedway; an improvement of almost 10 positions.

* While success at Michigan hasn't come easily for McMurray, Michigan's "sister track," California Speedway is statistically his best track. McMurray averages a 12.4 finishing position and has five top-10 finishes in eight starts.

* McMurray is currently 15th in the NEXTEL Cup point standings.


* Carl Edwards will make his 100th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start this weekend at Michigan

* Edwards made his Cup Series debut at Michigan in August 2004 -- started that race 23rd and finished 10th

* Edwards is currently seventh in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings with 1,710 points, 539 points behind leader, Jeff Gordon

* This weekend Edwards travels between Michigan and Kentucky to compete in both the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series events. Edwards is coming off a Busch Series win at Nashville and currently leads the Busch Series standings

* Office Depot Store No. 2370 from Clermont, Fla. is this week's sales winner and will ride along on the No. 99 at Michigan this weekend

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Citizens Bank 400

David Ragan
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: RK-201 Previously ran at Charlotte Nextel Open 2007, finished 22nd; Texas 2007, finished 39th after being involved in a wreck
     RK- 405 Previously ran at Texas, finished 35th after being involved in a wreck.

Ragan on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"Michigan is the hometown track for Roush since Roush Industries was built in Livonia, MI not far from the track, so that makes going there pretty exciting and special as part of the Roush team. Ford is a huge part of our race team as well and they are also located near the speedway. So, we are looking forward to having so many of our sponsors and supporters out there cheering us on this weekend. I have been to Michigan a few times in the trucks and in an ARCA car so I have some familiarity with the track. We are taking a good car to the track so hopefully it will be a good weekend for the AAA team."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"We're taking the car that we ran during the Nextel Open with us to Michigan. It has also run at Texas and Atlanta this year and several times last year. David is showing a lot of improvement on the larger tracks this since the beginning of the season. He is pretty comfortable on the short tracks so now we have been working to make him for familiar with the tracks that are a mile and a half or larger. We are looking forward to Michigan. AAA Insurance will be on the car so that's pretty cool and we are just looking forward to a good weekend and a solid finish to help us in the points."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 Dish Network Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Greg Erwin
Chassis: RK-431 California 2007, finished 15th

Biffle on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"Michigan is definitely one of my favorite racetracks. There's a lot of room for passing and good racing. We've had a lot of success there in both the Cup and Busch series, so barring anything out of the ordinary, I feel confident about this weekend. We're obviously not happy as a team about our performance last weekend but I can definitely see Michigan as a place where we can get back on the right track. The team is working well together and we're gaining positions on pit road every week, so if we can just get the setup where it needs to be this weekend, it should be a good one for us."

Crew Chief Greg Erwin on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"We're taking chassis 431 to Michigan this weekend. It's the same car that this team ran at California earlier this year and we feel confident in taking it to Michigan this weekend. It is similar to the car we raced at Charlotte, which was what we considered to be our best down-force car. Greg has historically run well at Michigan, so it's just up to us to give him a car he can run up front with."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Carhartt/DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-323 Last ran at Charlotte, May '07, led 50 laps, finished 12th. Won Michigan, Aug. '06; Won Fontana, Feb. '06
     RK-340 Tested Las Vegas, Jan. '07 Last ran: Pocono, Jun. '06, finished fifth

Kenseth on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"I always look forward to racing at Michigan, mainly because of the track. It's in the Midwest, pretty close to where I grew up. It has three or four grooves, and really, anywhere we go that there's plenty of room to pass I enjoy racing at. Michigan is one of those tracks. It obviously helps that we've ran good there in the past, but I like how you can move around and find a groove that works best for you. There's a lot of passing and it's always a good show.

"I feel really good about where we are in the points. We're about half way to the Chase and sitting pretty good in the points. Hopefully we can keep getting these cars better. We haven't been as good as some of the guys around us, where we're able to go out and compete for wins each week, but we have been pretty close. I think we're improving and hopefully we'll peak at the right time."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"We're going to take the car that won there last fall. It was our workhorse last year, and has only ran at Charlotte this year. We think it's going to be good, but we really won't know until we unload. It was one of the better cars on the track in Charlotte, but we didn't really get a great finish because of the fuel mileage deal at the end of the race. Hopefully, that's not a factor this weekend, but it seems like at Michigan it usually is.

"Michigan's been good to us over the years and it'd be a nice to go up there and win this thing. We've been close a few times this year, but other than Fontana, we haven't been able to get one. Roush has always been strong at Michigan and hopefully we'll continue that this weekend, not just with us, but hopefully everyone has a good run and we come away with some momentum."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Larry Carter
Chassis: RK--450 Brand New Chassis
     RK--403 Tested at Las Vegas -- March 2007

McMurray on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"Michigan is such a fun track to run at because of the three or four-wide racing that you can do. It's a track that I haven't qualified really well at, but have had some pretty decent runs. This weekend, we are taking a brand new car to Michigan. It's never been on the track, but has performed well on the chassis dyno, as well as the wind tunnel tests. It's always a toss up when you take a new car to the track, but I think that Larry (Carter) and Derek (Stamets) have done a great job when it comes to building these new cars and knowing what I like in them. Hopefully this weekend will be another good run for the No. 26 Crown Royal team.

"Last week was a tough week for the No. 26 team. We were off the mark and it showed on the track. I have a great group of guys on this team, so I know we will bounce back and have a great run this weekend in Michigan. It is Jack's (Roush) backyard and a race that is really important to both him and Ford Racing."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"Well, we are taking a brand new car this weekend to Michigan. We built the car a couple weeks ago after running at Fontana and some of the other larger tracks. I think we have a pretty good handle on how Jamie likes his race cars. It's a new car that has never seen the track, but has shown to be a really good car on the dyno and wind tunnel. Hopefully, we can unload well this weekend and put up a good effort. We haven't been putting it together so well the last weeks, and I know all the guys are hungry for a good run."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-272 previously raced the Coca-Cola 600; started 39th and finished 15th

Edwards on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"I'm really looking forward to Michigan. It's a great track with some really awesome racing. You can pass and I think the fans always see a good show there. I'm just really looking forward to going to Michigan and doing everything I can to win there. Michigan is a kind of bragging rights track. It's in Roush's back yard, Ford's back yard -- so a win there would be huge. Bob and the team have worked so hard this year and I can't thank them enough for really making tons of improvements."

"This weekend will also be my 100th NEXTEL Cup Series stat and I'm really excited about that. It is truly amazing how fast time flies. It seems like just yesterday I got the call from Jack Roush letting me know I'd be taking over the No. 99. I remember being so excited and really nervous. Now 100 races later, I am just as excited about the opportunity he gave me."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"The entire Office Depot team is looking forward to going back to Michigan this weekend which was the site of Carl's first Cup start. He's had a lot of nice solid runs there and I think we are definitely capable of doing that once again. Our team has been improving so much over the last few weeks and I'm looking forward to building on that and maintaining our top 10 point status."

NASCAR Busch Series: Meijer 300 presented by Oreo

David Ragan
Team: No. 6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-378 Ran at Texas & Nashville this year and finished fifth & seventh

Ragan on racing in the NBS at Kentucky Speedway:
"It was nice to get a good finish last weekend and build our team confidence back up. We are working so hard as a team to right the ship and get back in the hunt for a championship. I know we are not that far away from our first win. Kentucky would be a great place for a breakthrough victory. I have quite a few laps at Kentucky in the ARCA/REMAX series as well as the Craftsman Truck series. We were actually winning the truck race last year with 20 laps to go, but a pit road mistake cost us a win. I will do whatever it takes to put us in position to contend at the end of the race. If we are patient and race within ourselves, everything else should fall into place. I hope that place will be Victory Lane."

Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at Kentucky Speedway:
"We are bringing the same car that ran at Nashville and it is extremely fast. We had a great rebound effort last weekend but we need more finishes like that to get in the top-five in points. I am looking forward to seeing what David can do this weekend. I have a feeling he is going to put on a great show for the fans. David has run very well at Kentucky Speedway in the past, in the ARCA/REMAX series as well as the Craftsman Truck series, so I will not be surprised if he contends for that first win. The Discount Tire Ford Fusion will be among the fastest cars in the field on Saturday. We need to be sound in every phase of the race to be successful. I like our effort and our energy, but we can't afford any mishaps, no matter how small. If every guy does their job we should be fine."

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 16 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis: RK-365 -- Kluever finished eighth with this car last weekend at Nashville

Kluever on racing at Kentucky Speedway:
"Kentucky is a great track. I ran my first superspeedway race there in an ASA car a few years ago. It's a lot of fun because the track has a lot of grip. I'm excited to get going there. We've had really good cars the last several weeks and last week we finally got a decent finish. I'm hoping the top-10 finish at Nashville broke our string of bad luck. Now maybe this week we can work up to a top-five finish, or better yet the win that has eluded this team so far this season."

Eddie Pardue on racing at Kentucky Speedway:
"Todd had a good top-10 run last week at Nashville with this car so we decided to bring it to Kentucky also. There is another car in the shop that we debated on bringing, but we have a lot more information on this car and since it came out of Nashville without a scratch on it we figured it would be our best option for Kentucky. Hopefully the momentum from last week will continue."

Danny O'Quinn Jr.
Team: No.17 Dish Network Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK- 350

0'Quinn on racing at Kentucky Speedway:
"Kentucky is a pretty fast racetrack with multiple grooves. It's a mile-and-a-half track that has some unique traits to it, it does not have the banking of Charlotte or Atlanta, but racing there is every bit as exciting. The last time I was in a Roush Fenway Racing car we had a real good race at Talladega. I hope we can do the same this week in Kentucky."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Kentucky Speedway:
"We are heading to Kentucky this weekend with chassis RK-350. This is the same car we ran a few times with Danny last year and were able to get some top-10 finishes out of it. We have Dish Network as our primary sponsor this weekend and Dish is coming off two wins in a row. Hopefully we can keep up the good finishes for Dish Network and earn another top-10 finish for Danny."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.60 SHARP AQUOS Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel (P.K.)
Chassis: RK- 427 last run at Lowe's; finished 17th

Edwards on racing in the NBS at Kentucky Speedway:
"I'm very excited about going to Kentucky Speedway. It's a very special track to me. It 's the site of my first win in NASCAR competition. I won a Craftsman Truck Series race there and it 's always great to go back. It's an awesome race and a fun track. We had mechanical problems last year, but I won a Busch race the year before. We have Sharp Aquos back with us this weekend and I'd love to get them into victory lane."

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel on racing at Kentucky Speedway:
"We will be running the Sharp Aquos Ford Fusion this weekend in Kentucky. We had some bad luck there last year when we broke a transmission on the first lap. So we are looking at coming back and having a very strong finish. Carl (Edwards) has great success there and is very excited. The team is carrying a lot of momentum into Kentucky and we plan on bringing home a victory."

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Michigan 200

Travis Kvapil
Team: No. 6 K&N Filters Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: RK-319-43, last raced at Kansas where Kvapil started fourth and finished 13th

Kvapil on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"Michigan is a great racetrack. It's a wide two-mile track with sweeping corners. It's always a great race. I've found victory lane there in the past. You've got to have a handling truck with great horsepower under the hood to have you in contention for the win. It's hard to get away from the pack because the trucks draft so well, so you've got to work hard to get up front and stay there. You can't expect to pull away from the field."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"Michigan is a great track to race at. There's some added pressure with being in the backyard of Ford Motor Company. The K&N team has really been running well the past few weeks. We had a truck that contended for the win at Texas and we hope that we can find ourselves in contention again this week."

T. J. Bell
Team: No. 50 Heathcliff's Cat Litter Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Chassis: RK-269-39, last raced at Dover where Travis Kvapil started 17th and finished third

Bell on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"Michigan is a really fun track to race at. There are several grooves and you can run on the white line or up at the wall. Aero and motor are really important there. I've never raced a truck at Michigan, but I think I've got a good idea of what to expect from everyone I've talked to. I nearly won an ARCA race there last year, and I hope that we can find ourselves in the same position this year."

Crew Chief Matt Puccia on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"Michigan is a fast, wide track with lots of room to make passes. T.J. has raced here before in an ARCA car, so having a driver with experience is a big plus. We'll work hard to get a good qualifying run in and maybe we can keep the Heathcliff's Ford up front all afternoon."

Erik Darnell
Team: No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Quinn
Chassis: RK-303-41, last raced at Texas where Darnell started 15th and finished 32nd

Darnell on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"Michigan is one of my favorite places to race. It's fast, wide, and there are lots of passing opportunities. We ran decent here last year, but struggled at Fontana earlier this year. We've had a really tough year so far. You always want to run well at Michigan with Ford's headquarters there, hopefully we can get a good finish for them and Northern Tool + Equipment this week."

Crew Chief John Quinn on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"Michigan is a wide, fast racetrack. We ran decent there last year and we really need a good run this week to get things going again. Qualifying is important there, you need to put the truck towards the front on the start to make sure that you stay there for the race, because you tend to have a lot of green flag runs. You don't want to be towards the back of the field stuck in traffic."

ARCA RE/MAX Series: ARCA 200

Erik Darnell
Team: No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jeff Campey
Chassis: RK-237, last raced at Kentucky Speedway where Darnell started fifth and won

Darnell on racing in the ARCA/REMAX Series at Michigan International Speedway:
"I've raced at Michigan once before in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, and it was a lot of fun. Michigan is one of my favorite places to race. It's fast, wide, and there are lots of passing opportunities. Running double duty really helped both programs at Kansas, hopefully it will do the same this time around. We tested there a few weeks ago, and we were very happy with the car. We expect to be in contention for the win at the end of the race."

Crew Chief Jeff Campey on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"We had a great test at Michigan a few weeks ago. We've had a lot of fun running these ARCA races so far and everyone's really been looking forward to getting to Michigan and going racing again. We're bringing the same car that we raced at Kansas and Kentucky. It's got an average finish of 1.5 so far, hopefully we can improve on that this weekend."

-credit: rfr

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