All-Star: Roush Fenway Racing preview

FAST FACTS David Ragan * The 2007 Sprint Cup season was Ragan's first time competing full-time in the series. Ragan visited Lowe's Motor Speedway twice in 2007. His best finish was 37th in the Coca-Cola 600. * Ragan has competed three times...


David Ragan

* The 2007 Sprint Cup season was Ragan's first time competing full-time in the series. Ragan visited Lowe's Motor Speedway twice in 2007. His best finish was 37th in the Coca-Cola 600.

* Ragan has competed three times in the Nationwide Series at Charlotte. His best finish was in the fall of '07 where he qualified 10th and finished sixth.

* Ragan made one Truck Series start at Lowe's Motor Speedway in 2006. He qualified 12th and finished 25th.

* Ragan is currently 12th in the Sprint Cup Series point standings.


Greg Biffle

* Biffle's win last season at Kansas qualified him for this weekend's Sprint All-Star Challenge.

* Biffle's statement that drivers are more aggressive in the All-Star Challenge is confirmed by a quick look at his stats. Biffle has completed only one of four All-Star races due to on-track incidents.

* In 2004, a nudge from teammate Kurt Busch sent Biffle into the wall and out of the race.

* In 2005, aggressive racing with Elliott Sadler led to right-front fender damage that eventually caused a cut tire and severe damage to the right side of the No.16 Ford.

* In 2006, Biffle simply got caught up in a multi-car collision that ended his night on lap 50.

*Biffle finished 43rd last weekend in Darlington after leading 95 laps and currently sits 11 in the point standings.

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


Matt Kenseth

* Matt Kenseth has competed in every All-Star race starting with his sophomore season in the Cup Series in 2001.

* Kenseth has scored four career victories at Lowe's Motor Speedway; 2000 Coca-Cola 600, 2004 All-Star Race, and two Nationwide Series wins.

* Chassis number RK-473, which Kenseth will pilot in Saturday night's event, is the Ford Fusion that he captured a 10th -place finish with at Bristol earlier this year.

* Back in Black... For the fourth time in 2008, Kenseth's No.17 Ford Fusion will be painted black with the DEWALT NANO Technology paint scheme. Kenseth will also sport these colors at the second Bristol and the second Richmond race in 2008.

* Kenseth and crew are currently 20th in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings.


Jamie McMurray

* Jamie McMurray returns to the track where he scored his first Sprint Cup Series win. McMurray's win came in only his second start at the Sprint Cup level while filling in for the injured Sterling Marlin.

* McMurray became eligible for the 2008 Sprint All-Star race after winning at Daytona International Speedway last July edging Kyle Busch to the line by .005 seconds; the second-closest finish in NASCAR history.

* With 139 laps led under his belt, Lowe's ranks as the track with the most led for McMurray.

* Entering the All-Star break, McMurray is 23rd in the Sprint Cup point standings.


Carl Edwards

* Carl Edwards will make his third start in the All-Star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend. In his previous two starts, Edwards has one top-five finish. He has an average starting position of 10th, and an average finishing position of 9.5.

* Nine times in the previous 23 All-Star races, the winning driver has gone on to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. Edwards hopes to become the 10th driver to accomplish this feat in 2008.

* Roush Fenway Racing has won three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star races. Mark Martin won the event in 1998 and 2005, and Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag in the 2004 running.

* Edwards will carry the red and black colors of Office Depot this Saturday night. Office Depot store #2117 from Lufkin, Texas is the weekly sales winner and will ride along with Edwards this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

* The No.99 Office Depot crew will participate in the annual NASCAR Pit Crew Challenge on Thursday night, May 15 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. The event gets underway at 7 p.m. and will be aired at 9 p.m. that evening on SPEED.

David Ragan on racing in the Sprint All-Star Challenge:
"Lowe's Motor Speedway is an exciting track with a lot of speed and the All-Star weekend should be pretty interesting. With no points on the line everyone is just out trying to win some money and in my case trying to race my way into the main event. My pit crew had some great stops last week so it will be pretty cool to see how they do Thursday night in the pit crew challenge. Last year in the Open we had a really fast car, but got caught up in an incident on track and weren't able to race our way in. I don't plan on that happening again and I really think this year I can race my way in."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing in the Sprint All-Star Challenge:
"David has been doing a great job so far this season. Last year in the Open race he got into some trouble on the track and wasn't able to race his way in. But he's come a long way since a year ago and shouldn't have any trouble this year. He had a good test a week ago at Charlotte so there's no reason to think he can't have a good run and make it into the All-Star race."

Greg Biffle on racing in the Sprint All-Star Challenge:
"I guess you could say that winning the Sprint All-Star Challenge is pretty much about the bragging rights and the million dollars on the line. With no points at stake, you'll see guys race a lot more aggressively than they normally would, maybe lift a little later than they normally would going into the corners. I know we're going out there on Saturday night to win but that's also what 23 other teams will be doing. As far as the race itself though, it's got to be one of the most exciting for the fans. The pre-race is usually pretty spectacular and then racing under the lights is always a little more exciting in my opinion. Those things, added to the fact that most of the drivers are going to be a little extra aggressive, usually make for a pretty exciting race."

Crew Chief Greg Erwin on racing in the Sprint All-Star Challenge:
"We're taking the car we raced at Bristol and finished fourth with earlier this season. We did not take it to the Charlotte test but we will be able to use a few of the things we learned at the test for the All-Star car. The strategy for the Coca-Cola 600 versus the All-Star is so different that not a lot of what happens this Saturday night will help us next Sunday but every bit of track time you get is good. We actually used some of the stuff we learned at the Charlotte test last weekend in Darlington because they give us the same right- side tire at Darlington and Charlotte. I almost wish we could have brought our Darlington car to Charlotte but the turnaround time with these new cars is just too long. The Bristol car is a fast car though. We're going to go there with the intention to win and see what we come up with at the end of the night."

Matt Kenseth on racing in the Sprint All-Star Challenge:
"The All-Star race is cool if you get to be a part of it because not everybody gets to do it. To be a part of that group is always cool and to do it at Charlotte is a lot of fun. It pays a lot of money and it's a short race with no points, so it's always really exciting, because there's really nothing on the line you just race for fun and the money. I also really like the All-Star race because it involves the crew so much. There's the pit crew competition during the week and then they do a pit stop for qualifying, so they have a lot to do with the qualifying position, and they have some green-flag pit stops in the race. So, it really focuses on the team a lot and I really like that."

Crew Chief Chip Bolin on racing in the Sprint All-Star Challenge:
"I think the All-Star event means a lot to everybody on the team. It means we're among the best and I think that makes everybody feel special. The race allows us a chance to go out, no holds barred and run against the best, without worrying about points. It allows the entire team to go out and shine. Last year we sat on the pole, and it was all off our pit stop, which made the guys all feel awesome, and the same way with the race. The way the race is structured, I think two of the stops this year will be pitting on the fly. So, it gives the guys on pit road a real opportunity to be a part of this race and make a difference."

Jamie McMurray on racing in the Sprint All-Star Challenge:
"After a pretty good run in Darlington, I think all the guys on the No.26 Crown Royal team are looking forward to a couple weeks at home in Charlotte. This weekend we have the Sprint All-Star race, and after our test session a couple of weeks ago, I think we really have a pretty good shot this coming weekend. The All-Star race is a perfect race it's 100 laps where the guys give it all 100 percent effort into every lap, because when it comes down to it, we are not only racing for pride, but for a million dollars.

"At the Charlotte test, I feel like we had a pretty good car even when we had on older tires. We were able to post pretty good laps times during both the day and night sessions.

"The next couple of weeks are really nice being at home, especially for all of the crew guys. Hopefully, we'll have a good run on Saturday night and can carry it over to next week in the Coke 600."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing in the Sprint All-Star Challenge:
"Obviously, it's great being home for everyone. It's always nice being at home, and being able to race in front of our family and friends. We aren't in the position we wanted to be in entering the All-Star break, but I feel like we've had some really good runs so far this season that have just ended with being caught up in a wreck. At the test, I really feel like as a company we learned a lot about this new car and how to pick up speed at these intermediate tracks. If we can take some of the information we learned last week and transfer that into the car we are taking, I think we'll have a pretty good run this weekend."

Carl Edwards on racing in the Sprint All-Star Challenge:
"The All-Star race is such an awesome experience. I'm really looking forward to Saturday night, and I know we'll have a strong Office Depot Fusion for the race. It will be a lot like Saturday night dirt track racing with the format the way it is. Everything is a sprint to the end and you go 100 percent every lap and that's going to be fun."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing in the Sprint All-Star Challenge:
"Racing at Charlotte is always fun. It's nice to be at our home track. The smooth surface and high speeds make it a challenge and I am looking forward to it. Our Office Depot team has been one of the strongest on the mile-and-a-half tracks this year, and we look forward to continuing that this weekend."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Sterling Marlin , Kurt Busch , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , Elliott Sadler , David Ragan , Greg Erwin , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin
Teams Roush Fenway Racing