BUSCH: Bristol II: Roush Racing preview

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Sharpie 500, Saturday 7:30PM NASCAR Busch Series: Food City 250, Friday 7:30PM Roush Racing Fast Facts - With only three races remaining before the cutoff period, Martin moves into...

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series:           Sharpie 500, Saturday 7:30PM

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Roush Racing Fast Facts

- With only three races remaining before the cutoff period, Martin moves into Bristol fifth in the Nextel Cup points. The team hopes to rebound from their 17th-place finish last weekend at Michigan, as Martin will be looking for his third career victory at Bristol.

- Mark Martin has two victories at Bristol (8/98 and 9/93), both from the pole position and both in the fall.

- Martin's seven poles at Bristol tie for the most ever. Martin won four consecutive poles there in 1995-96.

- Martin has posted 20 top-10 and 15 top-five finishes in 37 races at Bristol. From 1995-2000 Martin scored 10 straight top-10 finishes at Bristol. He has not finished top 10 there since.

- Crew chief Pat Tryson scored his first Cup career win at Bristol in 2001. His pit strategy was vital in the victory by the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford.

- With the 6th place finish at Michigan, Greg Biffle remained third in the point standings, 252 points behind leader Tony Stewart.

- Biffle has a 365-point advantage over the 11th place contender with four races remaining until the Chase.

- Biffle led 91 laps before falling to a ninth place finish after a late-race pit decision at Bristol in April.

- Biffle has completed all but one lap in his five Nextel Cup career starts at Bristol Motor Speedway.

- This weekend the signature National Guard red, white and blue paint scheme returns to the No. 16 Ford.

- In his 11 Cup starts at Bristol, Matt Kenseth has four top-five finishes and six top-ten's.

- Kenseth will be running chassis number 10 this weekend in Bristol. The No. 17 team has run the same car here the last two and a half years, with Kenseth finishing in the top-ten four out of five times.

- Kurt Busch dropped one spot to seventh in the NEXTEL Cup standings after his 12th top-10 finish of the season (seventh) last week at Michigan. The No. 97 team is now 420 points behind leader Tony Stewart with three races remaining until the beginning of the "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup."

- At Michigan, Busch led the most laps (65 of 200) for the third time this season (219 at Phoenix in April and 131 at Pocono in July).

- Busch has competed in nine races at Bristol with six top-10 finishes, including four victories. He won the spring race in 2004, both events in 2003 and the first race of 2002. He placed eighth in this race last year and 35th in April after a collision, ending a six-race streak of top-10 finishes dating to March 2002. Busch has a 13.3 average finish at Bristol.

- Busch's first career Cup victory came at Bristol on March 24, 2002. Busch led 89 laps on the way to the win. He has picked up four wins at the half-mile track in his past seven starts.

- Busch's No. 97 Ford Taurus carries a special red and black paint scheme for the new Sharpie Mini, a marker half the size of a regular Sharpie.

- Currently Carl Edwards sits ninth in the overall NEXTEL Cup point standings with 2,758 points. He is 510 points out of first and only 129 points separates eighth place from 12th place. Heading into Michigan Edwards was just three points ahead of 11th position in 10th. Following his fourth place finish he gained in the points moving up one position to ninth, creating a 107 point spread between him and 11th place.

- Edwards' best Bristol finish came last fall with a Truck Series victory in the No. 99 Superchips F-150.

- RK-281 is the same car the No. 99 team took as their primary car to Bristol earlier this year. The car was damaged in a wreck during qualifying so the team was forced into the back-up car. Edwards looked to be a contender but was involved in an early race incident that required the team to replace a radiator. Edwards returned to the track in just 53 laps and drove to a 26th place finish.


Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra® Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-174 (finished third at Martinsville)

Martin on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: "Bristol can be crazy. I've always said it is like flying a jet fighter around the inside of a basketball arena, and try that with 42 other jets doing it at the same time. It can get really intense and it takes a great deal of patience by everyone. You just have to hope that you run well and that you can stay out of all the trouble, which isn't always easy to do. Over the years Bristol has been the source of some real highs and lows for me.

"I've had some of the most memorable races I can remember there and some pretty tough times there as well. We've had a lot of trouble staying out of the wrecks lately there, but hopefully our luck will change a little this time and we can manage to stay around to the end of the race and see what happens. We have only three more races before the cutoff, so it's going to be important to come out of there with a solid finish."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: "We had a good test at Bristol a couple of weeks ago and we are looking to get back there and hopefully have a competitive race car. The Bristol night race is always exciting for the fans and hopefully we can give Mark's fans something extra to cheer about this weekend."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-299 (most recently ran at Pocono in July)

Biffle on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: "Bristol under the lights is incredible. It's a great race for the fans and it's a fun race as a driver. We can come out of there with a good finish if we don't get caught up in any accidents. If we can stay out of the mess, I think we can get a top-five finish and be a contender for the win."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: "We're taking the car we ran at the second Pocono because it has good balance, good wind tunnel numbers and good ground clearance. The fact that it's a night race is not a huge factor at Bristol because it is a concrete track and the surface temperature doesn't vary that much from day to night. Practicing in the day and racing at night will be more of a factor at Richmond where the surface temperature change is more drastic."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-10 (raced at Bristol past two and a half years)

Kenseth on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: "Until the spring race earlier this year, we had a nice string of top-ten finishes at Bristol. We had a good car, though. We were running third with about 25 laps to go when we cut a tire down. Our luck, along with our overall performance, has improved since then and I'm looking forward to another good finish this weekend."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: "We're bringing the same car that we always run at Bristol. We usually finish in the top-ten so it's definitely a track that we look forward to coming to. We were disappointed after last weekend in Michigan over not getting the win when our car was so fast, but the team is really focused on running up front week in and week out. We're going to win one of these things eventually so we'll keep working at it."

Kurt Busch
Team: No. 97 Sharpie Mini Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #66 (finished ninth at Dover in the spring)

Busch on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: "I'm really proud of what the No. 97 Sharpie team has accomplished at Bristol over the last few years, and I'm looking forward to getting back out on the track and seeing if we can win another one. It's definitely one of the most exciting races in our sport, and it's the perfect race to launch the new Sharpie Mini."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: "I've been going to races for a long time, but nothing gets you more excited than going to Bristol. As a crew chief, you're plenty busy and you don't have the luxury of a lot of time before you have to make a call sometimes. Everything happens faster here. Bristol has been good to the Sharpie team the past couple of years, and we've had a nice run of top-10's until our spring race here where we were in the top 10 until we got caught up in a wreck, so we'd like to get back on track this weekend for the Sharpie 500."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis Number: RK-281 (damaged during qualifying in Bristol earlier this year)

Edwards on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: "Bristol is a tough track. This is an important race for the No. 99 team as far as the 'Chase' goes. We had a good week last week at Michigan and we need to have a solid run this week as well. I think it will be all about survival. Bristol and Richmond are definitely going to be the two toughest races for us as far as making the 'Chase' but I'm looking forward to the challenge, it will be fun."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: "Bristol is going to be a big challenge for the No. 99 team. There are a lot of elements that you can't control so we have to do the best we can at controlling what we can. I think we've had good race cars in the past but for one reason or another we get hung up in a wreck that ends our day early. I think Carl has matured a lot even since the spring race at Bristol and he's doing a much better job of points racing and that will help us tremendously. If we can survive Bristol and come away with a decent finish I think we stand a pretty good chance of making the 'Chase.' That's our primary goal right now."


Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 Charter Communications Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Brad Parrott
Chassis: JR-63 (finished seventh at Bristol in the spring)

Carl Edwards on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: "I love the night Bristol race. It's probably the most exciting race of the year. I can't wait to get there. It's always awesome. We are coming off a good points race in Michigan and we plan to build on it. We need to stay out of trouble and land in Victory Lane."

Crew Chief Brad Parrott on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: "We are very excited about taking Michigan's momentum into Bristol. We are taking chassis 63, which we raced there earlier this season and finished seventh. Carl does have a truck win and a lot of confidence going there. We need to have a good points day and stay out of trouble. We also need to have the right strategy, because that's what it will take to come out on top at the end of the day."


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Drivers Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Carl Edwards , Doug Richert , Mark Martin