Roush Racing Fast Facts * Mark Martin has two victories at Bristol (8/98 and 9/93); both have come from the pole position. * Mark Martin's seven poles at Bristol tie for the most ever (four consecutive poles from 1995-96). * Mark Martin has...
Roush Racing Fast Facts
* Mark Martin has two victories at Bristol (8/98 and 9/93); both have come from the pole position.
* Mark Martin's seven poles at Bristol tie for the most ever (four consecutive poles from 1995-96).
* Mark Martin has posted 20 top-10 and 15 top-five finishes in 36 races at Bristol.
* From 1995-2000 Mark Martin scored 10 straight top-10 finishes at Bristol. He has not finished top 10 there since.
* No. 6 team 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.
* Kurt Busch remains in the top 10 NEXTEL Cup Series competition for the 39th consecutive race week, currently the second-longest streak behind Tony Stewart.
* Kurt Busch has finished sixth or better in 11 of his last 14 NEXTEL Cup starts (with 12 top-10 finishes) dating back to his win at Loudon on Sept. 19, 2004.
* Kurt Busch's Sharpie Ford will run an "Autographs for Education" paint scheme for the Food City 500, featuring autographs from students of Kenny C. Guinn Middle School, Busch's alma mater in Las Vegas. Earlier this month, Busch stopped by the school to exchange $10,000 in school supplies and funds to the school in return for the students' signatures.
* The Sharpie team brings chassis #46 to Bristol, the car they took to victory lane at the 2004 Food City 500 and twice at Bristol in 2003. Chassis #66, a new car, will serve as the back-up.
* Busch's first career Cup victory came at Bristol on March 24, 2002. Busch led 89 laps on the way to his first win. Since then he has picked up four wins at the half-mile track in his past six starts.
* Matt Kenseth has finished in the top-ten in the last six Cup races at Bristol.
* Matt Kenseth will be competing in the Sharpie Professional 250 in the No. 17 Waste Management Ford on Saturday in the Busch Series. In his ten Busch starts at Bristol, Kenseth has two wins, four top-five's and four top-ten finishes.
* One lucky fan will experience the "Ride of a Lifetime" this weekend with Matt Kenseth and ride around the track with the 2003 Cup champion during driver introductions. The winner will be the highest online bidder for a ride with Kenseth. Proceeds benefit Speedway Children's Charities.
* Matt Kenseth will be running chassis number 10 this weekend in Bristol. The No. 17 team has run the same car here the last two years, with Kenseth consistently finishing in the top-ten.
* Matt Kenseth will be running chassis number 45 in the Busch race on Saturday. This car is brand new but was tested at Bristol last week.
* Greg Biffle led 58 laps after qualifying third in last year's Food City 500.
* Carl Edwards departed Atlanta two weeks ago with his first Busch and NEXTEL Cup Series wins.
* Edwards won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway last fall in the No. 99 Superchips F-150.
* In his four NEXTEL Cup starts this year, Edwards has an average starting position of 17.5 while his average finishing position is eighth. He has also completed 100% of NEXTEL Cup laps run.
* Edwards currently sits third in the overall NEXTEL Cup point standings just five points out of second and 87 points out of first.
* Edwards will drive the No. 99 Office Depot Ford this week at Bristol. The deadline for Office Depot's "Official Small Business of NASCAR" promotion is April 10th. The winner will be able to place his/her business on the TV panel of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford at Darlington this spring. For more information log onto www.officedepot.com.
Team: No. 6 Viagra® Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-241 (Won last season in the June race at Dover. First run of 2005)
Mark Martin on racing at Bristol: "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, but it's always good racing and I'm looking forward to going there this weekend. Pat (Tryson) and the guys have been working really hard and we're excited about getting back out on the track."
Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Bristol: "We are ready to get back out on the track and we want to get off to a good start. You need to qualify well at Bristol, or it's really easy to go a lap down there. We were pretty good there last fall and not so good there in the spring, so hopefully we have it figured out and we can give Mark the car he needs to do what he does best - win the race. We know we have the driver to get it done, it's just up to us to give him the right equipment."
Team: No. 16 National Guard/Charter Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: #316 (The same car the team raced in the Sharpie 500 last year.)
Greg Biffle on racing at Bristol: "Bristol is awesome. It's a really fun place to race and the racing can get really intense. As a driver, Bristol is a place that you love to race and you hate to get caught up in someone else's wreck. You just have to use your head and pay attention. I think the National Guard/Charter team has a chance to win this weekend. You never know until you unload exactly how you'll stack up but as a team, I don't think a win is out of our reach. In the big picture, a top-five or even a top-15 would be great, though."
Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Bristol: "I think Greg led several laps last year at the first Bristol race and we finished just outside of the top-10 in both races there last season. Track position is always key, so qualifying be important. I think you'll probably see the same kind of racing at Bristol even with the new tire.
"We're taking the same chassis we ran there last year in the second race because we ran well with it and it has good ground clearance. We just need to focus on qualifying well and then staying out of the wrecks."
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: #10 (Has run at Bristol the last two years)
Matt Kenseth on racing at Bristol: "We've posted a string of top-ten finishes at Bristol over the last couple of years, so I'm looking forward to racing there this weekend. Bristol is so unique and comes with its' own set of challenges. There's a lot of beatin' and bangin' and it is intense racing. It's about time we had some luck go our way this year, so if we can avoid trouble I think we can bring home a strong finish."
Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Bristol: "We're bringing the same car we brought here the last two years and have had good results. We've run well at Bristol for the last few years so, like always, it's a matter of survival and coming out at the end with the least amount of damage to the car. If we can do that, we have a chance to finish up front."
Team: No. 97 Sharpie Retractable "Autographs for Education" Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #46 (Winning car at the 2004 Food City 500 and twice at Bristol in 2003.)
Kurt Busch on racing at Bristol: "Bristol has been a good place for us. We've won with Sharpie the last three (Food City 500 races) here, and we're shooting for four in a row. To do that, we needed to come back and test. We've noticed that our (Bristol) setup has been somewhat the same, and we know that the setup for everybody else has changed, so we're hoping to establish a setup that will still enable us to go to the front and run consistent lap times with these new tires."
Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Bristol: "I've been coming here 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-10s, and we'd love for it to continue this weekend at the Food City 500."
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-281 (Brand new car that has not raced.)
Carl Edwards on racing at Bristol: "Bristol is a great track. It's a demanding track and can take a lot out of a driver but its fun to drive at the same time. The No. 99 team had a great win at Atlanta but it's time to put that behind us and focus on the upcoming race at Bristol. Everyone has a fresh start this week so we need to go back out there and do everything we can to come away with a good solid run. It will be important for the Office Depot team to have a good runs at Bristol and Martinsville. Those are two tuff tracks that if we can come away with decent finishes, I think we'll be in good shape as far as the point standings go."
Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Bristol: "Bristol is a big challenge for any team. It's intense racing and there are a lot of factors that you can't control, so you have to do a really good job on the things that you can control. The entire No. 99 team has been working tremendously hard and it's paying off. We had our first win with Carl at the wheel two weeks ago and we definitely are looking to continue that momentum this week in the No. 99 Office Depot Ford. We'll go out there and do the best we can to have another good run and try to stay in that top-10 in points."
Team: No. 17 Waste Management Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Cully Barraclaugh
Chassis: #45 (Brand new car)
Kenseth on Busch Series racing at Bristol: "We've posted a string of top-ten finishes at Bristol over the last couple of years, so I'm looking forward to racing there this weekend. Bristol is so unique and comes with its' own set of challenges. There's a lot of beatin' and bangin' and it is intense racing. It's about time we had some luck go our way this year, so if we can avoid trouble I think we can bring home a strong finish."
Crew Chief Cully Barraclaugh on racing at Bristol: "We tested here last Thursday and really figured a few things out. We were fast and I was pleased with how the car ran. Matt always runs well here so if we can just stay out of trouble I think we will have a solid run."
Team: No. 60 Charter Communications Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Brad Parrott
Carl Edwards on Busch Series racing at Bristol: "Bristol is one of my favorite tracks and I always have a blast there. I won the truck race there last year and I am looking forward to having a great race there Saturday. I can't wait!"
Crew Chief Brad Parrott on racing at Bristol: "We are very excited about going to Bristol. We are taking chassis 63. We didn't run it last year, but the last time the N0. 60 Charter car was there it did pretty good. Carl won the truck race the last time he was there. We need to go in there and have a good points day and stay out of trouble. We also need to have the right strategy. We need to keep racing the race tracks, because that's what it will take to come out on top at the end of the day."