BUSCH: Charlotte II: Roush Racing preview

Lowe's Motor Speedway; Oct. 12 -- Oct. 14 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Bank of America 500, Oct. 14 NASCAR Busch Series: Dollar General 300, Oct. 13 Roush Racing Fast Facts * Mark Martin has four wins at Lowe's Motor Speedway, including the 2002...

Lowe's Motor Speedway; Oct. 12 -- Oct. 14
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Bank of America 500, Oct. 14
NASCAR Busch Series: Dollar General 300, Oct. 13

Roush Racing Fast Facts

* Mark Martin has four wins at Lowe's Motor Speedway, including the 2002 Coca-Cola 600.

* Martin has 21 top-10 and 17 top-five finishes at Lowe's. The 21 top-10's are the most of any driver.

* Martin has led 1,168 laps at Lowe's, the most of any active driver.

* Martin has won six Busch races at Lowe's and two All-Star events (1998 and 2005).

* Martin finished fourth at Lowe's last fall and won the All-Star race there in 2005.

* Martin goes into Lowe's only 10 points out of first place in the Chase for the Nextel Cup.


* Greg Biffle is currently 13th in the point standings after his 41st-place finish in Talladega.

* Biffle and the National Guard team are currently 327 points behind Tony Stewart in the 11th position.

* In addition to his Cup record at Charlotte, Biffle has two wins, two top-five finishes and eight top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Busch Series.

* This weekend the No. 16 National Guard team will run the yellow Subway/National Guard paint scheme.


* Matt Kenseth's average finish of 14.9 at LMS ranks third among the 10 tracks in the Chase.

* Kenseth currently leads the NEXTEL Cup Series in top-five finishes (14), top-10 finishes (19), laps led (1129), and average finish (9.8).

* Lowe's Motor Speedway is one of four "Chase tracks" where Kenseth has recorded a Cup victory (Dover, Texas, Phoenix).

* Kenseth and the No. 17 team will be flying the Carhartt colors this weekend for the third and final time in 2006.

* Kenseth has scored four career victories at LMS; 2000 Coca-Cola 600, 2004 All-Star Race, and two Busch Series wins.

* Kenseth has five top-five finishes in seven starts in the Coca-Cola 600, but has yet to score a top-five finish in seven fall races at LMS.

* Kenseth made his first career NASCAR Busch Series start at LMS in May of 1996, driving a Chevrolet for Wegner Racing; he finished 31st.


* Jamie McMurray will be running a special IRWIN Industrial Tools paint scheme this weekend -- the No. 26 IRWIN Speedbor Ford Fusion.

* Lowe's Motor Speedway is home of McMurray's first Nextel Cup victory. In October 2002, McMurray won the race in just his second Cup start.

* Statistically speaking -- Lowe's Motor Speedway is McMurray's third best track, behind the road courses of Sonoma and Watkins Glen.

* In eight starts at the 1.5-mile speedway, McMurray has collected five top-10 finishes, helping him earn a 13.1 average-finishing spot -- sixth best among active drivers.


* Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Office Depot team are currently 12th in the point standings and 236 points out of 11th place.

* Edwards has an average finish of 5.3 in three career Cup starts at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

* This past May, Edwards won the Carquest Auto Parts 300 Busch Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway for his first career victory at the track.

* Office Depot Store #2495 of Webster, Texas, will be on the side of Edwards' Ford Fusion for this weekend's race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

* Edwards will co-host "The Chase is On" on SPEED at 8 p.m. EDT Thursday.

Bank of America 500, Saturday, Oct. 14

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Frank Stoddard
Chassis: RK-383 Kluever finished 32nd with this car at Kansas

Kluever on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"I am expecting a good run in the 3M Cup car this weekend at Lowe's. We're taking the same car we raced at Kansas. It qualified well there so we really need to do that again since I'm sure it will be tough trying to make this race on time with so many cars trying to get in. It helped tremendously to run the entire race at Kansas two weeks ago without any incidents, so hopefully that will help us improve at Lowe's this weekend. I learn more and more with every race so running 500 miles Saturday, plus 300 miles in the Busch race on Friday will be a great advantage for me."

Frank Stoddard on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"We're taking the same car we raced at Kansas two weeks ago. Todd did a good job there and brought the car back in one piece so we didn't have too much to do to get this car turned around for Charlotte. Hopefully we can qualify as well as we did in Kansas, and then keep the car free enough for Todd to drive without going too far with it."

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-381 Same car that Martin used to finish third at Kansas two weeks ago. The car also posted top-five finishes at Indy and Michigan in August.

Martin on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"I tell you what, I love Lowe's Motor Speedway. In my opinion, it's the greatest place to race in the world. I can remember the first time that I ever went there in 1981 and thinking 'wow' this is just like a small quarter-mile track somewhere, except it's huge, but you could race just like that. Every time I go there, the first thing I do after the first lap is radio the team and tell them how awesome that track is. We had a good run there in the spring and we are hoping to go back and build on that this weekend.

"The AAA Team did a great job last weekend and we were able to get through Talladega in one piece and with a top-10 finish. Now we get to go to Charlotte where we should be able to get down to business, as a track that really suits our strong points and my driving style."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"Everybody knows that Mark really loves to race at Charlotte and I think that his record there really speaks for itself. Our job is to make sure we give him the car that he needs and he'll take care of the rest. We had a good run last week and now we just have to build on that this weekend and over the next few weeks. The guys have really pulled together and we are excited about these last six races."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 Subway / National Guard Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-201 (Atlanta, Charlotte and both Pocono's '06)

Biffle on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"We always enjoy racing in front of the home crowd and I'd like to continue my streak of top-10 finishes in the National Guard/Subway car here in Charlotte. I've got a couple of Busch Series wins here and a lot of top-10 finishes, so I'm looking forward to a good run in the Ameriquest car as well. I think we learned a lot in the spring races that will help us this fall. Obviously the track conditions change a little with the weather, but I think most of the things we picked up in the spring will still apply."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"We're taking the same car back that we finished seventh with in the spring and sixth with at the first Pocono race. It has been a good car for us this season and we feel pretty confident taking it back. We also had a good run with this car at Atlanta early in the year but ran out of fuel on the last lap and coasted to a 16th place finish."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Carhartt/DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-323 Last ran at Fontana -- finished seventh
    Won Michigan in August and Fontana in February
    Ran Charlotte in May -- finished fifth
    RK-280 Has not ran in 2006; tested Charlotte in May

Kenseth on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"Talladega was a big help in the points, basically because a lot of guys had trouble and we were one of the few that didn't. We'll need to continue that performance at Charlotte in order to keep our momentum. We're bringing what we feel like is our best car this weekend. It's ran well everywhere we've taken it this year and it's the car I feel most comfortable with on intermediate tracks. We took a different car to Kansas a couple weeks ago and that didn't really work out for us. Charlotte has been a good track for us in the past. I got my first win there and we won the All-Star race in 2004. We've won a couple of Busch races there as well, so hopefully we can add to that success this weekend."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"The car we're bringing this weekend is No. 323. It's been the most consistent car we've had this year. Matt's comfortable with it and we kind of know how the car will react and how we can tune on it throughout the weekend. It's the car we probably should have taken to Kansas a couple weeks ago, but hindsight's 20/20. Chassis 323 already has wins this year at Michigan and Fontana and came close to wins at Las Vegas and Texas. It was decent for us in May at Charlotte. We ran consistently in the top 10 all night. That's the kind of performance we're aiming for on Saturday night. We just have to maintain focus and keep doing what we're doing; have good pit stops, stay out of trouble and everything else will take care of itself."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 IRWIN Speedbor Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK -- 393 (Last raced at Fontana in Sept. 2006; McMurray finished 20th)

McMurray on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"I really look forward to the Charlotte race each year; not just because of my history at the track, but for all of the crew guys. Lowe's is their home track. It's a chance for them to be with their family and friends. Lowe's was the spot of my first Cup victory back in 2002. Since then, I've managed to run really well there. In the spring, we had a good car, and finished in the top 10. Hopefully, we can come in this weekend and do the same. We're running a special IRWIN paint scheme this weekend -- it's our Speedbor car. I expect this car to be just as fast as the name. Hopefully, we can stay out of trouble and get the finish we should've had last week at Talladega."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"It's always nice to run at Charlotte. It gives all the guys a chance to spend some extra time with their family. We are taking a great car this weekend to Lowe's. It's the same car we ran at Fontana last month. The car performed really well for us in our wind tunnel tests and we're looking forward to getting it back out on the track this weekend. Hopefully, with a good car and some fast pit stops, we can give Jamie another great finish at Lowe's."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Wally Brown
Chassis: RK-272 (Last raced at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May '06; finished 3rd)

Edwards on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"I love night racing, and I think Saturday night is going to be a blast at Charlotte. I've been fortunate enough to run pretty well here in every series. It was awesome to win the Busch race at Lowe's in May, and I know the No. 99 Office Depot team is more than ready to make a visit to victory lane this year. I hope we can get it done this weekend. I think we've got a car that's capable, so it's just a matter of racing smart and making the best decisions we can at every turn."

Crew Chief Wally Brown on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"We missed the initial set-up here in May and still finished third because we stuck with the car and found what we needed. I think that says a lot about our team. Charlotte is a fast track and Carl has a good record here. Hopefully we can build on that and continue our forward momentum because some of Carl's best tracks are still ahead of us this season."

Dollar General 300, Friday, Oct. 13

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-365 -- previously raced at Chicago and Lowe's in May

Kluever on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"I have been looking forward to going back to Lowe's since we raced there in May. We had one of the best cars we've had all year at that race and we've only raced it once since then because we wanted to save it for this weekend. If we can get another top-10 finish with it this weekend we would all be really happy.

"I've loved racing at Lowe's ever since my first start there in an ASA car back in 2004. I had a good run going then, but got wrecked on the last lap. It always means a lot to run well there, especially since that is like a home track for most of the guys on the team."

Mike Kelley on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"RK-365 is one of our best cars and it ran great at Lowe's in the spring so we've been saving it for this weekend. We're basically going to put the same set-up back in it and we expect to have another top-10 run with it."

David Ragan
Team: No. 6 Scotts WinterGuard Fertilizer Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: 295 Last raced at Dover where Matt Kenseth finished second.
    This is also the chassis Matt used to win at Bristol in August.

Ragan on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"I look forward to heading back to Charlotte and picking up where we left off in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race here earlier in the year. We qualified 11th and looked like we were going to have a good run going but got caught up in some trouble early on and were forced to deal with that all night. It's going to be a great opportunity to work with Mike Beam again, it seems like the last few weeks we've been racing against him and the No. 6 crew, trying to beat them out. I look forward to having a strong run Friday night in the No. 6 Scotts Ford Fusion."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"This is kind of a last minute deal, but all the guys on our No. 6 Scotts crew are really excited to get to race at Charlotte this weekend with David. He's such a talented driver and any time I get to work with him I really look forward to it. We've had some real good runs on the mile-and-a-half tracks with him in the Craftsman Truck Series, and we'll look to do the same in the Busch car this weekend."

Greg Biffle
Team: No.16 Ameriquest / FreeCreditReport.com Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis: RK- 373 Last ran Dover - finished 8th

Biffle on racing in the Busch Series at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"Charlotte's a big weekend for our Ameriquest team. We are fired up and ready to go. We swiped the wall there earlier this season and didn't get the finish we expected. The track is very fast and I expect there will be several cautions. Our whole team has worked very hard. We had some bad luck earlier this year, but it's time to turn it around. It's time to put our Ameriquest team back into victory lane."

Crew Chief Eddie Pardue on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"I can't wait to get Greg Biffle back on the track at Lowe's. Last time there didn't exactly end the way we hoped. This time we need to stay out of trouble. This Ameriquest team is very motivated. We have five more races left and we would expect nothing less than getting back into victory lane."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No.17 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: RK- 346 (last ran Chicago, finished 5th)

Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"We had the car to beat here in May. We sat on the pole, led the most laps and were looking good to contend for the win. That was, until we broke something in the engine. I believe that was our only engine problem this year and frankly, we have so few engine problems that it's hard to get disappointed in one issue. We've only won one Busch race this year, but we've had a ton of top fives. Jimmy and the guys do a great job preparing these cars and they've been a blast to drive. Hopefully, our car will be just as strong this weekend and we'll have a good shot for the win on Friday night."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"Friday night should be an interesting race. In the spring we started on the pole then had some mechanical problems. But with Matt's skill and history at Charlotte we hope to put the No. 17 Ameriquest Ford Fusion back in victory lane."

Danny O'Quinn, Jr.
Team: No. 50 Transamerica Insurance Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK-375 Previously ran at Kentucky, finished 23rd, Michigan, finished 20th, Dover in the spring, finished 24th; California in the fall, finished 41st

O'Quinn, Jr. on racing in the Busch Series at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"We are coming down to the last five races of the 2006 season and they are five races that I feel pretty good about. Memphis is the only track that is left that I have not been to before so I am hoping the experience that I gained at the rest of the tracks earlier in the season will help me, especially this weekend in Charlotte. We actually got to test and race at Lowe's Motor Speedway back in May, so I think the combination of me as a rookie and the new track surface will not be as much of a factor this time around. Of course, I will still be racing against some pretty competitive guys, but it is time to start capitalizing on the things that we have learned as a team and getting some strong finishes here at the end."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"Our second time around at tracks like Charlotte will be a lot better for us. Danny is getting to see the track for the third time since we tested and raced there back in May. We have a better idea now of what the car needs to go fast on the new pavement at Lowe's."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.60 Henkel / Duck Tape / Polyseamseal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel
Chassis: RK- 371 Last ran Kentucky -- finished 36th; Same car that won the spring Charlotte race

Edwards on racing in the Busch Series at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"Lowe's Motor Speedway is going to be great. I'm already excited about it. I really like Charlotte and we won there earlier this year. I love the 1.5-mile tracks. Our only objective for Charlotte is to come out of there with a win for Henkel/Duck Tape."

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
"We had such a great race at Lowe's earlier this year. It was awesome. We are bringing the same car so our team expects the same results. This has been a good year, but our team is determined to get back into victory lane two or more times during the next five races."

-credit: roush racing

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Drivers Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , David Ragan , Todd Kluever , Doug Richert , Danny O'Quinn , Mike Kelley , Mark Martin