BUSCH: Charlotte II: Roush Racing preview

Roush Racing Fast Facts - Martin's commanding victory moved him up two places to seventh in the points. Martin trimmed Tony Stewart's lead by 20 points and trails first place by 118. He trails second by only 38 points and he is just 21 points...

Roush Racing Fast Facts

- Martin's commanding victory moved him up two places to seventh in the points. Martin trimmed Tony Stewart's lead by 20 points and trails first place by 118. He trails second by only 38 points and he is just 21 points out of fifth.

- After dominating last week's race at Kansas, Martin heads to Lowe's Motor Speedway which he regards as his favorite track on the circuit. Martin won in the All-Star race in May at the 1.5 mile speedway and will look to repeat that success this Saturday night.

- Martin has started a total of 151 races at the remaining seven tracks that will make up the Chase for the Nextel Cup. He has posted 10 wins, 51 top-five and 79 top-10 finishes at those tracks. Martin has a 13.83 average finish at Chase tracks and he has led a total of 2,962 laps, including 1,148 at Lowe's.

- Martin has four wins at Lowe's, with three coming in the fall race. In addition, he has won twice at Lowe's in the All-Star event, including last May's dominating performance. His 15 top-five finishes are the most of any active driver at the 1.5-mile track and his four wins tie with Jeff Gordon for the most wins by an active driver and the third most ever. In addition he boasts six Busch wins and one IROC win at Lowe's as well.

- Martin will run the special 'reverse' white Viagra® paint scheme for the final time this weekend at Lowe's. Over the past two years the scheme has run 16 times, wracking up six top 10's, three top fives and a win.

- With his 2nd place finish at Kansas, Biffle moved to third in the standings. He currently trails leader Tony Stewart by only 88 points and has a two-point advantage over fifth place contender Rusty Wallace.

- Biffle brought home his best Lowe's Cup when he finished sixth in this year's Coca-Cola 600.

- In addition to his Cup Series record at Charlotte, Biffle also has seven top-10 finishes in eight NASCAR Busch Series starts including two wins and four top-fives.

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

- Matt Kenseth scored his first NASCAR Cup Series career victory in the Coca-Cola 600 at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in 2000.

- In his twelve Cup starts at Lowe's, Kenseth has one win, four top-five's and six top-ten finishes.

- Kenseth will be sporting the copper and black colors of the Carhartt on Saturday.

- Kenseth will be running car number 39 in the UAW-GM Quality 500. This car has seen a lot of action this season with memorable finishes of second and third at Chicagoland and Michigan II, respectively.

- Kenseth will compete in the Busch Series event Friday night at Lowe's in the No. 9 Pennzoil Platinum Ford Taurus for the first of two races. The other race will be in Texas.

- In 13 Busch starts at Lowe's, Kenseth has two wins, two poles, seven top-five's and eight top-10 finishes.

- Kurt Busch and the No. 97 Roush Racing team remained 10th in the "Chase" standings after a 14th-place finish at Kansas on Sunday. Busch is now 242 points behind leader Tony Stewart.

- The No. 97 brings the blue and yellow of IRWIN on a special paint scheme for IRWIN's new VISE-GRIP GrooveLock pliers on chassis #62, the same car that finished third at Fontana in the spring. The No. 97 team tested this chassis and #71 (the back-up) on September 20th and 21st.

- Busch has scored only one top-10 finish in nine point-events at Lowe's Motor Speedway (fourth there last fall). He has led four races at the speedway and suffered two DNF's.

- Carl Edwards currently sits sixth in the overall point standings with 5,589 points. He trails point leader Tony Stewart by 95 and fifth place Jimmie Johnson by just three.

- In the spring, Edwards had his best finish in the No. 99 Ford at Lowe's. Edwards raced from 12th to finish third completing all 600 miles of the longest race of the year for the NEXTEL Cup Series.

- The No. 99 Ford will carry the Scotts paint scheme for the final time in 2005 during Saturday night's race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

-    Edwards will appear on the CNN special "NASCAR: Driven to
Extremes" this Sunday on CNN.  Check your local listings for times.


Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra® Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-314 (finished 11th at Fontana in the fall)

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. Everytime 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 great test there a couple of weeks ago and I can't tell you how excited I am about getting back there.

"Last Sunday was a great win for this team and Charlotte couldn't come at a better time. We had a good car there in the spring and we got caught up in somebody's wreck late in the race. Hopefully this time we'll be able to avoid that and finish it off. Tony (Stewart) has a pretty good lead on all of us, but it's really tight after that. We just have to keep fighting and see what happens."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "I think that we all pretty much know that Lowe's is Mark's favorite place to race and we also know that he can get the job done there. He was dominant in the All-Star race in May and we were good in the 600 as well. It's just up to us to give him a car capable of putting him up front and we all know that he'll do the rest. Our goal is to give Mark a good car and go out and look for two in a row this weekend at Lowe's."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-275 (won at Fontana in February)

Biffle on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "Well, I had my best ever finish at Charlotte in the spring but the track is obviously a lot different. We're taking a car that we've had success with but we'll have to find a whole new approach. We tore up two cars in the test there, so we're going to have to be a little cautious all around. We'll keep a close eye on the tire wear and I may have to change my driving style a little to fit the new track surface. I hope the fans get to see some good, safe racing this weekend."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "We're taking chassis RK 275 to Charlotte this weekend. It's the same car that we won with at California earlier this year and we think it will be a good car for the track conditions at Charlotte. We had a good run there in the spring but we'll be using a whole new setup this weekend now that the track surface has been altered so drastically. We're taking a different approach based on what we learned in the test. The biggest thing this weekend will be building the driver's confidence in the car and the track."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Carhartt/DEWALT Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-59 (finished second at Chicago and third at Michigan)

Kenseth on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "Charlotte has always been one of my favorite tracks, partly because I got my first Cup win there. But the track was definitely different when we raced there in the spring after they redid the surface. We had a hard crash that night and that's certainly something that we don't want to repeat. We bringing a strong car that we've had success with this season, so we should be competitive."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "We're looking forward to this weekend racing here at home. It's always an exciting race for the fans and we're bringing one of our best cars. Some of our teammates tested at Lowe's a few weeks ago with mixed results. Matt's Busch team tested there also and had a good run. So we'll see what we're dealing with once practice gets going."

Kurt Busch
Team: No. 97 IRWIN VISE-GRIP GrooveLock Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #62 (finished third at Fontana in the spring)

Busch on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "We tested here a few weeks ago, and like everyone else we have to adjust to what seems like an entirely new track. This new track is definitely different; it's more like Texas than it is like Charlotte now, so we've got to revert back to some of those notes and combine that with what we learned in testing. It seems like every race during the Chase so far we've had a car capable of winning, but we've either suffered from tire problems or accidents. We have terrific cars for these remaining races, including this week with our special VISE-GRIP GrooveLock Ford Taurus paint scheme, so we're looking for a good run at a track that has not always been our best."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "We've got a good car to take this weekend. We tested it here a few weeks ago and we learned some things that should help us out this weekend. We're going to have to go back and look at our notes a little more with this new track surface. But we'll be able to try a lot of things over 500 miles and get this thing figured out."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Scotts Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis Number: RK-320 (raced at Kansas last week)

Edwards on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "Charlotte's going to be a tough track. I'm not really sure what to expect but when you have guys like Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart wreck two cars each during the test, it makes me a little nervous. I think we have a really good car though and I really do like Charlotte. I think running the Busch race will help me adjust to the track surface. We'll see what happens. It would mean a lot to me to have a good run this weekend and try to move up in the points."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "We're looking forward to Charlotte. There have been some issues with the track surface but the bottom line is we have to race there and everyone is on the same playing field. I think we have a strong car, team and driver and hopefully we'll be able to continue our momentum this week."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 9 Pennzoil Platinum Ultimate Protection Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Chad Norris
Chassis: JR-45 (won at Darlington earlier this year)

Crew Chief Chad Norris on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "We tested this track a couple of weeks ago and it went pretty well. There wasn't a lot of rubber down on the track and I think that will make a difference this weekend. I think once there's rubber on the track, we'll really get the car dialed in during the second practice session on Thursday."


Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 Charter Communications Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Brad Parrott
Chassis: JR-80

Carl Edwards on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "It will be great to be back in Charlotte this weekend. It's always good to race close to home. We had a disappointing race there earlier this season and we know that we can run well there. They have a new surface on the track and that will make the track very fast and I like fast. That will be awesome and work to our advantage. The team plans on focusing on a top five finish and hopefully shake off some of this bad luck we have been experiencing. We have a great team and we plan on showing that at Lowe's."

Crew Chief Brad Parrott on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "The Charter Team is ready to race at home. We are ready to put the last couple weeks and disappointing finishes behind us. We know we are a better team than where we have been finishing. We are coming home to show the home crowd and all of Carl Edwards' fans what our team is all about. There will be a lot of top quality competition. The track will be fast. Hopefully, the 60 car setup will benefit from the new surface and we will bring the Charter Ford home for a victory."


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Drivers Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Rusty Wallace , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Carl Edwards , Doug Richert , Mark Martin