BUSCH: Charlotte II: Roush Racing

Roush Racing Fast Facts - Mark Martin dropped to fifth in the points after Kansas. With six races to go, he is currently only seven points out of fourth and 150 points behind the points leader. - Martin has four wins at Lowe's with three of...

Roush Racing Fast Facts

- Mark Martin dropped to fifth in the points after Kansas. With six races to go, he is currently only seven points out of fourth and 150 points behind the points leader.

- Martin has four wins at Lowe's with three of the wins coming in the fall. His 15 top-five finishes are the most of any active driver at the 1.5-mile track. The four wins tie Jeff Gordon for the most of any active driver and third most ever. In addition, Martin won the 1998 Winston All-Star race and six races in the Busch Series at Lowe's.

- The Viagra Team has been strong when it counts, having finished in the top-15 in seven of the last eight races. Furthermore, Martin has posted top-five runs in six of the last 11 and five of the last nine races. In fact, Martin has scored nine of his 13 top-10 and all but one of his eight top-five finishes in 2004 after June 6.

- Greg Biffle has one pole, two wins, three top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes in seven Busch Series starts at Lowe's. Both of his wins came in the fall event.

- Matt Kenseth finished 17th at Kansas one week ago. He has 16 top-10 finishes in 30 starts in 2004. Kenseth has now been inside the NASCAR Top-10 for 65 straight weeks--the longest active streak.

- Kenseth has one win, four top-fives and six top-10's at Lowe's Motor Speedway. He also won the inaugural NEXTEL All-Star challenge event back in May of this year.

- Kenseth's first Nextel Cup victory came here on May 28, 2000 as he won the Coca-Cola 600 as a rookie.

- Kenseth will also be running his No. 17 Bayer Busch Grand National car at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

- Kurt Busch finished sixth in last week's Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway. Busch increased his lead in the 2004 NEXTEL Cup Series point standings to 29 points ahead of second-place Dale Earnhardt Jr.

- Busch and Earnhardt Jr. are the only drivers to score top-10 finishes in each of the first four races in the Chase.

- Busch has now scored ten consecutive top-15 finishes and has been among the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 for 29 consecutive race weeks (his only week out during 2004 was following a 16th place finish at the season-opening Daytona 500).

- Busch is running the No. 97 Sharpie paint scheme for the 18th of 20 events in the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season this weekend.

- Though Busch has not recorded a top-10 finish in eight career starts at Lowe's Motor Speedway (the only track on the NEXTEL Cup Circuit with that distinction), he has managed five finishes among the top 15, including 11th in the Coca-Cola 600 in the spring.

- Busch has extra incentive to run well this weekend to benefit low-income families. For a top five-finish, IRWIN will donate $10,000 in product to the charitable foundation Rebuilding Together, and $20,000 for a win.

- The No. 99 Ford will sport a special Canteen Vending/Kraft Foods paint scheme this week at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

- Edwards's average starting position at Charlotte in the truck is fourth while his average finishing position is seventh. He has also completed 100% of his total laps run at the track in the Superchips F-150.

- Edwards will pull double duty again this weekend as he flies between Ft. Worth, TX and Charlotte, NC for the Truck and Cup races respectively. Edwards will practice and qualify the No. 99 Canteen/Kraft Foods Ford on Thursday in Charlotte then make the two hour flight to Texas where he will practice, qualify and race the No. 99 Superchips F-150. Immediately following Saturday's truck race, Edwards will board a plane and fly back to Charlotte where he will attempt to arrive in time to start Saturday night's Cup event.

NNCS:

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra* Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-231(finished second at Dover three weeks ago)

Mark Martin on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "I can't wait to get out on the track at Lowe's. I think that just about everybody knows it is one of - and just maybe - my favorite track to race. It's a real driver's kind of track, where handling is key and you better find a way to go fast in the corners. Hopefully we'll be able get a grip on it and make a solid run at the win. We've been to victory lane four times there in the past and I'd love to get back in the 'Chase' with a win there this Saturday night."

"We just didn't have the type of day we were looking for at Kansas. The car really struggled on the restarts and we just didn't have the type of gas mileage that we needed to stay up front. We also cut both right side tires when I ran over some debris from another car, and all of that just became a little too much to make up for. If we could have gotten one more long green-flag run, we could have gotten back inside the top 10, but things just didn't work out for us. We'll just have to rebound this week with a good finish and get back in this thing."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "I know the team is excited about Saturday. Mark loves racing at Charlotte and everyone knows that if we can give him a good enough car that we can go back to victory lane on Saturday night. We haven't run great the past two races, so we really need a strong run this weekend. We are taking our favorite car again this weekend and that car has had several great runs. It's been a great race car and hopefully it will get the win it deserves on Saturday."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-268 (new chassis)

Greg Biffle on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "Both programs are carrying a ton of momentum into the Lowe's races this weekend. We had an incredible weekend at Kansas and had a legitimate shot to win both races. We came up just a bit short on both sides but we're very pleased with the third-place finish on Sunday. To run that well all weekend long does a tremendous amount for everyone's confidence and we're looking forward to keeping it going on Friday and Saturday night. I really like Lowe's and it's important for everyone to run good there because most of us live here. It's our hometown event and the drivers and crews want to perform their best in front of their families and friends. We're taking a new racecar that we think will be perfect for this race based on how it ran when we tested there last week. We just missed winning one last week and we're all hoping to go back and repeat that performance this weekend."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "We're taking this car because it has a new areo-balance that we feel will be suitable for Charlotte. We tested it there a couple of weeks ago and feel it has a good balance. We didn't have a very good run at Charlotte earlier this season but we feel confident in this car as a whole and hope to have a better run this time around."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush/Mark Martin
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: MMR-39 (led 60 laps at Dover last month before an accident)

Matt Kenseth on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "Lowe's has always been one of my favorite tracks on the circuit and we always seem to run pretty good here. The Roush cars in general seem to all run pretty good here so I hope we can run up front and lead some laps here and challenge for a win. We need more than a good finish--we need a great finish right now, but I know this team is capable of it here."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "This is our Dover car and we got to lead some laps with it when we ran there so we know it's a good car. I just hope it translates to Charlotte like it did at Dover. It's one of our newest chassis that we have in the shop."

Kurt Busch
Team: No. 97 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #62 (finished 11th at Lowe's in May)

Kurt Busch on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "These mile and a half tracks are so important in the 'Chase' because there are so many of them in these final races. Lowe's Motor Speedway is a track where we need to have another consistent run. We tested here last week during the evening in conditions that should be similar to what we see here Sunday evening, so we feel good about what we've learned."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "This is the same car we brought to the 600. Kurt got his best finish at this track in that race, and now with what we've learned in testing here last week we want to go out and top that."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Canteen/Kraft Foods Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis Number: RK-272 (new chassis, tested at Charlotte two weeks ago)

Carl Edwards on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "I'm looking forward to racing at Charlotte. It will be another busy weekend for me since I'm flying between Texas and Charlotte for the truck and Cup races. Fortunately we have Dave Blaney helping us out again this weekend on the Cup side while I'm in Texas racing the Superchips F-150. I'll be able to practice and qualify the Canteen/Kraft Foods Ford on Thursday then hopefully if all goes perfectly I'll make it back in time for the race Saturday night. If we run into weather or something then Dave will start the race for me and we'll go from there."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "The No. 99 team is looking forward to Charlotte. Carl will be traveling between here and Texas for the truck race so we have Dave Blaney helping us out again which is great. We are taking a new car that tested well at Kansas a couple weeks ago and I think some of that information will transfer over to Charlotte. Roush Racing has had a lot of success at Lowe's in the past so we are hoping to continue that tradition in the No. 99 Canteen/Kraft Foods Ford."

NBS:

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 60 Charter Communications Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Brad Parrott
Chassis: JR-80 (finished second at Kansas last week, and has won twice at Fontana this year)

Greg Biffle on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "Both programs are carrying a ton of momentum into the Lowe's races this weekend. We had an incredible weekend at Kansas and had a legitimate shot to win both the Busch and NEXTEL Cup races. We came up just a bit short on both sides but we're very pleased with the second on Saturday and the third-place finish on Sunday. To run that well all weekend long does a tremendous amount for everyone's confidence and we're looking forward to keeping it going on Friday and Saturday night. I really like Lowe's and it's important for everyone to run good there because most of us live here. It's our hometown event and the drivers and crews want to perform their best in front of their families and friends. We've been very successful there in the Busch cars and we're taking the car we finished second with last weekend and we've won with it twice at California this year. I'm very optimistic about our chances to run well, especially after last weekend's performance. Same goes for the Cup side. We're taking a new racecar that we think will be perfect for this race based on how it ran when we tested there last week. We just missed winning one last week and we're all hoping to go back and repeat that performance this weekend."

Crew Chief Brad Parrott on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: "We're going this weekend to bring home the trophy and that's it. We're taking the same car Greg finished second with last weekend and he's won this event at Lowe's twice before. Everyone on this team is pumped up after last week's race and we'll accept nothing other than a win on Friday night."

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Carl Edwards , Jack Roush , Dave Blaney , Doug Richert , Mark Martin