ROUSH FENWAY RACING Dover International Speedway, June 1-3 Roush Fenway Racing Fast Facts * David Ragan competed in the Dover 400 in September 2006. He started 37th and finished 42nd. * Ragan also competed in the Dover 200 that same weekend.
ROUSH FENWAY RACING
Dover International Speedway, June 1-3
Roush Fenway Racing Fast Facts
* David Ragan competed in the Dover 400 in September 2006. He started 37th and finished 42nd.
* Ragan also competed in the Dover 200 that same weekend. He started 23rd and finished 18th.
* Dover will be the 6th COT race of the 2007 season.
* Ragan's highest COT finish was 15th at Martinsville.
* Ragan is currently 18th in the Nextel Cup Championship point standings
* Ragan is currently 2nd in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year race. He trails Juan Pablo Montoya by six points.
* Last Spring, Greg Biffle ran in the top five for most of the race at Dover but a late-race pit stop put him out of the top 10. He was able to make up a little ground in the final laps for an eighth place finish.
* Biffle's eighth place finish in Dover last season was his fourth top-10 in a streak of seven top-10 finishes in a row.
* Biffle has two wins, four top-five and eight top-10 NASCAR Busch Series finishes as well as one top-five in the Craftsman Truck Series at Dover International Speedway.
* Biffle finished 43rd last week in the Coca-Cola 600 and currently sits 19th in the point standings, 121 points out of the top 12.
* This weekend Biffle will run the multi-colored 3M paint scheme.
* Matt Kenseth is the only driver in the NEXTEL Cup Series that has completed every lap to this point in 2007, a total of 4,053.
* Kenseth's average finish in the NEXTEL Cup Series this season is 8.8, second only to Jeff Gordon.
* Kenseth made his Cup debut at Dover International Speedway in September of 1998 at the age of 26. He substituted for Bill Elliott that day and drove to a sixth-place finish.
* Kenseth scored the first pole of his Cup career at Dover in June of 2002, one of only three (Kansas and Bristol, both in '05).
* Kenseth's first Cup victory at Dover came last June in the Neighborhood Excellence 400.
* In addition to his Cup victory, Kenseth also boasts two NASCAR Busch Series wins at Dover, his first coming in September of 1998, the day before his first Cup start, and the second in September of 2000.
* Kenseth has led 637 laps in his NBS career at Dover, the most among all active drivers in the Busch Series. His seven top-five NBS finishes is tops among all NBS drivers, past or present.
* Jamie McMurray averages a 15.6 starting position and a 14.5 finishing position at the "Monster Mile." Dover ranks as McMurray's seventh best track in finishing position on the circuit.
* In the same race one year ago, McMurray battled with teammate Matt Kenseth for the win after leading 95 of the closing laps. McMurray took home a season best second-place finish.
* This Sunday, McMurray will celebrate his 31st birthday at Dover International Speedway.
* The No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion will have a puzzle piece look to it this weekend to support autism awareness. Also this weekend, McMurray will don a special autism awareness fire suit and helmet.
* McMurray is currently 12th in the NEXTEL Cup point standings.
* Carl Edwards is currently eighth in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings with 1414 points, 507 points behind leader, Jeff Gordon
* In five NNCS starts at Dover, Edwards has achieved one top-five and two top-10 finishes
* Edwards' average start at Dover is 17th, his average finish is 12th place
* Edwards' best start and finish at Dover came last September when he qualified sixth and finished second
* Edwards has led a total of 23 laps at Dover, all but two were logged in the fall race of 2006
* Office Depot store No. 2432 from North Attleboro, Mass. is this week's weekly sales winner and will ride along with Edwards on the No. 99 at Dover
* Prior to this week's race Edwards and NASCAR Busch Series crew chief Pierre Kuettel (P.K.) were guests on the USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series:
Autism Speaks 400 presented by VISA
Sunday June 3
1:00 PM Eastern on FOX/MRN
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: RK-459 Previously ran at Phoenix, finished 41st
RK-467 Previously ran at Richmond, finished 20th
Ragan on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Dover is where I got my first Cup start last fall so I am eager to go back and make some laps now that I have a little more experience under my belt. We had a tough weekend in Charlotte so the AAA team is looking to make a come back and get a good finish this weekend. It seems like whenever we have a good run going we get caught up in someone else's mess so I'm going to have my spotter working overtime this weekend so we can make sure that doesn't happen to us again."
Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We are taking our Phoenix car to Dover this weekend. We got caught up in a mess and finished in the back at Phoenix so we are going to try to make sure that doesn't happen again. This will be the second one-mile track that we have been to this year and one of the few tracks that David has been on in a Cup car before. It is a Car of Tomorrow race so that makes some difference, but any experience helps."
Team: No. 16 3M Ford Fusion Crew Chief: Greg Erwin
Chassis: RK-472 Brand New
Biffle on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"I've had a couple of Busch wins at Dover and I'd have to say that my Cup win there in 2005 might be one of my more memorable wins. We didn't run up front really for most of the race and then something just clicked and we took off. I'd definitely love to have that same kind of race this weekend. I know we're bringing a brand new car and it will be Greg's first weekend with the team as the crew chief, so we'll see how it goes."
Crew Chief Greg Erwin on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We're taking a brand new chassis to Dover this weekend. It is a little more similar to what our teammates have been running. I'm looking forward to racing with Greg and the team at Dover this weekend. I know Greg can win races there and I hope we can put him in a position to run up front this weekend."
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-473 Last ran Darlington, May '07, finished seventh
RK-457 Last ran Martinsville, Apr. '07, finished 10th
Kenseth on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Dover's been my favorite track for quite awhile now. I used to always say that, and it seemed like we'd have bad luck there, so last year I kept telling myself how much I disliked it and it worked. We ended up winning there in the spring and coming pretty close to winning last fall. So, I guess in that line of thinking, again, I really dread going to Dover, it's not one of my favorite tracks.
"But, in all seriousness, Dover's always been special to me because I made my first start there in Bill Elliott's car and was able to finish sixth that day, just a day after we won our first Busch race there. Then, to win there last year made it even more special. I love the track. It's a super fast one-mile oval that commands a lot of respect and it's just a lot of fun to race there.
"I'm hoping we're as good there in the COT as we were last year in the old car. We felt pretty good after Darlington and felt like we'd gotten a little better with the COT. We were able to drive up towards the front and lead some laps, and do some things that we hadn't done before in that car. We're taking that same car this weekend, so I'm hoping we've learned some things that can help us get to the front again this week."
Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We're bringing the same car we ran at Darlington a few weeks ago. It was pretty good down there and we felt like we've learned some things with the COT that should help us this coming weekend.
"It's going to be interesting to see how these cars handle at Dover. I think we'll see a lot of the same issues we've been having with these cars. Obviously, if we could've tested there like originally scheduled, then we might have a better handle on it, but at least everyone's in the same boat. Nobody has tested there, so you'll probably see teams trying a lot of different things on Friday.
"Charlotte was a little disappointing because our finish didn't really represent where we ran or how good our car was. But, you know, we've done the opposite of that so many times, where we pulled out a much better finish than what our car was capable of through good pit stops and track position and all of those things. So, I guess Sunday was one of those that went the other way. But, I know the character of this team and you can be sure that we'll be back at it and working even harder at Dover this weekend."
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion Crew Chief: Larry Carter
Chassis: RK--456 Last raced at Phoenix - April 2007 - Finished 23rd
RK--462 Last raced at Martinsville - April 2007- Finished ninth
McMurray on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"I'm really looking forward to Dover this weekend. The race is the Autism Speaks 400 and we are doing a lot going into this weekend outside of just racing on the track. On Thursday, I'm playing in a charity golf tournament which is raising money for both mine and Elliott Sadler's foundations. Along with the help of Crown Royal, we are running a special paint scheme with the Autism puzzle piece design on it.
"On the racing side of things, I think we should run pretty well this weekend at Dover. It's one of those racetracks where if you can stay on the lead lap, you typically have a pretty good finish. We weren't able to test at Dover with the new car, but I think that after we ran at Bristol and Richmond, Larry (Carter) and the guys have a good idea how the car will react this weekend. We will probably battle the same problem that we have the COT tracks -- not being able to turn in the center of the corner. Hopefully, with the right package, we should have a pretty good weekend."
Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Dover is an interesting track and will be a pretty unique setup in the COT. We weren't able to test Dover a few weeks ago after being rained out at Darlington, so I think a lot of teams are really uncertain with what to expect this weekend. At most of the COT tracks so far this season we have faced the problem with not being able to turn in the center of the corner. Hopefully, this weekend in Dover, we won't fight the same problem. We are taking the same car that we ran in both Phoenix and Bristol and one that Jamie feels pretty good with driving. Hopefully, we can avoid trouble and run up front a little bit. "
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-464 previously raced at Phoenix, started 28th and finished 11th
Edwards on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Dover is one of my favorite tracks. It's pretty much a one-groove track so you need to handle well through the center of the corners in order to keep your position. Bob and the guys have been working really hard on the COT and I feel like we're making some gains. Hopefully we'll get our car dialed in and handling well and get a good finish."
Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Dover is a tough track. It's really unique and different from any other track that we go to. You have to have a brave driver to be fast at Dover ..I thinks it's probably one of the more physically demanding tracks on a driver but Carl is up to the challenge. We are taking the same car we raced in Phoenix, but we've made a few significant adjustments. We've really been doing a lot of work with the COT and I think we're learning a lot and making some gains.
NASCAR Busch Series:
Saturday June 2
2:30 PM Eastern -- ESPN2/MRN
Team: No. 6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-356 ran at Bristol this year with a 13th place finish
Ragan on racing in the NBS at Dover International Speedway:
"I have a lot of confidence in our ability to run well at Dover. I had my first top-20 finish in a Busch Series race at Dover in 2006. I am hoping that experience will help our chances this weekend. We had a slight setback last week at Charlotte, but the Discount Tire team is ready to put in the work to make it right. The practice sessions will be the key for us this weekend. Any time you can click off laps at Dover is a major plus. We are taking our 13th place car from Bristol, so I think we have as good if not better equipment than a lot of teams we are competing against. This year has been full of ups and downs, but we remain optimistic in our ability as a team to compete at the highest level and get top-five finishes every week."
Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We need to bounce back in a major way this weekend. The Discount Tire team needs to get that swagger and confidence back after a horrible weekend in Charlotte. We need to work hard this week in preparation and make sure we get the most out of every practice session. David has a lot of experience on this track, which is always a major plus here. Dover is a very fast concrete track that can get the best of good drivers. It is Bristol's big brother. If David runs on the bottom of the track, and we make good adjustments on the car during the race, we should be fine. A top-five at the 'Monster Mile' would be a nice way to right the ship."
Team: No. 16 3M Ford Fusion Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis: RK-373 -- Biffle last raced this car at Vegas & California this year
Biffle on racing in the NBS at Dover International Speedway:
"I've had pretty good results in the Busch car over the years at Dover. It's a lot of fun to race there because it's like no other track we race on all year. The banking makes it fast, and the concrete makes the track more consistent. The tough part is there isn't much room for error. Everything happens pretty quickly so you have to be ready for anything. We've got a good car for this weekend. It finished fifth at California, and we rebuilt it after it hit the wall in Vegas when we lost a right-rear tire. We got close to winning last weekend at Charlotte, so hopefully everything will come together for us at Dover."
Eddie Pardue on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We should have a good weekend at Dover. Greg usually runs well there and we've got one of our best cars back. I really thought we had a shot at the win last weekend in Charlotte until a flat tire ruined our chances. We think Greg ran over some debris during a caution that cut the tire, but that is behind us now and we're focused on getting our first win of the season at Dover."
Team: No.17 Arby's Ford Fusion Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK- 360 last ran Charlotte -- finished seventh
Kenseth on racing in the NBS at Dover International Speedway:
"Charlotte didn't go as well as we would have liked. We had a great qualifying run, but it kind of went downhill from there. We really struggled with the handling of our car and never could get it where we needed it to be. We are taking our Charlotte car to Dover this weekend and it is a car that has been great to us in the past. Hopefully we can get the handling dialed in and get another good finish for Arby's, maybe even win some more free fries for America."
Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We are heading to Dover with the same car we took to Charlotte. Matt was able to win the pole with this car in Charlotte, but we couldn't quite get it handling as well as he needed it to in order to be competitive for the win. I think we can get all that worked out for this weekend and get RK-360 back to the front where it belongs."
Team: No.60 Dish Network Ford Fusion Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel P.K.
Chassis: RK-419 Last ran at Las Vegas; finished 6th
Edwards on racing in the NBS at Dover International Speedway:
"I am very excited about going to Dover this weekend and racing on the 'Monster Mile.' It will be good to put Charlotte behind us and concentrate on extending our lead. We have Dish Network back with us and we won in Nashville with them earlier this season. Dover is awesome. It's a lot like Bristol. It's a one-mile concrete oval. I love racing there. We dominated the first race there last year, but just fell short and finished second. This year we are going back to win."
Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel on racing at Dover International Speedway: "We are taking our Dish Network Ford Fusion into Dover after a tough finish in Charlotte. It's time to get our momentum back and Dover is a great place to do just that. Carl really likes Dover and we have a simple plan for the Monster Mile.' Stay out of trouble, run our race and extend our points lead."
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series:
AAA Insurance 200
Friday June 1
8:00 PM Eastern -- SPEED/MRN
Team: No. 6 K&N Filters Ford F-150 Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: RK-269-39, last raced at Bristol where Mark Martin started from the pole and won.
Kvapil on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Dover's a really fun track to race at. The high banks, the high speeds; it's in a neat part of the country, it's just all around a fun place to go. It's concrete, so the track does not react like it does at some of the other places we go where the asphalt reacts to weather changes. It's a very demanding track and it's very easy to get in trouble there. The speeds are amazing considering the size of the track. It's all around very unique and I really enjoy racing there."
Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Dover is a pretty challenging place and it's tough to get around. The track is very narrow, so that creates a unique challenge in staying out of trouble. Travis has raced here a bunch, and we won this race last year with Mark Martin. We feel like we've got a shot for a top-five finish this week with the K&N team."
T. J. Bell
Team: No. 50 Heathcliff's Cat Litter Ford F-150 Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Chassis: RK-335-47, last raced at Lowe's Motor Speedway where Bell started 11th and finished ninth
Bell on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"I've raced at Dover twice, once in a truck and once in a Busch car. Dover is a unique track with the concrete surface and banking all the way around the place. It's a very physical, challenging race. It wears you out both physically and mentally. You've got to be patiently aggressive to get a good finish. We're bringing one of my favorite trucks, and we're looking for another good finish for everyone at Heathcliff's Cat Litter."
Crew Chief Matt Puccia on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Dover is a tough racetrack, but I think we can have a good run. Over the last two weeks this team has brought home top-15 finishes, and we expect to extend that streak to three in a row. T.J. has experience here, and that's a huge help. He knows what it takes to get around there."
Team: No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150 Crew Chief: John Quinn
Chassis: RK308-42, last raced at Texas Motor Speedway last November where Darnell started 12th and finished ninth.
Darnell on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We struggled at Dover last year, but our teammates ran well, so we will rely on them for some setup info for a better race this time around. The Northern Tool + Equipment team has been working with the guys on the No. 6 truck about getting our truck set up based on what they accomplished last year. Dover is a challenging track but with the experience we gained last year, we think we'll be capable of a better result this time around."
Crew Chief John Quinn on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Dover is a one-groove track, so it's important that we get our truck handling through the center of the turns. We've had some decent results here in the past, so I'm confident we can take what we've learned and apply it to our upcoming weekend. We had a rough go of it here last year, so we're looking to redeem ourselves from that finish."