ROUSH RACING Dover International Speedway, Jun. 2-4 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Neighborhood Excellence 400 NASCAR Busch Series: StonebridgeRacing.com 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: AAA Insurance 200 Roush Racing Fast...
Dover International Speedway, Jun. 2-4
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Neighborhood Excellence 400
NASCAR Busch Series: StonebridgeRacing.com 200
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: AAA Insurance 200
Roush Racing Fast Facts
* Mark Martin has four wins at Dover, with the last coming in the spring of 2004.
* Martin holds the track record at Dover, winning on 9/21/97 in 3:00:50 (132.717 mph avg.)
* Martin's 19 top-five finishes are the most of any active driver at Dover.
* Martin has 24 top-10 finishes at Dover, including four straight top-fours.
* Martin finished fifth in his first Cup race at Dover on 5/16/82.
* Martin has finished in the top 10 in almost 60 percent of his races at Dover.
* Martin finished one-two in both Dover races in 2004 and three-four there in 2005.
* Martin earned the first of his record 47 Busch Series wins, at Dover in 1987.
* Greg Biffle is currently 13th in the point standings, picking up one position after his seventh place finish in Charlotte.
* Biffle and the National Guard team are currently 521 points out of the lead and are 86 points out of a top-10 position.
* In addition to his Cup record at Dover International Speedway, Biffle also has two wins, four top-five's and six top-10's in nine NASCAR Busch Series attempts at the Monster Mile.
* This weekend the No. 16 National Guard team will run the signature red, white and blue paint scheme.
* Matt Kenseth made his NEXTEL 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.
* By leading a lap in the Coca-Cola 600, Kenseth has now led at least one lap in nine of the series' 12 points races this season.
* Kenseth's seven top-five finishes so far in 2006 is tied for the best in NEXTEL Cup along with Jimmie Johnson.
* Kenseth has led 628 laps in his NBS career at Dover, the most among all active drivers the Busch Series.
* Kenseth's DNF at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the Busch Series was his first DNF in NBS competition since Homestead last November. It also marked the first time Kenseth has failed to finish in the top 10 in 2006.
* Jamie McMurray has six starts in his three previous seasons.
* For his career, McMurray has scored two top-tens at Dover International Speedway in NEXTEL Cup competition.
* McMurray's average start is 14 and finish is 16 at Dover International Speedway in six starts.
* Carl Edwards' best run at the "Monster Mile" came last fall with a ninth-place finish.
* Fifty percent of Edwards' 2006 starts have been top-10 finishes, with thirty-three percent resulting in top fives.
* Five out six races atop the pit box, crew chief Wally Brown has led the Office Depot team to top-10 finishes.
* The Office Depot team will return to Dover International Speedway this weekend with Chassis RK-270. RK- 270 posted two wins in 2005 and is a favorite among Edwards and Co.
* After finishing third in the Coca-Cola 600, Edwards improved his average finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway to 5.3 (best among all active drivers).
* Office Depot is pleased to announce K&M Storage of Dodge City, Kansas as their "Official Small Business of NASCAR." The K&M Storage logo will be displayed on the b-post of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion for the remainder of the 2006 season.
* Office Depot Store #2482 of Whitehall, PA will be on the side of Edwards' Ford Fusion for this weekend's race at Dover International Speedway
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-315 Last ran at Darlington, finished eighth.
Finished ninth and sixth at its other two runs this season at California and Las Vegas .Martin used the car in his win at Kansas last season.
Martin on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Dover has always been one of my favorite tracks. We've had great success there over the years, including the last few years when we've been up front and a serious contender. The very first time I went to Dover, I loved it from the start. It is definitely in my list of top tracks and there probably is no cooler track to go and race on. I'm looking really forward to getting back up there this weekend and hopefully putting together another strong run.
"The team was outstanding last weekend at Charlotte. They gave me a great car and we had our best stops in the pits all season. If we can build on that and keep working just as hard as we have been, then we can put this deal in the chase and go for the Championship. We really like the next few tracks coming up, so we are excited about moving into the early summer stretch. "
Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Dover might be our strongest track. It's special to all of us, because that is where we got our first win with Mark a couple of year ago, and we've been really good there over the last four or five races. This is a good part of the schedule for us and we are excited about moving forward. Mark loves to race at Dover, so our job is to give him the type of cars that he is used to there. If we can do that and keep up in the pits, we should be a serious contender on Sunday."
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-268 Darlington win '05, Dover win '05, Darlington win '06
Biffle on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Well, I'm definitely looking forward to racing at Dover this weekend. We're taking the car that we won with there last year and we won with it this year in Darlington. Dover is a unique track and as a driver, you have to be on your toes. You want your car to be a little loose but at the same time, it can't be too loose. I think we'll have a good run in the National Guard Fusion this weekend and get a little closer to the top-10 in the points."
Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We're taking the car that we won with at Dover last year. We also won with it at Darlington last year and this year. Greg likes this car a lot and we feel pretty good about taking it to Dover this weekend. Dover is primarily a tight racetrack so we'll place a lot of emphasis on getting the car to turn in the corners from the center off. It's like any other race, we just need to stay out of trouble and be up there for the win at the end."
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-267 Last ran at Darlington '06; finished third
Also in 2006 ran at Atlanta; finished 13th
RK-280 Brand New car; tested Charlotte
Kenseth on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"I used to always say Dover was my favorite track. But, ever since I've been saying that, we've had some terrible luck there. Dover is a fun place to run. It's extremely fast and challenging. Tires can make a world of difference there. Dover will always be a special place for me, because I made my Cup debut there. I'll never forget that weekend when I had the opportunity to fill in for Bill Elliott, in his car, back in '98. We won the Busch race on Saturday and were very competitive on Sunday and that's always given me a lot of confidence every time I return to Dover. Hopefully, we can turn our luck around there and keep the momentum we have going this year."
Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing Dover International Speedway:
"Matt ultimately picks the cars that we take to the race track. He likes the one we ran at Darlington and so that's what we're taking. I'm hoping we have a better weekend than last weekend with the handling of the car. Don't get me wrong, I'll take a top five in the 600 every day, but we really chased the handling all evening. But, we've ran well in the past at Dover, so hopefully we can continue that this year."
Team: No. 26 Irwin Industrial Tools Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-282 Last ran Bristol, March '06
McMurray on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"This is will be my seventh Dover event. I really like this track. It's cool for the fans. I've had some great runs here and am looking forward to this weekend's race. We had a pretty good Coke 600 and its time we know out a top-five for the Irwin Industrial Tools team."
Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We used RK-282 at Bristol in March -- we had a decent qualifying effort, just needed to get that Fusion a better result. Last weekend's race was good for the No. 26 team, our pit stops got better as the night went on. Dover is one of those tracks that Roush Racing does well at. It should be good for the Irwin Industrial Tools Ford Fusion."
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Wally Brown
Chassis: RK-270 Last ran at Darlington Raceway May 2006; Finished 39th
Edwards on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Racing at Dover this weekend is going to be a blast. On top of running both the Cup and Busch series, I am also going to run in the Craftsman truck race. It will be a busy weekend for me, but I really enjoy racing at Dover. I feel it is one of the fastest tracks that we go. It really reminds me a lot of racing a half-mile dirt track. The corners and the banking make it a really fast track. The Office Depot team has run well over the last couple of weeks and hopefully we can continue making our charge towards the top 10."
Crew Chief Wally Brown on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"This weekend at Dover is going to be tough. We are back to running Sunday afternoon races, so we have to adjust for the heat, both for the car and the crew. We are taking RK-270, which has been a great car for the Office Depot team. The setup at Dover is a tough one, the high banks and the concrete make for a challenging track. The Office Depot team has worked really hard these past couple of weeks and is looking forward to getting back on the road. Hopefully, we can have a great run at Dover this weekend and finally move ourselves back into contention for the "Chase."
Team: No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-372 -- This is a new car that has not been raced or tested yet
Kluever on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We finally got the finish we deserved at Lowe's last weekend. We really needed a solid finish. We've had some absolutely horrible luck this year. I've got to thank Mike Kelly (crew chief) and all my guys for working really hard, and thank Jack Roush and 3M. We got three new cars at the shop in the last couple of weeks that haven't been to the race track yet that I'm really excited about. We've really struggled with some cars that were kind of hand-me-down stuff that weren't as good as what some of my teammates had and I finally got what I need to be competitive and I think it showed at Lowe's on Saturday.
"We're bringing another new car to Dover this weekend that should be just as good. Dover is a tough place and things happen really fast there so hitting the set-up is very important. I've only raced at Dover once before in the truck race last year. We should have had a top-10 finish in that race, but we had to pit under green for a loose wheel which cost us three laps. Hopefully we can keep our momentum going and get another top 10 this weekend."
Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"I think we all feel like we got the monkey off our backs at Lowe's last weekend since we finally got a solid finish. Now we just need to carry that momentum to Dover and stay consistent. We've got another new car this weekend that should be just as good as what we took to Charlotte. We're finally moving in the right direction in points now so I'd like to keep that trend going."
Team: No.16 Ameriquest Soaring Dreams Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis: RK- 296
Biffle on NBS racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Dover has always been a good track for me, I've got a couple of wins there in the Busch Series and I don't think we've finished out of the top-10 there too many times in a Busch car. We're running the Ameriquest Soaring Dreams paint scheme this weekend and I think the car looks pretty cool. The fans should definitely be able to keep track of the No. 16 Fusion on Saturday. Soaring Dreams is a great cause that Ameriquest supports and I'll be spending some time with a few of the local middle school kids in Dover this week that are part of the program. Matt, Mark and Carl have all run Soaring Dreams paint schemes this year and I'd like to be the one to put their colors in victory lane."
Crew Chief Eddie Pardue on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We are very proud to be running the Ameriquest Soaring Dreams car at the "Monster Mile". I'm real excited about going to Dover. It's one of Greg's strongest tracks. He has a great record at Dover and we are bringing one of his favorite cars, the Bristol car. He also won the Cup race there last year. We are going to do our best and go for a win."
Team: No. 17 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: RK-295 Last ran at Darlington '06; finished second
RK-360 Brand new car
Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Dover International Speedway:
"Sooner or later we're going to break through in the Busch Series this year and, hopefully, get a win. We're running really good everywhere we go right now. Jimmy is doing a great job setting these cars up and it's just a whole lot of fun to drive this Busch car right now. Dover is one of my favorite tracks and we've had a lot of success in the Busch Series over the years there. Hopefully, we can put it all together this weekend."
Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We're bringing, what we feel like, is one of our best cars to Dover this weekend. Already in 2006 it's ran second at Darlington, third at Bristol, and fourth at Atlanta. Matt obviously is comfortable with it and that means as much as anything when deciding which car to bring to the track. I know he likes racing at Dover and hopefully we can put a car underneath him that can get him to the front."
Danny O'Quinn, Jr.
Team: No. 50 Stonebridge Life Insurance Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
O'Quinn, Jr. on racing in the Busch Series at Dover International Speedway:
"I am pretty excited about going to Dover. I have never been there before but it's a concrete track and we've been running pretty well on those so far this year. It is also the StonebridgeRacing.com 200 this weekend in Dover so to have them on the car and sponsoring the race is going to be pretty neat. I hope to make it a good weekend for them and for my team."
Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Dover should be good for us. Being the Stonebridge Life race we are plan on running up front. We are taking a new car and Danny ran well at both the other concrete race tracks, so we are looking forward to it."
Team: No.60 iLevel/Weyerhaeuser Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel
Chassis: RK- 345
Edwards on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"I am very excited about racing on the Monster-mile in Dover. It's a lot like Bristol and it's a blast to run on. We had a very good race there last year, until we had engine problems late in the race. We have lots of momentum coming off a great win in Charlotte and we plan on chipping away at the points lead. The best way to do that is to put our iLevel car into Victory lane."
Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"The No. 60 iLevel Team is on a roll. We are taking our Texas car to Dover and it's very strong. Dover's a concrete mile oval similar to Bristol. It should be lots of fun. We have moved into second place in the overall Busch Standings after our fantastic win last week in Charlotte. We are running a very unique green paint scheme and we are determined to get iLevel their first victory!"
Team: No. 6 Scotts Miracle-Gro Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: Truck No. 45 Last ran Martinsville '06; finished fourth
Martin, on driving in the NCTS at Dover International Speedway:
"Dover is one of my favorite tracks on the circuit and I don't think that we go to a better track to race, so I'm excited about going back up there and running the Scotts' Ford F-150 for the first time. The team has done an exceptional job with the trucks this year and you can't say enough about Mike Beam and the guys on this race team. Hopefully we'll be able to go up there and give the fans something to cheer about and get that truck back in victory lane."
Team: No. 50 Roush Racing Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Crew Chief Matt Puccia on racing at the Dover International Speedway:
"I think this team is starting to come together, and we're really starting to work well as a group. Obviously getting rained out of the show last week at Mansfield was a setback, but we came home from there bound and determined to make up for what we lost there. Dover is a tough racetrack, but I think we can have a good run on race day. Being outside the top-30 in points, we've got to get in on speed, so we'll work on our qualifying stuff to make sure we can get a good spot near the front. If we can do that, then the next step will be maintaining that track position. We've got some high expectations, but I believe we've got the ability to meet our goals should things go the way we're hoping."
Team: No. 99 Roush Racing Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Quinn
Darnell on racing at the Dover International Speedway:
"I'm looking forward to going to Dover. I've never been there, but from what I've seen on TV, it's a high-banked fast track. Things tend to happen there pretty fast, so the driver really has to stay on his toes. I'm confident we can get a good finish providing we can stay out of trouble. Sometimes the way things unfold there, you're really going to be the victim of unfortunate circumstance. Hopefully we'll put ourselves in position where we won't have to worry about any of that. I'll be relying on my team to help me out with my lack of experience there. So far this year they've been awesome as far as that goes, they are really able to knock a ton of time off the learning curve."
Crew Chief John Quinn on racing at the Dover International Speedway:
"Dover is a one-groove track, so it's important that we get our Ford F-150 handling through the center. 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. So much of getting around this place is having a driver with a great deal of confidence, and we've got that. We'll work on getting Erik settled in here fairly quickly, and we'll see what we can do come Friday afternoon."