BUSCH: Dover: Roush Racing preview

Dover International Speedway, June 3-5, 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: MBNA RacePoints 400, Sunday at 1:35 pm (ET) NASCAR Busch Series: MBNA RacePoints 200, Saturday at 1:35 pm (ET) NASCAR Craftsman Truck...

Dover International Speedway, June 3-5, 2005

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: MBNA RacePoints 400, Sunday at 1:35 pm (ET)

NASCAR Busch Series: MBNA RacePoints 200, Saturday at 1:35 pm (ET)

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: MBNA RacePoints 200, Friday at 4:45 pm (ET)

Roush Racing Fast Facts

- With the solid sixth-place finish in last weekend, Greg Biffle remains second in the point standings, 71 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.

- Biffle extended his advantage on third place in the points with this weekend's finish in Charlotte and now holds a 134-point advantage over Elliott Sadler

- Biffle has two wins, three top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes in the Busch Series at Dover International Speedway.

- Carl Edwards made the biggest move forward in the top 10 in points, up five positions to eighth following his third place finish at Charlotte. Edwards sits 288 points out of first and just 57 points out of fifth. There are currently 16 drivers eligible for the NEXTEL Cup after 12 races.

- RK-302 is a brand new car that has never been raced but it was tested two weeks ago at Dover. The Office Depot team tested for two days at the track and saw some good results.

- Edwards will be making an appearance at the Office Depot located next to the track in Dover on Thursday, June 2 from 6 - 8 p.m. (EDT).

- Todd Kluever will drive the No. 50 World Financial Group Ford F-150 at Dover. This will be the sixth of 15 races World Financial Group will be the primary sponsor on the truck.

- The No. 50 team will be taking chassis #39 to Dover. This is a brand new truck.

- Kluever has no prior starts at Dover and has not tested there.

- Kluever currently leads the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year points by 25 points.

- Ricky Craven is currently third in the Craftsman Truck Series point standings after three top-five and six top-10 finishes in seven starts. He is 59 points out of first place, and 18 points out of second.

- The No. 99 Superchips team will be taking chassis #37 to Dover. This is the same truck Craven raced at California and Atlanta.

- Craven has one top-five and four top-10 finishes in his Nextel Cup record, and six top fives and eight top 10's in his Busch career at Dover.

- In his 12 Cup starts at Dover, Matt Kenseth has finished in the top-ten six times, and has sat on the pole twice.

- In the Busch Series at Dover, Matt Kenseth has two wins and one pole, in addition to six top-five and seven top-ten finishes.

- Kenseth will be running car number 50 in the MBNA NASCAR RacePoints 200 Busch Series event on Saturday. This is a brand new car that was tested at Dover last week.

- Kenseth will be running car number 39 in the MBNA NASCAR RacePoints 400 on Sunday at Dover. This car was run most recently in the All-Star Challenge. It also ran at Dover last fall where Kenseth led 58 laps in the event before crashing into a tire barrier on his way into pit road.

- Kenseth got his first Cup Series start at Dover International Speedway in September, 1998, substitute driving for Bill Elliott.

- Kurt Busch moved to 10th in points following his 43rd-place finish at Charlotte last week, but remains in the top 10 NEXTEL Cup Series competition for the 47th consecutive race week (since Rockingham 2004), currently the longest streak on the circuit.

- Busch's first start in NASCAR's premier series came at Dover International Speedway on Sept. 24, 2000, where he qualified 10th and finished 18th in the No. 97 John Deere Ford Taurus. Busch won the inaugural Craftsman Truck Series race at Dover earlier that same weekend.

- Busch has started 13th or better in his last six appearances at Dover, a streak that has resulted in only two top-10's (Sept. 2002 and fifth last fall).

- Busch's No. 97 Ford Taurus returns to the Sharpie colors for the next three races.

- The Sharpie team brings chassis #66 to Dover. The chassis is new for 2005 and is the same car raced at Darlington.

- Mark Martin has four wins at Dover, including last year's MBNA 400.

- Martin holds the track record at Dover, winning on 9/21/97 in 3:00:50 (132.717 mph avg).

- Martin's 18 top-five finishes are the most of any active driver at Dover.

- Martin has 22 top-10 finishes at Dover.

- 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 last season.

- Martin earned the first of his record 47 Busch Series wins, at Dover in 1987.

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Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra® Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-231 (Finished 4th at Darlington and 7th at Fontana)

Mark Martin on racing at Dover: "Dover has always been one of my favorite tracks. We've had great success there over the years, including last year when we were able to get a win in the spring and then go back and run second in the fall. 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. We are looking forward to going back down there this weekend and hopefully we can pick up another trophy.

"Last weekend was tough. We had a good car and were running up front and just got off a bit. We finally got past that and worked our way back up front and then the caution comes out after we pit and puts us in the back again. After that we finally got caught up in one of the wrecks and that was it. Still, the team did a great job and we'll just have to put that behind us and go try to win Dover."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Dover: "Dover is obviously a special place for this team after winning there in last year's race. We ran really well in both races there a year ago and it is one of Mark's favorite race tracks, so we are going there looking for another strong run and hopefully we can get us another win there."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-268 (Won at Darlington and finished sixth at Las Vegas)

Greg Biffle on racing at Dover: "Dover has always been a pretty good track for me. I had a win there last year in the Busch Series and the last time I was there in a Cup car, we had a pretty good finish. As a driver, you have to be on your toes in Dover. You want your car to be a little loose but at the same time, it can't be too loose. I look for it to be a good weekend in the National Guard car."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Dover: "We're taking the same car we won with at Darlington and finished sixth with in Vegas. 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."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: #39 (Ran in the All-Star Challenge this season)

Matt Kenseth on racing at Dover: "I've always said that Dover is one of my favorite tracks. It's particularly special to me because I got my first Cup Series start there back in 1998, subbing for Bill Elliott. We tested the Busch cars in Dover last week and had a good day. I think we learned a lot that will help us both on Saturday and Sunday."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Dover: "I think we'll be in good shape for Dover. We're bringing a brand new car for the Busch race which we tested last week at the track. The test was good and the team really figured out some things that should be able to help us all weekend. We're bringing the same car we ran here last fall for the Cup race. We ran good and led a bunch of laps before crashing coming onto pit road. I think it will be a good car for us. We're just looking at this point to come out with a solid finish without blowing a tire or getting caught up in someone else's crash, like has happened to us so many times this season."

Kurt Busch
Team: No. 97 IRWIN Industrial Tools/Sharpie Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #63 (Raced at Darlington this season)

Kurt Busch on racing at Dover: "When I first started out in the Cup series, Dover was one of my favorite tracks. I made my first Cup start there in 2000 in the John Deere car. We qualified well at 10th place, and went on to finish 18th, so it was a solid way to kick off our Cup series efforts. I had won earlier that weekend in the inaugural truck race at Dover, but since then we haven't had the same success there.

It's a track similar to Bristol, almost like a bigger brother to that track being a mile in length at Dover versus a half-mile in Bristol, but our success at Bristol hasn't translated as well to Dover."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Dover: "We've had a few rough finishes lately, but we've got an awesome driver with Kurt Busch, and we feel good about our car this weekend. It ran good at Darlington even after we had some trouble early on, so we feel good about bringing it back."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis Number: RK-302 (Brand new car)

Carl Edwards on racing at Dover: "It's one of my favorite tracks. It reminds me a lot of driving a 1/2 mile dirt track because of the banking and the way it drives. The No. 99 team tested there a couple weeks ago and I think we learned a lot. We got better with each run and I think we should be a lot better than we were last fall. We had a good run in Charlotte and I would really like to build on that and maintain our spot in the top 10."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Dover: "Dover is a tough track. I think it's probably one of the more physically demanding tracks on a driver but I think Carl is up to the challenge. We are taking a new car that we tested a few weeks ago. We're pretty happy with our test and if we can apply what we learned, I think we'll be pretty good. We had a good points day last week at Charlotte and we need to have more of those if we want to be in the 'Chase' at the end of 26 races."

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Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 Charter Communications Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Brad Parrott
Chassis: #69

Carl Edwards on Busch Series racing at Dover: "We'll go race at Dover and we'll just race hard. I'm going to Dover to win!"

Crew Chief Brad Parrott on Busch Series racing at Dover: "We'll go on to Dover next week. We've got a great car for Dover and we'll go there and go for that win because right now we're racing after top ten finishes and we're looking for points also."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Waste Management Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: #50 (Brand new car)

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Todd Kluever
Team: No. 50 Rotella T Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Monsam
Chassis: #39 (Brand new truck)

Todd Kluever on racing at Dover: "Although I've never been to Dover I really think I am going to like it. Based on what I've seen from watching last year's race and talking to some of my teammates it seems like a great track. Mark Martin gave me some helpful tips about getting around there, and he should know since he's had so much success there. Roush Racing has done pretty well there over the years and I hope to continue that. I've always enjoyed racing at places like Winchester so hopefully this will be similar.

"We've got a brand new truck for the race that I'm pretty excited about. If everything goes okay this weekend we may take the same truck to Texas. I'm hoping that Dover will turn out to be one of my favorite tracks on the circuit."

Crew Chief John Monsam on racing at Dover: "We've got a brand new truck for Todd to race at Dover. If it runs well there and comes back in one piece then we'll probably take that to Texas the following week. Todd hasn't raced or tested at Dover before, but I really think he'll do well. He had never been to California before the race either and finished fourth there, so I think he will adapt very quickly."

Ricky Craven
Team: No. 99 Superchips Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: #37 (Raced at California and Atlanta)

Ricky Craven on racing at Dover: "Dover has always been one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. The fact that the Craftsman Truck Series only races there once a year adds extra significance to the race for me. I consider that to be a northeastern track, so as far as I'm concerned it's got everything going for it. I don't know if other people would consider it to be in the northeast, but based on the reception I receive there I certainly do.

"We're taking chassis 37 to Dover this weekend. We finished third at California with it and struggled a bit at Atlanta. We took it, along with another truck, to test at Texas last week. We ran about 50 laps with this truck and feel really good about it. I'm looking forward to the race on Friday and think the Superchips team has a great shot at our first win."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at Dover: "Ricky has a great record at Dover in Cup and Busch. I think we've got a good truck for him that will be very competitive."

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bill Elliott , Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Ricky Craven , Carl Edwards , Elliott Sadler , Todd Kluever , Doug Richert , Mark Martin