BUSCH: Fontana II: Roush Racing preview

ROUSH RACING California Speedway, Sep. 1-3 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Sony HD 500, Sep. 3 NASCAR Busch Series: Ameriquest 300, Sep. 2 Roush Racing Fast Facts * Mark Martin has posted six top-10 and three top-five finishes in 12...

California Speedway, Sep. 1-3
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Sony HD 500, Sep. 3
NASCAR Busch Series: Ameriquest 300, Sep. 2

Roush Racing Fast Facts

* Mark Martin has posted six top-10 and three top-five finishes in 12 races at California Speedway.

* Martin has led a total of 268 laps at California Speedway.

* Martin finished 10th in the inaugural California race, despite running out of gas late and posting a DNF. Martin rebounded the following year to win the race.

* Martin won the Busch race at Fontana in 2005 in his only Busch run there.

* Martin will pull double duty this weekend at California, running in Saturday's Busch race.

* Martin is the only driver in California Speedway history to post wins in Cup, Busch, Truck and IROC at the two-mile track.

* Martin enters the race in 10th place in the Nextel Cup point standings, 90 points ahead of 11th and just 48 points behind fourth.


* Greg Biffle is currently 12th in the point standings after his 19th place finish at Bristol.

* Biffle and the National Guard team are currently 251 points out of the top 10.

* In addition to one NEXTEL Cup win at California, Biffle has three NASCAR Busch Series wins.

* During the spring race at California, Biffle led 168 laps before a part failure took him out of the race.

* This weekend the No. 16 National Guard team will run the red, white and blue National Guard/Charter Communications paint scheme.


* Matt Kenseth and Robbie Reiser have posted four career wins at California Speedway, three in the Busch Series and one in Cup.

* For his career, Kenseth has led in seven of his nine Cup races at Fontana for a total of 246 laps (fourth all time).

* Since entering the Cup Series full time in 2000, no one has completed more laps on two-mile ovals (California Speedway & Michigan International Speedway) than Kenseth who has completed 5,049 of a possible 5,052.

* Kenseth's average finish at the two, two-mile tracks is 9.79; tops among all drivers with 10 or more starts.

* Kenseth successfully defended his Sharpie 500 crown last weekend at Bristol, marking the first time anyone has won two consecutive fall races at Bristol since Dale Earnhardt did it in 1987-88.

* Kenseth's 13th top-five finish of 2006 leads the NEXTEL Cup Series by three and is a single-season best for him, topping 2005's total of 12.


* For the third time in the 2006 season, Jamie McMurray will be piloting the No. 26 Smirnoff ICE Ford Fusion.

* In six starts at California Speedway, McMurray averages a 7.0 finish -- this is second best among all active drivers.

* On A Roll: In his last four visits to the two-mile speedway, McMurray has posted four consecutive top 10's.

* McMurray's best finish came in both September 2004 and February 2005, where he finished fourth.

* Statistically speaking, Fontana is McMurray's best track on the NASCAR circuit. McMurray's next best track is his hometown track, Kansas Speedway, where he averages an 11th-place finish.


* Carl Edwards has never finished outside of the top-10 in any of his NASCAR starts at California Speedway.

* Edwards' first Nextel Cup pole award came at California Speedway in September 2005.

* Office Depot Store #665 of Baytown, Texas, will be on the side of Edwards' Ford Fusion for this weekend's race at California Speedway.

* Currently, Edwards and the No. 99 Office Depot team are in 13th place in the point standings and 261 points out of 10th place.

* Edwards will be signing autographs from 6 p.m. -- 8 p.m. on Thursday at The Ontario Fan Fest in Ontario, Calif.

Sony HD 500, Sunday, Sep. 3

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 06 Post-it/3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Frank Stoddard
Chassis: RK-383 Kluever has no previous races in this car

Kluever on racing at California Speedway:
"I'm really looking forward to racing at California Speedway this weekend. That track has been good to me so far. I finished fourth there in the truck race last year which was the first time I'd ever been there. I also had a decent run in the Busch car this spring with a 12th-place finish.

"We've not had the best of luck in the Cup car so far, but hopefully that will change at California. Our first race at Chicago I got a few laps down after getting penalized for hitting the commitment cone on pit road during a green-flag stop. At Michigan I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and got wrecked going three wide between Bobby Labonte and David Stremme after only 10 laps. This weekend I'd like to just have a good, solid run with no drama, or worries. I would like to be able to show how well this 3M team and I are capable of running."

Frank Stoddard on racing at California Speedway:
"I think we should have a decent run this weekend at California. We've got a good car and Todd has just not had great luck in his first two Cup races. We had some problems with the brakes at Chicago that probably contributed to his trouble on pit road. He overcame a lot at Michigan by qualifying a car he had never practiced. I just wish we wouldn't have gotten knocked out 10 laps into it. He has had some really good runs at California so I expect a solid finish this weekend."

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-381 Same car used to run to top-five finishes at Indianapolis and Michigan in August.

Martin on racing at California Speedway:
"California has really turned into a nice place to race and we've had our share of success there over the years. We were always good there from the start, running out of gas the first year and still finishing 10th and going back the next year and getting the win. It's really a track that fits into our strong suit and we are hoping for a good finish this weekend.

"We had a really tough outing last weekend at Bristol, but that is not something that we can worry about now. Our task is to focus on the next race and that race is this weekend at Fontana, and we are going into the race needing a strong run and a good finish. The point race is really close right now, with only about 50 points separating 10th from fourth and we need to go there and beat all those guys around us and hopefully leave there one step closer to locking in our place in the Chase."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at California Speedway:
"Fontana is one of our best tracks and we've been pretty good there the last few times. We are taking the same car that we ran to a top-five finish at Michigan a couple of weeks ago, so we are expecting to be pretty strong and hopefully contend for the win and put ourselves in a better position in the points moving into Richmond. Mark is really strong at these types of tracks, so it's our job to give him what he needs with the car and in the pits and we know that he'll be able to do the rest."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard/Charter Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-239 Vegas '06, California '06, Texas '06
     Michigan '06, Chicago '06, Indy '06

Biffle on racing at California Speedway:
"I guess I'd consider California my home track. I love racing there and we've had a lot of success there so I always look forward to this race. We're taking a car that we've won there with before. It's the same car that we led a lot of the race with in the spring before we had a part failure. We're probably not going to make the Chase this year but we can still go out and get a few wins before the end of the season."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at California Speedway:
"We're taking the same car we raced at California in the spring. We led a lot of laps and felt we had a car capable of winning the race. It looks like we're out of the points chase, so we'll just go try to win every race and see if we can get that 11th place spot before the end of the year."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-323 Last ran at Michigan two weeks ago; led 87 laps and won
    Won first Fontana race earlier this year after leading 40 laps in chassis' maiden voyage
     Finished second in '06 at Las Vegas and Texas
     RK-340 Last ran at Pocono in June '06, finished fifth in only start
     Tested at Indy in July

Kenseth on racing at California Speedway:
"We've run pretty good at the two-mile tracks this year, and that's largely thanks to this car, No. 323, that Robbie and the guys built. It's been a good piece for us. We won with it at California earlier this year and it's fresh off the win at Michigan two weeks ago. It's not too far away from having three more wins, with two second-place finishes at Las Vegas and Atlanta, and a solid run at Chicago, although our results there weren't too good. Right now, it's all about momentum and it feels like we have a ton. We're coming off of consecutive wins and going to a place where we've enjoyed recent success. There's a lot of enthusiasm on this team right now. They're getting the job done and we'll be looking to do the same this weekend."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at California Speedway:
"I can't say enough about how proud I am of Matt and the guys. But, I still feel like our best is yet to come. We're taking it one race at a time and that's what I love about this race team: they stay hungry. When we got in the shop on Monday, there wasn't any talk about what we did last weekend. All we're focused on now is California. The guys in the body shop did a great job repairing the body on this car after it was wrecked in Chicago. That was evident by doing what we did in Michigan, in its first race since. It feels good to have secured a spot in the Chase, but we're hungry to get that first spot here in the next couple of weeks and go into the Chase with the points lead. We're going to a good track this weekend to try and get that done."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Smirnoff ICE Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK- 393 Brand-new car

McMurray on racing at California Speedway:
"I'm looking forward to going back to Fontana this weekend. Fontana is a really great track to visit for a lot of reasons, but this weekend I'm looking forward to a good finish. In the past, I've had a lot of success at this track. I don't know what it is about Fontana, but I definitely enjoy running there. It's a track where you have to hit your marks all day, have a fast car, and be there in the end -- when it counts. Bob and the guys back at the shop built a brand-new car for this weekend, which we're all excited about running. I'm looking forward to giving the Smirnoff ICE Ford Fusion a great run this weekend at Fontana."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at California Speedway:
"I think this will be a good weekend in Fontana for the Smirnoff ICE team. We are taking a brand-new car, which all the guys back at the shop have worked really hard on over the last few weeks. Jamie runs particularly well at Fontana, so hopefully with some good, solid pit stops, a great run by Jamie, and a bit of luck, we can leave California with a top-10, maybe even a top-five finish."

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Wally Brown
Chassis: RK--387 new car

Edwards on racing at California Speedway:
"I love racing at California. It's an awesome track, and we've done really well there in the past. We're taking a new car this weekend, and I'd love to put it in Victory Lane. Everyone on the No. 99 Office Depot team has been working really hard, and I can't say enough about my guys. They deserve a win, and California is definitely a place where we've got a good opportunity."

Crew Chief Wally Brown on racing at California Speedway:
"We had a strong top-10 finish last weekend at Bristol, and we are all looking forward to a good weekend at Fontana. Carl runs great here, and I think we'll have a fast car. This track is big and slick. It should make for some great racing, and everyone on the No. 99 team is excited to run up front. We're working hard to strengthen our pit stops and give Carl everything he needs to win."

Ameriquest 300, Saturday, Sep. 2

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 06 Post-it/3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-374 This car last raced at Michigan two weeks ago

Kluever on racing at California Speedway:
"I am looking forward to going back to California. We ran 12th there in the spring and the cars we have now are a lot better than the car we had there in the spring. We're taking the exact same car that we ran at Michigan two weeks ago and that's been a new car for us so we're starting to get a history built with it. We're starting to find out what it likes. I'm really excited about that, plus I get to run the Cup car there again too. That's a big help.

"California has been a really good track to me every time I've been there. I ran fourth there in the truck race my first time there and we ran 12th there in the Busch car at the beginning of the season. I'm anxious to get back to some place where we can run well."

Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at California Speedway:
"This car ran pretty well at Michigan a few weeks ago so it should run well at California since the two tracks are so similar. We were in the top 15 and probably could have had a top-10 finish until the transmission broke on a restart with a few laps to go. The last three weeks have been pretty disappointing for us so hopefully we can make up for them at California on Saturday."

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: RK-278 Last ran at Michigan two weeks ago and finished fifth

Martin on racing in the Busch Series at California Speedway:
"California is one of my favorite tracks. We won the Busch race there last year and we won the truck race there in the spring. We won the Cup race there a few years ago as well, so we've had a lot of success there over the years. We are looking forward to getting back out there in the Busch car and seeing what we can do. Fontana has been a track where he had a lot of success over the years and I think we've been fortunate to win in just about everything that we've raced there. Hopefully we'll be able to go there and continue on with that tradition."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at California Speedway:
"This is just a great race team to work with. Mark is a great driver and we are excited about going back to California where we had a great run in the truck in February. We had a great run in the truck at Bristol and we finished top five with this Busch car a couple of weeks ago at Michigan, so we are pretty excited about what we have going on right now with this race team."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis: RK-361 last ran Charlotte, finished 12th

Biffle on racing in the Busch Series at California Speedway:
"I've had a lot of success at California in the Busch Series and it would be great to get another win there this year for Ameriquest. I like racing at California because it's a wide track like Michigan and there's a lot of room for passing and side-by-side racing. I always have a lot of family out at this race and I guess if I have a home track, I would consider California Speedway to be it."

Crew Chief Eddie Pardue on racing at California Speedway:
"The Ameriquest 300 this weekend at California will be a great place to turn our luck around. Greg has had some dominating races at California and with teammates Carl, Matt, and Mark running this weekend Ameriquest has a good shot at bringing home the trophy."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: RK- 360 Last ran Michigan, finished fourth

Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at California Speedway:
"Well... it's going to be hard to top last weekend at Bristol. The win last week in the Busch race was pretty special to me. I wanted to get those guys into victory lane because they've put a lot of time and energy into these cars. I also wanted to get Jimmy (Fennig) back into victory lane. He's been great to work with and I really feel fortunate to have him running our Busch Series program. With Robbie (Reiser) on the Cup side and Jimmy on the Busch side, I have two of the best crew chiefs in the business and it makes going to the track a lot of fun. We had a pretty good run in California earlier this year when we went out, led some laps, and finished sixth. We've got a ton of momentum right now so, hopefully, we can keep it going and make it two in a row in the Busch Series this weekend."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at California Speedway:
"All of the team's hard work paid off last weekend with the win at Bristol. It was great to be back in victory lane and hopefully we can carry that momentum over into this weekend. Ameriquest is the title sponsor of the Busch Series race which gives us even more incentive to have a good run."

David Ragan
Team: No. 50 FreeCreditReport.com Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK-375 Ran at Michigan; finished 20th

Ragan on racing at California Speedway:
"I'm really looking forward to going out to California this weekend, running in the top 15, finishing every lap, learning a lot and just have a good race. Everyone at Roush Racing has worked real hard to give the rookies some seat time in different series and this is a great opportunity for me to race in the Busch series with a great team. At the same time, I've got a lot of respect for Danny O'Quinn. He is a good friend of mine and a good driver and I know he will be anxious to get back in his car in Richmond. I have never competed at Fontana, but I think running the truck race at Michigan or even Texas or Charlotte, these high speed tracks, will help me out."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at California Speedway:
"We plan on taking David Ragan with us to California and we will be running the car we took to Michigan. Hopefully we will be able to get him his first Busch Series top 10. We found some things at Michigan and our teammates ran well there, so we plan on seeing the FreeCreditReport.com car at the front."

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel
Chassis: RK-377 Last ran Michigan -- finished 23rd

Edwards on racing in the Busch Series at California Speedway:
"I just love racing at California Speedway. It's a very fast track similar to Michigan with a lot of room to race. This is a big race for Ameriquest. They have the whole Ameriquest Dream Team racing in the Ameriquest 300. Wow, how big is that? We won the race last year and we plan on repeating."

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel (P.K.) on racing at California Speedway:
"Last time at California we had the Ameriquest Ford Fusion on the pole and earned a top-five finish. We hope to return to California with a win and maybe even another pole. California is a fast track and the car runs really well there so hopefully we will put on a good show in the Ameriquest 300."

-credit: rr

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Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Matt Kenseth , Bobby Labonte , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , David Stremme , David Ragan , Todd Kluever , Doug Richert , Danny O'Quinn , Mike Kelley , Mark Martin