BUSCH: Homestead: Roush Racing preview

ROUSH RACING Homestead-Miami Speedway; Nov. 17 -- Nov. 19 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Ford 500, Nov. 19 NASCAR Busch Series: Ford 300, Nov. 18 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Ford 200, Nov. 17 Roush Racing Fast Facts MARTIN CLOSES OUT 19 YEARS...

ROUSH RACING
Homestead-Miami Speedway; Nov. 17 -- Nov. 19

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Ford 500, Nov. 19
NASCAR Busch Series: Ford 300, Nov. 18
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Ford 200, Nov. 17

Roush Racing Fast Facts

MARTIN CLOSES OUT 19 YEARS IN THE NO. 6 CAR THIS WEEKEND

Martin will take the steering wheel of the No. 6 Ford for the final time when the green flag drops this Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. After 19 years behind the wheel of the Roush Ford, Martin will look for his 36th and final victory in the No. 6 this weekend in the 2006 season finale.

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

Martin's tenure in the No. 6 Roush Racing Ford dates back to Feb. 14, 1988 when he made his first Cup start with Jack Roush at Daytona International Speedway. Since then the two have built one of the most long running and successful relationships in sports history, accumulating 35 wins, 230 top-five finishes, 361 top-10 finishes, 39 poles and 16 top-10 Cup point finishes

* Mark Martin has four top-five finishes in seven starts at Homestead.

* Martin's best finish at Homestead came last season when he finished second by inches to Roush teammate Greg Biffle.

* Martin has led a total of 30 laps in seven races at Homestead.

* Martin has competed in seven Busch races at Homestead, turning in six top fives in those starts.

* Martin will make his 616 consecutive and final run in the Roush Racing No. 6 car this weekend at Homestead.

* The No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion will run a special paint scheme this weekend to commemorate the final run of Martin behind the wheel of the car he has driven since 1988.

* Greg Biffle is currently 13th in the point standings after his 34th place finish in Phoenix.

* Biffle and the National Guard team are currently 396 points out of 12th and 34 points ahead of Kurt Busch in 14th with one race left in the season.

* In addition to his Cup record at Homestead, Biffle has three top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes in six NASCAR Busch Series attempts as well as two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series top-five finishes.

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

* Matt Kenseth's average finish of 25.5 at Homestead-Miami Speedway ranks tenth among the 10 tracks in the Chase. It also ranks last in average finish among the 23 tracks (including Rockingham) that Kenseth has raced in NEXTEL Cup, thanks largely to two consecutive mechanical failures in 2002-03.

* Kenseth enters the weekend 63 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson. During the previous two Chase's, Kenseth has entered Homestead 228 points back in 2005 and 383 points back in 2004.

* In Kenseth's last visit to HMS he recorded a third-place finish in the 2005 season finale.

* Despite Kenseth's highly publicized "slump," in the past 13 races he has finished worse than 14th only once (23rd at Kansas).

* Kenseth will be racing the No. 17 Pennzoil Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Busch Series on Saturday. Kenseth has recorded five top-10 finishes in eight starts in the Busch Series at HMS.

* Kenseth's Busch Series win at Phoenix last weekend is the 20th of his career. He remains in fifth place on the all-time Busch Series win list, just four behind Harvick for second place.

* Jamie McMurray scored one of his two Cup poles at Homestead/Miami Speedway -- the other coming at Pocono Raceway.

* McMurray will be making his 150th Nextel Cup start this weekend at HMS. In 149 starts, McMurray has scored 22 top-fives and 55 top-10 finishes.

* In four visits to the 1.5-mile speedway, McMurray has two top-10 finishes.

* McMurray and the Crown Royal team will debut the 2007 paint scheme on their Ford Fusion this weekend.

* Entering the final race of the season, McMurray is currently in the 24th position in the point standings, with three top fives and seven top-10 finishes in 2006.

* Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Office Depot team are currently 12th in the point standings and 323 points out of 11th place.

* In 2005, Edwards won the pole for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He finished fourth in the 267-lap race.

* Office Depot Store #2454 of Lawrenceville, N.J., will be on the side of Edwards' Ford Fusion for this weekend's race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

* Edwards will stop by Ford Racefest from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday evening in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

* Edwards will co-host "The Chase is On" on SPEED at 8 p.m. EST Thursday.

NEXTEL Cup
Ford 400, Sunday, Nov. 19

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-315 Finished 22nd at Texas in its last run, after being pulled off the truck as the backup and starting the race with no practice. The car has posted top-10 runs at Darlington, Fontana, Dover and Las Vegas this season, and it won last season at Kansas. It finished second at Homestead last season.

Martin on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"Homestead has been a pretty good track for us over the years. They have changed the track a lot in the last couple of years, but it's still a fun place to race. We had a great race there a year ago when we came up just short of the win in a great duel with Biffle at the finish line. Hopefully we can go there and give them another run for their money and close this thing out strong.

"It's kind of hard to believe that this is the last weekend in the No. 6 car. We've fought hard in this thing for 19 years now, and we aren't going to change anything for this last race. We'll go out fighting just as hard for the win as we did in 1988 when we started this thing. I just want to make sure that I thank all of the guys that gave so much to the No. 6 car during that time. We had a great run and I'll always be thankful for the opportunity."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"We've had some pretty good runs at Homestead and hopefully we'll be able to go there this weekend and close out the season with another strong run. It has been an honor to work with Mark, and we'd like nothing more than to send him out with a win."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-239 Vegas '06, California '06, Texas '06, Michigan '06, Chicago '06, Indy '06, California 2 '06, Kansas '06 as well as Homestead '04 and '05

Biffle on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"We're going to Homestead as the defending race winners and it would certainly be great to make it three in a row. We're taking back the same car that we won with there the last two years. I was really excited about the car that we tested at Homestead a few weeks ago but that's the car we wrecked at Texas, so we're taking back 239. That car has brought us some good runs over the last couple of years and we hope to take it to victory lane one more time"

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"We're taking the car to Homestead that we won with there the last two years. We've had a lot of good runs with this car and it was a safe choice going into this weekend. We tested the car that we ran at Texas and were pretty excited about bring it to Homestead but unfortunately there was not time to repair that car before we had to leave this week. It would be great for this team to finish this year with a win and we're going to go to Homestead with that expectation."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-323 Last ran at Charlotte in October; finished 14th. Won Michigan in August and Fontana in February. Ran at Texas in April; finished second

Kenseth on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"Homestead hasn't been a very good track for us, that's for sure. But, our finishes are kind of deceiving of how we've run there. Two engine failures have been a big cause for the average finish being so low, but I feel like we were competitive there last year and we had one of our better test sessions there earlier this year.

"As far as our championship chances-- well they definitely aren't good. But, anything can happen. Really, all we can do is the best with what we have and see where we stand at the end of the day. We haven't run nearly as well as we did earlier in the year and it's definitely a bad time to be struggling the way we have recently. It's going to take the No. 48 having some big problems for us to have a chance, but we have to make sure that we do our part to be there if something does happen so that we can capitalize. It's a long shot at this point, but it's definitely possible."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"We'll be taking the chassis we feel the most comfortable with this weekend and that's No. 323. It's won a couple of races this season and run really good on some mile-and-a-half tracks. It's been frustrating over the past two months as our cars just haven't handled the way we need them to in order to compete. We're working as hard as anyone to try and figure out the problem and if I knew what it was, I'd fix it. But, this team has still got a lot of fight in them. They haven't quit by any means. If you look at how we've run the past seven or eight races, which is probably around 20th to 25th each week, and then see our finishes, you'll understand just how hard this team has worked on race day to get the best finish possible. I'm proud of these guys for doing that."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Wally Brown
Chassis: RK-393 Last raced at Texas in Nov. 2006; McMurray finished 26th

McMurray on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"I am definitely looking forward to this weekend's race in Miami, for a couple reasons actually. It's the last race of the season and we are running our new Crown Royal paint scheme this weekend. The folks at Crown Royal thought it would be pretty cool to highlight the new colors of 2007. I know they have put a lot of work into finding the right look for next year's car. This weekend's race should be really good for the Crown Royal team. After the test session we had at Miami a few weeks ago, I am pretty confident in our car for this weekend. And we are going to run the same front-end package that we ran so well with last week in Phoenix. So overall, it should be a good weekend for the No. 26 guys."

Crew Chief Wally Brown on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"Bob (Osborne) and the guys did a great job at setting up the Miami car for this weekend's race. All that is left for me to do is put the final adjustments on it. Last weekend the guys worked really hard on the setup of the car, and it showed on the track. Before the wreck, we were a top-10 car, easy. It's a shame we were caught up in that. This weekend, the Crown Royal car should run pretty well. We are trying out the same package that we took to Phoenix last weekend, which should run well there."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-320 Last raced at Atlanta in October '06; finished 7th

Edwards on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"I'm really looking forward to racing our No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion this weekend at Homestead. It would be great to end the 2006 season on a high note. Yes, this year has been a disappointment because we missed the Chase and because we didn't find Victory Lane, but Wally, Bob and the entire No. 99 team have been awesome through it all. We've run faster everywhere this year; we just haven't been able to produce the finishes to reflect that progress. But if we continue to work hard and make smart decisions, I think 2007 is going to be a blast. My goal is to make Miami a springboard for that kind of success."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"Carl did a nice job last weekend at Phoenix, and it was good to leave there with a Top-5 finish. The No. 99 Office Depot team had some excellent pit stops, and we need to continue to perform with that kind of consistency in 2007. Homestead is a good opportunity for Carl and the team to set the tone for next year."

Busch Series
Ford 300, Saturday, Nov. 18

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 06 3M Sharp/Aquos Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-365 -- finished in the top 10 at Lowe's (May) and Texas (Nov.)

Kluever on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"We should have a good run this weekend at Homestead. We're taking my favorite car which hasn't let me down yet since we've raced it. It was great at both races at Lowe's this year and we got another top-10 finish with it at Texas a few weeks ago.

"This 3M team has really come together in the last several weeks. We've had some really good runs, but a few times have had some bad luck so we didn't get the results we deserved. I'd really like to end the season with a great finish. We've worked so hard this year and come up short so many times, but we've come a long way and are running better than we have all year."

Mike Kelley on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"We're taking the best car we have in our stable to Homestead this weekend. We're not running for anything in the points, so our only goal is to go to Homestead and get our best finish of the season. We've had some good runs in the last few weeks and hope to end the season with a strong finish."

Greg Biffle
Team: No.16 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis: RK- 378 Mark Martin last ran this car at Texas, where it won the pole and finish fourth

Biffle on racing in the Busch Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"I love racing at Homestead. I won the last two Cup races there and finished second in the last Busch race. This is the track that can change our luck. Homestead is a fast track with several grooves. It's a fun race and it's my last Busch race with Ameriquest. Our team would love to get Ameriquest into the winner circle one more time this year. I will be teamed up with Ameriquest in the NEXTEL Cup series next year so I have a lot of incentive to win this race."

Crew Chief Eddie Pardue on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"The Ameriquest racing team plans on finishing the year off strong! Homestead is the race everyone seems to look forward to. The finishes at Homestead are always exciting and Greg is very successful in the Busch and Cup series. Our hard work and dedication will pay off!"

Matt Kenseth
Team: No.17 Pennzoil Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: RK- 360 Last ran Texas, finished 26th

Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"I've thoroughly enjoyed working with Jimmy and the guys on this No. 17 team in the Busch Series this year. We've had cars capable of competing for wins more times than not and that always makes it fun. It was great to get another win last weekend in Phoenix and it'd be really cool to make it two in a row this weekend. I don't know if we'll have a dominant car like last weekend, but we should be able to run near the front and hopefully put ourselves in position to win."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"The team has worked hard all season putting together competitive cars for Matt. We did not get the finish we would have liked with this car in Texas, but that is behind us and we are ready for Homestead. It was great to get Pennzoil into victory lane last weekend, and hopefully we will be able to follow the win up with a strong run at Homestead."

Danny O'Quinn, Jr.
Team: No. 50 Stonebridge Life Insurance Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK-375 Previously ran at Charlotte in the fall; finished 5th, Kentucky; finished 23rd, Michigan; finished 20th, Dover in the spring; finished 24th, Phoenix in the fall; finished 32nd

O'Quinn, Jr. on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"We had a tough weekend in Phoenix, but we are still in contention to win the Rookie of the Year honors. There is a lot riding on this weekend in Homestead. It is our last chance to pull ahead of Andretti in the points so that is our main focus. We are taking a good car and we want to finish out this season with something to show for all of our hard work."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"Sometimes you have one of those weeks when you just can't catch a break. That's what last weekend was for us. We are determined to help Danny finish out the season in the lead for Rookie of the Year and this is our last chance to help him achieve that goal. Danny normally performs pretty well on the mile and a half tracks so I think Homestead will be a good track for us to finish out the season at."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.60 Ameriquest / FreeCreditReort.com Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel
Chassis: RK-377 Last ran Texas -- finished 7th

Edwards on racing in the Busch Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"Homestead is an awesome track. It's a 1.5-mile track with lots of grooves, just like I like. I struggled in the Busch race there last year, but won the pole and finished fourth in the Cup race. This will be our last race of the season and our Ameriquest team wants to end the year with a bang."

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"This will be the last hoorah for the Ameriquest Ford Fusion. We're going to go down there with some pretty high expectations and we should run pretty well. We have been doing okay on our big track programs and we would like to clinch this second place spot. Also, we want to have a good showing for Ameriquest."

Craftsman Truck Series
Ford 200, Friday, Nov.17

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Scotts Miracle-Gro Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: No. 50 Brand new truck.

Martin on racing in the Truck Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"I love driving that No. 6 Scotts Ford F-150 for Mike Beam and those guys. It's just an awesome team and they give me great trucks each week. Driving that truck this season is some of the best fun I've ever had in racing and I really appreciate the opportunity to work with these guys and I really appreciate all the hard work that each of the guys on the team have put into this season. Hopefully we can go to Homestead and finish up our season with another trip to victory lane."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"It's always great to work with Mark, especially in the Scotts truck and we are excited about the chance to go out and hopefully compete for another win. We had a good run in the Busch car last weekend and we have two more races with Mark in the Scotts Ford F-150, so hopefully we'll be able to give him a truck capable of going out and winning our last race of the season."

Michel Jourdain Jr.
Team: No. 50 Purpose Money Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Chassis: 47, last raced at Atlanta where David Ragan started 11th and finished sixth

Jourdain Jr. on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"I have some experience here, but it was in an IRL car and on the old track configuration. I'm happy to be able to close out the 2006 season with Roush Racing in the No. 50 Purpose Money Ford F-150. We have had some decent runs, and I think we will be able to get another one this weekend. Our race at Texas was not what we were looking for, but we are bringing a good truck with a strong record behind it this weekend. Everyone on the Purpose Money team has worked very hard to get inside the top 30 in points, and we will try to accomplish that by finishing well at Homestead."

Crew Chief Matt Puccia on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"We're looking forward to going to Homestead with one of our favorite trucks. We ran sixth with this chassis in Atlanta with David Ragan driving, and it seems that we've been able to get some solid finishes each time we've raced this chassis. Homestead is a fast mile-and-a-half track, and we've been fairly decent on this style speedway all year. We'd like to close this season out on a high note with Michel."

Erik Darnell
Team: No. 99 Woolrich Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Quinn
Chassis: 41, last raced at Atlanta where Darnell started 15th and finished third.

Darnell on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"I'm excited about going to Homestead. It's a fast track and it suits the style track that we've had some of our best runs on this year. This will be our last race with Woolrich and we'd like nothing better than to give them a good finish to end the season. The last time we raced this truck we had one of our best runs of the season in Atlanta. It's hard to believe that the season is ending this coming weekend, but we're looking forward to ending it on a good note and getting ready for 2007."

Crew Chief John Quinn on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
"We're happy to be heading to a mile-and-a-half track to close out the season. These tracks have suited us well this season, we've been at our best at tracks like this. As we prepare for 2007, we'd like nothing more than to continue on the late season top-10 streak that we've been on. Everyone has worked very hard to close the season out with strong finishes."

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , Jack Roush , David Ragan , Todd Kluever , Erik Darnell , Doug Richert , Danny O'Quinn , Mike Kelley , Mark Martin , Michel Jourdain