BUSCH: Homestead: Roush Racing preview

Roush Racing Fast Facts - Martin and the Viagra Racing Team travel south this weekend to Homestead, Fla. for the grand finale of the 2005 "Salute to You" season. Martin and the team will look to close out the season with a strong finish at ...

Roush Racing Fast Facts

- Martin and the Viagra Racing Team travel south this weekend to Homestead, Fla. for the grand finale of the 2005 "Salute to You" season. Martin and the team will look to close out the season with a strong finish at Homestead, where Martin boasts three top-five finishes in six Cup starts.

- Martin remains fifth in the Nextel Cup point standings, 48 points ahead of sixth and 60 points behind fourth. Martin is 162 points outside of first and mathematically eliminated from championship contention, but he has a strong chance to post his 11th career top-five finish in the season standings. Martin has finished inside the top 10 in 14 of the last 16 seasons.

- Martin has posted three top-five finishes in six runs at Homestead. He finished fourth there in the inaugural Cup race there in 1999, third in 2000 and fourth in 2002. Martin finished 11th there last season, locking up fourth place in the Nextel Cup point race.

- Martin will race in all three of NASCAR's races this weekend at Homestead, running in the Craftsman Truck Series on Friday night, the Busch Series on Saturday night and the Nextel Cup race on Sunday afternoon. This will mark the first time since 1996 that Martin has taken part in three NASCAR races in one weekend and it is his first Truck start since '96.

- Martin won his 28th career Busch Series pole this September at Richmond. The pole tied for the most career poles ever in the series.

- This will be Martin's seventh run in the Busch Series at Homestead. He boasts five top-five finishes, including a second place run in his last Busch start there in 2000. He has led a total of 115 laps in those six starts and has an average finish of fiffth.

- Martin will be going for his record-extending 48th Busch win. Martin's first win in the Busch Series came on May 30, 1987 at Dover. His last win in a Busch car came in March at Las Vegas. It was Martin's second Busch win of the season. Despite running a limited schedule of 15 races or less, Martin won at least two Busch races each year from 1993-2000, including six-win seasons in '92, '96, '97 and '99.

- With his second-place finish at Phoenix, Greg Biffle maintained the fourth spot in the standings. He currently trails leader Tony Stewart by 102 points and has a 60-point advantage over Mark Martin in fifth.

- Biffle currently trails third-place Carl Edwards by only 15 points and lacks 50 points in taking the second spot from Jimmie Johnson.

- Last year at Homestead, Biffle led 117 laps on his way to a victory over Jimmie Johnson by .342 seconds.

- In addition to his Cup Series record at Phoenix, Biffle also has one pole, two top-five finishes and three top-10 finishes in five NASCAR Busch Series attempts at the 1.5-mile oval.

- This weekend the National Guard Ford will feature the signature red, white and blue paint scheme.

- Matt Kenseth will be competing in both the Busch and Cup Series events this weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

- Kenny Wallace will pilot the No. 97 IRWIN VISE-GRIP GrooveLock Ford Taurus at Homestead following his 16th-place finish last week at Phoenix International Raceway.

- The No. 97 Roush Racing Ford again brings the blue and yellow of IRWIN Industrial Tools on a special paint scheme for IRWIN's new VISE-GRIP GrooveLock pliers to Homestead on chassis #72. This new car has only seen track time during a test at Miami on Nov. 1.

- Carl Edwards remains third in the point standings after the ninth race in the "Chase," 87 points out of first.

- With nine races complete in the "Chase" Edwards has an average starting position of 15.7. His best start in the "Chase" came at Atlanta when he started second. Edwards' average finishing position is 8.8 with his best finishes coming in Atlanta and Texas when he took home back-to-back wins. He's the only driver to have back-to-back wins in the "Chase" this year.

- In his first full NEXTEL Cup season, Edwards has accrued four wins (both Atlanta's, first Pocono, second Texas), one pole (second California), 12 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes and there's still one race to go.

NNCS

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra* Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-315 (won at Kansas and finished third at Atlanta)

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 will have a really busy weekend at Homestead, running in all three of the Truck, Busch and Cup races, so hopefully we'll have plenty of chances to pick up a couple of more trophies before the season ends this weekend. We have a good shot to finish inside the top five in points and we'll be going there this weekend with every intention of winning the race.

"This really has been one of the best seasons of my career. I just can't say enough about Pat Tryson and this whole Viagra Team. They stuck together and came back for me and while we may have come up short on a championship, their effort was 110 percent and that is something that I'll always remember. This is not only the best race team in the business, but these guys are my heroes."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway: "We are going to go there looking for another win. We are going to get in a lot of laps this weekend, running in all three races and Mark really knows how to get around at Homestead, so it's our plan to go there and solidify ourselves in the top-five in points and pick up another win for the Viagra Team before the season comes to an end."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-239 (won at Michigan this year and Homestead one year ago)

Biffle on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway: "We're taking the same car to Homestead that we won with there last year. We also won with it earlier this year at Michigan, so we feel pretty good about our chances. We had the dominant car last weekend but just didn't get the win in the end, so we're ready to go to Homestead and compete for the win again. I think we're a little too far back to be in the mix for the championship but if we go down there and win the race, then that's all we can do."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway: "We're taking winning car from last year back to Homestead. It is also the car we won with at Michigan and finished second with at Kansas this year, so we feel pretty good about taking it back. It's always been really good at the intermediate racetracks. A couple of the other Roush teams tested at Homestead and ran similar setups to what we won with last year, so we'll start with that setup and go from there. We're going to Homestead with the same mindset we went to Phoenix with; to lead all the laps and win the race."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-48 (finished third at Texas two weeks ago)

Kenseth on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway: "This has not been one of our better tracks, for sure. It is still relatively new to us and we're still trying to figure it out. We tested our Busch car here a couple of weeks ago which I hope will help our performance. We'd certainly like to finish this season on a high note, particularly because we had a problem last week and a disappointing finish."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway: "Last weekend was really frustrating with the brake problem that we had. Our car was good and we could've probably finished in the top-five, definitely top-10, but for the problem. We just lost a few laps making repairs and never could get them back. We've struggled at Homestead in the past with our best finish coming last year. We're looking to improve upon that and finish out this season strong."

Kenny Wallace
Team: No. 97 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #72 (new chassis, tested at Homestead on 11/1)

Wallace on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway: "This is the opportunity of a lifetime for me -- to be driving the IRWIN GrooveLock Ford this weekend. It's the end of year and the final race of the season, and I'm thrilled to get a chance to race with my brother Rusty in the last race of his career. I'm just going to go out there in the Roush Racing tradition and try to pick up a top 10."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway: "We're looking forward to having Kenny in the car again this weekend. He did an awesome job last week filling in at the last minute and getting a solid finish with no practice time in the car, and we really appreciate that."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Roush Racing Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis Number: RK-350 Kansas, second Charlotte and second Atlanta)

Edwards on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway: "We didn't have the run we needed last week to make a dent in the points so now we are on the outside looking in. I think we are still eligible but both Tony (Stewart) and Jimmie (Johnson) would have to have a really bad day to give us a shot. We are going to approach this week just like we have the last three. We probably have an average finish of something like second or third, so if we can go and run that way at Homestead we might still have a shot. We'll do our best to put the Office Depot Ford up front and anything after that will be out of our control."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway: "We really needed to have a better day last week at Phoenix to stay in the hunt. We would basically need to win and have the No. 20 and No. 48 have disastrous days. I guess that's always possible but all we can do is our best. The Office Depot team really stepped it up in the pits last week so if we can do that again and give Carl a fast car, which I think we can, we should be able to run up front. We'll just have to see what happens."

NBS:

Mark Martin
Team: No. 9 Pennzoil Platinum Ultimate Protection Ford Taurus

Martin on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway: "We've run quite a few Busch races at Homestead and we've always been really good there in the Busch car. We had a good test there a couple of weeks ago with the Busch car and we'll go there looking to get us one more Busch win before the season ends."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Waste Management Ford Taurus

Kenseth on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway: "This has not been one of our better tracks, for sure. It is still relatively new to us and we're still trying to figure it out. We tested our Busch car here a couple of weeks ago which I hope will help our performance. We'd certainly like to finish this season on a high note, particularly because we had a problem last week and a disappointing finish."

Crew Chief Chad Norris on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway: "We did come down here and test a couple of weeks ago and hopefully we learned some things that we can build upon. It should an interesting race -- with the banking at this track the guys will be able to pass. It will be exciting to watch, I think."

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 Charter Communications Ford Taurus

Carl Edwards on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway: "I can't wait to go to Homestead. It's a 1.5-mile track with lots of grooves, which should work in my favor. It's my first Busch Series start there, but we did test there last week. This will be our last race of the season and we want to end the year with a bang. We had a hard fought win in Phoenix, but the Charter Team is determined to end this season with a trip to Victory Lane in Homestead."

Crew Chief Brad Parrott on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway: "You know we went to Homestead last week and tested. We're going to take one of Mark Martin's cars back that he won the Fontana and Vegas races with earlier this year. Coming off a win in Phoenix and looking for the last race of the year. It's been a long year for the Charter Team. Unfortunately, we're not going to win this Busch Championship. That's what we tried so hard to do. We had some bad breaks earlier in the year, but we are determined to end the season strong with a victory at Homestead."

NCTS:

Mark Martin
Team: No. 33 Stonebridge Life Ford F-150

Mark Martin on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway: "We are really looking forward to the truck race this weekend at Homestead. It's been a long time since we ran a truck race and I've really been itching to get back in that series, as that is where our future lies. We are going to run a handful of truck races next season as well and then go full-time with it in '07, so this should be a good way to tell exactly where we are with the program. I'm just looking to go out and have a lot of fun with it this weekend."

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 50 Rotella T Ford F-150

Todd Kluever on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway: "This is going to be a big weekend for me in Homestead. We're going to officially win the Raybestos Rookie of the Year award, but I still really want to win a truck race this year and Homestead is our last shot at it. I tested there with Mark Martin last month and I feel really confident going into the weekend. We had a good test and I learned a lot from Mark. We're taking chassis 36 which is still my favorite truck. I really want to win one for the guys because they have not given up this whole season. I wish the first half of the season could have gone as well as the second half, but I can't change that now. All we can do is put 100% effort into our last race and give it our best shot."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway: "Todd had a really good test at Homestead a few weeks ago when we were down here with Mark Martin. We've got a good truck for Friday and it would be nice to put an F-150 in victory lane at the Ford 200."

Ricky Craven
Team: No. 99 Superchips Ford F-150

Ricky Craven on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway: "We're down to our last race and this whole team is determined to end the season on a good note. We had some bad luck in Phoenix last weekend with engine trouble. I can't complain about the engines because they have been great all year. Phoenix was the first time we had a problem and that is remarkable.

"We are taking chassis 41 to Homestead which has been a good truck for us. I really want to qualify well this weekend because that is what hurt us in Phoenix, not counting the engine deal. We had a good truck last weekend, but never had the track position to show it. Our laps times were good, but starting 25th really hurt us. If we can start up front it's a lot easier to stay there than to try to fight your way up there."

Crew Chief John Quinn on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway: "We've got one shot left for another good run this weekend at Homestead. We've got a good truck and a good driver so all we need is to have some good luck and a race without any mistakes."

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Kenny Wallace , Greg Biffle , Jimmie Johnson , Ricky Craven , Carl Edwards , Todd Kluever , Doug Richert , Mark Martin