BUSCH: Kansas: Roush Racing preview

ROUSH RACING Kansas Speedway, Sep. 29 -- Oct. 1 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Banquet 400, Oct. 1 NASCAR Busch Series: Yellow Transportation 300, Sep. 30 Roush Racing Fast Facts * Mark Martin won the Cup race at Kansas last season, leading 139...

Kansas Speedway, Sep. 29 -- Oct. 1

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Banquet 400, Oct. 1
NASCAR Busch Series: Yellow Transportation 300, Sep. 30

Roush Racing Fast Facts

* Mark Martin won the Cup race at Kansas last season, leading 139 laps en route to the dominating victory.

* Martin finished sixth at the inaugural Kansas Cup race in 2001.

* Martin has a 14.4 average finish in five races at Kansas.

* Martin has won 13 races, and posted 68 top five and 109 top-10 finishes at the remaining eight Chase tracks.

* Martin has won at seven of the eight remaining 'Chase' tracks.

* Martin is one of only three drivers to make this 'Chase' in each of its first three seasons.


* Greg Biffle is currently 12th in the point standings after his fifth-place finish in Dover.

* Biffle and the National Guard team are currently 217 points behind Tony Stewart in the 11th position.

* In addition to his Cup record at Kansas, Biffle has five top-five finishes in five Busch Series attempts at the 1.5 mile oval.

* Biffle is currently making a habit of starting from the eighth position. He has taken the green flag from the outside of row four for the last three weeks.

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


* Matt Kenseth led for 215 laps at Dover and has now led the most laps in the 2006 NEXTEL Cup season with 1108.

* Kenseth's 1108 laps led this season marks the highest single-season laps led total of his career, besting 2005's total of 1001.

* Kenseth scored the third pole of his Cup career at Kansas last year. It is the only "Chase track" where Kenseth has recorded a pole.

* Kenseth's average finish of 19.4 at Kansas Speedway ranks seventh among the 10 tracks in the Chase.

* By leading the most laps in the Dover 400, Kenseth has accumulated 115 bonus points in 2006; more than any driver in the NEXTEL Cup Series.


* Jamie McMurray will be back in his No. 26 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion this weekend at Kansas.

* Kansas Speedway is statistically McMurray's second best track, first being Sonoma. McMurray has an average finish of 11.0 at the 1.5-mile speedway.

* In three races, McMurray has completed every lap at Kansas Speedway.

* Kansas Speedway is the hometown track for the Joplin, Mo. native, McMurray.

* To date, McMurray has three top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes in the 2006 season.

* Currently, McMurray is in 18th place in the Nextel Cup point standings.


* Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Office Depot team are currently 13th in the point standings and 242 points out of 11th place.

* Office Depot Store #2188 of Laurel, Miss., will be on the side of Edwards' Ford Fusion for this weekend's race at Kansas Speedway.

* Edwards will sign autographs from 7 p.m. -- 8 p.m. on Thursday at Office Depot store #239 in Kansas City, Mo. The store is located at 4201 Main Street. The first 200 attendees will receive a wristband, which will be distributed at the store on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 8 a.m.

* Edwards will participate in Kansas Speedfest from 6:30 p.m. -- 8 p.m. on Friday at Kansas Speedway.

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

* Edwards will sign autographs from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday at the No. 99 Office Depot merchandise hauler.


Todd Kluever
Team: No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Frank Stoddard
Chassis: RK-383 Kluever attempted the California race with this car

Kluever on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"I really enjoy racing at Kansas. I've only been there once, but I finished second in the truck there last year. The mile-and-a-half tracks are my best tracks so I hope for a solid run this weekend. We're taking the same car we tried to race at California, but Frank and guys have done a lot of work to it since then. There were a lot of circumstances that worked against us in California, so hopefully we have those worked out and can get a good finish at Kansas."

Crew Chief Frank Stoddard on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"I feel confident things will go better for us in Kansas than they did in California. This wasn't a bad car in California, in fact Todd felt more comfortable in it than he had in his first two races. The car just got too tight in qualifying and going out first certainly didn't help. We've spent a lot of time working on this car to fine tune it, so I think we'll have a good weekend and Todd will gain a lot of valuable experience."

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-381 RK-381 has posted top-five finishes at Indy and Michigan (August). It finished 12th at Fontana last month in its last run.

Martin on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"We are excited about going back to Kansas. It's cut out of the mold of the 1.5-mile tracks that have really been our bread and butter over the years. Obviously, we were able to get the win there last year in the Chase and that was really a big win for this team. We were able to take two tires early and get out front in the lead and never really look back. Hopefully, we'll be able to go there and find that kind of formula for speed again and hopefully, we can take this No. 6 car back to victory lane.

"We were pretty good at Dover and it was a good effort by the AAA team, but we were running in the top five and got caught off pit sequence with that caution and we just weren't quite good enough to come back from that. We would have been okay and we ended up with an okay finish, but it could have been better had we not gotten caught a lap down with the caution."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"Obviously Kansas is a special track for this team, as we were able to go there and help Mark get the win last season. It's one of the types of tracks where we really excel and we are excited about going back there this weekend. We are taking one of our favorite cars (RK-381) and hopefully we'll be able to give Mark the right set up to go out and get another win there."

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

Biffle on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"Kansas is a fun racetrack, but the car typically wants to be tight in the corners. Our task with both racecars this weekend will be to find a setup that's not too loose entering and through the center, but allows us to get to the throttle early in the corner and keep it down exiting, especially on the longer runs. Hopefully the race on Saturday will give us some good ideas of things we can do for Sunday."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"We're taking the same car we finished second with at Kansas last year. We won a few races with this car in 2005 and have had a couple of decent finishes with it this season. It is one of Greg's favorite cars so we race it quite a bit at some of the bigger tracks. We've had some success at Kansas, so we'll go back and look at those notes as well as try to apply some of the things we've learned this season. I expect it to be a good race for us."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-385 Last ran at Indy, Aug. '06; led nine laps & finished second
     RK-280 Has not run in 2006; tested Charlotte

Kenseth on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"Kansas has been a little bit of a hiccup for us in the past. We've had some pretty good cars there before, but we've struggled at times too. Last season was obviously our best run at Kansas. We won our first pole of the season there last year, and I'd love to do the same this weekend, so that we can make the Bud Shootout. We're bringing a car that only has one start and that was Indy earlier this year, and it ran good there. It sounds funny to say, 'we'll bounce back this weekend,' when we finished with a top 10 last week, but as everyone knows, we had the dominant car and didn't win, and that's always frustrating. You have to keep things in perspective though. It could have been a lot worse. We still finished 10th, we still cut into the points lead and most importantly, Robbie and the guys gave me an excellent car that was, for most of the day, the class of the field. Hopefully, we can have the same this weekend, just improve on the finish."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"This week we're bringing our Indy car. It finished second at Indy and we think it'll be good at Kansas too. Last weekend wasn't how we wanted to finish, but we can't dwell on that. I can understand everyone's frustration-- believe me, there was nobody more frustrated than I was, but we'll put this behind us. That was last week and we'll move on. We're still in good shape in the points and if we continue to perform at this level, we're going to be OK. Kansas was good to us last year and we believe we're bringing a better car back this year. If we can go out Sunday, run up front, be a contender and maybe improve on last year's finish; that will be the best way to put last week behind us."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK--403 Brand-new Chassis

McMurray on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"I'm really looking forward to Kansas this weekend. Obviously, it's my home track, which is really cool. It's always neat to see all the fans from back home coming out to the track to support us. Kansas is a track I have run really well at in the past. It's a track that you can settle into and a track that puts a lot into the driver's hands. Last week at Dover we had a good car and were hoping for a better finish, but we were stuck running two laps down after having to pit during a green-flag run. We are taking a brand-new car this weekend to Kansas. Hopefully, we can put this IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion in victory lane for all the hometown fans."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"This will be the first visit to Kansas Speedway for Jamie and I. I know that in the past, Jamie has run well at this track. Jamie seems to do really well at the tracks like Kansas and Charlotte. This weekend we are taking RK -- 403, which is a brand-new car out of the Roush stable. The guys at the fab shop have worked really hard on this car over the last few weeks. If we run well with this car at Kansas, most likely we will carry the same car with us to Charlotte. We are expecting a lot out of this car, and with this being Jamie's home track, we want to make sure he runs well. Overall, it should be a good weekend for the IRWIN Tools team."

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Wally Brown
Chassis: RK-270 Last raced at Kansas Speedway in October '05; finished 3rd

Edwards on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"Kansas is my home track, and I've been looking forward to this weekend for awhile. I love racing in front of my friends and family, not to mention all of the people in the region who have supported me through the years. It's an awesome feeling to share my success with them. The track itself is a blast to drive, too. It gets better every year. The No. 99 Office Depot team had a great weekend in Dover, and everybody is really pumped up for the next race. I think we're going to be good, and ending up in victory lane on Sunday would be pretty special."

Crew Chief Wally Brown on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"Carl runs well at Kansas and has a good understanding of the track. He finished third here in 2005. Last weekend at Dover was both exciting and disappointing for our team. Finishing second was a great run for us, but I think we all felt like our No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion was capable of winning. Hopefully, we can translate that momentum into something special at Kansas. Carl and the team are really fired up to finish the year strong."


Todd Kluever
Team: No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-374 -- previously raced at California and Michigan

Kluever on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"I am excited for the race at Kansas this weekend. We had such a strong run at Dover last weekend, and although we deserved better than a 13th-place finish, it sure felt good to run up there with the leaders for so much of the race. I had almost forgotten what the pace car looked like because I was nowhere near it on the restarts for the past several races.

"I love racing at Kansas so I'm looking forward to racing the Busch and Cup cars there. I finished second the first time I raced there last year in the truck so I have fond memories of it. I also really like the car we are taking. It ran well in California and we should have had a top-10 finish with it there, but fuel mileage bit us and we ended up a lap down in 27th. The 3M team has worked hard on this car and it should be even better at Kansas."

Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"This team is carrying a lot of momentum after such a good run at Dover last weekend. We've put a lot of time into making this car even better than it was in California, and I know how much Todd loves racing at Kansas so I expect another strong run for us this weekend."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis: RK-347 Last ran Michigan - finished 43rd, same car that won California in Feb.

Biffle on racing in the Busch Series at Kansas Speedway:
"Kansas is definitely one of my favorite tracks. I've had some very exciting races there. I have never finished a Busch race outside the top-five. Kansas would be a great place to change our luck and race for the lead. I would love to get my Ameriquest team back into victory lane."

Crew Chief Eddie Pardue on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"We are taking RK-347 to Kansas after our repairs and updates. We have had some of our best runs with this car so everybody here is looking forward to having it back on the track. The Ameriquest Ford Fusion is ready to go back to victory lane!"

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Pennzoil Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: RK- 360 Last ran Fontana, finished 7th

Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Kansas Speedway:
"Jimmy and the guys did a great job at Dover and we were extremely close to pulling out the win. If it wasn't for that last caution, I think we could have done it, but what's promising is how well we ran and were able to compete all day. That was one of the more solid runs we've had all year as far as the setup, or adjustment and our job in the pits. We just ran out of time at the end. But, on the bright side, we're carrying a ton of momentum into Kansas this weekend. Kansas has been a decent track for us. I enjoy it as a driver. It's smooth and wide and a lot like Chicago without as much banking. It's definitely multi-grooved and that's always a lot more fun because you can move around on the track and find the line that works best for you. We've had a car that's been able to compete for the win the last couple times we ran, and I don't expect anything different this week. Pennzoil is back on the car, so hopefully we can get these guys into victory lane."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"We are very excited to have Pennzoil back with us this weekend in Kansas. The team pulled off a great run last weekend in Dover, so hopefully we can carry that momentum over into this weekend and go for the win."

Danny O'Quinn Jr.
Team: No. 50 Transamerica Insurance Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK-366 Tested at Charlotte, Raced at Chicago

O'Quinn Jr. on racing in the Busch Series at Kansas Speedway:
"I have actually never raced at Kansas Speedway or even been to the track so there will be things about it that I am unfamiliar with, but I am very excited to be back in the seat and I really want to get a good finish this weekend. This is a big weekend for Transamerica and I would love to get my first top five of the year with them there. I have learned a lot over the past month both in and out of the car and I am anxious get back in there and have a good race for both my team and for the sponsors."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"Danny is looking forward to getting back in the car this week and running well at Kansas. This track is similar to the other mile-and-a-half tracks we have run this year, so we should be able to get up to speed quicker during practice. We are happy to have Transamerica back on the car this weekend and hope that we will get a good finish for them."

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 Ameriquest/FreeCreditReport.com Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel
Chassis: RK- 377 Last ran Fontana -- finished 12th

Edwards on racing in the Busch Series at Kansas Speedway:
"I absolutely love Kansas Speedway. It's not far from my hometown and I will have several of my family and friends there. I love the mile-and-a-half speedways. They are just awesome. This track is exactly what this Ameriquest team needs. We have six races left and we want to stir up as much as possible and make it count. These last races will be exciting!"

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"We are excited to have our Ameriquest Ford Fusion back on the track. We had strong runs at Chicago and Michigan with this car without the result we had hoped for, but we are going to get it this weekend."

-credit: rr

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Drivers Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , Todd Kluever , Doug Richert , Danny O'Quinn , Mike Kelley , Mark Martin