BUSCH: Kansas: Roush Racing preview

Roush Racing heads to Kansas City for Round Four of the Chase Kansas Speedway, October 7-10, 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Banquet 400, 1:30PM, Sunday NASCAR Busch Series: Mr. Goodcents 300, 1:00PM, Saturday Roush Racing Fast Facts - Roush...

Roush Racing heads to Kansas City for Round Four of the Chase

Kansas Speedway, October 7-10, 2004
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Banquet 400, 1:30PM, Sunday
NASCAR Busch Series: Mr. Goodcents 300, 1:00PM, Saturday

Roush Racing Fast Facts

- Roush Racing is going after its 300th victory this weekend in Kansas City. Founded in 1984, Roush Racing has 299 victories in NASCAR's NEXTEL Cup Series, Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series, and road course events (IMSA, SCCA).

- Mark Martin's 15th-place run at Talladega moved him into fourth place in the point standings. Martin has moved from 15th to fourth in the last eight races, after starting the year in 43rd place after Daytona. He is currently 50 points out of third place and 98 points behind first place.

- Martin has won on seven of the 10 tracks that will decide the winner of the Nextel Cup. In fact Martin has multiple wins at four of the seven tracks remaining, but none at Kansas. Martin has combined for 10 wins, 59 top-fives, 94 top-10's and eight poles in 174 starts at the remaining seven tracks. Martin has finished in the top 10 in 55 percent of his starts at those tracks.

- This will be Martin and NASCAR Cup Series' third race at Kansas Speedway, where Martin finished sixth in the inaugural event in 2001. Martin has a 17th-place average finish at Kansas, but the stat is misleading with engine problems and an accident altering the finishes there in 2002 and 2003.

- The Viagra Team has been strong when it counts, having finished in the top 15 in the last eight races. Furthermore, Martin has posted top-five runs in six of the last 10 and five of the last eight races. In fact, Martin has scored nine of his 13 top-10 and all but one of his eight top-five finishes in 2004 after June 6.

- Matt Kenseth finished 14th at Talladega one week ago. He has 16 top-10 finishes in 28 starts in 2004. Kenseth has now been inside the NASCAR Top-10 for 64 straight weeks--the longest active streak.

- This week, the team will bring chassis No. 20 to Kansas City, Matt's favorite chassis that has won twice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ('03 and '04). One year ago Kenseth brought this car to Kansas and wiped it out during a crash on his second lap of practice. The car was thought to be a loss, but Kenseth begged the team to rebuild the car from the chassis up. They did and the chassis garnered another victory for the team just six months later.

- Though Kenseth only has one top-10 finish at Kansas in three starts, he was in contention in two of the events in the latter stages of the event.

- The No. 17 DEWALT team tested at Kansas Speedway two weeks ago in preparation for this event.

- Kurt Busch finished fifth in last week's EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Busch is now leading the NACSAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings, 12 points ahead of second-place Dale Earnhardt Jr.

- Busch is the only driver that has scored top-five finishes in each of the first three races in The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Busch and Earnhardt Jr. are the only drivers to score top-10 finishes in that same span.

- Busch has now scored nine consecutive top-15 finishes and has been among the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 for 28 consecutive race weeks (his only week out during 2004 was following a 16th place finish at the season-opening Daytona 500). He was ranked No. 1 following a sixth-place finish at Texas in early April (04/04/04), and shared the lead with Dale Earnhardt Jr. for one week following his second win at Loudon (09/19/04).

- Busch is running the No. 97 Sharpie paint scheme for the 15th of 17 events in the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season this weekend.

- Busch has competed in three races at Kansas Speedway scoring just one top-10 finish there. He finished 40th in this race one year ago, his worst finish and only DNF at Kansas.

- The No. 99 team tested at Kansas last week in preparation for this week's event.

- In the No. 99 Superchips F-150 Edwards has chalked up two top-five finishes, including a win earlier this year, in just two starts at Kansas Speedway. Edwards has completed 100% of his laps run at the track in the truck while his average starting position is ninth and his average finish is 1.5.


Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-231 (finished 2nd at Dover, ran top five at Fontana and Michigan)

Mark Martin on racing at Kansas Speedway: "We are really looking forward to going to Kansas, especially after 500 miles at Talladega. Kansas is more of what I would consider 'real' racing and a chance to get back to what we do week in and week out. We are taking my favorite car and it's the type of track that really suits my driving style. We've been strong on those tracks down the stretch and we are looking for another strong run this weekend in Kansas and hopefully we can start moving towards making a run for the championship. I love racing in Kansas and that area. I've been racing there for years and I have a large fan base there from back when I was racing in that area long before I ever got into NASCAR. It's a great area, with a great track and I'm excited about going there this weekend. Hopefully we'll give them something to really cheer about."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Kansas Speedway: "I for one am ready to get to Kansas. Restrictor-plate racing really isn't our strong point, but we feel that we have some really strong races coming up starting this week at Kansas which is the type of track that really suits Mark's driving style. We'll be taking our favorite car and we are looking for some pretty good results. As always we know we have the driver to do it, we just have to make sure we give him a car good enough to win."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-239 (won at Michigan on 08/22/04)

Greg Biffle on racing at Kansas Speedway: "We had a solid run last year in the Cup car and our strong suit this year has been the one and a half to two mile tracks. We're taking the same car we won with at Michigan. It's one of our best downforce cars and it should be perfect for this weekend's race. 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."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Kansas Speedway: "Kansas is similar to Michigan and Fontana and we've had good runs at both of those tracks this year including the win at Michigan. We're hoping that the similarities will play out in our favor. We've had several top-10s in the second half of this season and we'd like to get a few more before it's over."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush/Mark Martin
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: MMR-20 (won at Las Vegas earlier this year)

Matt Kenseth on racing at Kansas Speedway: "Kansas is pretty suitable to where we've run our best races this year and the outcome is going to be on the drivers and the pit crews instead of chance, so we feel pretty good about it. We just need to stay on top of all the little things like pit windows and adjustments during the race because I think it'll come down to those two things along with how your crew performs. We've struggled here in the past, but we had a great test a couple of weeks ago."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Kansas Speedway: "It doesn't hurt that we're taking a proven car here. As for Kansas, it never comes together for us here for some reason. This was definitely one of the tracks--no matter if they changed the point system or not, that we were going to test."

Kurt Busch
Team: No. 97 Sharpie Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #64 (new chassis, tested at KC on 9/28 and 9/29)

Kurt Busch on racing at Kansas Speedway: "It's a very fast race track. They built it almost too fast - similar to Chicago. It was a sister track supposedly to Vegas, but Vegas is flat enough to where you can run any multiple groove you want. We'll see when we go this time around. I tested there last week. It seems like we're on our own little testing 500, 1500, 2000, whatever we're testing we're making so many laps that we're trying to keep up with all of our notes. Kansas should be a good race for us."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Kansas Speedway: "We've got a brand new car for this race -- one that we tested at Kansas a few weeks ago. It's never seen any time on track during a race before, but we feel good about what we learned during the test. We've had some good runs as of late, and we just want to keep that momentum going."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis Number: RK-265 (Edward's averaging eighth-place finish in this car)

Carl Edwards on racing at Kansas Speedway: "I'm really, really excited about this race. It's as good as it gets for me, racing a NEXTEL Cup car basically in your hometown. I won the truck race at Kansas earlier this year and I had a really good test with the Cup team there last week. I think it will be a good opportunity to run well."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Kansas Speedway: "We're really excited about Kansas. We had a really good test there last week. We tried a bunch of different things and learned a lot so I'm feeling pretty good going into this week. This is the same car we took to Michigan and California earlier this year and had success with so we're hoping to build on that history."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 9 Pennzoil Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Tony Liberati
Chassis: JR-17

Kenseth on racing at Kansas Speedway: "We struggled here last year. We haven't had too much success here, but that's one of the reasons I'm glad to be running this Pennzoil car at Kansas. We can certainly use the extra track time on Friday and Saturday and hopefully, some things will translate over into the Nextel Cup Series for us on Sunday."

Crew Chief Tony Liberati on racing at Kansas Speedway: "It's been awhile since we've had Matt behind the wheel of the No. 9 Pennzoil car, but I haven't forgotten that we had us a victory that day (Las Vegas Busch event) that was basically taken away from us with about 20 laps to go. I know Matt can get the job done and I don't ever come to the race track to run second, so I hope we have us a great day and get that one back we lost in Vegas."


Greg Biffle
Team: No. 60 Charter Communications Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Brad Parrott
Chassis: JR-80 (won both California events)

Greg Biffle on racing at Kansas Speedway: "Kansas has been a really good track for us, especially on the Busch side. We're taking our best car for the Busch race this weekend and I expect it to be fast this weekend. The last couple of races for the No. 60 car haven't turned out quite the way we wanted, so hopefully we can rebound with a strong performance on Saturday."

Crew Chief Brad Parrott on racing at Kansas Speedway: "Last time I was at Kansas with a Busch car I was in Victory Lane with Jeff Burton. We're running Chassis 80 this weekend and the last time we ran it we were in Victory Lane in California. I'm really looking forward to Kansas this weekend. The track tends to be on the tighter side, so you have to set the car up accordingly especially for longer runs. Greg's got a good record there driving in the Busch Series and I plan to help him build on that this weekend."


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Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Burton , Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Carl Edwards , Jack Roush , Doug Richert , Mark Martin