BUSCH: Las Vegas: Roush Racing pre-race notes

Roush Racing Cup and Busch teams go west to Las Vegas Roush Racing Fast Facts - Six of Roush Racing's eight full-time teams are currently in the top five in point standings in their respective series (Kurt Busch, Mark Martin, Carl Edwards and...

Roush Racing Cup and Busch teams go west to Las Vegas

Roush Racing Fast Facts

- Six of Roush Racing's eight full-time teams are currently in the top five in point standings in their respective series (Kurt Busch, Mark Martin, Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle in Cup, Carl Edwards in Busch and Ricky Craven in Truck competition).

- Roush Racing entries have claimed victories in five of the seven NEXTEL Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and three of the eight Busch Series events.

- Mark Martin's six top 10 finishes at Las Vegas are the most of any driver.

- Martin's career at LVMS has been stellar. He hit the jackpot there in the inagurual race in 1998 and followed that up with four straight top-10 runs. Martin finished fifth there a year ago. Martin's only finish outside the top 10 at Vegas came in 2003, when he suffered an engine failure on lap 114. With the exception of 2003, Martin has finished every lap run at Las Vegas in a Cup event.

- Martin has already notched two wins on the "Salute Tour", both significant in the record books. Martin's 12th career IROC win in Daytona set a series record for most wins, while his Busch win a week ago at Fontana was a record-extending 46th for Martin in that series. Martin will look for his first Cup win of the season this weekend in Las Vegas.

- Martin will look for a strong follow-up to his record extending 46th Busch series win two weeks ago at Fontana. This will be Martin's fourth appearance in the Busch race at LVMS, where he has two poles and a victory in three previous attempts. This will be the second of eight scheduled Busch races for Martin this season.

- Martin's first career Busch Series race at Fontana was a memorable one, as he captured his record extending 46th career win in the series. Martin dominated in the win, leading 102 of 150 laps.

- This will be Martin's third career Busch race at Las Vegas. He won from the pole in his second Busch race there in 1999. The following year he finished second in a race he was leading with three laps to go before a late accident cost him the lead.

- While Greg Biffle's Cup Series potential at Las Vegas is yet to be seen due to a DNQ in 2003 and an engine failure in 2004, he has yet to finish outside of the top-10 in 3 Busch Series starts at the 1.5-mile oval.

- Biffle has led a total of 51 laps in three Busch Series starts at Las Vegas.

- Matt Kenseth enters the weekend looking for his third consecutive win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

- Though Las Vegas-native Kurt Busch has only one top 10 in four career starts at his hometown track, he has started in the top 10 in each of the four events, including one start from the outside pole in 2004.

- Busch has been ranked in the top ten in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competition for 37 consecutive race weeks.

- Busch has finished sixth or better in 10 of his last 12 starts (with 11 top-10 finishes) dating back to his win at Loudon on Sept. 19, 2004.

- Carl Edwards currently sits fourth in the overall NEXTEL Cup point standings, just 53 points out of first, and up nine spots from the previous week.

- Edwards run at Fontana marked the second time in his short Cup career that Edwards has led laps in a race. Edwards led a total of 33 laps at Sunday's Auto Club 500 on his way to a fifth place finish, his first top-five of the 2005 season.

- In just 15 career Cup starts, Edwards has compiled two top-five and six top10 finishes.

- World Financial Group will sponsor Edwards in both the No. 99 Cup car and the No. 60 Busch car at Las Vegas. Both cars will carry identical paint schemes with the exception of some associate sponsors.

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Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra® Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-231 (finished seventh at Fontana earlier this year)

Mark Martin on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: "Las Vegas is a very special race track for me. We won the first race there in 1998 and that win really stands out in my memory. It's not really often over the years that I ever took a moment to let something soak in, but for some reason that win in 1998 really stood out. I realized that it wasn't just a win on some dirt track in Arkansas, but that we had just done something special. We are off to a good start in 2005 and I know that Pat and the guys are looking forward to going out to Vegas to race. This track is one of my favorites and we've run really well there over the years. Hopefully we can go back to victory lane there in the Viagra car this weekend and finish up there like we started."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: "Mark has always run really well at Las Vegas and hopefully we can maintain that tradition this year. We had a good test at Vegas back in February and we are confident that we can go there and make some noise this weekend. It's one of the 1.5-mile tracks on the circuit that really suits the way Mark likes to race. It's a driver's-type track and we have the best driver in the business."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-268 (last competed in October 2004 at Lowe's, but has new body)

Greg Biffle on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: "We tested out in Vegas earlier this year and decided to go with this car. It's similar to the car we won with in California but then Vegas is a little different type of track. I'm interested to see how this car reacts in traffic but if we can get it handling well there, I think we'll be alright. I don't know if we'll have a winning car again this week but I look for us to have a solid top-10 finish."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: "We tested this car in Vegas and it was the better of the two cars that we took. The new body we put on it is along the same lines as the one we raced at California and we feel pretty good about that performance. We didn't get to do a lot of testing in traffic, so that will be something we'll focus on in practice just to see how the car reacts. The win in California is good for momentum but we're going to every race this year looking to win and stay consistent in the points race."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-38 (same car they raced at Fontana two weeks ago)

Matt Kenseth on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: "I'm really looking forward to heading to Las Vegas this weekend. We had a really strong car in Fontana, and could have walked out of there with a top-five finish if not for the tire problem towards the end of the race. Being the defending race winner in Vegas brings an added excitement to the upcoming race for our team, and our goal is to repeat the success that we found there last year."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: "It's always nice to go back to a track where you've had success in the past. We're bringing car number 38 this weekend to Vegas, the same car we ran in Fontana. We were pleased with the way the car ran in California, and think that chassis 38 will perform well in Vegas. If we can just stay out of trouble and have some luck go our way, we should be able to come home with a top-five finish."

Kurt Busch
Team: No. 97 Sharpie Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #63 (finished 11th at Michigan and 26th at Pocono in 2004)

Kurt Busch on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: "After an early off-weekend it will be good to get back into the season. Every time we go to Las Vegas it's like my own Daytona 500 with all of the media and family and friends and the sheer excitement of the city and being back at home. We've had a couple of good runs in the Sharpie Ford these first two races, and with all the effort that Jimmy (Fennig) and the guys are putting forth I think we can continue that momentum this weekend."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: "This race means a lot to Kurt. The whole team is excited about going back out to Vegas. We've never run as well here as we've wanted to, and we came out here to test last month and learned a few things that hopefully can pay off for us this weekend."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 World Financial Group Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis Number: RK-272 (ran at Charlotte 2 in 2004 & Fontana 1 in 2005)

Carl Edwards on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: "Las Vegas is a really smooth track that can be demanding. The track is real sensitive to temperature so the weather can really affect how the track is. We had a good test there in February and I'm really looking forward to going back in the World Financial Group Ford. We had a great run at California and we're taking the same car so hopefully that will be in our favor. I'll also get some seat time in Saturday's Busch race so all those things combined will hopefully give me some momentum heading into Sunday's race."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: "We had a pretty good test in Vegas back in February; I think we learned quite a bit. We are taking the same car we raced at California so we're feeling pretty good about our chances in Las Vegas. If we can just stay focused and be patient, I think we'll be able to win some races before long."

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Mark Martin
Team: No. 9 Pennzoil Platinum Ultimate Protection Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-292 (won two weeks ago in Fontana)

Martin on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: "We sure had a lot of fun in the Pennzoil car at Fontana and hopefully we can go out and do it again at Las Vegas. We've had a lot of success at Vegas in both the Cup and the Busch cars and it's one of my favorite tracks on the circuit to go race. Pat (Tryson) and the team have done an outstanding job with the Busch cars and hopefully we can get that No. 9 back in victory lane at Vegas."

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 Charter Communications Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Brad Parrott
Chassis: JR-69

Carl Edwards on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: "I really like Vegas. The last three times I have been there we ran really well - blown up and had mechanical failures all three times. I really love the place and Roush has a great history there. I am pumped to go there with the Cup and Busch cars."

Crew Chief Brad Parrott on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: "We are going back to Vegas to redeem ourselves from our test out there. We are coming off a great weekend. The No. 60 Charter team and Biffle performed well last year and we are looking forward to gaining more points in the NASCAR Busch Series overall points standings."

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Ricky Craven , Carl Edwards , Doug Richert , Mark Martin