BUSCH: Las Vegas: Roush Racing preview

Roush Racing Fast Facts * Mark Martin has six top-10 finishes in eight races at LVMS, including four top-fives and a win. * Martin won the inaugural Cup race at Las Vegas in 1998. * Martin has led 186 laps at Las Vegas. * Martin has...

Roush Racing Fast Facts

* Mark Martin has six top-10 finishes in eight races at LVMS, including four top-fives and a win.

* Martin won the inaugural Cup race at Las Vegas in 1998.

* Martin has led 186 laps at Las Vegas.

* Martin has finished in the top six of five of his seven races at Las Vegas.

* Martin has two poles and two wins in four Busch races at Las Vegas, including a win in last year's Busch event.

* Greg Biffle is currently 38th in the point standings and trails leader Jimmie Johnson by 233 points.

* Last year after the Fontana race Matt Kenseth was 36th in the points and 213 points out of the lead.

* In addition to Biffle's Cup record at Las Vegas, he also has a pair of Busch series top-five's and a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win at the 1.5-mile oval.

* Although he wasn't racing in the Busch race, Biffle spent the off weekend with his family enjoying some down time on the coast of Mexico.

* The National Guard Ford Fusion will feature the signature red, white and blue paint scheme this weekend.

* Matt Kenseth's win at Fontana marks the fifth consecutive year that Kenseth has notched at least one win in the NEXTEL Cup Series.

* Kenseth's average finish at Las Vegas in the Cup Series in 9.2; tops among all drivers with at least five starts at Vegas.

* Kenseth has led 221 laps for his career at Las Vegas in Cup competition, more than all other drivers active or inactive.

* Kenseth's last victory at Las Vegas marked the fifth for owner Jack Roush, out of a possible eight races in which the Cup Series has ran at Vegas.

* Las Vegas is the only active track in which Kenseth has scored multiple Cup victories (two). The only other track in which Kenseth has won twice in Cup is Rockingham (two).

* In Jaime McMurray's three Cup starts at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he has one top-five finish.

* McMurray will again be running car number 72 this weekend in Las Vegas. This is the same race car that the No. 26 team ran in California last weekend, posting a 6th-place finish.

* The No. 26 team tested this race car in Las Vegas a month ago - McMurray had the fastest car in the field on the second day of the three-day test.

* Carl Edwards' Ford Fusion was the fastest car during the Las Vegas testing session in January.

* Edwards currently sits only 60 points out of 10th place and only 156 points out of first in the points standings.

* In Edwards' last 10 Nextel Cup starts, six have resulted in top five's and eight have resulted in top 10's.

* Chassis RK-270 was last run at Phoenix International Raceway in November 2005, where Edwards finished sixth. RK-270 is also the winning chassis from Pocono and Atlanta.

* Carl Edwards' career will be highlighted on Biography Channel's "NASCAR Driven To Win." The show will air at 10:30 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, March 15th.

* This will be Danny O'Quinn Jr.'s first race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

* The No. 50 World Financial Group had a good test at Vegas in Early February, and they are bringing the same car they tested there to race in this weekend's Sam's Town 300.

* O'Quinn Jr. ran well on mile-and-a-half tracks during his time in the ARCA Series, posting a sixth place finish at Nashville and running up front throughout the day at Chicago and Kentucky.

NNCS:

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-315, previously finished ninth at California two weeks ago. It is the car Martin used in last year's win at Kansas. RK-221 will be the backup.

Martin on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"We won the first race there in 1998 and that win really stands out in my memory, so that has made Las Vegas a special track for me. 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 and unlike a lot of the wins I put off thinking about the next race for a couple of minutes and just let it all soak in. Also the fans out west are incredible and it's always fun to go out there and put on a good race for those guys.

"Las Vegas is also the style of track where we run the best, and we are really looking forward to getting out there. We had a strong car at California, although we kind of faded late with all the restarts. Hopefully things will fall back into place a little better for us this week and I'd love to put that AAA Fusion into victory lane in our last Cup race at Las Vegas."

Crew Chief, Pat Tryson on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"We are taking the same car that we ran at California, where we were actually a lot better than our finish showed. Las Vegas has been one of Mark's best tracks on the circuit, so we know the pressure will be on us to make the car run fast. If we can do that, I'm confident that we will be able to compete for a top-five finish and hopefully the win."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK 239: Same car the team led 168 laps with at California two weeks ago and won with at Homestead and Michigan in 2005. RK-239 (Homestead win, '05)

Biffle on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"I'm really looking forward to Vegas this year. We're going out there a little early for some media opportunities. I have a lot of family coming into town for the race, so it will be good to see everyone. As far as the race goes, we just need to get back on track and I think Vegas is definitely a place where we can do that. We had a good run there last year and I feel even more confident about the car we're taking this time. We're taking the car that we raced in California two weeks ago and it was obviously a good car. We didn't test it at Vegas but after last week we decided it would be the best car for the Vegas race."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"We're taking the same car we took to California two weeks ago. We actually didn't test it at Vegas but we were very happy with the run in California and feel that this is now the best car for Vegas. We're not in a great position for two weeks into the season but I have no doubt that this National Guard team can get the season turned around. We're not changing anything about our approach to the rest of the season, it is the same as it was before Daytona. We're just going to show up every week, try to lead every lap and win every race."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-323 (won at California two weeks ago) RK-150 (Won Vegas twice, last ran at Indy '05 finished fourth)

Kenseth on racing at Las Vegas Speedway:
"You know, to win at Vegas you just got to have a car that turns really good and you have to get good traction off the corners. Vegas, as the pavement ages, you've got to be able to turn really good, but then you've got to worry about the back tires at the same time because the track gets really slippery. You can get it too loose to where it wants to spin the tires off the corners. You've got to keep it turning good and keep the back end under you off the corners."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Las Vegas Speedway:
"We tested really well at Vegas back in January. That was the car we ran in Fontana just a couple weeks ago, so hopefully it will bring us the same results. We've been fortunate enough to have really good racecars whenever we unload at Vegas over the years and I really don't expect this weekend to be any different. The guys do a great job setting these cars up. Obviously, at this point it's too early to tell how the weekend will go, but we've got some momentum and we're coming to a track where we've enjoyed some success in recent years, so yeah-- we're coming in with high expectations."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal/IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Car Number: 72, previously finished 6th at California two weeks ago

Jamie McMurray on racing at Las Vegas:
"I'm looking forward to heading out to Vegas. It's a fun place to be -- definitely one of my favorite cities. And after the test we had out there a while back I think we'll have a good car for the race. I was pleased with how the car ran in Fontana, and it was actually better on the track in Vegas, so we should be strong."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Las Vegas:
"We were pleased with our finish at Fontana. With that finish we began to dig out of the hole we made for ourselves in Daytona. I think we can do even better in Las Vegas, though. Our test there was good. We'll just have to avoid trouble and any mistakes, and we should be alright."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis Number: RK-270

Edwards on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"I am really looking forward to Vegas this week. Roush has always had a lot of success at the Las Vegas track. It's just a fun place to go. In fact, I am leaving for Vegas a couple days early so that I can enjoy a couple days of mountain biking from sunrise to sunset. Las Vegas is a great race track, its fun, and I am excited to go there."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"We are looking forward to Vegas. We're breaking out a new body style for the No. 99 team, a new aero package. Hopefully, it will be a good weekend for us with the new aero package. We are hoping for a great finish that will enable us to break into the top 10 in points."

NBS:

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-217 -- same car the team raced at California two weeks ago

Todd Kluever on racing at Las Vegas:
"I'm really looking forward to racing at Vegas this weekend, especially after the road course in Mexico City last weekend. Being back on an oval will certainly make me feel a lot more in my element. Road racing is fun, but I'm glad I only have to do it once more this year.

"We had a pretty good test at Las Vegas last month so I expect us to be very competitive. I'm sure it will be tough since there will be a lot of Cup guys in the race like there were at California, but I enjoy racing with them because it helps speed up my learning curve. I'm going to be racing with them on a weekly basis next year, so the more track time I get with them now it will only help me be more prepared for the Cup races I run later this year and the full season next year.

"We're taking the same car we raced at California. Each race I learn more about how the Busch cars handle versus the trucks. It takes some time to get a feel for how big of an adjustment to make, but I think what I learned at California will definitely help me at Vegas this weekend."

Mike Kelley on racing at Las Vegas:
"I think we'll have a really good weekend in Vegas. We're taking the same car we raced at California and I think we all have a better idea of how that car responds to adjustments which will help us tremendously at Vegas. Todd really enjoys racing there and I think we're all ready to get back to an oval track after the Mexico race."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 AmeriQuest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis: RK-347

Greg Biffle on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"I'm really looking forward to Vegas this year. We're going out there a little early for some media opportunities. I have a lot of family coming into town for the race, so it will be good to see everyone. As far as the race goes, we just need to get back on track and I think Vegas is definitely a place where we can do that. We had a good run there last year and I feel even more confident about the car we're taking this time. We're taking the car that we won in California two weeks ago and it was obviously a good car."

Crew Chief Eddie Pardue on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"The No. 16 Ameriquest Team is on a roll going into Vegas. We are coming off our first win as a team and we feel like we are truly gelling as a team. We had a good test out there a few weeks ago. Greg loves the 1.5-miles tracks and our team feels that we can run in the top five!"

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Pennzoil Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Chad Norris
Chassis: RK-346

Matt Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"Las Vegas is a pretty simple, basic design. It's not a hard track to get around it's just hard to get your car to handle exactly the way you want. One thing a little bit different at Vegas is the pavement is a little older, the track's a little bit flatter, the laps times slow down when the tires start to wear out there, which is good that makes it a good race and makes the track get a little bit wider."

Crew Chief Chad Norris on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"When we were out in Vegas for testing we ran real well. Then we went to Fontana with the same car and didn't run how we thought we should. So, we brought the car back and worked really hard on the aero part of it and trying to make it better. All the guys in the shop have been working double shifts to get all of our cars in the top fine every week. With Matt's winning percentages at Vegas and the test we had out there, I think we will be a car to beat when it comes down to those last few laps."

Danny O'Quinn, Jr.
Team: No. 50 World Financial Group Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: 140

O'Quinn Jr. on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"I'm definitely looking forward to going to Vegas this weekend. We tested out there, that was really our only test on a mile-and-a-half racetrack this year, so I have some seat time there already. We made some changes on the car to make it better after our test, so we're trying to make our cars as identical to the other Roush cars as we can because they tested real well there in Vegas."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"Las Vegas is a unique mile-and-a-half track because of it's lack of banking. Although it is fairly fast, it has a lot of short track type set-up issues. Turning in the middle of the corner is something the fast cars have to figure out. We are bringing car 140, which is the car we tested at Vegas and ran at Fontana, but we changed some body work on it."

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 AmeriQuest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuttel
Chassis Number: RK-345

Edwards on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"I just can't wait to get back to Las Vegas. We had such a great car there last year and led the most laps, but ended up with a flat tire with 14 laps to go. We spun out and dropped out of the lead. We pitted and still came in 7th. We are going back to Vegas to redeem ourselves."

Crew Chief Pierre Kuttel on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"I am very excited about racing our Ameriquest Ford Fusion on a 1.5-mile fast track. We had a very good test out there and I feel real good about our car and chances. Las Vegas Motor Speedway suits Carl's driving style and the Ameriquest Racing Team is very excited about going there."

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Jimmie Johnson , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , Jack Roush , Todd Kluever , Doug Richert , Danny O'Quinn , Mike Kelley , Mark Martin