BUSCH: Nashville/Watkins Glen: Roush Racing preview

Watkins Glen International, Aug. 11-13 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: AMD at The Glen, Aug. 13 NASCAR Busch Series: Zippo 200, Aug. 12 Nashville Superspeedway, Aug. 12 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Toyota Tundra 200, Aug. 12 Roush Racing Fast ...

Watkins Glen International, Aug. 11-13
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: AMD at The Glen, Aug. 13
NASCAR Busch Series: Zippo 200, Aug. 12

Nashville Superspeedway, Aug. 12
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Toyota Tundra 200, Aug. 12

Roush Racing Fast Facts

* Mark Martin has finished in the top 10 in 16 of his 18 races at The Glen, the most of any driver.

* Martin has finished in the top five or better in 12 of 18 races at The Glen, the most of any driver.

* Martin has finished top 15 in 17 of his 18 races at Watkins Glen.

* Martin's three poles are the most of any driver, he is one of only three drivers with multiple poles there.

* Martin won from the pole in three straight races at the Glen from '93 to '95.

* Martin's 204 laps led at Watkins Glen are the most of any driver.

* Martin set a track record in '95 at the Glen, running 220.5 miles on the 2.4-mile track in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 54 seconds (100.303 mph).

* Martin has a 6.22 average finish in 18 career races at The Glen, leading all active drivers.

* Martin's 32 modern era top-10 finishes in road course races are the most in NASCAR history. Martin has finished inside the top 10 in 80 percent of his 40 Cup road course races.

* Martin's four wins at road courses tie for the ninth most in NASCAR history and his four poles tie for the eighth most.


* Greg Biffle is currently 12th in the point standings after his 33rd place finish at Indy.

* Biffle and the National Guard team are currently 627 points out of the lead but are only 115 points out of the top 10.

* Last year with five races to go until the Chase, Matt Kenseth was 168 points out of the top 10.

* In addition to his Cup record at Watkins Glen, Biffle has a Craftsman Truck Series win and a second-place Busch finish at the New York road course.

* This weekend the No. 16 National Guard team will run the yellow National Guard/Subway paint scheme.


* Matt Kenseth has now recorded 11 top-five finishes in 2006, two better than any other competitor in the NEXTEL Cup Series.

* Kenseth has led a total 649 laps in 14 different races in 2006; the third highest total in the series.

* Watkins Glen is one of only two tracks that Kenseth has yet to record a top-five finish; the other is Sonoma.

* Kenseth's average start at Watkins Glen is 14.2; career best among 23 Cup tracks and seven spots better than his career average for all tracks of 21.2.


* Jamie McMurray has three career starts at Watkins Glen International, his best finish came in August of 2004 and 2005 when he finished 13.

* In three starts at the 2.45-mile road course, McMurray averages an 18.0 start and a 16.0 finish, which is 10th best among active drivers.

* McMurray will be conducting a tire test for Goodyear on Tuesday and Wednesday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

* In seven career road course starts, McMurray boasts a 14.4 average finish and has never finished off the lead lap. The 14.4 average finish is seventh best among active drivers.

* McMurray will be running the Crown Royal paint scheme for this weekend's AMD at The Glen.


* Carl Edwards will make his second start at the 2.45-mile road course.

* Edwards will be running double-duty again this weekend, as the Busch Series also will be racing at Watkins Glen.

* Currently, Edwards and the Office Depot team are in 14th place in the point standings and 232 points out of 10th place.

* Office Depot Store #2430 of Framingham, Mass., will be on the side of Edwards' Ford Fusion for this weekend's race at Watkins Glen International.

AMD at The Glen, Sunday, Aug. 13

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-204 Last ran Sonoma June '06; finished 13th.
     Finished seventh at The Glen in 2005 and third there in 2004.

Martin on racing at Watkins Glen International:
"I really like road course racing. It can be a great challenge and a lot of fun. It reminds me a lot of learning to drive on those winding dirt roads of Batesville, Ark., where I grew up. Over the years we have had a lot of success at the road courses and we've been pretty good at Watkins Glen the last few years. We had a stretch in the '90's where we just tore the place up, but it has always been a really good track for us and hopefully we'll be able to continue that tradition this weekend.

"We had a great run this past weekend at Indy and hopefully we can do that again this weekend at a track where he have been really good. We really need to put a few more good runs together to put some distance between ourselves and 10th place in this Chase and if we can do that , then we can start concentrating on making a run for this championship. We have all the pieces in place to do just that, we just have to figure out how to put it all together down the stretch."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Watkins Glen International:
"We love going to Watkins Glen. It's a great track for Mark and a great track for this team. Mark's record speaks for itself on road courses and especially at Watkins Glen. Our goal is to go there and get the car just right for him and then we know what he is capable of doing once the race starts. We had a good run there last year and we were really good there two years ago, so we are looking to go there and get another solid finish and hopefully get ourselves in even better position for the chase, which is the big picture right now."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard/Subway Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK 210 Watkins Glen '03, '04 and '05

Biffle on racing at Watkins Glen International:
"Our finishes at Watkins Glen don't really reflect our performance at the road course. Last year, I was running in the top 10 and had to start at the end of the longest line because of an improper fueling procedure. Then we were working our way back through the field when the transmission broke. In 2004, we were having a solid top-15 run when we had an engine failure and in 2003, we had a good run and ran out of fuel on the last lap. I enjoy racing at Watkins Glen and I'm looking forward to turning things around there this weekend."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Watkins Glen International:
"We're taking the same car we've raced at Watkins Glen for the last three years. This car was built for that track and has run really well there. Last year we had a transmission problem and in 2004 we had an engine failure, so the finishes don't really reflect this team's performance at The Glen. We're in a tough position in the points but it's not impossible. We've got some good tracks coming up and if any team can turn things around, it's this one."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-250 Last ran Sonoma, June '06; finished 17th
     RK-211 Backup, has not run in '06

Kenseth on racing at Watkins Glen International:
"I feel much better about going to Watkins Glen this year than I did last year. No, I still don't believe we're safely in (The Chase) and even if that was the case it's important to maintain momentum and we grabbed some of that back at Indy last week. But, I can remember back to last year and how we were still over 150 points out of 10th place and sitting somewhere around 15th in the standings and I'm thinking, 'man, I wish we were going to anywhere but a road course.' It's no secret that I'm not a huge fan of road courses, but that being said, I do like The Glen better than Sonoma. It's a little wider, there's maybe a little more room to pass and we seem to run a little better there."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Watkins Glen International:
"We're bringing the same car we ran at Sonoma and hoping for some better results. We had some issues at Sonoma that we feel like we've improved upon since then and we'll see this weekend just how good we've fixed them. Indy was a much needed strong run for this team after a couple of sluggish runs the two weeks before. This team had an excellent weekend, top to bottom, from the driver to the pit crew. We just didn't have anything for the 48 at the end, but all in all it was a great weekend and we'll be looking to carry that momentum this week at The Glen. Road courses allow for very little room for error in the track position game because they're so tight and are so hard to pass. We have to be on top of our game again this week, play pit strategy well and make no mistakes on pit road if we're going to be a factor."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-009 Last raced at Infineon in June 2006; finished 18th

McMurray on racing at Watkins Glen International:
"Each year, I really look forward to the road course racing we get to do at Watkins Glen. The road courses present a different challenge to the driver and the setup of their cars. This weekend, we are taking the same car to Watkins Glen that we ran at Sonoma. When we ran the car in Sonoma it had great balance and speed. Hopefully, we can have a repeat performance this weekend at The Glen. The Crown Royal team hasn't had the best of luck over the last couple of weeks, but I am feeling really confident heading into this weekend. I know the team is pumped up and ready to win some races."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Watkins Glen International:
"The Crown Royal team is really looking forward to Watkins Glen this weekend. I know for myself personally, I really enjoy the road courses and I know that Jamie does as well. We are going to run the same car we took to Sonoma, where Jamie sat on the outside pole. Needless to say, Jamie was really pleased with the way the car handled and the balance throughout the left and right turns. It's really important to a driver to have great balance throughout the car at these road courses. Our goal this weekend is to run well, have solid pit stops, and leave The Glen with at least a top-10 finish."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Wally Brown
Chassis: RK-208 Last raced at Infineon Raceway in June '06; finished 6th

Edwards on racing at Watkins Glen International:
"I'm looking forward to racing again at the Glen. We finished sixth at the road course in Sonoma earlier this summer, and we learned a ton. I think everyone on the No. 99 Office Depot team is looking forward to getting another good finish at a road course. This place is definitely a challenge for us, and it would be awesome to win my first road course race on my birthday weekend."

Crew Chief Wally Brown on racing at Watkins Glen International:
"We are taking the same car to Watkins Glen that we ran at Infineon Raceway in June. Carl had a great finish there, and I know he is looking forward to taking another run at Watkins Glen. The most important thing is to stay out of trouble and on the course at a place like this, and I know Carl and the entire team are focused on getting a strong finish."

Zippo 200, Saturday, Aug. 12

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-339 Kluever last raced this in Mexico in March, finished 32nd

Kluever on racing at Watkins Glen International:
"I think I'll be more prepared for Watkins Glen than I was for Mexico. It helps to have the experience of a full road race under my belt. Boris (Said) will be there too running his Cup car so I'm sure he'll be able to teach me a few things about the track. I plan on spending a lot of time this week watching the DVD of last year's race there just so I can become more familiar with the track and see where the best places to pass are located.

"I've never been to Watkins Glen before but I'm looking forward to it. I've heard it's an awesome place to race. I had a lot of fun road racing in Mexico, so with more experience this should be a good time."

Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at Watkins Glen International:
"We're taking the same car we raced in Mexico which was a pretty good car. This time we don't have to worry about making the race on time which was our biggest concern in Mexico so now we can spend more time just letting Todd work on learning the track and adjusting our race set-up."

Danny O'Quinn, Jr.
Team: No. 50 Roush Racing Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK-343 Previously ran at Mexico City; finished 26th

O'Quinn, Jr. on racing at Watkins Glen International:
"Last weekend was a big morale booster for the team and I am really proud of how hard everyone worked to get our third top-10 of the season. My only experience with road courses so far this year has been in Mexico City so Watkins Glen will be a challenge, but I have a lot of confidence in this team and in myself."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Watkins Glen International:
"After a really strong run last weekend at ORP we are eager to get back to the track and get another top 10. Watkins Glen will be Danny's second chance to turn right and left, so it should be fun."

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 Henkel Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel
Chassis: RK- 313 Last ran Mexico, finished 8th

Edwards on racing in the Busch Series at Watkins Glen International:
"I'm looking forward to racing at the Glen. It's a very challenging course and lots of fun. We ran very well in Mexico City for our first road course of the year capturing an eighth place finish. We finished 11th at the Glen last year after a very tough day. We did learn a ton and it was a blast. It's my birthday weekend and it would be awesome to win my first road course race."

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel (P.K.) on racing at Watkins Glen International:
"This will be my first road course race as a crew chief. I missed Mexico City this year due to a passport issue. Carl ran very strong in Mexico and I can't wait to repeat that. Our Henkel team is very excited about racing at the Glen and we are very focused on finishing up front and capturing a road course win."

Toyota Tundra 200, Saturday, Aug. 12

David Ragan
Team: No. 6 Scotts Miracle-Gro Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: 36, Last raced at Kansas where Ragan started third and finished sixth

Ragan on racing at Nashville Superspeedway:
"Nashville is like a second home to me. I lived there all of last year, so I've got a lot of friends that are going to be out here. It's probably one of the top-five tracks on my favorites list. Once the second groove comes in, you can use the top or bottom. It's a fast track for its size, and for it being a concrete surface. I enjoy racing here, so I'm looking forward to having a strong run. We need to get a little redemption from last week at ORP, I think we had a top-three truck easily there but we over-adjusted on the truck and took ourselves out of it at the end."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at Nashville Superspeedway:
"We had a top-five finish there last year with Todd Kluever, and we're looking to at least back that up. The way we've been running we'll expect to outrun what we were able to do last year. Coming off the pole at ORP, everyone's really excited. We felt like we gave the race away there, so we're looking for some redemption. We made a big adjustment and went a little too far with it, but we were able to rebound."

Pete Shepherd
Team: No. 50 Roush Racing Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Chassis: 47, Last raced at Kentucky with Jourdain; finished 26th

Shepherd on racing at Nashville Superspeedway:
"It's going to be a very busy weekend for me as I am racing in both the ARCA and truck races. I've never raced at Nashville before, so it will be a new experience for me. Luckily I've got teammates here to help me should I need it, both Erik and David have ran well here in the past. Memphis was a great learning experience for me, figuring out how the trucks handle and what the adjustments will do for them. Speedways are obviously much different, but I feel like I can apply what I've learned so far and that should help. My goal for the weekend is to complete all the laps and bring the truck home in one piece. If I can do that, I'll be happy with the weekend."

Crew Chief Matt Puccia on racing at Nashville Superspeedway:
"Peter really impressed all of us at Memphis with how quickly he was able to get comfortable in the truck. He's a very talented driver, and we look forward to working with him again at Nashville. It's all about gaining experience for him right now, learning how the trucks handle. This will be a whole new test for him this weekend with Nashville being one of the larger tracks we race at. We'll do what we can to help him, but I think he'll pick it up and learn fairly quickly and we'll see what we can do with him."

Erik Darnell
Team: No. 99 Roush Racing Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Quinn
Chassis: 41, Last raced at Texas where Darnell started 13th and finished 35th

Darnell on racing at Nashville Superspeedway:
"I've raced here before and run well. It's a concrete track, so it's a little different from most of the tracks we go to. It's a one-groove place, so qualifying is important so you'll have the track position at the start of the race and hopefully be able to maintain it. We've finished in the top 10 the past three races, and I really hope that we can continue the trend here."

Crew Chief John Quinn on racing at Nashville Superspeedway:
"Erik's raced here a bunch, and I'm sure that's going to play into our favor this weekend. If you look at his record it's pretty hard to beat. We've got the truck we wrecked at Texas back for this race, it's got updated front and rear clips as well as a whole new body. We took it to the wind tunnel and we were really happy with it. We feel pretty good about getting this truck back on track. We've scored top-10 finishes the last three races, and we're looking to add to that this weekend."

-credit: roush racing

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Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , David Ragan , Todd Kluever , Erik Darnell , Doug Richert , Danny O'Quinn , Pete Shepherd , Mike Kelley , Mark Martin