BUSCH: Phoenix: Roush Racing preview

Roush Racing Fast Facts * Mark Martin has finished inside the top 10 in 72 percent (13) of his Phoenix Cup races. * Martin won at Phoenix on Oct. 31, 1993. * Martin has finished inside the top 10 in 11 of the last 15 races at Phoenix. * ...

Roush Racing Fast Facts

* Mark Martin has finished inside the top 10 in 72 percent (13) of his Phoenix Cup races.

* Martin won at Phoenix on Oct. 31, 1993.

* Martin has finished inside the top 10 in 11 of the last 15 races at Phoenix.

* Martin has finished second or better in six of 19 races at Phoenix.

* Martin has finished every race of the 2006 season on the lead lap.

* Martin has finished in the top 15 in 11 consecutive races dating back to last season.

* Greg Biffle is currently 23rd in the point standings, dropping five positions after an accident on lap 82 sent him to a 42nd place finish in Texas.

* Biffle and the National Guard team are currently 406 points out of the lead and are 188 points out of a top-10 position.

* Biffle has two wins, five top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes in six NASCAR Busch Series starts at Phoenix International Raceway.

* This weekend the No. 16 National Guard team will run the yellow Subway paint scheme again this weekend for the Subway Fresh 500.

* Matt Kenseth is second in the NEXTEL Cup championship point standings, 15 points behind the leader, with one win, four top-five finishes and has led 352 laps so far in 2006. By comparison, at this point in 2005, Kenseth was 21st in the point standings, 434 points behind the leader, with zero wins, zero top-five finishes and had led 109 laps.

* Despite notching a win in 2002 at Phoenix, Kenseth's average finish at PIR is just 23.3; second only to Homestead (25.5) as Kenseth's statistically worst track.

* Kenseth has finished on the lead lap at Phoenix only three out of his seven NEXTEL Cup races at the track; all three have been top-six finishes. Bitten by bad luck in his last three outings at Phoenix, Kenseth and company have suffered brake failure, being wrecked, and engine failure.

* Kenseth will be racing the No. 17 Pennzoil Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Busch Series on Friday night. For his career, Kenseth has notched four top-ten finishes in six starts in the Busch Series at Phoenix.

* Jamie McMurray, in his five Cup starts at the Phoenix International Raceway, has one top-fifteen finish.

* McMurray will be racing chassis number RK-175 this weekend, which won this race in Phoenix last year.

* Carl Edwards, in 2005, posted four top-10 finishes at Phoenix International Raceway.

* Edwards is currently 22nd in the point standings and only 183 points out of 10th place

* Chassis RK-358 will be making its second start of the season this weekend in Phoenix. Its season debut came at Martinsville, where Edwards finished 16th.

* Edwards ran in his first pavement race just five years ago in the 2001 Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway.

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Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-221 Finished 13th in its last run at Richmond last fall
     Ran seven times in 2005, boasting four top-fives
     Won All-Star race in May

Martin on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"Phoenix is a good track for racing. It's set up a little different on each end, but ultimately the key is getting through the corners faster than everyone else. We've had pretty good success there over the years. We haven't had our best runs the last few times we were out there, but we are hoping to get that corrected and put together a solid finish this weekend.

"I can't say enough about the job this race team has done this season. We've been competitive in a number of races and we've been able to get solid finishes on days where we didn't have the best car. The team continues to work really hard and I'm excited about what we feel we can accomplish as a team this season."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"We've been a little off at Phoenix in the past couple of years so we'll have our work cut out of us this weekend making sure that we find what we need out there. Mark has had a lot of success at Phoenix, so we know that he's capable of getting it done, we just have to make sure that we give him the car to do it and then we are able to help out with fast pit stops. If everyone is on their game, I'm confident that we can get out of there with a good finish. "

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard/Subway Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-229 (New Hampshire and Richmond '05)

Biffle on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"We've had a lot of success at Phoenix with a couple of wins in the Busch Series and a few really good runs in the Cup Series. I always enjoy racing on the west coast and especially at a track where we've had some success. We're taking a car that we tested last week at Richmond and we think it should be pretty good for Phoenix. I think there are going to be quite a few National Guard soldiers in the stands this weekend for the Subway Fresh 500, so we should have a pretty big cheering section."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"We're taking a car this weekend that we raced a couple of times last year but has been redone and we tested it last week in Richmond. We feel that the aero package is better and Greg just had a better feel for this car. We'll go to Phoenix and start exactly like we were last year. We ran really well there last year. We had a car to win in the spring but an accident on pit road took us out of contention and then we finished second in the fall."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-353 -- Brand new car, tested at Richmond last week
     RK-298 -- Backup at Phoenix last year

Kenseth on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"It seems like it's all or nothing for us at Phoenix. We had a stretch of races a few years ago where we competed for the win each time and finished something like three top 10s in a row. But, the last few times at Phoenix, it's been almost the exact opposite. For the most part, it's just been bad luck or equipment failure or something like that. We usually have good racecars when we go to Phoenix and I enjoy racing there, so hopefully we can turn our luck around this weekend."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"Phoenix is a place that can be good to us if we can catch a break. We had a brake problem ruin a good finish there last fall and of course we got wrecked in the spring. But, this team has run well there in the past and we've got a lot of momentum heading into this one. We tested this car last week at Richmond and were happy with it. Now, Richmond isn't Phoenix, but with the new testing policy it's about as close as we're going to get to testing at a 'Phoenix-type' track."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Car Number: RK-175, won Phoenix, fall '05

Jamie McMurray on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"This is obviously going to be an interesting week for us. We're going through some changes, with a new crew chief and a new engineer, and there will be an adjustment period for both myself and the team. But we all know Bob [Osborne], and he's a great guy with a lot of knowledge. I'm looking forward to working with him and getting our season on track."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"This weekend our goal is to really focus on communication, teamwork and get this team where we all know they can be - running up front. I'm looking forward to working with Jamie and this championship team and know that success is just around the corner. We're bringing a great car with us, having won several races at Phoenix and Loudon in the past."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Wally Brown
Chassis Number: RK- 358

Edwards on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"I love going to Phoenix. Last year, it was awesome to win the Busch race there. Phoenix is also the first place I ever ran a pavement race. I have a lot of special memories of Phoenix, which would make a Cup win even better. I think Wally Brown is going to do a great job this weekend in Phoenix. He has worked with our team for a long time and personally, I have known him for about 10 years. It will be a good weekend for the Office Depot team; I am looking forward to it."

Crew Chief Wally Brown on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"The entire Office Depot team is excited for Phoenix this weekend. I know Carl is excited about returning to Phoenix. He really likes the Phoenix track and had a great finish last fall in the Cup race. It's a Saturday night race, so it's going to be a lot of fun."

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Todd Kluever
Team: No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: #RK-217 -- Kluever previously raced this car at California and Las Vegas

Todd Kluever on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"This 3M team really deserves a good finish at Phoenix this weekend. We easily had a top-10 car, if not a top-five car at Nashville last week and got caught up in a wreck caused by a lapped car after a restart. We qualified well in Nashville and should have had a great finish which would have really helped us in the points. The guys did a great job of patching my car up well enough to get back out there to finish the race and pick up three positions.

"I really anticipate a good weekend in Phoenix. Although the car we are taking did not perform the way we wanted in California or Vegas, we learned how to fix it and make it better. The set-up we used at Texas and Nashville will make a big difference in this car and I think it will be pretty good. The timing of the race will be tough since the sun will be setting and you are nearly blinded in certain parts of the track when the sun hits your eyes. That also means the track will change pretty drastically as it gets dark. It's supposed to be in the low 90's during the day so the track should tighten up as it gets cooler. We just need to stay ahead of the track changes to keep the car free enough for the end of the race."

Mike Kelley on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"We had some back luck at Nashville so we're hoping to turn that around at Phoenix this week. Phoenix is a pretty unique shaped track. It's not your typical one-mile oval, but Todd has some experience there from the truck race last year so I think we should be pretty competitive."

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Ameriquest Soaring Dreams Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: No. 190

Mark Martin on racing in the Busch Series at Phoenix International Raceway:
"I've only had one race in the Busch car at Phoenix and that was a couple of years ago, so I'm looking forward to running the No. 6 Ameriquest Soaring Dreams car this weekend there. We've had a lot of success over the yeast at Phoenix."

This will be Mark Martin's second start at Phoenix in the Busch race. He finished sixth in his first start in 2004.

* Martin won the Cup race at Phoenix on Oct. 31, 1993.

* Martin's 47 wins in the Busch Series are the series record.

* Martin's 28 career Busch poles tie for the most ever in the series.

GREG BIFFLE
Team: No.16 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis Number: RK-354

Biffle on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"We've had a lot of success at Phoenix with a couple of wins in the Busch Series and a few really good runs in the Cup Series. I always enjoy racing on the west coast and especially at a track where we've had some success. We're taking a car that we tested last week at Richmond and we think it should be pretty good for Phoenix. I think there are going to be quite a few National Guard soldiers in the stands this weekend for the Subway Fresh 500, so we should have a pretty big cheering section.

"I feel pretty confident about our chances in the Ameriquest car on Friday. It will be a good race and with all six Roush Busch teams in it again this weekend, our stiffest competition will probably be our teammates."

Crew Chief Eddie Pardue on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"Phoenix is one of Greg's better tracks. He runs good every time he goes there. We are looking forward to it. We're taking chassis RK-354. We had a great test with it at Richmond and we are excited about our chances to put the Ameriquest Ford Fusion in Victory Lane."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Pennzoil Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: RK-185

Matt Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Phoenix International Raceway:
"As bad of luck as we had in the Cup car last year at Phoenix, we've actually been pretty fortunate in the Busch Series. I'm looking forward to this weekend as a whole. We usually run good at Phoenix and I really like racing there. We've been running really well in the Busch Series this year and I hope we continue that this weekend. I've worked with Jimmy (Fennig) before and look forward to working with him again."

Danny O'Quinn, Jr.
Team: No. 50 World Financial Group Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK-350

O'Quinn Jr. on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"I'm excited about going to Phoenix this weekend. It's kind of like a short track, but still has the high speeds. It should be a pretty good weekend seeing how we've run at tracks similar to it. Looking at how the Roush cars have performed there in the past tells us that we'll have a lot of good notes to fall back on. Carl [Edwards] won the Busch series race there last year, so we can learn from that and hopefully we can run well like we did last weekend in Nashville."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"Phoenix is a unique racetrack because it has different shaped corners at each end of the track. It has a long front straight-away and a dog-leg in the backstretch. In order to be fast there, you need to have a chassis set-up that will allow you to drive under other cars in the corners."

Carl Edwards
Chassis Number: No.60 Henkel Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel
Chassis Number: RK- 342

Edwards on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"I am proud to have Henkel as my primary sponsor again for the Phoenix race. We're coming off a great top-five finish and we are taking this momentum into Phoenix. We won the November race there last year and we feel great about our chances this week on the 1-mile oval. Phoenix is a blast and we will go in there to have fun and gain as many points as we can. This No. 60 Team will not give up and we will give it everything we've got. Our goal is to get the Henkel Ford into Victory Lane this weekend."

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"Going to Phoenix will be great. It's my hometown and the team has had success there in the past. Carl won the Arizona 200 there last year. It would be great to repeat that again for this week. We're bringing the same chassis that we tested with at Richmond and I feel good things can happen in Phoenix with that car."

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