BUSCH: Phoenix: Roush Racing preview

Roush Racing Phoenix International Raceway, April 22-23, 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Subway Fresh 500, Saturday, 7:55 pm (EDT) NASCAR Busch Series: Bashas' Supermarkets 200, Friday, 9:10 pm (EDT) Roush Racing...

Roush Racing
Phoenix International Raceway, April 22-23, 2005

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series:           Subway Fresh 500, Saturday, 7:55 pm (EDT)

NASCAR Busch Series: Bashas' Supermarkets 200, Friday, 9:10 pm (EDT)

Roush Racing Fast Facts

- Last year Greg Biffle ran in the top-10 for the first half of the Phoenix race but got on a pit cycle that put him on old tires at the end of the race.

- In four Busch Series starts at Phoenix, Biffle has one pole, one win, three top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes.

- This weekend the No. 16 National Guard Ford will sport a special yellow and green Subway paint scheme.

- In two starts at Phoenix in the Craftsman Truck Series Carl Edwards has one top-five and two top-10 finishes. He averaged a starting position of sixth and a finishing position of seventh in the No. 99 Superchips F-150.

- Carl Edwards ran his first ever pavement race at Phoenix International Raceway in 2001 when he raced a USAC Silver Crown car at the Copper World Classic.

- The No. 99 team tested for Phoenix in late March.

- Matt Kenseth won the Cup event at Phoenix International Raceway in 2002.

- Kenseth will be running chassis number 23 this weekend in Phoenix. This car won at Richmond and Phoenix in 2002.

- Kenseth has three top-ten finishes in his five starts at Phoenix.

- Mark Martin has finished inside the top 10 in 76 percent (13) of his Cup races at Phoenix.

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

- Martin's finished inside the top 10 in 11 of the last 13 races at Phoenix.

- Martin has finished second or better in six of 17 races at Phoenix.

- With his 7th place finish at Texas last week, Kurt Busch remains in the top 10 in NEXTEL Cup Series points for the 42nd consecutive race week (since Rockingham 2004), currently the longest streak on the circuit.

- Busch's No. 97 Ford Taurus sports the colors of IRWIN Industrial Tools at Phoenix for the second time this season. The IRWIN car will run the next six events through the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte on May 21st.

- The IRWIN Industrial Tools Racing team brings chassis #62 to Phoenix, the same car that swept both Loudon races last year and finished 10th at Phoenix in the fall of 2004.

- Busch ranks sixth among all drivers in laps lead at Phoenix (229) in only five Cup starts.

- Busch is one of six active drivers who have posted top-10 finishes in at least half of his starts at PIR.


Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra® Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-274 (Finished third at Martinsville two weeks ago)

Mark Martin on racing at Phoenix: "Phoenix is a great race track. It's set up a little different on each end, but ultimately the key is getting through those corners faster than everyone else. We've had pretty good success there over the years and we are looking forward to getting back out there and hopefully competing for the win. We had a tough run last week at Texas and we are itching to get back out there and get that one out of our systems. The guys were great in the pits last week and if we can keep that kind of performance up, then we should be really competitive in a lot of races this season.

"It's always good to get back out west. They have very loyal fans out there and they always seem to enjoy having us out there, so hopefully we can take the "Salute Tour" out there and give those guys something to cheer about."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Phoenix: "We are excited about going out to Phoenix. We ran okay there last fall, but not as good as we would have liked. Hopefully we've learned a little and we can go back out there this year and be a contender to win the race. Last week didn't go the way we had planned, but hopefully we'll rebound with a strong run this weekend."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-221 (Same chassis the team raced in Phoenix last year)

Greg Biffle on racing at Phoenix: "I always look forward to racing at Phoenix for a number of reasons. The track is very technical and it's almost like an oval road course because of the different corners and dogleg on the backstretch. Phoenix really challenges the driver and those are the tracks that are the most fun. The National Guard team is really strong right now and we just need to keep the momentum going."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Phoenix: "We're taking chassis No. 221, which is the same chassis we ran in the Phoenix race last year. We have given it a new body for the 2005 season. We decided on this car because it had good aero numbers and we felt good about its performance last year. This weekend is an impound weekend, so we'll just unload and work on race setup and see what we have."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: #23 (Won at Richmond and Phoenix in 2002)

Matt Kenseth on racing at Phoenix: "We've had some success at Phoenix and I'm looking forward to racing under the lights for the first time there this weekend. We won the race in 2002 with this same car, so hopefully we can finish up-front this weekend."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Phoenix: "We're bringing car number 23 to Phoenix, which is a famous car around the shop. We've won with this car twice and it runs well each and every time we take it out. I'm looking forward to Phoenix. We have a good record there and I think we'll have a good weekend."

Kurt Busch
Team: No. 97 IRWIN Industrial Tools/Sharpie Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #62 (Swept both Loudon races last year and finished 10th at Phoenix in the fall of 2004.)

Kurt Busch on racing at Phoenix: "I feel good about Phoenix this weekend. Phoenix is a track where I have a lot of experience from my Southwest Tour Series and Truck days. With good finishes in the past there our IRWIN team is poised for a top five run there. Running under the lights is always more exciting, and Phoenix is one of those short tracks that is going to look great under the lights. It will be interesting to see what changes as far as track grips and visibility with shadows on the track, so there are a few unknowns. But it will be exciting."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Phoenix: "We're taking our New Hampshire car -- the one we won with up in Loudon twice last year. We feel like we've got a good shot at it, out there, because we ran good out there the past two years. We're taking a good car and a positive attitude. At Phoenix you'll end up with long runs, so we just have to make sure we're all right on long runs there."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Scotts Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-249

Carl Edwards on racing at Phoenix: "Phoenix is where I ran my first ever pavement race. I ran in the Copper World Classic back in 2001 and man was it fun. I really like the track a lot. It's a complex shape and has variations in the banking and radii which make it fun. There are essentially three straight-aways so it's really unique compared to other tracks. The No. 99 Scotts team had a good test there several weeks ago so I think we are capable of good things there.

"This will be our first night race of 2005 which is neat. It's the first time we'll be racing under the lights at Phoenix so I'm really looking forward to it."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Phoenix: "We tested there a few weeks ago and ran pretty well. We had a good car there in the fall last year but a wreck cost us several laps which was unfortunate. I think towards the end of the race we were running lap times comparable to the leader. I fell pretty good heading into this weeks race, I think Carl has a good feel for the track and as long as we get the car set up right, we should be able to run at the front."


Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 World Financial Group Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Brad Parrott
Chassis: #78

Carl Edwards on racing at Phoenix: "We have momentum going into Phoenix. We're coming off a 4th place finish. If we run 4th every week, we're going to win this championship. We tested our Cup car in Phoenix and it went really well. I think some of that information will carry over to our Ford. I feel pretty good about it. I think Phoenix will be a blast. A night race there will be fun, too!"

Crew Chief Brad Parrott on racing at Phoenix: "We are headed into Phoenix this weekend and still maintain a good points lead coming out of Texas. We are very excited about the World Financial Group being on the car again this weekend. The last time they were on the car was Vegas and we led the most laps there. We are taking the car we ran at Phoenix last year with Biffle. We qualified on the outside pole and ran in the top-three all day. Carl also went out and tested his Cup car there. We can't wait to run the first night race in Phoenix."


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Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Carl Edwards , Doug Richert , Mark Martin