Roush Fenway Racing Infineon Raceway, June 22-24 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sunday June 24 3:30 PM Eastern on TNT/PRN The Milwaukee Mile, June 22-23 NASCAR Busch Series: AT&T 250 Saturday June 9 8:00 PM Eastern -- ...
Roush Fenway Racing
Infineon Raceway, June 22-24
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Toyota/Save Mart 350
Sunday June 24
3:30 PM Eastern on TNT/PRN
The Milwaukee Mile, June 22-23
NASCAR Busch Series: AT&T 250
Saturday June 9
8:00 PM Eastern -- ESPN2/MRN
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200
Friday June 22
8:30 PM Eastern -- SPEED/MRN
Roush Fenway Racing Fast Facts
* David Ragan has never competed at Infineon Raceway although he has been to the track twice to test.
* David Ragan is also running second in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year race, trailing Juan Pablo Montoya by four points.
* The Toyota/Save Mart 350 will be race number five in the Raybestos Rookie Magnificent Seven program. The Raybestos Rookie of the Race normally pays $1,500 but that increases to $5,000 at seven designated races throughout the 2007 season: Daytona (Feb. 18), Las Vegas (Mar. 11), Martinsville (April 1), Darlington (May 12), Infineon (June 24), Chicago (July 15), and Bristol (August 25).
* Ragan has been the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie in six out of fifteen races this season, same as close competitor Juan Pablo Montoya.
* Ragan's best COT finish so far is 14th at Dover International Speedway earlier this month.
* Last season, Greg Biffle got his seventh top-10 finish in a row when he took fourth at Infineon. He raced in the top-10 for almost the entire race with the exception of green flag pit cycles.
* Biffle's first race at the northern California road course was a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in 1998. He started 10th and finished 20th, completing 65 of 77 laps.
* Biffle finished 38th last week at Michigan and currently sits 19th in the point standings, 230 points out of the top 12.
* This weekend Biffle will run the black and red Dish Network paint scheme.
* Matt Kenseth's DNF (Did Not Finish) at Michigan broke a streak of 44 races in which Kenseth was running at the finish - dating back to Martinsville on April 2, 2006.
* Until Kenseth's wreck on lap 75 at Michigan, he was the last driver standing in terms of completing every lap in the NEXTEL Cup Series in 2007, completing the first 4,634 laps of the season.
* Kenseth's 42nd-place finish at Michigan marked only the 12th time in 271 NEXTEL Cup starts that he's finished 40th or worse. The last time was on April 23, 2005 at Phoenix International Raceway where he finished 42nd.
* Despite the Michigan finish, Kenseth's average finish in the NEXTEL Cup Series this season is 10.8, third best in the series among drivers who have competed in every race.
* Infineon Raceway is the only track that Kenseth has yet to score a top-10 finish during his Cup career. He has scored at least one top-10 finish at 22 of 23 tracks (including North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, N.C.).
* Kenseth's average finish at Infineon Raceway is 22.0; second only to Homestead-Miami Speedway (22.7) as statistically being his worst track.
* Conversely, Kenseth's average starting position at Infineon Raceway (15.1) is better than any other track by 1.3 positions.
* In four starts at the 1.99-mile road course, Jamie McMurray has completed every lap (440 laps)
* Last year, McMurray posted a second place starting position, which his best career qualifying effort at Infineon Raceway.
* McMurray averages a 13.0 finish at road course races (Infineon and Watkins Glen) and has never finished off the lead lap.
* McMurray has an average starting position of 14.0 and an average finishing position of 13.2 at Infineon Raceway.
* McMurray is currently 14th in the NEXTEL Cup point standings and only 62 points out of 12th place.
* Carl Edwards will make his third NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start at Infineon Raceway. In his two previous starts Edwards has achieved one top-10 finish
* Edwards best finish at Infineon is sixth place, captured in 2006
* Edwards ended his 52-race winless streak last weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The win came on Edwards' 100th NEXTEL Cup Series start.
* Edwards is currently sixth in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings with 1,905 points, 487 points behind leader, Jeff Gordon
* This weekend Edwards travels between Sonoma and Milwaukee to compete in both the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series events. Edwards currently leads the NASCAR Busch Series point standings with a commanding 701 points lead over second place.
* Office Depot Store No. 2377 from Chicago, Ill. is this week's sales winner and will ride along on the No. 99 at Infineon this weekend
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series:
Sunday June 24
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: RK-490 Brand new car
RK- 495 Brand new car
Ragan on racing at Infineon Raceway:
"Sonoma will be my first road course race in a Cup car. I raced the Busch car at Mexico City earlier this year and finished 14th, but other than that I have little experience racing on these types of race tracks. I have been out to Sonoma twice so far this season to test so I feel a little but more comfortable heading into the weekend than I did before I spent some time on the track. We have also been down to Road Atlanta a couple of times with our road course cars so that should be helpful too. This will also be the first Car of Tomorrow race on a road course so it may be beneficial to a rookie like me for all the veterans to be facing this challenge for the first time, just like I will be doing."
Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Infineon Raceway:
"We are taking two brand new cars to Sonoma. This is one of the race cars that we have been preparing for the most since the combination of a road course and the Car of Tomorrow will be a big challenge for David as a rookie. We have been doing some testing as a team at a couple of tracks around the southeast and David has made two trips out to Infineon to test so hopefully that will be sufficient enough for us to unload and get the car running good in the during the practice session in order to be competitive during the race. This weekend is another non-companion weekend with the Busch cars in Milwaukee so David has a busy and challenging weekend ahead of him and we are going to do anything we can to help him out."
Team: No. 16 Dish Network Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Greg Erwin
Chassis: RK-491 Brand New Chassis
Biffle on racing at Infineon Raceway:
"I like road course racing. It breaks up the season a little. Last year we had a top-five finish at Infineon and I think it's reasonable to shoot for a top-10 finish this weekend. There are some drivers in this series who have a lot of road course experience and if I can just hold my own with them and get out of there with a top-10 or top-five finish, I think that would be a reasonable expectation."
Crew Chief Greg Erwin on racing at Infineon Raceway:
"We're taking a brand new car to Infineon this weekend. It is very similar to our teammates' cars because the Research and Development team has spent a lot of time on these cars over the last few months. We tested this car at Road Atlanta a few weeks ago and were very happy with its performance. Greg only made a few laps because it ended up raining the afternoon we were there but in just those few laps, he was fast and seemed very happy with the handling of the car. I'm cautiously optimistic about this weekend. I know we have a good car and a talented driver, we just need everything else to work out."
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-491 Brand new; has tested
RK-482 Brand new; has tested
Kenseth on racing at Infineon Raceway:
"For the longest time I really dreaded coming to a road course, but I guess it's kind of like anything else, the more you do it, the more comfortable you feel, and I don't dread it nearly as much as I use to. We've gotten a little better with our road-course program, but more importantly, I think I've got a better feel for that type of racing as I get more experience.
"The biggest challenge for me is being able to tell Robbie (Reiser) and Chip (Bolin, engineer) how to make the car better. I'd say that's one of our strengths most of the time, being able to adjust the racecar and keep getting it better. But, for me, it seems a little bit harder on road courses.
"The main thing is track position. We need a good qualifying effort, which, ironically, Sonoma seems to be one of our best tracks in terms of qualifying, which, come to think of it, is kind of backwards from how we are on the ovals. But, this is probably the best I've ever felt about our chances at a road course this weekend. Hopefully, we can get a good qualifying spot and keep our track position all day and maybe end up with a top 10."
Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Infineon Raceway:
"Everyone will be taking a brand new car this weekend and, while I'm sure most people have tested theirs, it should be interesting on Friday. My thinking is that the same guys that usually run good on road courses will continue to do so, while those that struggle will continue to struggle. I don't think the new car is going to make that big of a difference where someone who usually runs about mid pack is suddenly going to compete for a win out there. That's not going to happen.
"It's all about track position when it comes to road courses. We need a good qualifying position and then it usually comes down to pit strategy and solid stops. Everyone works the pit strategy on road courses backwards, meaning that they figure how many laps they can make on a fuel run and then count the laps backwards from the end to determine the soonest the can pit in order to stay in their window and make it to the end on fuel. The last thing you want to do is have to pit in the last 10 or 15 laps and lose 20 or 30 positions, because there's always a lot of cars on the lead lap and passing is so hard, there's no way you're going to be able to make it up."
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Larry Carter
Chassis: RK 485 -- Brand New Chassis
RK 415 -- Brand New Chassis
McMurray on racing at Infineon Raceway:
"I've always enjoyed racing at the road course in Sonoma -- it's one of my favorite types of racing. It reminds me a lot of running go-carts when I was younger. I like the challenge of left and right turns, and having to shift through the course -- it's a lot of fun. Qualifying is so important at the road courses, because once you get into the race, it's really tough to pass. Last year I qualified second and got a little too aggressive on the first lap and spun going into the second turn. I was able to work my way back into the top 20, but I know we had a better car. It just goes to prove that you have to qualify well, because track position is so important at Sonoma.
"Last week in Michigan we were able to work on the car throughout the entire race and post a top-10 finish. Larry made some great calls that were able to move us to the front through great pit strategy. Hopefully, this weekend in Sonoma, we can have a repeat performance and continue to improve our position in the point standings."
Crew Chief Larry Carter on Infineon Raceway:
"We tested our road-course car a couple times in the last month. We tested the car a couple laps at Road Atlanta before it started raining, and then two weeks ago, we went down and tested the road course in Kershaw, S.C. I think we have a pretty good car going out to Sonoma this weekend. It will be a new challenge with the COT and how it handles with left and right turns, but overall, I think we will have a good car this weekend. It's important that we qualify well, so a lot of our effort on Friday will be to get a good starting position for Sunday's race."
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-482 Brand new car
Edwards on racing at Infineon Raceway:
"Bob Osborne and the rest of the Office Depot team have been doing a lot to help improve our road course program. We recently tested Road Atlanta to get in some practice on a road course and I think it has helped. I don't come from that kind of racing background, but getting a few races under our belts has helped a lot.
"After our win last week at Michigan, our team is a lot more confident and we're looking to build on this momentum."
Crew Chief, Bob Osborne on racing at Infineon Raceway:
"Carl's only raced Sonoma twice, but has managed to pull off some pretty solid finishes there. We tested Road Atlanta a couple of weeks ago and were able to gather a lot of really good information, so hopefully we'll have a competitive car come Sunday.
"I am so proud of the hard work this Office Depot team has been doing over the past several weeks -- it's really paying off. Our win last week at Michigan was just what we needed to build momentum for the rest of the season."
NASCAR Busch Series:
Saturday June 9
Team: No. 6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-479 Richmond this year, finished 14th
Ragan on racing in the NBS at The Milwaukee Mile:
"We have built up a little momentum the last few weeks. The Discount Tire team is starting to be a lot more consistent every week. The Milwaukee Mile will pose a serious challenge for this team, but I think we have the car and the crew to get it done this weekend. Our short track program has been solid this year and I really feel like our Ford Fusion will be among the elite in the field. I have one start in the Craftsman Truck Series and one in the Busch series at Milwaukee. I am counting on that experience to help me during the race. I would like to be aggressive early because you can gain valuable track position, but I also realize the key to success here is taking care of your racecar."
Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at The Milwaukee Mile:
"Our goal this weekend is to continue to get top-10 finishes. Every weekend should be a good point's day for this team. I am pleased with our short track program and the results we have gotten this year. We are bringing a new car to Milwaukee, so I know we will be fast this weekend. The track is unique because it has good forward bite off the corners, but it is very hard to get good grip. Anything can happen on this track, so our entire crew has to be ready to perform at any moment. I am confident we have the team to pull off a memorable finish on Saturday night."
Team: No. 16 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis: RK-216 -- Kluever raced this car at Phoenix in April, finished 33rd
Kluever on racing in the NBS at The Milwaukee Mile:
"I like racing at Milwaukee because that is home for me. I grew up in Sun Prairie which is about an hour away from the track. I've run a few ASA events there before my first truck start in 2005. The track itself is not one of my favorites just because I don't usually like the flat tracks very much, but winning there would be one of the best places to do it because it's home. I'll have a lot of friends, family and 3M employees there supporting me so I really want to get a great finish for them, and for this team. This team deserves a win soon, whether I give it to them or Greg (Biffle) does."
Eddie Pardue on racing at The Milwaukee Mile:
"We're taking chassis 216 to Milwaukee which is the same car Todd raced at Phoenix. It had some damage there so we've done some work to it and I think it will be a good car. I know that race means a lot to Todd since it's close to home so we're going to do everything we can to make it a good weekend."
Team: No.60 Dish Network Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel P.K.
Chassis: RK- 461 Brand new chassis
Edwards on racing in the NBS at The Milwaukee Mile:
"We had a very strong car last year in Milwaukee, but our pit strategy didn't really play out the way we wanted it to. We didn't get to qualify, so we started from the rear. We were forging our way to the front when we got caught up in a big wreck with a couple laps to go. That ended our chances for a good finish. It was very frustrating and we are determined to get a good finish from the Milwaukee Mile this trip. Travis [Kvapil] will be practicing and qualifying our Dish Network Ford, so I should be able to hop in and fight my way to the front."
Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel on racing at The Milwaukee Mile:
"We are excited about this weekend bringing the Dish Network Ford Fusion to the Milwaukee Mile. It brings a lot of excitement to this team as Carl travels across country back and forth from Sonoma to Milwaukee. We are looking at having a good setup in the car from Travis [Kvapil] and then have Carl jump in the car and race it to the front."
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series:
Friday June 22
Team: No. 6 K&N Filters Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: RK-359-46, last raced at Martinsville where Kvapil started second and finished 14th
Kvapil on racing at The Milwaukee Mile:
"Milwaukee is a track that I've got circled on my calendar as one that I really want to win. It's only about an hour and a half from my hometown, so I consider it my home track. I know we'll have a big fan base show up so that's going to be even more motivation to run up front. It's a one-mile track but it's like a Friday night short track race with the flat corners and the slower speeds. You've got to have a good handling truck to get around there."
Crew chief Mike Beam on racing at The Milwaukee Mile:
"What a great time to be heading to Milwaukee. It's the home track for Travis and several guys on the No. 6 team. Coming off our win at Michigan, everyone is really fired up and ready to go win another one. Travis gets around this place really well, he's never finished out of the top-10 in the truck series here. We're going to look to continue that streak this weekend."
Team: No. 50 Roush Fenway Racing Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Chassis: RK-240-34, last raced at Mansfield where T.J. Bell started 19th and finished 13th
Shepherd on racing at The Milwaukee Mile:
"I'm really happy to be back behind the wheel of the No. 50 Roush Fenway Racing Ford F-150 this weekend. I like racing at Milwaukee, I ran there last year in ARCA. Hopefully we can complete all the laps and bring home a good finish."
Crew chief Matt Puccia on racing at The Milwaukee Mile:
"It's been a while since Peter has raced with us, but we're really happy to have him back. Our goals for this weekend are pretty simple, complete all the laps and keep all four fenders on it. If we can accomplish that, we'll feel like we had a successful weekend."
Team: No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Quinn
Chassis: RK-384-50, last raced at Mansfield where Travis Kvapil started fifth and finished seventh
Darnell on racing at The Milwaukee Mile:
"Milwaukee is one of my hometown racetracks, so I'm looking forward to getting up there. I've raced there several times, and I'm really looking forward to getting back. We had a good run going there last year but we had a tire issue that put us behind. We really need to have a good run to get things going, and I'd love to do it in front of the hometown fans."
Crew chief John Quinn on racing at The Milwaukee Mile:
"Milwaukee is a special race for a lot of the guys on the Northern Tool + Equipment team. A bunch of the guys are from up in that area and all their friends and family come out for this race. We need to get a clean, solid finish this weekend. We've struggled this year, we've not had the results that we should have. Hopefully we can get a good finish there this weekend."