BUSCH: Richmond II: Roush Racing preview

ROUSH RACING Richmond International Raceway, Sep. 8-9 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Chevy Rock & Roll 400, Sep. 9 NASCAR Busch Series: Emerson Radio 250, Sep. 8 Roush Racing Fast Facts * Mark Martin has finished inside the top 10...

Richmond International Raceway, Sep. 8-9

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Chevy Rock & Roll 400, Sep. 9
NASCAR Busch Series: Emerson Radio 250, Sep. 8

Roush Racing Fast Facts

* Mark Martin has finished inside the top 10 in five of his last nine races at Richmond.

* Martin earned his first career Cup top-10 finish at Richmond on Sept. 13, 1981 finishing seventh.

* Martin sat on the pole at his first career Cup race at Richmond in 1981.

* Martin has one win, 22 top-10 and 12 top-five finishes in 43 races at Richmond.

* Martin earned his 41st career Cup pole at Richmond in Sept. of 2001.

* Martin has five Busch wins at Richmond.

* Martin won the IROC race last season at Richmond to clinch his record fifth championship in the series.


* Greg Biffle is currently 13th in the point standings after his 24th-place finish at California.

* Biffle and the National Guard team are currently 290 points out of the top 10.

* In addition to his Cup record at Richmond, Biffle has one Craftsman Truck Series win and six top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Busch Series.

* The May race in Richmond is when Biffle began a streak of seven top-10 finishes in a row.

* This weekend the No. 16 National Guard team will run the red, white and blue National Guard paint scheme.


* Matt Kenseth regains the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series points lead for the first time since the circuit left Phoenix back in April. This marks the third week of 2006 in which Kenseth has led the standings.

* Richmond International Raceway is one of 10 NEXTEL Cup tracks (including North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham) that Kenseth has scored a Cup victory.

* Kenseth's average starting position in 2006 is 14.6; 2.4 positions better than his previous single-season best of 17.0 (2005) and 6.5 positions better than his career average of 21.1.

* Kenseth's average finish in 2006 is 9.5; .7 positions better than his single-season best of 10.2 from his 2003 championship season.


* Jamie McMurray will be back in his No. 26 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion this weekend at Richmond.

* In seven starts at Richmond International Speedway, McMurray has two top-10 finishes and an average finish of 22.4.

* McMurray's best finish came in September 2004, where he finished ninth.

* To date, McMurray has three top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes in the 2006 season.

* Currently, McMurray is in 17th place in the Nextel Cup point standings.


* Carl Edwards has an average finish of 13.8 in four Nextel Cup races at Richmond International Raceway.

* Office Depot Store #2414 of West Hartford, Conn., will be on the side of Edwards' Ford Fusion for this weekend's race at Richmond International Raceway.

* Currently, Edwards and the No. 99 Office Depot team are in 12th place in the point standings and 226 points out of 10th place.

* Edwards will sign autographs from 5:30 p.m. -- 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Office Depot store #2340 in Richmond, Va. The store is located at 7101 Forest Hill Avenue. The first 200 attendees will receive a wristband, which will be distributed at the store on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 8 a.m.

Chevy Rock & Roll 400, Saturday, Sep. 9

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-221 Last ran at Loudon in July; finished fourth.
     Finished 11th earlier this year at Richmond.
     It is the car Martin used to win the All-Star Challenge with in 2005.

Martin on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"Richmond is a track where I've always enjoyed racing. We have a long history there dating back to the early 80's. The last few years it's taken on a new significance, being the final race before the cutoff for the Chase. We were able to go there and race our way in 2005 and we'll have to do that if we are going to make the Chase this season. I can tell you this, we are going to go down fighting for this thing.

"I'm really proud of the way our team battled back last week at Fontana and we plan on going into Richmond and giving it all that we have. I think that we are still in this thing, but I can tell you this, we will go down swinging to the very end. I've been driving this No. 6 car for 19 years now, and we've been through a lot over the years and we've been through a lot of battles. We've never backed down from one and we won't this week either."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"We are excited about the challenge that we have this weekend. We are taking one of our best cars to Richmond. It's the car that Mark dominated with at Phoenix early this year and it's been a top-five car everywhere we've taken it. I think that everyone understands what's on the line this weekend and I'm confident that this team is up for the challenge. We know what we have to do and we know what Mark can do if we do our job. It's just up to us to put it all together and make sure we come out ahead of those other guys."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-229 Phoenix and Richmond '06

Biffle on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"Richmond is one of my favorite tracks just because it's always good racing there. There's room to pass and it's a well-designed track, so that makes for a good show for the fans. It's also a night race, which makes it that much more exciting for the fans. For some reason, racing under the lights seems to add to the excitement too. We're taking a car to Richmond that we ran there at the spring race when we finished fourth and I feel pretty good about it. We raced it at Phoenix and had a good run there until we ran out of fuel, so this just might be a good weekend for us."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"We're taking a car this weekend that we raced at Richmond in the spring which sat on the pole and finished fourth. It's the same car we raced at Phoenix and we feel pretty confident bringing it back to Richmond. I always enjoy the night races, not just because they seem more exciting but also because track temperature isn't really a factor. Without the sun and shadows, the track temperature is more consistent and one less thing to affect the handling of the car. I think you'll see good side-by-side racing on Saturday night and hopefully the National Guard car will be there at the end for a good finish."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-164 Last ran Martinsville in April; finished 24th
     Wrecked with seven laps to go while running sixth
     Ran Richmond, fall '05; finished second
     RK-150 Tested earlier in '06 at Vegas

Kenseth on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"We were going to be pretty good the last time we were at Richmond. Unfortunately, we had some brake issues, which I think, we have since fixed. The last time there a brake rotor broke and punctured the oil pan. That pretty much ended our day. We've been fortunate for the most part this season and haven't had too much bad luck. We're carrying a ton of momentum now and with the Chase starting next week, we want to do everything in our power to keep that going. Robbie and the guys have done a great job preparing these cars each week and the pit crew has continued to be great all year. We're going to treat this week the same as every week before and hopefully go out and have a shot to win."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"The car we're bringing ran here last fall and we did pretty good. It hasn't run since Martinsville earlier this year. We were going to have a good showing there, but we had some brake issues that cost us a good finish and messed the car up pretty bad. We think we've got the brake issues resolved now and hopefully if this car is good this weekend, we'll use it some during the Chase. I can't say enough about how focused these guys, from the body shop, to the mechanics, to the pit crew, have been all year and even as the Chase nears, we're keeping it business as usual this weekend. Hopefully, the results will stay consistent with what they have been all year."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Irwin Industrial Tools Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK- 175 Last run at Richmond in May 2006, Finished 19th

McMurray on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"The Richmond fall race is always an exciting weekend. We are back under the lights for a Saturday night race and of course, you have the closing of who makes it into the Chase. It will be really interesting to see on Saturday night. I enjoy running at Richmond, although my record doesn't show that. Even though Richmond is a short track, you carry a lot of high speeds and there isn't one point in the night where you are out there running alone without the pressure of someone else. It will be a good weekend for the 26 team; we are back in the IRWIN car, which has a pretty good track record this season."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"I think the IRWIN team is looking forward to another run at Richmond. It's a Saturday night race, which is always a lot of fun. A lot of these guys started running on Saturday nights, so it always makes it even more exciting. We are taking a really good car to Richmond this weekend. It's the same car we ran at Richmond in the spring and the same car that placed well at Phoenix earlier this season. Overall, we are looking for a good run in Richmond, and hopefully, if we can play our cards right, we can put this car in Victory Lane."

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Wally Brown
Chassis: RK--264 Last raced at Richmond International Raceway in May '06; finished 7th

Edwards on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"I think racing at Richmond is going to be a blast this weekend. It was disappointing to be eliminated from the Chase after California, but the entire No. 99 Office Depot team is staying positive. We want to race for wins now and prepare for 2007. Richmond is an awesome track, and I think we're going to have a lot of fun. I hope the fans are excited, too."

Crew Chief Wally Brown on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"The Office Depot team is looking forward to a Saturday night short-track race. Richmond is a track where you have to keep a good balance in the car and not use up your brakes too early. We had a top-10 finish here in May, and I think we'll be good again. Not making the Chase is tough, but we're going to keep working hard and racing to win. There is a lot we can accomplish during the rest of the season, and Richmond is a great place to start."

Emerson Radio 250, Friday, Sep. 8

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-372 Previously raced at Gateway and Dover

Kluever on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"Richmond is an awesome track and I'm really looking forward to racing there this weekend. We're taking a pretty good car that has run well at both Dover and Gateway. It is one of our newer cars from this year and every time we race it we learn more about it and make it better. We finished 18th with it at Dover in June, and then finished 13th with it at Gateway in July. We're hoping for a top-10 finish at Richmond Friday night."

Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"I expect Todd to have a good run Friday night at Richmond. We've got a good car for him to drive, so we just need to qualify well, stay up front and stay out of trouble. Richmond is a fast track with a lot of contact. We need to keep him in a position to stay ahead of that by keeping up with the track as it changes and having good pit stops all night."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 iLevel by Weyerhaeuser Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis: RK-354 Last ran O'Reilly Raceway Park, finished fourth

Biffle on racing in the Busch Series at Richmond International Raceway:
"We had a tough race with our iLevel sponsors a few weeks ago at Bristol. We got caught up in an early wreck. It's very important for us to stay out of trouble at Richmond and have a good run in our iLevel Ford Fusion. I love Richmond and it should be very exciting."

Crew Chief Eddie Pardue on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"Our iLevel team is hoping to change our recent string of bad luck. Our team has worked very hard and we are determined to get our iLevel Ford Fusion back up front. Racing under the lights at Richmond is a lot of fun, but we have to stay out of trouble."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: RK- 395 New car

Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Richmond International Raceway:
"Over the years, Richmond has been one of my better tracks both in Cup and in Busch. We've got a nice string of top 10s pieced together there and I don't see any reason why that can't continue this weekend. Jimmy (Fennig) and the guys keep giving me good equipment and I'm having a lot of fun driving these cars that they prepare each week. Hopefully we can continue the momentum we have right now and score another top-five finish and have a chance for the win. Normally, with a part time Busch Series team like the one we have, the more consecutive races you can run together, the better you will be. There's definitely a level of comfort that I get with the team when we run three or four weeks straight as opposed to running one or two races a month."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"We are looking forward to this Friday night, under the lights at Richmond. Matt has a great record here and I really think our Ameriquest team is working well together. Hopefully we can put it all together and get Ameriquest back in victory lane."

Danny O'Quinn, Jr.
Team: No. 50 Stonebridge Life Insurance Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK-350 Previously ran at Darlington, Loudon, Phoenix, Milwaukee and ORP

O'Quinn on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"I am really looking forward to Richmond. I am excited to be back in the car and I really enjoy the shorter tracks so I am hoping for a good finish. This will be my second visit to RIR so I will be more familiar with the track plus I have a little more experience now than I did the first time we raced there so that should play in our favor as well."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"Richmond should be a good weekend for us. Danny will be back in the car this weekend and he does well on short tracks. The car we are taking this weekend is the car that we had our two best finishes of the year in so hopefully we will continue to add to those good finishes this weekend with our first top five."

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel
Chassis: RK- 345 Last ran Bristol -- finished 8th

Edwards on racing in the Busch Series at Richmond International Raceway:
"I can't wait to return to Richmond. I had one of my most exciting wins there last year against Elliott Sadler. It will be a blast racing under the lights at Richmond Friday night. The whole Ameriquest team is pumped. Racing at Richmond is so awesome and the whole Ameriquest team is ready to get back into Victory Lane."

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel (P.K.) on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"Our Ameriquest team is looking forward to racing under the lights at Richmond. Carl won a very exciting race there last year on pit strategy. We see no reason why we can't get back to Victory Lane. So we need to go there and get a good practice to get this Ameriquest team through a grueling one day show. At the end of the day, we hope to win. We love night racing at Richmond."

-credit: rr

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Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , Elliott Sadler , Todd Kluever , Doug Richert , Danny O'Quinn , Mike Kelley , Mark Martin