NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Crown Royal 400 NASCAR Busch Series: Circuit City 250 Roush Racing Fast Facts * Mark Martin has finished inside the top 10 in five of his last eight races at Richmond. * Martin earned his first career Cup top-10 ...
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Crown Royal 400
NASCAR Busch Series: Circuit City 250
Roush Racing Fast Facts
* Mark Martin has finished inside the top 10 in five of his last eight 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 42 races at Richmond.
* Martin earned his 41st career Cup pole at Richmond in Sept. of 2001.
* Martin has five Busch wins at Richmond and will race in the Busch race this Friday night.
* Greg Biffle is currently 23rd in the point standings, dropping two positions after a part failure left him with a 38th place finish in Talladega.
* Biffle and the National Guard team are currently 560 points out of the lead and are 232 points out of a top-10 position.
* In addition to his Cup record at Richmond, Biffle has one win and three top-five finishes in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series as well as two top-five and three top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Busch Series.
* This weekend the No. 16 National Guard team will run the signature red, white and blue paint scheme.
* Matt Kenseth has scored six top-10 finishes in his past eight NEXTEL Cup outings at Richmond.
* Kenseth has scored seven straight top-10 finishes in the Busch Series at Richmond and has 10 total top-10 finishes in 12 Busch Series races there.
* Kenseth's seven top-10 finishes in the NNCS from 2000-2006 at Richmond ranks second among all drivers during that span (Tony Stewart with eight).
* Following Monday's race at Talladega, Kenseth fell one spot to second in the championship point standings. Since Fontana, Kenseth has remained in the top three in the standings each week.
* Jamie McMurray, in his six Cup starts at the Richmond International Raceway, has two top-ten finishes.
* McMurray will be racing chassis number RK-175 this weekend, which raced in Phoenix two weeks ago to a 14th-place finish. This car has wins at Phoenix and Loudon.
* McMurray will be behind the wheel of the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion for the Crown Royal 400 on Saturday night n Richmond.
* McMurray posted his first top-five finish of the 2006 season last weekend at the Talladega Superspeedway.
* Carl Edwards, After posting another top-10 finish in Talladega, Edwards moved up one more spot in the point standings to 15th. The team is currently only 97 points out of 10th place.
* With Crew Chief Wally Brown calling the shots over the last two races, the Office Depot team has one top-five finish and one top-10 finish.
* Chassis RK-264 will be making its 2006 season debut this weekend in Richmond. Its best finish came last July at New Hampshire International Speedway, where Edwards finished 12th.
* After leading seven laps at the Talladega Superspeedway, Edwards now has led over 500 laps in his three-year Nextel Cup career.
* In nine Nextel Cup starts this season, Edwards has posted three top-five finishes and four top-ten finishes.
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-221 Finished 13th at Phoenix two weeks ago after leading early
Finished 13th at Richmond last fall despite losing a lap early with a flat tire
Ran seven times in 2005, boasting four top-fives and a win at the All-Star race in May.
Martin on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"Richmond has been a good track for us through the years. We've had a lot of good runs there and although we have been off a bit the last few times, we had a great test there a few weeks ago and we really like the car that we are taking this weekend. I've always liked racing there and we are pretty optimistic going into the race this weekend. The car was just incredible at Phoenix, so hopefully we'll be able to hook it up again and put Talladega behind us with another strong run.
"Now that we have Talladega behind us the strong point of our schedule is coming up and we are very excited about Richmond, Darlington, Charlotte, Pocono and Dover. We couldn't ask for a better string of race tracks moving forward and I'm excited about going there with this race team and seeing what we can do."
Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"We are taking the same car that we ran a Phoenix and it was one of the fastest cars there that we've had in a long time. We were fast at the Richmond test, so we have a lot to be optimistic about going into the weekend. Hopefully we'll be able to go there and compete for the win."
Team: No. 16 National Guard/Subway Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-229 (New Hampshire and Richmond '05, Phoenix '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 tested there a few weeks ago 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 tested at Richmond a few weeks ago and we just felt it was the better of the two cars we took to the test. 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."
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK -- 353 Finished third at Phoenix Apr. '06
RK - 164 Wrecked seven laps from finish at Martinsville in Apr. '06 while running sixth
Kenseth on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"Richmond is one of the best tracks we race at. It's a short track with a lot of speed, but it also has room to pass. We always seem to run good there, whether it's in the Cup Series or Busch Series. I think it's one of the best tracks as far as balancing what the fans want and what the drivers want; Richmond does that as good as anyone. I'm looking forward to this weekend. We're running the Ameriquest car on Friday night and the DEWALT car on Saturday. We had good tests at Richmond in both cars and I expect us to be competitive in both races this weekend."
Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing Richmond International Raceway:
"We're bringing the same car to Richmond that we took to Phoenix earlier this year. It tested really well at Richmond, but then we struggled a little bit with the balance at Phoenix. It was a good car at Phoenix, just not quite what we thought it would be after testing at Richmond just a week earlier. But, there are several things that could have factored into that, plus the fact that Phoenix isn't Richmond. We're pretty confident in the car we're bringing and we're hoping to continue the momentum we've built of late by running well at Richmond on Saturday night."
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Car Number: RK-175 Raced in Phoenix two weeks ago; finished 14th
This car has wins at Phoenix and Loudon.
Jamie McMurray on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"I'm looking forward to heading to Richmond this weekend. First of all, it's a night race which is always cool, and I know the fans really look forward to it. Secondly, my sponsor Crown Royal actually has the entitlement for the race so I'll be racing their car in the Crown Royal 400 Saturday night. Finally, we have some good momentum going into the weekend. We posted our first top-five finish of the season last weekend at Talladega and were able lead some laps and contend for the win. Bob [Osborne] and I are working well together and the crew really did a great job on pit road. We'll be looking to build on our strong day in Talladega heading into the weekend."
Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"We're bringing a good car with us to Richmond this weekend. I know it won Phoenix last year and Loudon the year before. We took it to Phoenix a couple of weeks ago and were able to finish 14th with it. We all tested in Richmond not too long ago and although I wasn't working with Jamie and the No. 26 team at that time, I know that they had a good test. We have some good momentum going right now and we look to carry it into Richmond."
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Wally Brown
Chassis Number: RK-264 Last ran Richmond Sept. 2005; Finished 21st
Edwards on racing at Richmond International Speedway:
"I am really looking forward to Richmond this weekend. In the past at Richmond, we haven't had much luck. However, we tested a few weeks ago and were competitive throughout the entire testing session. The Office Depot team will be able to apply a lot of data we took from those two days of testing into our setup for this weekend's race. Our team focus right now is to move ourselves back into the top ten in the point standings. Hopefully, with a good run in Richmond and Darlington next week, we will be able to achieve our goal."
Crew Chief Wally Brown on racing at Richmond International Speedway:
"The Office Depot team is looking forward to a Saturday night short-track race. The test at Richmond went really well for the team; they had competitive lap times from both days. The setup at Richmond is tricky, you have to maintain a good balance in the car and not use up your brakes too early in the night. When the Office Depot team tested back in April, they were able to work out some of the kinks and hopefully, we will be able to showcase those changes this weekend. Overall, the team is looking forward to going to Richmond, being competitive and bringing home another top-10 finish."
Team: No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: #RK-349 -- raced at Atlanta and Bristol
Todd Kluever on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"I'm looking forward to racing at Richmond Friday night. The 3M Ford Fusion we are taking should be very competitive. It's not the same car we tested at Richmond in March. We weren't entirely pleased with our Richmond test, so we decided to bring a different car. It ran decent at Atlanta, and it got wrecked at Bristol. We just got it back from the fab shop a few weeks ago and decided it would be the right choice for Richmond.
"I think the month of May is going to be a very good month of racing for this team. We've got a brand new car to test at Lowe's next week and a lot of good tracks coming up on the schedule this month. Richmond is such a cool track, especially under the lights. We should have had a top-five finish in the truck there last year. We were running fourth with 20 laps to go when a lapped truck spun in front of me. I slowed down, but the guy behind me didn't and ended our night sooner than we wanted. Hopefully we can get that top-five finish this weekend instead."
Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"I think the car we are bringing to Richmond this weekend will be much better than what we had at the test. We tested the same car we raced at Phoenix and that car has never performed the way we expected. I'm also really pleased with how our pit crew did at Talladega last weekend. They've really worked hard and our pit stops were much better. Hopefully we can put it all together at Richmond this weekend for a strong finish."
Team: No. 16 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Greg Biffle on racing in the Busch Series at Richmond International Raceway:
"Richmond International Raceway is awesome. I really like racing there and I have had a lot of success there. We had a great test a couple weeks in Richmond. We drove this car at Phoenix two weeks ago, struggled with setup and still finished sixth. Eddie and the Ameriquest crew have been great. I have a lot of confidence going into Richmond and would love to get Ameriquest into Victory Lane."
Crew Chief Eddie Pardue on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"We had an excellent test with chassis RK-354 at Richmond a couple weeks ago. We have been gelling as a team and we keep getting more consistent. Richmond is a fun race, but you have to stay out of trouble. We can't wait to hit the short track and we have high expectations for this Ameriquest Team. Biffle's last five Busch races ended in the top-ten."
Team: No. 17 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Matt Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Richmond International Raceway:
"I really enjoy running Richmond. It's been good to me over the years. It seems like every time we come here with the Busch car we come very close to winning. It's been a lot of fun working with Jimmy (Fennig) so far. He has a lot of knowledge and it's always good to see things from a different perspective. He's had a lot of success at Richmond and I've been very close in the past, so maybe we'll hit on the right combination this Friday and bring home the win."
Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"We're really looking forward to the race at Richmond. We are taking the same car that we had in Phoenix except it will be the Ameriquest Ford Fusion this weekend. We are looking for a good clean finish up front so as long as we stay focused and have a nice smooth run I think we have a real good chance at achieving that goal."
Danny O'Quinn, Jr.
Team: No. 50 Stonebridge Life Insurance Co. Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
O'Quinn Jr. on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"I am definitely excited about Richmond. It is another home-state track for me, and it's a short track. I enjoy short-tracks, and we've done well on them this year--our best finish came at the short track in my hometown [Bristol], so I am looking forward to racing there. We had the opportunity to test at Richmond a few weeks ago, and I think we have a great car. I really enjoyed the track and I am looking forward to a good run there in our Stonebridge Life Insurance Ford Fusion."
Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"Richmond is one of the best tracks we go to. It incorporates every aspect of the car, driver and team. You need a good motor, a good [car] body, a good driver, and good pit stops to win at Richmond. We had a good test there, so we are taking the same car with us to race there. We have run the best on the short tracks this year, so we think we should run well this week."
Chassis Number: No.60 Henkel Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel
Chassis Number: RK- 342
Edwards on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"I can't wait to return to Richmond. It's a great race track and lots of fun. It's always fun racing there at night. We had an awesome race there last year, with a great win over Elliott Sadler. As long as we stay out of trouble it should be a great night for the No. 60 Henkel Team. We have a great team and would love to get Henkel into Victory Lane."
Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"The Henkel Team is looking forward to Richmond. Carl is the defending champion and we had a great test there a couple weeks ago. We are taking the same car. It's also the car we ran at Phoenix last week. It should be a great weekend!"