BUSCH: Richmond: Roush Racing preview

Richmond International Raceway, May 13-14, 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Chevy American Revolution 400, Saturday at 7:35 pm (EDT) NASCAR Busch Series: Funai 250, Friday at 8:05 pm (EDT) Roush Racing Fast ...

Richmond International Raceway, May 13-14, 2005

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Chevy American Revolution 400, Saturday at 7:35 pm (EDT)

NASCAR Busch Series: Funai 250, Friday at 8:05 pm (EDT)

Roush Racing Fast Facts

- In three starts at Richmond International Raceway (one in the Cup Series and two in the Truck Series), Carl Edwards has one top-five and two top-10 finishes. Last year in the No. 99 Ford, Edwards raced in the top-10 all night and finished sixth in only his fourth NEXTEL Cup start.

- Edwards currently sits 13th in the overall point standings, just 16 points out of 10th. He is one of only 15 drivers eligible for the NEXTEL Cup trophy right now.

- The No. 99 Ford will sport a special paint scheme this weekend. The Ford will carry the black, white and champagne paint scheme of the RoundUp X brand for Scotts/Miracle-Gro.

- RK-249 is the same chassis Edwards raced at Phoenix a few weeks ago to a seventh place finish.

- With the win at Darlington last weekend, Greg Biffle decreased the point spread between he and Jimmie Johnson by 39 points. He currently trails Johnson by 148 points.

- Biffle has one win and two top-10 finishes in the Craftsman Truck Series at Richmond as well as a pair of top-10 Busch Series finishes.

- This weekend the No. 16 National Guard Ford will be the traditional red, white and blue paint scheme fashioned after the American flag.

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

- Martin earned his first career Cup top-10 finish at Richmond on Sept. 13, 1981 with a seventh place finish.

- 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 40 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. He has finished inside the top 10 in 77 percent of his 22 Busch races at Richmond, scoring 13 top five and 17 top 10 finishes.

- Kurt Busch, who is fourth in the point standings, remains in the top 10 NEXTEL Cup Series competition for the 45th 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 Richmond for the fifth time this season. The IRWIN car will run through the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte on May 21st.

- The IRWIN Industrial Tools Racing team brings chassis #52 to Richmond, the same car that won at Phoenix earlier this year and twice at Loudon in 2004.

- Though Busch's success at short-tracks cannot be disputed, he has only managed one top-10 finish in eight career starts at Richmond. He has led races in the past two visits to the facility, including 96 laps in the most recent visit to the track when he was forced to pit for fuel in the closing laps.

- The No. 97 team won the National Pit Crew Championship Monday night in Mooresville, N.C., defeating the No. 19 crew in the final round with a mistake-free 16.342-second stop. The winning crew members were: Mark Full (front tire carrier), Scott Ward (front tire changer), Scott Radel (jackman), Doug Newell (fueler), Jim Gaudette (catch can), Kevin Gilman (rear tire changer), Jason Binger (rear tire carrier) and Wayne DeLoria (coach).

- In his ten starts at Richmond in the Cup series, Matt Kenseth has six top-ten finishes, including one win in 2002.

- Kenseth has finished in the top ten at Richmond in five of his last six starts.

- Kenseth will be running car number 20 this weekend. This car was tested at Las Vegas and Indy, but has not yet been raced.

- Kenseth will be competing in the Funai 250 in the No. 17 Waste Management Ford Friday night in the Busch Series. In his ten Busch starts at Richmond, Kenseth has six top-five finishes, eight top-ten's and one pole.

- Kenseth scored his first win in the Busch Series this season last weekend at Darlington, leading 50 of 147 laps.

- Kenseth will be running car number B041 this weekend in the Busch Series. This car won at Loudon last year and has also raced at California.


Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra® Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-274 (Finished 16th at Phoenix and third at Martinsville this season.)

Mark Martin on racing at Richmond: "Richmond is a cool track and a fun place to race. It's always been a challenge, but we've had a lot of success there over the years and a long history and we've been really good there lately as well. We are excited about going back there and racing again this week.

"We had a strong run last week at Darlington and a good points day. Pat (Tryson) and the team gave me a really good car and it was fun to drive. I made a mistake late that could have cost us, but the team was really on their game and we were able to get a fourth place out of it. Hopefully we can keep that going this weekend and get another strong run at Richmond. We are pretty excited about the string of races we have coming up at some of my favorite tracks."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Richmond: "Richmond is a good race track for this team and it's a place where Mark has always been strong. We are taking the Phoenix car, which actually ran really well there, and hopefully we'll be able to put together another good run. We know Mark is capable of winning at all of the next few tracks we have coming up, so it will be up to this team to step it up and make sure that he has the cars he needs to seize the opportunity."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-221 (Same car the team ran at Phoenix this year.)

Greg Biffle on racing at Richmond: "We had a really good test with the National Guard car in Richmond. We took two cars and decided to take the car we raced in Phoenix. It should be a good race for us. Richmond is one of my favorite tracks and I think you'll hear that from most drivers. It's a fun track to race at because it has two grooves and that allows for some good racing. It's another night race, which is exciting for the fans and fun for us."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Richmond: "We're taking the car we raced at Phoenix because we feel it's our best short track car right now. We tested it and another car in Richmond last week and felt that this car would be the best choice. We'll look for a good qualifying run like last week to get that early track position and just try to stay up front. I like Richmond, we've had some good runs there but it seems like recently something always happened toward the end of the race that kept us from a good finish."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: #20 (Brand new race car)

Matt Kenseth on racing at Richmond: "Racing at Richmond is always fun and I enjoy coming here. I'm just such a fan of the smaller tracks and racing under the lights will be cool for the fans to watch. We've had a win here and a string of top ten finishes so I'm looking forward to it. It was great to finally get our first win of the season last weekend in the Busch Series and I think we'll carry that momentum forward coming into Richmond."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Richmond: "We are bringing car number 20 to Richmond this weekend. This car has never been raced but we have tested it twice, at Las Vegas and most recently in Indy. The test at Indy was better than usual so we're optimistic about the car's performance this weekend. The Busch win last weekend in Darlington should be a confidence boost for both teams going into Richmond, so I think we'll come out good there."

Kurt Busch
Team: No. 97 IRWIN Industrial Tools/Sharpie Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #52 (Won at Phoenix earlier this year and twice at Loudon in 2004.)

Kurt Busch on racing at Richmond: "Richmond is a terrific racetrack. The side-by-side racing action provides a little bit of balance between a speedway attitude and a short track feel. The track is its own unique length. There's no other track on the circuit that's 3/4-of-a-mile, but the way that the Cup cars run here, it feels like it is a mile in speed, but it feels like it's a half-mile in handling characteristics. So, it's really a unique track."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Richmond: "We haven't had finishes at this track like we wanted, even though Kurt has shown that he really knows his way around some of these short tracks. We've got a good car and a great driver though, so we're looking forward to this week."

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

Carl Edwards on racing at Richmond: "I'm looking forward to going to Richmond. I tested there a week or so ago in the Busch car and I think I learned some things that will help me in both the Busch and Cup races this weekend. Richmond is a challenging track to drive but fun at the same time. The No. 99 team had a good run there last year and we are looking to continue that this week. One of our goals is to be in the top-10 in points and right now we're real close. We need to have some solid runs over the next several weeks so we can really secure our place in the point standings and look ahead to contending for a championship."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Richmond: "Richmond is a great track for a race. The No. 99 team had a good run there last year with Carl at the wheel so I know we are capable of good things there. We need to stay focused and continue to do what we know how to do and with that, we'll be able to run up front and get back into the top-10 in points. We have to keep our eye on the ball and learn from our mistakes while moving ahead to the next race. We've got a great driver and a great team and I truly believe we can be in the 'chase' at the end of 26 races."


Mark Martin
Team: No. 9 Pennzoil Platinum Ultimate Protection Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson

Martin on Busch racing at Richmond: "Richmond is a great track and we are excited about taking the No. 9 Pennzoil Ford back out on the track. We've had a lot of success over the years in the Busch Series at Richmond and hopefully we can pick up our third Busch win this season on Friday night. I know Pat (Tryson) and the team has been working really hard and we had a test up there a couple of weeks ago, so we'll be looking to come out of the gate strong and go for win number three."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Waste Management Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: B104 (Won at Loudon last year)

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 Charter Communications Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Brad Parrott
Chassis: JR-83

Carl Edwards on racing at Richmond: "I really like Richmond. We went there last week and had a very good test. We spent two days testing there and learned a lot. I really feel good about Richmond and can't wait to get there. I think it's going to be a lot of fun. I love racing there and it should be very exciting. I would really like to get the No. 60 Charter Communications Ford Taurus into Victory Lane there."


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