BUSCH: Roush Fenway Racing Dover/Las Vegas preview

Dover International Speedway, Sept. 20-23 Dover, Del. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Dodge Dealers 400 Sunday September 23 1:00 PM Eastern - ABC/MRN NASCAR Busch Series: Roadloans.com 200 Saturday September 22 3:00 PM Eastern --...

Dover International Speedway, Sept. 20-23
Dover, Del.

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Dodge Dealers 400
Sunday September 23
1:00 PM Eastern - ABC/MRN

NASCAR Busch Series: Roadloans.com 200
Saturday September 22
3:00 PM Eastern -- ESPN2/MRN


Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Sept. 22
Las Vegas, Nev.

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Smith's Las Vegas 350
Saturday September 22
8:30 PM Eastern -- SPEED Channel/PRN

Roush Fenway Racing Fast Facts

* David Ragan competed in the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway in June 2007. He started 31st and finished 14th.

* Ragan made is first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start at Dover International Speedway in September 2006. He started 37th and finished 42nd after being involved in an accident on lap 47.

* Ragan was the top Raybestos Rookie in the June race at Dover.

* Jimmie Johnson is the only Raybestos Rookie to win both NEXTEL Cup races at Dover. Johnson swept both events in 2002, and led the most laps in each race. Johnson is the only first-year driver to lead the most laps in the fall race at Dover (four times for 170 laps).

* Ragan is currently 21st in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings. He is second in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Race. Ragan trails Juan Pablo Montoya by 13 points.


* The June race at Dover was Greg Biffle's first race with crew chief Greg Erwin. The sixth place finish that weekend is one of five top-10 finishes the pair have accumulated together.

* Biffle has two wins, four top-five finishes and eight top-10 finish in 12 NASCAR Busch Series starts at Dover.

* Biffle finished 13th at New Hampshire last week and currently sits 16th in the point standings, one point out of 15th and 91 points ahead of 17th.

* This weekend Biffle will run the blue and white Wii paint scheme for the second time.


* Matt Kenseth is one of two drivers to have made the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup in all four seasons (Jimmie Johnson is the other). Robbie Reiser is one of three crew chiefs to have made the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup in all four seasons (Chad Knaus and Pat Tryson have as well).

* Dover holds Kenseth's highest average start in Chase races of 7.3, and his combined 273 laps led are the most laps he has led at any track during the Chase.

* Kenseth made his Cup debut in Dover at this race in September of 1998 at the age of 26. He substituted for Bill Elliott that day and drove to a sixth-place finish.

* Kenseth scored the first pole of his Cup career at Dover in June of 2002, one of only three (Kansas and Bristol, both in '05).

* Kenseth's first Cup victory at Dover came last June in the Neighborhood Excellence 400.

* In addition to his Cup victory, Kenseth also boasts two NASCAR Busch Series wins at Dover, his first coming in September of 1998, the day before his first Cup start, and the second in September of 2000.

* Kenseth has led 662 laps in his NBS career at Dover, the most all time in the Busch Series. His eight top-five finishes at Dover is also tops among all NBS drivers, past or present.

* This weekend, the No. 17 Ford Fusion will be painted black and carrying the DEWALT NANO* Technology logo. NANO* Technology is a proprietary technology from DEWALT that delivers to the user longer cycle life, lighter weight, greater performance, and an expanded system of tool offerings


* Jamie McMurray averages a 14.8 starting position and a 15.6 finishing position at the "Monster Mile." Dover ranks as McMurray's fourth best track in finishing position on the circuit.

* Of the 3604 laps run at Dover International Speedway, McMurray has completed 3588 laps, or 99.6%.

* McMurray has lead 95 laps at the "Monster Mile." This marks McMurray's third best track in laps lead following Charlotte and Talladega.

* This weekend, McMurray will pilot the No. 26 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion for the ninth time this season. McMurray has two more races in the IRWIN paint scheme -- Talladega and Phoenix.


* It's week two of the 'Chase' and Carl Edwards currently sits eighth in the overall point standings. Edwards and the No. 99 team struggled a bit in New Hampshire but they are hoping to rebound this week at Dover. Edwards currently has 5147 points, 63 points behind the leader Jimmie Johnson

* Edwards will make his sixth Cup start at Dover this weekend. In his previous starts, Edwards has achieved two top-five and three top-10 finishes.

* Edwards has led a total of 41 laps at Dover in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.

* 10.5 is Edwards' average finish at the Monster Mile.

* In five NASCAR Busch Series starts at Dover, Edwards boasts one win, two top-five and three top-10 finishes. The win came in the June race of 2007.

* The No. 99 Office Depot team will be unloading chassis No. RK-454, the same car that Edwards raced at Darlington in May of this year. He started that race fourth and finished fifth.


David Ragan
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: Primary: RK- 455 Previously ran at Martinsville, finished 15th; Darlington, finished 27th and Bristol, finished 41st)
    Back-up: RK- 478 Brand new car, tested at Richmond

Ragan on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"The AAA team has had some good runs lately and we are looking to keep that up. We finished 14th at Dover in June and at that time I believe that was our best finish in the COT up to that point. I think Roush as a whole as improved in the COT and going back to these tracks where we've ran well before for a second time if we really work hard we could hopefully have another weekend like Richmond. The pit crew has been improving each and every week so as a team I think we have really come together and the best is yet to come."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Coming from a one-mile track last weekend in Loudon and heading into another one-mile track at Dover this weekend you would think that set-ups and thing would be very similar, but with the different banking and different characteristics of the tracks there are actually some significant differences in how we will prepare the car. The car we are taking to Dover is the same car that we ran at Bristol and finished in the top-15 at Martinsville in the spring. The AAA team has come along way this year and it is starting to show more and more every week. We just need to get a few more good runs to move up in overall points and put a gap between us and the No. 42 in rookie points."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 Wii Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Greg Erwin
Chassis: RK- 508 New Chassis

Biffle on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We had a good run at Dover in June, so I'm looking forward to getting back there this weekend. We're taking a new car just to try to learn as much as we can about the COT. I'd really like to continue the streak of top-10 finishes I have at Dover. The win there in 2005 was a special one because we had some soldiers with us that day from Walter Reed and it would be incredible to get the Wii Ford Fusion into victory lane. We're learning about the COT's more and more every week, so hopefully we'll be able to be competitive with them as the season ends and into next year."

Crew Chief Greg Erwin on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We're taking a brand new car to Dover this weekend. We took it to the Talladega test just to kind of shake it down and do an aero test. We learned several things at the test as well as at the last few COT races, so I'm hoping we can apply them this weekend. The June Dover race was my first race with the team and we were able to get a top-10 finish that day. I'd like to shoot for a top-five finish this Sunday. We'll need to focus on being good on the long runs and emphasize tire management. Qualifying will be important for pit selection because the pits are so tight there and an opening would help."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT NANO* Technology Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-473 Last outing: Bristol, Aug. '07 -- finished 39th after lap 452 wreck. Also: Darlington, May '07, finished seventh; Dover, Jun. '07 -- finished fifth
     RK-457 Last outing: Martinsville, Apr. '07 -- finished 10th

Kenseth on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Dover is probably my favorite track for a lot of different reasons. My first Cup race was there, plus we've won a couple times there in the Busch Series, then we got our first Cup win there last year, so we've had a lot of good times at Dover. The track is so fast and challenging. It's unique because of the way you drive up out of the turns. The turns set a bit lower than the straight-a-ways and you can feel it when you're driving out there.

"It seems every time we go to Dover its feast or famine. We had really good cars both times there last year and nearly swept. This year, we weren't as good as we had been, but I'm hoping a lot of that was because we were a little behind on the COT setup. I know the last two weeks at Richmond and Loudon, we ran completely different setups than we did the first time we went to those tracks, and as a result we were a good bit more competitive. I'm hoping for the same this weekend and I really don't see why that can't be the case.

"Loudon was a good start to the Chase. Sure, we would've liked to have finished better, but considering where we started, and just how hard track position was to come by, we did pretty good. Dover is a good place for us. There have been times we've had problems there but it usually isn't with the car. Hopefully, we're able to compete a little bit better this weekend and make up some ground."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We've had some success at Dover in the past, but we've also had our share of heartache too. The car we're taking is the same one that we took to Dover in June and a lot has changed with our approach since then. Hopefully we've gone a long ways in the right direction and we'll have a shot at this thing on Sunday.

"I felt like Sunday at Loudon was a good step for us. It was a solid day on pit road and we were able to make the car better all race. If the race was a little bit longer, then we might could've gotten a top five, but there's nothing we can do about that now. We'll just take what we learned, move on and hopefully compete for the win at Dover. With this team, it's always been 'one race at a time' and that approach won't change now."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Larry Carter
Chassis: Primary: RK--456: Last raced at Bristol, August 2007; Finished 26th
    Backup: RK--462: Last raced at Martinsville, April 2007; Finished ninth

McMurray on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"I really feel like as an organization, Roush Fenway Racing has come a long way with its car of tomorrow package. I remember in the first Dover race, we had a pretty good setup in the car to start the race, but throughout that afternoon we weren't making the right adjustments to the car. Since the last time we raced at Dover we have done a lot more work back at the shop and at testing to know what is working and what is not in the new car. The new car is so different from the old one, and things that worked on the old car don't on the new car, so it's a challenge each weekend to set the cars up and then adjust on them throughout the weekend.

"With that said, I'm looking forward to Dover. It's seemed that in the COT car we can qualify pretty well, which at Dover is really important. And Larry (Carter) and Derek (Stamets) have done a great job over the last few races with what adjustments we need to make to keep our car running well the entire race. Dover is one of those tracks where if you can stay out of trouble and on the lead lap, you typically have a pretty strong day. Hopefully, we can keep our No. 26 IRWIN Industrials Tools Ford Fusion out of trouble and post a good finish this weekend."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We are taking the same car this weekend that we ran at Bristol a few weeks ago. It's a car that we know qualifies pretty well and if we make the right calls during the race, it's one that I think will be there at the end and will be pretty competitive throughout the day. The last few weeks have been really up and down for the No. 26 team. It seems we will get back on track and then something like Richmond happens to us. We were really proud of our car last week at Loudon; if we just could have passed a few more cars there at the end. We had a strong car and we were able to bring it home in one piece. This weekend we are looking for the same thing -- another strong run at Dover."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-474 Previously raced Darlington -- started fourth, finished fifth

Edwards on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We had a really good run at Dover back in June and since then we've made a lot of advances in our Car of Tomorrow program. I think this weekend will be great for the Office Depot team, if we can get the No. 99 handling well. In the spring we didn't handle as well as we should have so I wasn't able to catch the leaders. We have one 'Chase' race under our belt and we finished 12th in a back-up car with no practice. I think championships are defined by your bad days and if that's a bad day for us, I think we have a chance at the championship."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We had a pretty strong run at Dover back in June and since then we've continued to improve and that's encouraging. I think with some fine-tuning and more practice, we'll be just fine. Dover is a really unique track. It's different from any other track in that you drop off into the corner whereas at the other tracks you run up a hill into the corners. You have to have a brave driver to be fast at Dover. You have to have a driver that's not worried about how he's going to land when he drives off into the corner and I think we have that kind of driver in Carl Edwards. If we can improve on our third-place finish from June, I think we'll be looking good in the point standings."

NASCAR Busch Series:

David Ragan
Team: No. 6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-345 Last ran at Bristol, Aug. '07, finished sixth. Ran at Nashville, Apr. '07, finished first w/ Carl Edwards

Ragan on racing in the Busch Series at Dover International Speedway:
"I am very confident going into this weekend. The 'Monster Mile' is a challenging concrete track that presents a lot of challenges, but we ran well here in June until we got wrecked. It doesn't hurt that we are bringing a fast race car to the track. We are fortunate to have great equipment and the resources to insure a good car setup. The Discount Tire team has put me in position to run well every week, so I want to return the favor with a win. As long as we keep working hard as a team and maintain the high level of preparation, good things will happen for this team."

Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"David has a lot of experience at Dover. It makes it easier to prepare a car if the driver knows the nuances of a track. We need to work hard this week in preparation and make sure we get the most out of every practice session. Dover is a fast concrete track that can get the best of many drivers. We are going to insure that doesn't happen with David. The progress David has made since the first Dover race is off the charts. I am confident David can run in the top 10 all day."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis: RK-347 Last ran at Chicago, Lowe's and Texas this season

Biffle on racing in the Busch Series at Dover International Speedway:
"I've had pretty good results in the Busch car over the years at Dover. It's a lot of fun to race there because it's like no other track we race on all year. The banking makes it fast, and the concrete makes the track more consistent. The tough part is there isn't much room for error. Everything happens pretty quickly so you have to be ready for anything. We've got a good car for this weekend. We've had bad luck with flat tires and mechanical issues at the three tracks we've raced it at this year, but it's been a contender every time we've raced it."

Eddie Pardue on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We should have a good weekend at Dover. Greg usually runs well there and we've got a good car. He had a good run going in the first race at Dover this year. He was in third when he got a flat tire and things just continued to go badly the rest of the race. Hopefully this weekend we can turn that around and continue his streak of good finishes there."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No.17 iLevel by Weyerhaeuser Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK- 360 Last ran Chicago -- finished second

Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Dover International Speedway:
"Dover is one of those tracks that is really fun to race at. We had our car handling pretty well in the spring race, but not well enough to pull off the win. Actually, the last two races at Dover we have run well, but just haven't pulled it off at the end. We are bringing a good car so hopefully we can get it handling well and can put together some good pit stops and see what kind of finish we can pull off this time around."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We are heading to Dover this weekend with chassis 360. This is the same car Matt drove to a second-place finish in Chicago and is also the same car we brought to Dover in the spring. This is a really good car and Matt has a great record at Dover. Hopefully we can get it handling well in practice and pull off some good pit stops during the race and earn a good finish for iLevel."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No.26 Dish Network Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Chad Norris
Chassis: RK- 371 Last ran Bristol -- finished ninth

McMurray on racing in the Busch Series at Dover International Speedway:
"Dover is always an exciting place to race. Anytime you go to a concrete track that is banked as much as Dover you know you are going to be in for a wild ride. Dover is a track where if you have your car handling well enough to stay on the lead lap then you will be able to have a shot at a good finish. My team keeps giving me really good cars and we have been very consistent so I see no reason why we can't go out there and earn a good finish for Dish Network."

Crew Chief Chad Norris on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We are taking the same car we took to Bristol to Dover this weekend. We felt like we missed out on a top-five finish with it in Bristol so we are excited to be running this car again and see what we can do with it in Dover. It is the best car in our fleet and the whole Dish Network team is really excited to be heading to Dover this weekend with Jamie."

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 World Financial Group (WFG) Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel (P.K.) Chassis Number: RK-419 Last ran at first Dover race; finished 1st

Edwards on racing in the Busch Series at Dover International Speedway:
"I'm really looking forward to going back to Dover International Speedway. We had a great win there earlier this year and this will be my 100th Busch start this weekend. Racing on the 'Monster Mile' is just awesome, it has high banking and the high speeds are exhilarating. We've had lots of success on concrete this year and we'll do everything possible to put the World Financial Group Ford in victory lane."

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We are taking our World Financial Group Ford Fusion to Dover after a weekend off. Our team is very focused and determined to chip away at the owner's points. It's time to get our momentum back and Dover is a great place to do just that. We ended up in victory lane our last race there and this weekend is Carl's 100th career Busch Series start. We have a simple plan for the 'Monster Mile:' stay out of trouble, run our race and extend our points lead."

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series:

Travis Kvapil
Team: No. 6 K&N Filters Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: RK-269-39 Last raced at O'Reilly Raceway Park where Kvapil started fourth and finished third

Kvapil on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"I've not raced at Las Vegas since it's been reconfigured. I know a lot of the guys last year had the opportunity to test before the race last fall, but I've not had that luxury. It will be all new to me when we unload there. This is one of the few places we'll go that I've not raced at before, so it will be a challenge. There will be a lot to learn. I love the city, and the atmosphere out there is great."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"This will be the first time that Travis will race on the new track surface. I don't think it'll take long for him to get adapted to the place. We didn't have the run we would have liked last week at Loudon, so we're looking to rebound from that this week."

T. J. Bell
Team: No. 50 Heathcliff's Cat Litter Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Quinn
Chassis: RK-225-33 Last raced at Kentucky Speedway where Peter Shepherd started 12th and finished 32nd

Bell on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"I couldn't be more excited about this weekend. Las Vegas is my home track, so I'll have a lot of family and friends that don't typically get to come to the racetrack out there supporting us this weekend. It's also the home race for Heathcliff's Cat Litter, so we'd love to get a good finish for them in their backyard. I put a lot of emphasis on this race, so I'll be looking to come out of there with a good finish."

Crew Chief John Quinn on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"Last week was the first race that I've worked with T.J., and I was very impressed with his feedback and communication. He's a hard worker and a talented driver. This weekend is a big one for him, with Vegas being his home track. I know he is looking to have a good run, and hopefully we can put that together for him."

Erik Darnell
Team: No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Chassis: RK-386-53 last raced at Bristol Motor Speedway where Darnell started sixth and finished 13th

Darnell on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"I really like Las Vegas. It's an awesome racetrack and it's in one of my favorite cities. This is one that we really look forward to all year. I think everyone was a little conservative last year with it being the first race on the new surface, but they've run a couple of races since we were here last. I'm sure the pavement has cured a little as well, so we should be in good shape. It's a unique, fast mile-and-a-half track, and I'm sure it's going to produce some exciting racing."

Crew Chief Matt Puccia on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"We're going to Las Vegas with the intent of backing up our Loudon finish. That was a great first race together, and we'd like to make a habit of finishing that way. Of course we'd like to improve that finishing position by one, but we won't be greedy. Las Vegas is a fast track, and I think we'll have a good handle on what we need to do to be a contender this weekend. Hopefully we can do what we need to do and be there at the end to contend for the win."

-credit: rfr

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