Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 27-29 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Sunday July 29 1:00 PM Eastern - ESPN/IMS Radio Network *** O'Reilly Raceway Park, July 27-28 NASCAR Busch Series: Kroger 200 Saturday July ...
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 27-29
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Allstate 400 at the Brickyard
Sunday July 29
1:00 PM Eastern - ESPN/IMS Radio Network
O'Reilly Raceway Park, July 27-28
NASCAR Busch Series: Kroger 200
Saturday July 28
7:30 PM Eastern - ESPN 2/MRN
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Power Stroke Diesel 200
Saturday July 27
7:30 PM Eastern - SPEED/MRN
Roush Fenway Racing Fast Facts
* David Ragan has never competed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
* Ragan has competed on three different 2.5+ mile tracks during the 2007 season: Daytona, Talladega and Pocono. His best finish coming at Daytona where he ended the race in fifth place.
* A Raybestos Rookie has finished in the top-10 in each of the past eight consecutive NEXTEL Cup Series races at Indianapolis.
* Ragan has been the top finishing rookie in eight of 21 races in the 2007 season.
* Ragan is currently 22nd in the NEXTEL Cup Series Championship point standings and is second in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year race. He trails Juan Pablo Montoya by 14 points.
* Greg Biffle last year at Indy, ran in the top 15 for most of the race before contact with the wall dropped him to 23rd and a run-in with Robby Gordon late in the race left him with a 33rd place finish.
* Biffle has completed every lap in his four starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
* Biffle finished 11th at Chicago two weeks ago and currently sits 16th in the point standings, 185 points out of the top 12.
* This weekend Biffle will run the black and red Dish Network paint scheme.
* Matt Kenseth has four top-five finishes in seven starts at Indy, or 57 percent. That is Kenseth's highest percentage of top-five finishes at any track.
* Indy is one of 12 tracks (including North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham) where Kenseth has scored four or more top-five finishes in his career.
* Kenseth's four top-five finishes at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ranks fifth among active Cup drivers at Indy, even though he has six less starts than the four in front of him.
* According to NASCAR's "loop data," Kenseth leads all Cup drivers in the following categories at Indy:
o Average Running Position of 5.8
o Driver Rating of 114.0
o 316 Laps in the Top 15
* In 2001's Brickyard 400, Kenseth completed only two laps, the lowest total of laps completed in Kenseth's 275-race Cup career.
* Jamie McMurray, in four starts at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has produced one top five and two top-10 finishes. McMurray has also led a total of 22 laps at the 2.5-mile speedway.
* McMurray averages a 13.2 finish at IMS, which ranks as McMurray's third best track on the NEXTEL Cup schedule.
* McMurray's 13.2 average finish at IMS ranks fifth among all active drivers with more than four starts at IMS.
* McMurray has a perfect record in laps completed at IMS. (641 laps attempted, 641 laps completed)
* McMurray is currently 15th in the NEXTEL Cup point standings and only 111 points out of 12th place.
* Carl Edwards will make his third NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In his two previous starts at Indy, Edwards has achieved two top-12 finishes
* After 19 races, Edwards and the No. 99 Office Depot team are currently fifth in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings with 2473 points, 438 points out of first place
* Backpack Donation: Edwards will participate in the first Office Depot backpack donation program of 2007. He will be at the Office Depot store at 4200 South East Street in Indianapolis on Thursday, July 26 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. An autograph session will immediately follow the backpack donation. Fans wishing to participate may pick up a wristband starting at 7:00 AM at the store. Only the first 200 people will receive wristbands.
* WIN Carl's Laptop: To help celebrate the launch of its new television commercial titled Carl's Laptop, Office Depot is running a promotion for fans to have the opportunity to actually win a new laptop from Carl Edwards. For a chance to win a new TOSHIBA Satellite Notebook computer loaded with the latest technology and autographed by Carl Edwards, fans can simply log on to www.officedepotracing.com to register.
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series:
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: RK-394 Brand new car
RK-405 Previously ran at Texas Motor Speedway, finished 35th
Ragan on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"Indy is one of the biggest races of the year in the NEXTEL Cup Series. Next to the Daytona 500 it is the most anticipated event of the year. I have never competed at the Brickyard before, but we have been to three 2.5-plus mile speedways this year and we have been fairly decent at those. The thing about the speedways and superspeedways is that they can be so different. Yeah they might be the same distance, but each turn is different and there are grooves and bumps in the track that dictate how you maneuver your way around for four or five hundred miles. We will be running the AAA Insurance paint scheme again this weekend so we are pretty excited about that and all-in-all I'm looking forward to a great weekend."
Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"Indy and Pocono are the two large tracks that David will be making laps on for the first time this season. David has done a good job at the bigger speedways this year. The area where we struggle the most is in the draft. He's a young driver out there with little experience on these tracks compared to a lot of these guys. We are going to get hung out there quite a bit, but the most important thing for us right now is to stay out of the wrecks and get all we can. We have been moving up in the points little by little and we would like to be in the top 20 by the end of the weekend."
Team: No. 16 Dish Network Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Greg Erwin
Chassis: RK-315 Brand New Car
Biffle on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"I know we're taking a new car to Indy this weekend. The team said it had excellent wind tunnel numbers, so I'm ready to get in it for practice on Friday. I had a great off weekend and I think it came at just the right time. I'm looking forward to racing at Indy this weekend and working with these guys to keep going in the right direction in the points. Right now we need to get the best finishes we can and we probably need a couple of guys in front of us to have a bad day or two to get in the Chase but we're not giving up."
Crew Chief Greg Erwin on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"We're taking a brand new car to Indy this weekend. It is very similar to a car he liked at the Kentucky test except we feel that we've made a few improvements to this one. It has the best wind tunnel numbers of our new cars so far, so we're very excited to see how it performs at the track. Qualifying will be very important as passing can be difficult at Indy and track position is critical. Pit strategy will obviously come into play and good pit stops will be crucial."
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-385 Last outing: Kansas, Oct. '06, finished 23rd. Also: Indianapolis, Aug. '06, led nine laps, finished second
RK-317 Last outing: Pocono, Jun. '07, finished ninth. Also: Scored four top fives in '07 including a win in Fontana, Feb. '07
Kenseth on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"Indy ranks right at the top, or close to the top, on races you'd like to win in your career. I think everyone wants to win the Daytona 500, that's the biggest one you want to win. But, certainly the Brickyard is right there with it.
"We've been close a few times and we've been real competitive. Actually a couple of times we've been there we've had some problems, but we've always ran pretty good. I always feel like we'll have a shot when we go there, and it's certainly one we'd like to pull off.
"Indy's different than any other track we go to because it's four 90 degree corners instead of two basically 180 degree corners, so that makes it a lot different. It's definitely narrow and very difficult to run side by side, but yet it's not difficult to pass. If you got your car where it's loose enough then you can do some passing. It's a lot of fun. It's actually a very challenging track, even when you're by yourself, to get that little bit of extra speed out of it is real difficult at Indy. You've got to have it pretty 'hung out' to be able to run fast, which makes it a lot of fun as a driver."
Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"Indy's a real special place for all of us who grew up in the Midwest. It's got a ton of history and when you think about all of the guys that have won there throughout the years it would mean a lot to be able to add our names to that list.
"We're taking the same car that we ran with there last year. It was brand new when we ran it at Indy last year and built specifically with Indy in mind. We tested it there then took it back and were pretty competitive with it. That should give us a pretty good baseline whenever we unload Friday for the two practice session. Hopefully we aren't too far off and can zero in on what we need for the race. If we can get it to turn like Matt wants it to turn, then I feel pretty good about our chances on Sunday."
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Larry Carter
Chassis: RK-393 Brand New Body Style for 2007
RK-403 Tested at Las Vegas March 2007
McMurray on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"After the last race in Chicago, I'm really looking forward to Indy this weekend. Indy is a place that I've always run really well at in the past and even had a shot at winning a few years ago. It's a place that every driver wants to win at and a place that has so much history behind it. We didn't run very well at the last flat track we visited (Pocono), but I feel we have a pretty good car for Indy this weekend. We went back to the shop and looked at what worked and what didn't at Pocono, so I think that should help us in Indy.
"There is a good stretch of tracks coming up that I feel we are going to run really well at. We have Indy this weekend, then Watkins Glen, Michigan, Bristol and Fontana. A lot of those are some of my favorite places to race and places we ran well at the first time we visited them earlier this season. I've said before, it's not about having good luck it's about avoiding the bad luck. Hopefully, last weekend at Chicago, we got all the bad luck out of us.
"Also, this weekend in Indy, I will be a part of Crown Royal's 'Safe Rides Home' program. I believe it's the third year they have hosted the program in downtown Indy and the second year where I will be driving people home. It's a really cool campaign that I'm proud to be a part of."
Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"After Pocono we took all the information from all five Roush teams back to the shop to see how we could better our flat track program. After looking at everything and coming up with some new setups, I think we have a pretty good shot at running well this weekend in Indy. Last week we were deciding between two different cars, but we ran them both in the wind tunnel and feel like we have a pretty good car for this weekend's race. I know the guys are disappointed in last week's run, but we have to put that behind us and look forward to the upcoming races we have on our plate. We all know that Jamie runs really well at the upcoming tracks, so we are looking forward to putting on a good run."
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-358 this will be the first race for this car this year
Edwards on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"I'm really looking forward to racing at Indy. There's so much history at that track, it would certainly mean a lot to run well and win there.
"This weekend I will be a little busy flying back and forth between Indy and ORP but I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be a fun week and hopefully we can win some races and keep up the great momentum we've had over the last couple of weeks. We're headed in the right direction; we just need to keep digging"
Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"To race at the Brickyard is pretty incredible. There's so much history there and so many great 'racers' have been there. I think being able to say that you've won at Indy is a great accomplishment. I think the Office Depot team has the potential to run really well there and I'm excited to go there this week and see what we can do."
"The setup for Indy is unlike most set-ups. With the long front and back stretches and overall length of 2.5 miles, it's classified as a superspeedway. But, it only has nine degrees of banking in the corners and that shallow banking is a characteristic of the flat track like Loudon and Martinsville. We'll need a good aero package, as well as a good 'flat track' setup, which will be challenging."
NASCAR Busch Series:
Team: No. 6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-479 Last ran at Milwaukee, Jun. '07, finished 12th. Ran at Richmond, May '07, finished 14th
Ragan on racing in the NBS at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"I would like to duplicate our strong finish from last weekend. We sat on the pole here last year in the truck race. It is a good track that reminds me of the short tracks I grew up racing. I feel very comfortable with the setup of the track. It will be a tough race because the field will be stacked with great drivers. I know we can come away with a great finish if we work hard as a team and get on and off of pit road cleanly. Our race car is a rocket, so I don't think we will have any problems staying in the front of the field. We have a lot of racing left in the season and I can see us getting stronger every week. We haven't quite run the perfect race, but I feel we are getting closer and I truly believe great things are about to happen for the Discount Tire team."
Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"We have a great shot to do well at this race track. We are bringing the same car that ran at Richmond and Milwaukee. I think a top10 finish is very realistic. David has great experience at this track that helps his confidence. This weekend will be old-school Saturday night racing at its best. We will have our work cut out for us this weekend because the field will be so deep with great short track racers. The Discount Tire team will be up to the challenge."
Team: No. 16 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis: RK-460 Biffle finished sixth with this car at Richmond in May
Biffle on racing in the NBS at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"I love racing at ORP. It's tough to do because of the Brickyard schedule, but once I get in the car I remember how much fun I have racing there. I've never finished outside of the top five in a Busch car, and I won there back in 2002. I also won a truck race there in 1999, and never finished outside the top 10 in the three truck races I ran there. I've had a lot of bad luck in the 3M Busch car this year, so hopefully we can break our slump with a strong run at ORP. Eddie and the guys have a great car for me, and I'm going to try to make it over there for at least one practice before the race."
Eddie Pardue on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"Greg has an amazing record at ORP so our goal is to make sure it continues this weekend. We're taking RK-460, which is the same car he ran to a sixth-place finish at Richmond in May. He'll probably have to come from the back of the field since I think he'll miss qualifying, but our pit crew has been outstanding this year so they should help him gain positions in addition to what he can do on the track."
Team: No.60 Dish Network Weather Channel Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel (P.K.)
Chassis: RK-461 last ran at Loudon; Finished 2nd
Edwards on racing in the NBS at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP) is an awesome short track that I really want to run well at. The last couple years we have had a couple of rough races there and didn't come out of there with the finishes we wanted. I have won at ORP in the Craftsman Truck Series, but I would really like to get a win in our Dish Network Weather Channel Ford."
Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"We are looking forward to taking the Dish Network Weather Channel Ford Fusion to O'Reilly Raceway Park. We had a good run last year, but ended up with some damage and didn't quite get the finish we were looking for. Hopefully, we'll go back with our setup and fine tune it and have a great finish."
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series:
Team: No. 6 K&N Filters Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: RK-269-39, last raced at Memphis where Kvapil started 10th and won
Kvapil on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"O'Reilly Raceway Park is a fun, fun racetrack. It's one of my favorite places to race and just good short track racing. Track position is important, but this is one of the places where you can pull of some passes as well. I came close to winning here a few years ago, and we'd love to finish that off this time around."
Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"O'Reilly Raceway Park has been a great track for us over the past couple of years. Roush Fenway Racing has a great record with various drivers behind the wheel, and Travis has an even more impressive record driving for various teams. We got the pole and let a bunch of laps here last year with David Ragan, and we think we have a pretty good chance at contending for the win again this year."
Team: No. 50 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Chassis: RK-240-34, last raced at Milwaukee where Shepherd started 18th and finished 32nd
Shepherd on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"I've never raced here, so I'll be relying pretty heavily on my crew and teammates to help me get dialed in. I was here at the track last year for the truck and Silver Crown races, and I think I learned some things in watching those races that will help me. We had a pretty disappointing race at Kentucky, so we're looking to rebound from that this week in Indy."
Crew Chief Matt Puccia on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"We've got a lot of confidence in our short track program and we feel that this is Peter's best chance to show what he's got. He feels most comfortable at these smaller tracks which are what really suits him. We've got a great truck that we're bringing this week, so we're expecting a strong result."
Team: No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Quinn
Chassis: RK-245-35, last raced at Memphis where Darnell started seventh and finished ninth
Darnell on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"Of the short tracks that we race at, O'Reilly Raceway Park is probably my favorite. If you can get your truck to handle on the bottom, you'll be able to make some good passes and gain position. The grove tends to be on the high side, so if you can get the truck to work on the low side, you'll have good position and be able to pick up some spots. It's a unique racetrack that requires a little different approach."
Crew Chief John Quinn on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"We feel really good about our short track program and where we are heading to Indy. We ran really well at Memphis a couple of weeks ago, but problems on pit road cost us. We've made some changes and feel that we've got that problem solved. If we can put ourselves in the position we were in at Memphis, I think we'll have a good showing."