BUSCH: Roush Fenway Racing Texas II preview

Roush Fenway Racing Texas Motor Speedway, Nov. 2-4 Fort Worth, Tex. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Dickies 500 Sunday November 4 3:00 PM Eastern -- ABC/PRN NASCAR Busch Series: O'Reilly Challenge Saturday November 3 3:00 PM Eastern -- ...

Roush Fenway Racing
Texas Motor Speedway, Nov. 2-4
Fort Worth, Tex.

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Dickies 500
Sunday November 4
3:00 PM Eastern -- ABC/PRN

NASCAR Busch Series: O'Reilly Challenge
Saturday November 3
3:00 PM Eastern -- ESPN2/PRN

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Silverado 350K
Friday November 2
8:30 PM Eastern -- SPEED Channel/PRN

Roush Fenway Racing Fast Facts

* David Ragan made his first start at Texas Motor Speedway with Roush Fenway Racing in the Craftsman Truck Series in the spring of 2006. He started 20th and finished eighth.

* Ragan also competed in the Truck Series in the fall of 2006 where he started 21st and finished sixth.

* Ragan competed in the NASCAR Busch Series in the spring of 2007. He started on the pole and finished fifth.

* Ragan is currently 23rd in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings. He is also currently second in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year race.

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* In the spring race at Texas, Greg Biffle lost only four positions in the pits when the team changed the battery and fought back for a sixth place finish.

* Biffle has three top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes in eight NASCAR Busch Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway as well as one win and three top-five finishes in five NASCAR Craftsman truck Series starts.

* Biffle finished 22nd last week at Atlanta and currently sits 15th in the point standings, 81 points out of 13th.

* This weekend Biffle will run a black and red Jackson Hewitt Tax Service paint scheme.

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* Matt Kenseth's fourth-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway last Sunday marked the third straight top-five finish in the Cup Series at Atlanta, and fourth in the past five races.

* For the third and final time in 2007, Kenseth's No. 17 Ford will don the USG Sheetrock paint scheme at Texas this weekend. In the previous two outings, it finished 10th at Martinsville in April and second at Chicago in July.

* Kenseth's average finish during the Chase at TMS is 7.5; ranking second among all Chase tracks.

* Kenseth has finished in the top three in three of the past four Cup races at Texas.

* Kenseth is the all-time lap leader at Texas Motor Speedway in NASCAR competition, leading 637 laps total; 330 in NEXTEL Cup and 307 in Busch. In addition, he's also led nine laps in IROC.

* Kenseth has recorded 10 top-10 finishes in 12 starts in NBS competition at TMS, a series best, which includes two wins, the last one coming in the spring race when he won "free fries for America" in the Arby's car.

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* In seven visits to the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway, Jamie McMurray has posted four top 10's and two top-five finishes. The best finish came in April 2005, where McMurray finished second.

* McMurray has an average starting position at TMS of 31.0 and an average finish of 14.4 -- an improvement of 17 positions.

* This weekend, the Jamie McMurray Foundation will make a donation to the Gladys Golman / Fay Dallen Education Fund for $5,000. The local Texas charity raises funds for Autism Awareness and improving school systems for children with autism.

* McMurray will pilot the No. 26 Crown Royal Special Reserve Ford Fusion in this Sunday's Dickies 500.

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* Carl Edwards is currently fourth in the 'Chase' for the NEXTEL Cup with 5940 points, 261 points behind the leader, Jeff Gordon

* Edwards will make his fifth Cup start at Texas this weekend. In his previous starts, Edwards has achieved one win, one top five and one top 10

* Edwards' average running position is 12.0, sixth best among active drivers. His driver rating is 94.3, eighth best

* Edwards captured his fourth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series victory at Texas Motor Speedway in November of 2005

* Office Depot Store No. 493 from Williamsville, N.Y. is this week's sales winner and will ride along on the No. 99 this weekend at Texas

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series

David Ragan
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: Primary: RK-275 Previously ran at Kansas; finished 16th
     Back-up: RK-201 Previously ran at Michigan; finished 21st

Ragan on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"We had some bad luck at Texas earlier this year and have struggled quite a bit on the mile and a half tracks in general this season. We really have to improve on that before we head back to these tracks again next year. Texas will be the last mile and a half this year so I would really like to have a good run there. We had a rough week last week in Atlanta and we lost a few points putting us back in 23rd overall right now. With three to go we need some good runs and points."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"The car that we are taking to Texas is the car that we ran at Kansas and finished 16th in. This will only be the second time that we have run that car this season and it will be the first time that we run it on a mile and a half track. Hopefully, this weekend will be the turning point for us on the mile and half-tracks. We ended up having a tire go down at Atlanta last week and that just started a downhill slide for the remainder of the day. I know that David has the talent to be successful at these tracks he is still just getting his feet wet at some of these tracks that he has only been to, at the most, once before. We have three races left and we plan to improve at each one."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 Jackson Hewitt Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Greg Erwin
Chassis: RK-431 California 1 -- Finished 15th, Michigan 1 - 38th, Chicago -- 11th, Charlotte 2 -- 27th

Biffle on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas is a track where it seems like I either run really well or really bad. It's the type of track where we typically run well but for some reason, we seem to have bad luck there a lot. This spring we had a battery issue and had to change a battery during the race. We ended up with a sixth place finish but it took a lot to get there. Winning at Texas is a little different than winning anywhere else because you get the set of cowboy hats for the whole team and then they give the driver a set of pistols. Those are pretty cool and they always remind you of a win in Texas."

Crew Chief Greg Erwin on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"We're taking the car we raced at Charlotte a few weeks ago to Texas this weekend. It is very similar to the car we won with at Kansas and raced at Atlanta last weekend. We've even made a couple of more changes to it since the Charlotte race to make it even more identical to the Kansas car. I know these guys would love to get another win before the end of the season and Texas is a place where we feel like we can pull it off. Greg has shown that he can run well at Texas if we can give him a car he can race with and we stay out of trouble on the track. I wouldn't mind a new cowboy hat myself, so we'll head to Texas just like we will Phoenix and Homestead, ready to bring home a win."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 USG Sheetrock/DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-317 Last outing: Charlotte, October '07 -- finished 34th. Also: Scored four top fives in '07 including a win in Fontana, Feb. '07
     RK-340 Last outing: Pocono, August '07 -- finished 14th. Also: Served as backup in 10 races in 2007

Kenseth on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"We've put together back-to-back solid finishes, which is something, it seems like, that we haven't done in a long time. I thought we had a car capable of winning at the end, and we haven't been able to say that in while, because, basically, we haven't been able to get to the end. But, it was another solid performance by our guys and hopefully that can carry over into this weekend.

"Texas is a lot like Atlanta and we've had some success there in the past. I've always enjoyed racing there. It's fast and since the pavement has aged a little bit, there are multiple grooves and once your car starts sliding around on old tires, you can kind of search out different grooves to suit the way your car's handling. I always enjoy that style of racing. It's more challenging and a lot of fun for the driver. Our car's performance is as good as it has been all year. That makes it fun to come to race track when you have that and hopefully we'll have the same this weekend."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"We're taking the same car to Texas that we did in the spring and it's been pretty good for us all year. It last ran at Charlotte and was pretty good out front, but we had some problems when we got back in traffic. But, it's been repaired, the damage was minimal, we've got some things fixed and we should be good to go.

"Texas has always been a pretty good track for us and we seem to run well there. Last week was a good one for us. We made the right adjustments towards the end of the race and was able to compete for the win, but a couple of late cautions kind of ruined our chances. Still, the guys did a good job working on the car and pitting the car throughout the race, especially when it counted. We're still out to pick up a win or two before the end of the year and our cars have been running good enough lately to where it would be a real disappointment if we weren't able to contend for each race over the next three weeks."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Larry Carter
Chassis: Primary: RK-393 Last run at Kansas Speedway -- Sept. 2007; finished 24th
    Backup: RK-403 Tested at Las Vegas -- February 2007

McMurray on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas is a place that I have run really well at in the past and hopefully we can continue that trend this weekend. It's a track that I can't seem to get around for qualifying, but a track that I seem to race really well at each time we visit there. This weekend is a pretty big weekend for Crown Royal. We are running the No. 26 Crown Royal Special Reserve Ford Fusion. It's a really good-looking race car that I'm really excited about racing this weekend. Also, the Jamie McMurray Foundation is presenting a check to a local Texas charity that raises money for Autism Awareness. Overall it should be a pretty good weekend for the No. 26 Crown Royal team.

"Last weekend at Atlanta was really tough for all the guys on the No. 26 team. We didn't have the best car early into the race, but Larry (Carter) and all the guys worked hard throughout the afternoon to give us a car that would be a contender at the end. We had a top-five car going into the last lap -- it's a shame we were caught up in that accident. Needless to say, I'm eager to get back on the track at Texas."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"After our run at Atlanta last weekend, I think all the guys are ready to get back on the track. We had a really good car last weekend that we worked on throughout the race and would have been a contender there at the end had we not been taken out with one lap to go. It was a tough day for all the guys because we had such good pit stops all day and the car was getting better as the afternoon went on. This weekend, we are taking the same car that we ran well with at Kansas. We fought some handling problems in that Kansas race, but I think we have learned quite a bit the last few weeks at Charlotte and Atlanta that we should have a pretty good run in our No. 26 Crown Royal Special Reserve Ford Fusion."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-320 Last ran in Fontana in September of this year, started 19th, finished second.

Edwards on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas is a very technical track -- to be fast your car has to be perfect. So this weekend I'll be depending a lot on the engineering and setup of my Office Depot Fusion. We won Texas back in 2005, so I know my Office Depot team has what it takes to get the job done. It'd be great to get another win there and be able to shoot those Berettas in victory lane."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"I am looking to forward to returning to Texas. We're bringing a good Office Depot Ford to Texas, the one that Carl raced in Fontana and got a second-place finish. It's not a brand new car, but we've made some significant chassis adjustments to it and worked on several different set-ups, so hopefully we'll be fast from the start. Carl and the entire Office Depot team have really been focused this year and are doing a fantastic job. I feel very confident in my guys heading into Texas."

NASCAR Busch Series

David Ragan
Team: No. 6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-378 Last ran at Charlotte, Oct. '07, finished sixth. Ran at Kansas, Sep. '07, finished 34th. Ran at Kentucky, Jun. '07, finished eighth. Ran at Nashville, Jun. '07, finished seventh. Ran at Texas, Apr. '07, finished fifth.

Ragan on racing in the Busch Series at Texas Motor Speedway:
"We had a great run last weekend. I think our Discount Tire team is in a great rhythm right now. I know everybody believes we are very close to capturing our first win of the season. The pit crew has been great and our equipment has been superb. I think Texas could be a special weekend for the entire Discount Tire family. I am very familiar with the track and I know what to expect during the race. There will be a lot of talented and aggressive drivers in this race, but I believe we can run in the front among the elite all day long."

Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"We are bringing our best car to Texas. We have four top-10 finishes with this Ford Fusion. I always believe we can win any race we enter. This weekend will be no different for the Discount Tire team. We have a lot of momentum going into this weekend and I know we have a shot at moving up in the point standings. I am proud of our guys for working hard in the shop, preparing great racecars and staying focused as the season winds down. David is eyeing the Rookie-of-the-Year crown, so it would be fitting to get a win to go along with that trophy."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis: RK-347 Last ran at Lowe's two weeks ago where it sat on the pole and finished 30th

Biffle on racing in the Busch Series at Texas Motor Speedway:
"I love racing at Texas so I'm looking forward to this weekend. The guys have really been busy getting this car ready after it was damaged in Charlotte a few weeks ago. This car has been strong everywhere we've taken it, but we've always had something happen to keep us from winning. We lost an engine at Texas and had a flat tire at Lowe's when we ran this car in the spring races. Then we got caught in that wreck at Lowe's in the fall, so hopefully this weekend things will go our way for a change at Texas."

Crew Chief Eddie Pardue on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"The 3M team did a great job of turning this car around very quickly to get it ready to race in Texas. This car should have won at Charlotte two weeks ago, until Greg got caught up in the wreck with Clint Bowyer. When he climbed out he told us he wanted this car to go to Texas so the guys have really worked hard over the past two weeks. It was strong at Texas in the spring and I expect it to run well again this weekend."

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

Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas is a really fast track and I enjoy racing there. There are multiple grooves around the track, which make for interesting racing. Anytime you can go somewhere and actually pass and run different groves around the track you know you are in for a good race. We had a really good car here in the spring and we are bringing that same car here this time around. Hopefully we can get the same result and get a win for iLevel in their last race this year with us."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"The season is winding down and I'm hoping we can finish as strong as we started. We are bringing the same car that won in the spring race at Texas and most recently finished third at Dover despite getting a little banged up. Matt and the team have a lot of confidence in this car so I think we should be able to get a solid run in this weekend."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.60 Dish Network Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel (P.K.) Chassis Number: RK-419 Last ran at Dover; finished first

Edwards on racing in the Busch Series at Texas Motor Speedway:
"It will be great to head to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. The track is very fast and lots of fun. I like the multi-grooves which makes passing easier. After a rough finish at Memphis, our Dish Network team is determined to finish well. We have run well the last few weeks, but our finishes have been disappointing. It's time to lock this Busch Championship down. Our goal is to go into Texas and win and everything else will come with it."

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Our Dish Network team is really looking forward to Texas Motor Speedway. It's been very frustrating lately. We are going to try to avenge these past few weeks of great runs and poor finishes. The team is looking forward to wrapping up this championship at Texas."

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series

Travis Kvapil
Team: No. 6 K&N Filters Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: RK-319-43 Last raced at Atlanta where Kvapil started fifth and finished 11th

Kvapil on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas is a very special place to me. It's where I won my first race back in 2001, and the fans are always so supportive of us. The truck series always puts on a good show there. Like Charlotte and Atlanta, it's a high-speed track where the draft will come into play. It's one of my favorite places to race, and I always look forward to going back to Texas."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Travis has won at Texas in the past, so there's no reason to believe that he can't win there again. We're bringing the same truck that we raced in Atlanta last week. It's been a strong truck for us, it's the chassis we won with from the pole at both Michigan and Las Vegas. We know that we're out of the hunt for the championship, but we're in a pretty tight battle for third in points. We need to have a good runs for the rest of the year to make sure we take that spot."

T. J. Bell
Team: No. 50 Heathcliff's Cat Litter Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Quinn
Chassis: RK-225-33 Last raced at Las Vegas where Bell started 10th and finished 31st

Bell on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"We had a really good race going at Texas earlier this year, but I got cleared by my spotter when I wasn't, ending our day pretty early. I like the high-speed tracks like Texas and Atlanta, so I always look forward to heading to them. It seems like we've had a horrible string of luck here the last few months, so I hope we'll be able to change that at Texas."

Crew Chief John Quinn on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"We're bringing our Las Vegas truck to Texas this week. It was a very strong truck out there, but we never got the chance to show it after we wrecked out early. T.J. knows what it takes to get around Texas. He had a very strong run going earlier this year. Hopefully we can get the finish he deserves this time around."

Erik Darnell
Team: No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Chassis: RK-389-54 Brand new chassis

Darnell on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas is one of my favorite places to race. We had an engine failure there earlier in the year, but had it not been for that I think we would have been a contender for the win. We ran really well in the fall race at Texas last year, so hopefully we can repeat that this year."

Crew Chief Matt Puccia on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"We're bringing a brand-new chassis to Texas this weekend. It looked really good in the wind tunnel, so we're excited to see what it can do on the racetrack. Had it not been for a part failure in Atlanta last weekend, I think we would have had a good finish. We'll look to make up for that this weekend."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , David Ragan , Erik Darnell , Greg Erwin , Mike Kelley , Travis Kvapil
Teams Williams , Roush Fenway Racing