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ROUSH RACING Pocono Raceway, Jun. 9-11 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Pocono 500 Nashville Superspeedway, Jun. 10 NASCAR Busch Series: Pepsi 300 Texas Motor Speedway, Jun. 10 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Sam's...

ROUSH RACING

Pocono Raceway, Jun. 9-11
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Pocono 500

Nashville Superspeedway, Jun. 10
NASCAR Busch Series: Pepsi 300

Texas Motor Speedway, Jun. 10
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Sam's Town 400k

Roush Racing Fast Facts

* Mark Martin has finished second at Pocono on six different occasions.

* Martin has finished second or third in over 25 percent of his 38 starts at Pocono.

* Martin's 19 top-five finishes at Pocono are the most of any driver.

* Martin's 27-top 10 finishes at Pocono leads all drivers.

* Martin has posted 27 top-10 starts in 36 races at Pocono.

* Martin has finished second in three of his last seven at Pocono.

* Martin has finished inside the top 15 in 12 of 13 races this season.

* Greg Biffle is currently 12th in the point standings, picking up one position after his eighth place finish in Dover.

* Biffle and the National Guard team are currently 524 points out of the lead and are 85 points out of a top-10 position.

* This season Biffle has accumulated 75 bonus points, the most of any Nextel Cup driver this season.

* Biffle has led at least one lap in all but two of the 13 Nextel Cup races so far this season.

* This weekend the No. 16 National Guard team will run the yellow National Guard/Subway paint scheme in Pocono.

* Matt Kenseth's win at Dover was the 12th of his NEXTEL Cup career, and the second of 2006.

* Dover becomes the tenth different track that Kenseth has scored a win at. 2006 becomes the third season in which Kenseth has recorded multiple wins.

* Kenseth's eight top-five finishes in 2006 is currently tops among NEXTEL Cup Series drivers.

* In Kenseth's first 10 trips to Pocono, he finished on the lead lap nine out 10 times. However, last year, Kenseth finished one or more laps down in both races.

* Kenseth has led only 23 laps in 12 races at Pocono, the lowest total number of laps led at any track where Kenseth has 10 or more starts.

* Tracking Kenseth's turnaround; at this point in 2005 compared to this season

* Jamie McMurray has six starts in his three previous seasons, with one pole in last event.

* For his career, McMurray has scored two top-tens at Pocono International Raceway in NEXTEL Cup competition.

* McMurray's average start is 11 and finish is 20 at Pocono International Raceway in six starts.

* Carl Edwards' has one of the worst average starting positions of 35, but in only two starts has the highest average finish of 2.5.

* In Edwards' two career Pocono starts, he has not finished outside of the top five.

* Crew chief Wally Brown, who graduated from Widener University in Chester, PA, looks for his first career win at his "college-town" track.

* This weekend at Pocono will mark the first of three consecutive weekends that Edwards will be traveling to compete in the Busch race. The Busch Series will be racing in Nashville, Tenn. this weekend, where Edwards will be piloting the No. 60 Ameriquest Ford Fusion.

* 29th is the worst starting position to win the race in Pocono's 56 race history -- a challenge overcome by Edwards one year ago.

* Office Depot Store #2413 of Manchester, CT will be on the side of Edwards' Ford Fusion for this weekend's race at Pocono Raceway.

NNCS:

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-314 Finished fourth two weeks ago at Charlotte. Finished 11th and second only other two runs this season at Texas and Atlanta.

Martin on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"Pocono is one of my favorite race tracks. It's really hard to believe that we've never won there, but we've run really well and we've finished second a whole bunch of times. We've had some really good cars there over the years and we've been really fast the last several times that we've raced there. Hopefully we'll be able to build on that and finally get over that hump and get our first win at a track that I really love to go race at.

"We had another awesome car last week at Dover, we just were not able to put all the pieces together and get the finish that we feel like we could have. Still the team fought back and once again Pat Tryson and the guys gave me a great car, so hopefully we can build on that and go after another one this weekend at Pocono."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"Pocono has been one of our strongest tracks over the last couple of years and we are excited about going back this weekend. We've been able to give Mark some good cars there and we'll look to do that again this weekend. Hopefully, with a solid effort in the pits and another fast car, we'll be able to help Mark get to victory lane for the first time at Pocono."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard/Subway Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-201 (Atlanta and Charlotte '06)

Biffle on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"Pocono is a little different than most of the tracks we go to just because you can get so much speed in the straightaways but the corners are so flat that you've got to be able to slow down and control the car almost like a road course. We've had decent runs at Pocono and a top five there this weekend in the National Guard/Subway Ford would be just what we need going into Michigan next weekend."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"We're taking the car we raced earlier this year at Atlanta and Charlotte. It is our best downforce car and probably the fastest car we have. It should be good at Pocono. Brakes are important there for slowing down in the turns, so we'll keep a close eye on that. We'll just go there with the notes we have and see what we can learn in practice."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-340 Brand New car; never tested RK-280 Tested at Charlotte, last ran Michigan, Jun. '06; finished 4th

Kenseth on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"Pocono hasn't been one of our better tracks; especially last year, this place really hurt us in the points. But, we're riding a pretty good wave of momentum right now. Coming off of an awesome win at Dover means a lot. That was a special win for me and the team and our sponsor DEWALT because being only one and a half hours away, they kind of consider Dover their home track, and they had a big turnout. But, that was last week, and that's how you have to approach this. Pocono is a new weekend and a completely different track. You need a lot of grip off the corners, which are pretty flat, if you're going to get the big run you need down the straight-a-ways to make the pass. It's a unique track with a lot of room to pass, it's really fast and I'm looking to have a lot of fun out there on Sunday."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"Pocono creates a lot of different challenges for your team as far as race setup. I think that's why you see teams bring so many different type cars here. Some bring short track cars, some bring speedway cars; we're bringing a brand new car that we sort of built with this place in mind. It's never tested other than a little wind tunnel time, so we're anxious to see how it's going to work out."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Irwin Industrial Tools Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-322 chassis, last raced at Lowe's Motor Speedway

McMurray on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"I like Pocono. It's wide open and with the right car and set up, I think we just may have something for the rest of them. Roush Racing won both Pocono races last year. I want the Irwin Industrial Tools team to continue that success."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"We used RK-322 at the Coca-Cola 600 in May -- we had a lot of success with that Fusion, finishing in 8th place. I really like Pocono, especially with bringing Jack his first ever victory at Pocono with Carl last year. I think we have a good momentum going into this week's race with Jamie and the Irwin Industrial Tools Ford Fusion."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Wally Brown
Chassis: RK-272 (Last raced at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May, where Edwards finished third)

Edwards on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"Pocono is one of my favorite tracks that we visit; I really do enjoy racing there. Last year we won the first time we visited the track and then went back a second time and finished fourth. Pocono has a lot of unique characteristics that make racing there a lot of fun. Pocono has three different corners -- I believe they built the corners to mimic three different race tracks. The tunnel turn is pretty interesting; it's like a road-course corner. I have a lot of confidence that our Office Depot team will run well again this weekend."

Crew Chief Wally Brown on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"Pocono is a track that is always fun to visit for our Office Depot team. Number one, Pocono is a very challenging track to set up for. It's a lot of fun because there are three different corners, each of which poses their own unique characteristics. Last year, Carl had a lot of success at the track and I know how much he enjoys racing there. The entire Office Depot is excited to go up there, run well, and improve our position in the points standing."

NBS

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-349 Previously raced at Richmond, Bristol and Atlanta

Kluever on racing at Nashville Superspeedway:
"We were pretty good at Nashville back in April so I'm really excited to go back this weekend. We were running in the top 10 when we got caught up in an accident with a lapped car. I bet we could have finished in the top five if we could have stayed out of trouble. We've learned so much more since the last time we raced there that I have to believe our 3M Ford Fusion is going to be extremely competitive this weekend. We've got a lot to build on and we're learning.

"Even though we finished 18th at Dover last weekend, I am still really pleased with how our team has come together. We might stumble a couple of times but we're going to figure it out and we're going to be really stellar by the end of the season. We've gained five spots in the points in the last two weeks. I feel confident we'll be in the top 10 before it's all said and done."

Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at Nashville Superspeedway:
"Todd had a great run going at Nashville in the spring before a lapped car spun in front of him. With what we've learned since then I expect him to run even better this time. We've got a good car for this weekend that ran in the top 10 at Richmond for the first half of the race. Contact with the wall tightened it up too much later in the race.

"Hopefully Todd can earn his third consecutive rookie award and we can keep moving up in the points."

Danny O'Quinn, Jr.
Team: No. 50 Stonebridge Life Insurance Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK-356

O'Quinn, Jr. on racing at Nashville Superspeedway:
"I am really looking forward to going back to Nashville. Now that I have run a race on the track I am a little bit more familiar with it. I think we have a really good chance of leaving there with a good finish since we finished 14th when we were there in April, although we are not going to assume anything!"

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Nashville Superspeedway:
"We qualified 3rd at Nashville in the Spring so we are excited about going back. We also got one of our best finishes of the season there. Danny has really taken a liking to the Superspeedways so we are going to go into the weekend with high expectations and a positive attitude."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.60 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel
Chassis: RK- 163

Edwards on racing at Nashville Superspeedway:
"This should be an exciting weekend. I race my Office Depot Ford in Pocono and my Ameriquest Ford in Nashville. I love racing at both tracks. It should be a blast. I believe we should have a great chance in both races. My Busch team has been on a roll. I missed this race last year because of rain and Hank Parker, Jr. ran it for me. Hank is back this year, but I really want to finish this race this year and get a win for Ameriquest."

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel on racing at Nashville Superspeedway:
"The No. 60 Ameriquest team is looking forward to returning to Nashville. This will be an interesting weekend, because it's our first non-companion race of the season. Carl's Cup race is in Pocono. We have Hank Parker, Jr. filling in for us for practice, but Carl will qualify. We are carrying a lot of momentum into Nashville and I like our chances to end up in Victory Lane."

NCTS

David Ragan
Team: No. 6 Scotts Miracle-Gro Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: 39

Ragan on racing at the Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas is where I made my first ever Craftsman Truck Series start, so I will always have great memories of this place and that day. I look forward to going there, the fans are just awesome. The amount of people that come out to support us rivals some Cup weekends. We're going back to the mile and a half tracks where we're pretty comfortable. It's really going to be a fun weekend. I've actually raced a Busch car there as well. I've got a little experience here, and hopefully we'll be able to turn that into some success for us. I'm just really happy to get back into the No. 6 Scotts Ford this weekend."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at the Texas Motor Speedway:
"We'll come into Texas fresh off our win at Dover with Mark Martin, so obviously we'll have momentum on our side. David's shown that he can get around these fast tracks, so we'll do our best to give him a truck that he'll feel confident in. This is typically a pretty exciting race, and we'll see if we can be up front at the end."

Michel Jourdain, Jr.
Team: No. 50 Roush Racing Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Chassis: 48

Jourdain on racing at the Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas is a very fast track, but it's one that I really enjoy racing@at. Texas is one of the races I look most forward to as it is so close to my home country of Mexico. Matt and all the guys have worked hard to get ready for this race, so I know we will unload with a good Ford F-150 under us. Hopefully weather will not be an issue this time around, and I can get my first start with Roush Racing in this weekend."

Crew Chief Matt Puccia on racing at the Texas Motor Speedway:
"It was unfortunate that we got rained out in Mansfield, we were looking forward to getting this program with Michel underway. Instead, we'll kick this off at a track where our driver has some experience, and that's going to give us some confidence. Michel has run well at Charlotte and Atlanta, and had a decent run here in the Busch car last year. We had a great run last week, and we're looking to build on that. We're obviously behind the eight ball with being outside the top-30 in points, so we've got to put some emphasis on our qualifying package, but we will work on a balance that we know will be good on the long run, too."

Erik Darnell
Team: No. 99 Woolrich Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Quinn
Chassis: 41

Darnell on racing at the Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas looks very similar to Atlanta and Charlotte, but the track is very different. While I've never raced here, I think my experience at Atlanta and Charlotte will help. I enjoy racing at the fast mile-and-a-half tracks, so I'm excited about getting down there and seeing what we can do."

Crew Chief John Quinn on racing at the Texas Motor Speedway:
"Erik's really done a great job so far with the mile-and-a-half stuff, so I feel good about heading to Texas. I think we'll be able to unload and get up to speed fairly quickly. Erik's really shown a great ability to adapt to these fast tracks. We're bringing one of our favorite trucks, and we really feel good about our chances."

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , David Ragan , Todd Kluever , Erik Darnell , Doug Richert , Danny O'Quinn , Mike Kelley , Mark Martin , Michel Jourdain