BUSCH: Roush Racing Dover preview

Roush Racing ready for 'Monster Mile' and round two of 'Chase' Dover International Speedway, September 24-26, 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: MBNA 400, 1:00PM Sunday, September 26 NASCAR Busch Series: Stacker 200, 1:00PM Saturday, September ...

Roush Racing ready for 'Monster Mile' and round two of 'Chase'

Dover International Speedway, September 24-26, 2004
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: MBNA 400, 1:00PM Sunday, September 26
NASCAR Busch Series: Stacker 200, 1:00PM Saturday, September 25

Roush Racing Fast Facts

* Mark Martin heads back to Dover where the Viagra Team will look to make it a clean sweep at the Monster Mile, a track Martin considers one of his favorites. Martin won there in June for his 34th Cup victory.

* Martin's 16 top-five finishes at Dover are the most of any active driver. His four wins tie for the most.

* Martin's 13th place run at Loudon was good enough to move him into seventh place in the Nextel Cup standings as the teams head into Dover. Martin is currently 71 points outside of first place in the Chase.

* Martin has won on seven of the 10 tracks that will decide the winner of the Nextel Cup, including multiple wins at five of the nine tracks remaining, including four wins at Dover. Martin has combined for 16 wins, 87 top-fives, 136 top-10's and 14 poles in 247 starts at the remaining nine tracks. Martin has finished in the top 10 in 55 percent of his starts at those tracks.

* Martin was comfortable at Dover from the start, running to a fifth-place finish in the Mason-Dixon 500 in his first ever start at the 1.0-mile track on 5/16/82. Martin started the event seventh, the first of 22 top-10 starts for him at the track. Martin has four poles at Dover and started in the top 10 in 22 of his first 29 races there. Coincidentally Martin started seventh in his last race at Dover as well back in June, where he ran to his 34th Nextel Cup victory.

* This will be Martin's 37th start at Dover, where he has won four times, with all but this year's June win coming in the fall. The four wins tie for the most at the track. Considered one his favorite tracks on the circuit, Martin has 21 top-10 and 16 top-five finishes at the Monster Mile. The 16 top fives are the most of any active driver.

* Martin will start his third Busch race of 2004 this weekend at Dover International Speedway, where he has one win and five top-five finishes in 10 starts in the Busch Series. Martin finished second last month at Michigan in his return to the Busch Series. He finished 11th at Richmond in his only other Busch race of the season. Martin will also make Busch Series starts later this year in Atlanta and Phoenix.

* Martin has five top-five finishes in 10 races at Dover, and won in his first attempt there (May 1987).

* Martin's win at Dover in '87 was his first win in the Busch Series.

* Martin will be going for his Busch Series record extending 46th win in the series this weekend at Dover

* Matt Kenseth finished second at NHIS one week ago. He has 16 top-10 finishes in 27 starts in 2004. Kenseth has now been inside the NASCAR Top-10 for 62 straight weeks--the longest active streak.

* By leading the most laps on his way to victory at Loudon last week, Busch picked up the bonus points necessary to close the 45-point deficit from seventh to first in points and share the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series points' lead with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

* Kurt Busch's NHIS victory was the 11th in his Cup career, and third of the season, following his win in July at the Siemens 300 at NHIS.

* Busch became the second driver in as many years to sweep the NEXTEL Cup Series events in Loudon, following Jimmie Johnson's performance in 2003. Busch's performance also marked the second straight year he has swept both races at one track, following last year's victories at Bristol.

* Busch is running the No. 97 Sharpie paint scheme for the 12th of 18 events in the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season.

* Busch's first start in NASCAR's premier series came at Dover International Speedway on Sept. 24, 2000, qualifying 10th and finishing 18th in the No. 97 John Deere Ford Taurus. Busch won the inaugural Craftsman Truck Series race at Dover earlier that same weekend.

* Busch has started eleventh or better in his last four appearances at Dover, but that streak has resulted in only one top 10 (Sept. 2002), his only top 10 at the track.

Roush Racing Fast Facts

* Giving double duty a whole new meaning, Carl Edwards will race both the No. 99 Cup car and the No. 99 Superchips F-150 Truck this upcoming weekend. The hitch, the Cup race is in Dover, DE while the Truck race is in Las Vegas, NV.

* Dave Blaney will practice the No. 99 Ford on Saturday while Edwards races the No. 99 Superchips Truck in Las Vegas.

* With just five NEXTEL Cup starts, Edwards moved to 42nd in the driver point standings while moving to 20th in the overall owner point standings. Edwards sits 344 points out of 15th in the owner standings.

NNCS

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra Ford Taurus
Owner:Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-231 (top-fives at Fontana, Michigan and Las Vegas)

Mark Martin on racing at Dover International Speedway: "This is one that we've been looking forward to. Dover is a great race track - and it may even be my favorite - so I always look forward to racing there. There are six tracks of the nine left that we really feel like we should run strong and Dover is the first of those. We won there in the spring and we've been really good on those types of tracks in the past few weeks. Hopefully we can build on that and put the car back in victory lane and gain some ground in the Race for the Championship.

"The team has done an outstanding job so far this season. We needed to get through Loudon last week and we were able to do that. Now it's time for us to go do some racing up at Dover, which should be one of our strong tracks. We know what our goal is and now it's just a matter of doing what it takes to get there."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Dover International Speedway: "I know the team is really excited about going back to Dover. The win there in June will always be special to me and this team, and we are excited about the chance to do it again there. Dover is Mark's kind of track and he'll be racing his favorite car this weekend, so it should be a good run for us. It'll just be our job to make sure that Mark has what he needs to go out and do what we all know he can do and that's win this race."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-247 (raced at Chicagoland most recently)

Greg Biffle on racing at Dover International Speedway: "I have a feeling that this weekend will be good for both the No. 16 National Guard team and the No. 60 Charter team. We won the spring race in the Busch car and we're taking that same piece back this weekend. We had a really good run going in the Cup car earlier this year, but we got caught up in an unavoidable wreck that pretty much ruined any chances of a good finish. I'm sure both cars will be fast, so hopefully we'll catch the right breaks on the track and on pit road and turn in a couple of respectable finishes. I really want to sweep a weekend before the seas,on is over and maybe this could be the one."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Dover International Speedway: " Dover was not good to us the last time we were there. We wrecked a car in qualifying and then had a 19-car pileup take us out of the race. We had a good run with this particular car at Chicago until the nose was damaged on a restart. We're taking it this weekend because it is the same type of car we've been having good results with and we'd like a good result in Dover."

Matt Kenseth
Team:No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Owner:Jack Roush/Mark Martin
Crew Chief:Robbie Reiser
Chassis:MMR-39 (new chassis, tested at Dover last week)

Matt Kenseth on racing at Dover International Speedway: "It's my favorite track so obviously I'm excited to get here and get another Chase race under our belts--hopefully with a great finish. Last week, we did exactly what we had to do by competing like a championship-caliber team and we need to go out and do that nine more times, then we can see how it shakes out. I think Dover plays to our strengths--I like the place a lot. I like the speed you have entering the corners and if you have a good setup underneath you, this place can be a lot of fun to drive. I like where we are in the points right now and we're just hoping we can do even better this week."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Dover International Speedway: "This is a new car, but I think it's going to do a great job for us. We had a lot of planning and research that went into it so we're hoping it performs. I would have loved to have had some more time to test it, but some time is better than none at all."

Kurt Busch
Team:No. 97 Sharpie Ford Taurus
Owner:Jack Roush
Crew Chief:Jimmy Fennig
Chassis:#46 (won at Bristol in the spring)

Kurt Busch on racing at Dover International Speedway: "When I first started out in the Cup series, Dover was one of my favorite tracks. I made my first Cup start there in 2000 in the No. 97 John Deere Ford Taurus and we qualified well at 10th place, and went on to finish 18th, so it was a solid way to kick off our Cup series efforts. I had won earlier that weekend in the inaugural truck race at Dover, but since then we haven't had the same success there. It's a track similar to Bristol, almost like a bigger brother to that track being a mile in length at Dover versus a half-mile in Bristol, but our success at Bristol hasn't translated as well to that track. But obviously we like where we are in points after our run at Loudon last week, and we want to continue that this weekend in the Sharpie car in the second race of the 'Chase'."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Dover International Speedway: "We brought a couple of cars up here to test in the spring, and we're going with the car that we ran with at Bristol earlier this year. We had a good run last week, and we need to continue that kind of thing as we keep going in these final 10."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne Chassis Number: RK-171 (ran at first Bristol, first Fontana and Darlington)

Carl Edwards on racing at Dover International Speedway: "It's one of my favorite tracks. It reminds me a lot of driving a 1/2 mile dirt track because of the banking and the way it drives. I sat on the pole earlier this year in the Superchips F-150 and lead a bunch of laps which was cool. It's a fun track and with each week my comfort level grows in the No. 99 Roush Racing Ford.

"I'll be racing both the Superchips F-150 Truck and the No. 99 Roush Racing Ford this weekend and I'm really looking forward to it. The travel does present some challenges but nothing we can't overcome. It's really exciting and fun stuff. I'm very grateful that Jack (Roush) and Geoff (Smith) are going to such great lengths to let me drive both races. And to have Dave Blaney helping us out is really awesome as well."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Dover International Speedway: "Dover is a tough track. I think it's probably one of the more physically demanding tracks on a driver but I think Carl is up to the challenge. We are taking a car that we've run this year and have had some success with. We're fortunate to have someone like Dave Blaney helping us out this weekend while Carl focuses on the truck race Saturday which is great. I think we have the potential to do well this weekend, we'll just have to see what happens."

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Mark Martin
Team: No. 9 Cottman Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Tony Liberati
Chassis: RK-15 (finished second at Michigan)

Martin on racing at Dover International Speedway: "We are looking forward to running the No. 9 Cottman car this weekend in Dover. Dover is one of my favorite tracks and it's always fun to get out on that race track and compete. We won the Cup race there in the spring and hopefully we can put the Cottman No. 9 car into victory lane on Saturday and the Viagra car there on Sunday."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 60 Charter Communications Ford Taurus
Owner: Jack Roush
Crew Chief: Brad Parrott
Chassis: JR-69 (won at Dover earlier this season)

Greg Biffle on racing at Dover International Speedway: "I have a feeling that this weekend will be good for both the No. 16 National Guard team and the No. 60 Charter team. We won the spring race in the Busch car and we're taking that same piece back this weekend. We had a really good run going in the Cup car earlier this year, but we got caught up in an unavoidable wreck that pretty much ruined any chances of a good finish. I'm sure both cars will be fast, so hopefully we'll catch the right breaks on the track and on pit road and turn in a couple of respectable finishes. I really want to sweep a weekend before the seas,on is over and maybe this could be the one."

Crew Chief Brad Parrott on racing at Dover International Speedway: "We're taking Chassis 69, which is one of Greg's favorite cars. We tore it up at Bristol but we've got a new body on it and the same setup in it that we won with at Dover in June. We weren't very pleased with our results at Richmond at couple of weeks ago so hopefully we can rebound with a good run this weekend. We'd like to sweep both events at Dover just like we did at California."

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Carl Edwards , Jack Roush , Dave Blaney , Doug Richert , Mark Martin