BUSCH: Roush Racing Indy weekend preview

ROUSH RACING Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Aug. 4 - 6 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, Aug. 6 O'Reilly Raceway Park, Aug. 4 - 5 NASCAR Busch Series: Kroger 200, Aug. 5 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series:...


Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Aug. 4 - 6
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, Aug. 6

O'Reilly Raceway Park, Aug. 4 - 5
NASCAR Busch Series: Kroger 200, Aug. 5
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Power Stroke Diesel 200, Aug. 4

Roush Racing Fast Facts

*Mark Martin has finished inside the top 10 in eight of 11 starts at Indy and inside the top six five times.

*Martin has finished top five in four of 11 starts at Indy.

* Martin has won three IROC races at Indy ('98, '99 and 2000).


* Greg Biffle is currently 12th in the point standings after his 24th place finish at Pocono.

* Biffle and the National Guard team are currently 506 points out of the lead but are only 44 points out of the top 10 and 82 points from seventh.

* Biffle holds a 122-point advantage over Kurt Busch in the 13th position.

* This weekend the No. 16 National Guard team will run the red, white and blue National Guard paint scheme.


* Matt Kenseth has three top-five finishes in six starts at Indy. His highest percentage of top-five finishes at any track.

* Indy is one of 14 tracks (including North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham) where Kenseth has scored three or more top-five finishes in his career.

* Kenseth has led only 26 laps in 13 races at Pocono, the lowest total number of laps led at any track where Kenseth has 10 or more starts.

* In 2001's Brickyard 400, Kenseth completed only two laps, the lowest total of laps completed in Kenseth's 240-race career.

* Kenseth's last top-five finish was at Daytona on Jul. 1, four races ago; which is currently his longest streak without at top-five finish in 2006.


* Jamie McMurray has three career starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, his best finish came in August of 2003 when he finished third.

* In three starts at the famed speedway, McMurray averages a 17.7 start and a 9.0 finish.

* McMurray has never finished off the lead lap at IMS and in his first start at the 2.5-mile speedway, he lead 22 laps.

* On Thursday night, McMurray will lead a fleet of 10 Crown Royal Ford Fusions in downtown Indianapolis to help promote Crown Royal's, "Be a Champion. Drink Responsibly." campaign. The Safe Rides Home program has provided rides for hundreds of patrons and NASCAR fans since its inception in 2003.

* McMurray will be running the Crown Royal paint scheme for this weekend's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.


* Carl Edwards will make his second start at the famed 2.5-mile speedway.

* Edwards will be piloting the Office Depot "Back to School" Ford Fusion this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

* Office Depot and Edwards will be donating over 1,000 backpacks to the local Indianapolis community on Friday evening at Office Depot store #66 (4200 South East Street B-1).

* Edwards will again be running double-duty this weekend, as the Busch Series will be racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Ind.

* Currently, Edwards and the Office Depot team are 14th place in the point standings and 235 points out of 10th place.

* During the Indy test session, Edwards left as the eighth fastest car.

* Office Depot Store #2169 of Pensacola, Fla., will be on the side of Edwards' Ford Fusion for this weekend's race at IMS.

Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, Sunday, Aug. 6

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson Chassis: RK-381 New car, tested Indy last month.

Martin on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"I really enjoy racing at Indy and we have had some good runs there over the years. Indianapolis is a race track with a lot of history and we would really love to go there and win this weekend. We had a pretty good test there a couple of weeks ago and we are happy with the car that we are bringing back. We've run well at Indy the past few years, so hopefully we'll be able to build on that and run to a strong finish there this weekend.

"We've gave up some points the last few weeks, so it would be nice to come out and have a solid finish and put a little more breathing room between us and 11th place as we head into the final stretch run before the cut-off point after 26 races. The team has shown a great deal of improvement over the past few weeks, especially on pit road. Now we just have to make sure our cars are running fast on a consistent basis and we should be okay down this stretch run."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"We really liked what we had in the test there a few weeks ago and it has been one of our strongest tracks the last few years. We had a good run there a year ago and we were really fast there two years ago. Mark definitely knows how to get around at Indy, so hopefully we can put the right car and setup under him that will give him the opportunity he needs to go out and win that thing. I know that a win at the Brickyard would mean a lot to him and everyone on this race team."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Doug Richert Chassis: RK-239 Ran the following in 2006: Vegas, Fontana, Texas, Michigan, Chicago

Biffle on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"Well, we're taking our best car to Indy this weekend. This car has been good for us at all of the bigger tracks this year and I feel comfortable taking it to Indy this weekend. I was a little disappointed in our performance at Pocono but I know we've got a strong team we're not going to give up. We had a really good run at Indy in 2004 and if we can duplicate that run or come out of there with a top-five finish, I'll be happy."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"We're taking RK 239, which is a car we've taken to a lot of the bigger tracks this season. It is not one of the cars we took to the test a couple of weeks ago but we feel confident in taking it to Indy this weekend. We learned a lot at the test that we can apply to this racecar and we've got good direction to start practice on Friday."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser Chassis: RK-385 New car; tested Indy in Jul.
     RK-340 Last ran Pocono, Jun. '06; finished fifth

Kenseth on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"Personally I enjoy racing at Indy. It's real fast but it's not banked much at all. It's the only flat track we go to where we can carry that type of speed through the turns. We've had good cars there before only to come up a little bit short. But, judging by the way we've ran there the last few years, it could be a good track for us. The car we're bringing this time is a new one, so, even though we tested here a few weeks ago, it's important for us to get a lot of good practice time in on Friday and Saturday. Luckily, this weekend has a lot of practice sessions; I think four, built into the schedule, so it should give us a good amount of time to get the car to where it needs to be on Sunday."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"Our primary (car) is a new car that has only been on the track at Indy, and it's already had an eventful run there. We finally got it on the track on our first day of testing and something happened where Matt made a little bit of contact with the wall. We went to work pounding out the right side of the car and was able to get the car back out for the remainder of the test sessions. We feel good about the piece we're brining, but there's always an amount of uncertainty with a car that's never raced. Indy's pit road might be the narrowest on the circuit. There's barely enough room for three cars to go side by side, so you have to be careful when getting in and out of the pits not to get into someone."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne Chassis: RK- 237 Last raced Charlotte 600; finished 18th

McMurray on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"This weekend at Indy is going to be a lot of fun. We tested there a few weeks ago and found some areas where we felt we could improve. Bob and the guys implemented a lot of new changes back at the shop for this weekend's race. I am pretty excited to go back to a track where I have some really good finishes. Hopefully, with the changes Bob made to the car and a strong run, we can leave Indy this weekend with a top-five finish, maybe even end up in Victory Lane."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"The entire Crown Royal team is looking forward to racing at Indy this weekend. I know for me personally, it's a track that I really enjoy going to. It's a fun track to set up for, one that offers a challenge. We really learned a lot during the test sessions a few weeks ago. We left the test session with a lot of useful data that we were able to implement back at the shop. I really think the changes we made will be reflected in our run this weekend. Hopefully, this Crown Royal team can come away from Indy with a solid run."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Wally Brown Chassis: RK--272 Last raced at Pocono Jul. '06; finished 39th

Edwards on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"I am really looking forward to all the racing this weekend in Indy. Our Busch win last Saturday in St. Louis was awesome, and we want to carry that momentum into the weekend. I am running the USAC race on Thursday, the Busch race on Saturday, and then of course, the Cup race on Sunday. It's a weekend full of racing -- just as I like it. Indy is such a great place to race; it has long straight-a-ways and the corners are really fast. And this weekend Office Depot gave us a really awesome paint scheme. It's their 'Back to School' paint scheme, and for me, nothing would be better than to drive it into Victory Lane on Sunday afternoon."

Crew Chief Wally Brown on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"The Office Depot team tested at Indy a few weeks ago and overall, I was pleased with the test. This is a very technical track to set up for, but a track that provides a challenge to both the driver and team. The perfect setup is exactly what you need to run well at Indy. This is my first trip to Indy as a crew chief, which is very special to me. There is so much history at a track like Indy, that to win would be a huge accomplishment for me and the entire Office Depot team."

KROGER 200, Saturday, Aug. 5 at ORP

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley Chassis: RK-349 Last raced this at New Hampshire; finished 13th

Kluever on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"This is one of the races I've been looking forward to all year. I love racing at ORP and nearly won my first Craftsman truck race there last year. I had a run going on Dennis Setzer with only a few laps to go and just before I got around him the caution came out. I think I used up my tires trying to get around him the first time so I didn't have anything left for him on the restart and finished second.

"The 3M Ford Fusion we are taking ran decent at New Hampshire, but I think we can make it a lot better for ORP. That is just a really cool track and a fun place to race in any type of race car. I enjoyed racing the truck there, and I bet the Busch car will be even better."

Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"Todd is excited about going back to ORP and that has the whole team pumped up for this weekend. We're taking RK-349 which is the same car that finished 13th at New Hampshire a few weeks ago. We've had some good runs with that car and expect to have our best one this weekend."

Greg Biffle
Team: No.16 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue Chassis: RK- 354

Biffle on racing in the Busch Series at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"This weekend at Indy will be hectic, especially Saturday with Cup qualifying in the morning, Busch Practice, two Cup practices, Busch qualifying and the Busch race all in one day. I'll be in a racecar pretty much all day, but that's where I'm most comfortable, so I'm looking forward to it."

Crew Chief Eddie Pardue on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"Greg has a spectacular record at O'Reilly Raceway Park. He has 6 starts, 2 wins, 5 top-5's and 6 top-10's. Our Ameriquest team was off this last week and is anxious to get back to the track."

Danny O'Quinn, Jr.
Team: No. 50 Roush Racing Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer Chassis: RK-350 Ran at Phoenix, Milwaukee and Loudon

O'Quinn, Jr. on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"I am looking forward to Indy. With the Cup race being down the road at Brickyard and the Busch and Truck Series being at ORP it should be an action packed weekend for everyone. I really want to get a good run for the team so that is our plan."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"ORP is a neat race track. Short track racing is fun and we have had our best runs this year on short tracks, so it should be an exciting night in Indy."

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel Chassis: RK-345

Edwards on racing in the Busch Series at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"We are coming off a big weekend. O'Reilly Raceway Park is a track I really want to run great at. I had a very rough race there last year, but won a truck race there a couple years ago. Last year was just bad luck. I wasn't feeling well and then got caught up in a wreck. My Ameriquest team is on a roll and I am determined to run up front. Our goal is to keep chipping away at Harvick's lead."

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel (P.K.) on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"Our Ameriquest team is carrying a lot of momentum going into Indy. Our team is really starting to gel and we have to keep focusing on gaining as many points as we can. As Carl says, 'we have to all do the best we can' and hope for the best."

POWER STROKE DIESEL 200, Friday, Aug. 4 at ORP

David Ragan
Team: No. 6 Scotts Miracle-Gro Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam Chassis: 34, Last raced at Memphis, where Ragan finished sixth

Ragan on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"It's a pretty big race weekend, here with the Brickyard and all that goes on here at the Raceway Park. A lot of the Cup guys will come over to watch the race. It's a tough track, one you run out by the wall. Todd Kluever ran well there last year, so hopefully we'll have some of his notes to go off. We've been really good these past couple of weeks, and I think we can continue to build on that this weekend in Indy."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"We had a great race here last year with Todd Kluever in the No. 50 truck. We find ourselves in a very similar situation this year with David making his first start here. This Scotts team has really had a great month with three top-10 finishes in a row with David driving. He's such a great driver on the short tracks, so that will be a feather in our cap heading to Indy."

Michel Jourdain, Jr.
Team: No. 50 Roush Racing Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia Chassis: 33, Last raced at Memphis where Pete Shepherd finished 23rd.

Jourdain on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"I've never raced here, but I've spent a lot of time in Indy, and I have a lot of friends there so I am looking forward to going there. Peter Shepherd did a great job at Memphis in the No. 50 Ford, so we know that our short track program is in pretty good shape. It's a unique track, so I think that it will be a challenge to adapt to getting around here, but it's a great facility and I look forward to getting there and racing."

Crew Chief Matt Puccia on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"We had a really good run last time out at Memphis with Peter Shepherd at the wheel. We've got a lot of confidence in our short track program, and we feel that Michel has made a lot of progress understanding the trucks and what it takes to adjust on them. We tested at Greenville Pickens last week with David and Michel, and we were really happy with the way things went. We'll head to Indy feeling pretty good about our chances of having a good finish."

Erik Darnell
Team: No. 99 Roush Racing Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Quinn Chassis: 35, Last raced at Memphis where Darnell finished second.

Darnell on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"We're really looking forward to getting to the track after our great run at Memphis last week. We're heading to another racy little short track this week, and we're bringing the same truck we had last time out. 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. I think it's a unique racetrack that requires a little different approach, but I know that we'll be able to get a good finish out of it."

Crew Chief John Quinn on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:
"We feel really good about our short track trucks and where we are heading to Indy. Memphis was really big for us, we know that we've had the potential to run like that every week but we just haven't been able to put it all together. We really needed to get a good strong finish, and it came just in time. This whole team feels recharged and ready to get back to the track. We know that we can go to Indy and contend for the win. Our confidence is the highest it's been, so we'll look to keep that positive outlook and hope to back up our Memphis run with a win."


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Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Dennis Setzer , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , David Ragan , Todd Kluever , Erik Darnell , Doug Richert , Danny O'Quinn , Pete Shepherd , Peter Shepherd , Mike Kelley , Mark Martin , Michel Jourdain