BUSCH: Roush Racing Loudon/Memphis preview

ROUSH RACING New Hampshire International Speedway, Jul. 14 - Jul. 16 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Lenox Industrial Tools 300 NASCAR Busch Series: New England 200 Memphis Motorsports Park, Jul. 15 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: O'Reilly...

ROUSH RACING

New Hampshire International Speedway, Jul. 14 - Jul. 16
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Lenox Industrial Tools 300
NASCAR Busch Series: New England 200

Memphis Motorsports Park, Jul. 15
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: O'Reilly 200

Roush Racing Fast Facts

* Mark Martin won the first Cup pole at New Hampshire in July of 1993.

* Martin has never won at Loudon, but he has finished second on three occasions.

* Martin finished inside the top 10 in 10 of his first 12 and 11 of his first 13 at Loudon.

* Martin has only one top 10 at Loudon since November of 2001.

* Martin has led 364 laps at New Hampshire.

* Martin will make his 600 consecutive Cup start this weekend at Loudon.

* Martin's streak is the longest current running streak in NASCAR, and the fifth longest of all-time.

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* Greg Biffle is currently 11th in the point standings after his 11th place finish at Chicagoland.

* Biffle and the National Guard team are currently 479 points out of the lead but are only 47 points from a top-10 position.

* There are eight races left in the chase and eight races ago, Biffle was 106 points out of the top 10.

* While Biffle lost a little ground in the points at Chicago, he is still only 131 points behind fifth place contender Kasey Kahne.

* While Biffle has only three points on 12th place contender Denny Hamlin, he holds an 85-point advantage over Kurt Busch in 13th and a 146-point advantage over Carl Edwards in 14th.

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

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* Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 10.7 at New Hampshire International Speedway; tops among active NEXTEL Cup drivers with 10 or more starts at the track, and the third best track for Kenseth's career.

* Kenseth has completed all but four laps in 12 races at NHIS; 3476 of 3480. The fourth best mark of any driver that has competed in those same 12 events.

* Kenseth's eight top-10 finishes at NHIS is best among all drivers since 2000 (tied with Dale Jarrett).

* Kenseth's average start this year is 14.6, nearly seven positions better than his career average of 21.3.

* Kenseth's average finish this year is 9.9, slightly better than his single-season best of 10.2, posted the year of his Cup Championship in 2003.

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* Jamie McMurray has competed in six NHIS races, with one top-five and three top-ten finishes at the 1.058 mile track.

* McMurray's average start is 13th and finish is 19th at NHIS, and has led a total of 14 laps at NHIS.

* McMurray has completed 1540 laps out of a possible 1800 laps in his six races at NHIS.

* McMurray and the No. 26 team will feature the LENOX Industrial Tools paint scheme at Loudon.

* LENOX Industrial Tools is also the event entitlement sponsor and is located in nearby East Longmeadow, Mass.

* Roush Racing Fabricator and No. 26 Over-the-wall (catch can) team member Jim Gaudette is from North Conway, NH.

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* Carl Edwards has an average start of 21.7, with an average finish of 17.0 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

* Before competing in this weekend's Cup and Busch race, Edwards will run a Ford Mustang in Saturday afternoon's Whelen Modified race at NHIS.

* Edwards and Office Depot kicked off their "Back to School" campaign this past weekend with a donation of 1,200 backpacks to the PTA and the community of Frankfort, Ill.

* Edwards on his participation last weekend, "It's wonderful to be able to come into a community and just be a part of something as great as what Office Depot is doing and giving these backpacks and these supplies to children that need them. That's really amazing."

* Office Depot Store #2301 of Mobile, AL will be on the side of Edwards' Ford Fusion for this weekend's race at New Hampshire International Speedway.

NEXTEL CUP SERIES
LENOX INDUSTRIAL TOOLS 300, Sunday, JUL. 16

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-221 Last ran at Richmond, May '06; finished 11th
     Same car that Martin led 111 laps with at Phoenix earlier this year.
     It is also the car that Martin used in his 2005 win in the All-Star race.

Martin on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"Loudon can be a really tough race track. It can be really hard to pass there and if you don't handle well, then you are in for a long day, but we are optimistic about this weekend. We are taking the same car and set up that we used at Phoenix, where we had what was probably the fastest car in the field and what was one of the fastest cars I've had in a long time.

"We have been able to solve our issues on pit road, now we just have to work on getting the cars to run better during the races. I know that we have a good, solid team here it's just time for us to put it all together and see what we have down the stretch. I think that we can get back on track and hopefully that will start this weekend at Loudon. "

Martin on 600 consecutive starts in NEXTEL Cup:
"I think it really says a lot about the people that have been around me all of these years and how they worked to make it all happen. I've had the chance to work with a lot of great people and I've been really lucky to have never haven to take a sick day. We've had some tough times, but I've always been able to go do my job on Sunday. We've had a lot of success and I'm really thankful to Jack Roush and for everything that we have been able to do."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"I think it really says a lot about the people that have been around me all of these years and how they worked to make it all happen. I've had the chance to work with a lot of great people and I've been really lucky to have never haven to take a sick day. We've had some tough times, but I've always been able to go do my job on Sunday. We've had a lot of success and I'm really thankful to Jack Roush and for everything that we have been able to do."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard/Subway Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-297

Biffle on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"I enjoy racing at New Hampshire but for some reason we had always struggled there until last year. We had a couple of top-five finishes there last season and we're taking the car that we ran well with at Martinsville. I feel confident with this car and if we start with our setup notes from last year, we'll be in good shape. We've got eight races until the Chase, which sounds like a lot but there's no room for us to make any mistakes."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"We're taking the same car we ran at Martinsville earlier this year because they are both flat tracks and we were pretty happy with the way the car ran at Martinsville. New Hampshire used to be one of our weaknesses but we had two top-five finishes there last year. If we can just go back and finish in the top five again, I'll be happy. We just need to hang on to our points position and not lose any ground on the top 10."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-353 Last ran Richmond May '06; finished 38th after brake failure
     Also ran Phoenix Apr. '06; finished 3rd
     RK-150 Last ran Phoenix Nov. '05; finished 32nd
     Also ran Loudon Sep. '05; finished 3rd

Kenseth on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"We've ran pretty good at Loudon lately. It's important for us to go there and run good this weekend because that momentum will carry over to when we return there for the Chase in September. It's important to have a good run for a number of reasons. We ran really good at Chicago last week but didn't get the finish we probably deserved. It's important for us to bounce back strong this weekend at Loudon to kind of put Chicago behind us. But, the important thing to me now is that we're getting our cars to where they can run up front and compete for the win each week, and we're doing that right now."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"Loudon is a good place for us to continue our momentum. I can't say enough about this team and how they are performing this year. Our cars have been good nearly every time we unload at the track with only a couple of exceptions. The pit crew has been as consistent as ever. They did a great job at Chicago all day. We never lost a position on pit road and they kept Matt up front on the final two stops. We've competed for a number of wins so far and that's a credit to this entire 17 team. It's been a one-race-at-a-time approach that has worked well for us this year and has us operating at a championship level right now."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Lenox Industrial Tools Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK- 157
     Won Sept. 2005 race at Loudon
     Qualified 2nd at '06 Martinsville race, finished 9th

McMurray on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"Going to Loudon this weekend will be great. We are sponsored by LENOX Industrial Tools as is the race. Getting great support from our sponsor on all facets is hugely beneficial. I hope for a solid top five for the LENOX employees that will be attending the race."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"New Hampshire International Speedway historically has been good to Roush Racing. We are bringing RK-157 to the track, which won last year's Richmond September race and took outside pole at Martinsville this spring with an impressive ninth place finish. I am looking for good things from the LENOX Industrial Tools team this weekend."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Wally Brown
Chassis: RK--358 Last raced at Phoenix in April 2006; finished fourth

Edwards on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"New Hampshire is one of my favorite tracks; I really enjoy racing there. It is one of the tracks that puts more in the drivers' hands. New Hampshire is flat and very fast, which is a lot of fun to run on. It is imperative for the Office Depot team to run well this weekend. The last couple of weeks have been tough on us in regards to the point standings. If we can come out of Loudon with a good finish, we should be able to gain back a few of the points we lost in Daytona and Chicago."

Crew Chief Wally Brown on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"We really need to have a good run this weekend in New Hampshire. The Office Depot team is taking the same car we ran at Phoenix earlier this year, which finished fourth. We lost some ground last weekend and need to make it up in New Hampshire. I know the guys at the shop have been working really hard to give Carl the best car possible for this weekend. Hopefully, we can go into New Hampshire, run well and leave with a top-five finish. That's our goal."

BUSCH SERIES
NEW ENGLAND 200, Saturday, JUN. 15

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-349 Last raced at Nashville in June

Kluever on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"New Hampshire is a lot like Milwaukee. We had a pretty good run going at Milwaukee for a while so hopefully we can make that happen again at New Hampshire. I ran pretty well there in the truck last year until getting caught up in an accident. We could really use a good run this weekend to continue our momentum in the point standings. We've made up a lot of points in the last month even though we haven't had the finishes we wanted.

"New Hampshire has never been one of my favorite tracks since I like the banked tracks better than the flat ones, but we've got good notes from Milwaukee and we'll give it everything we have."

Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"We really had our set-up figured out and had a good run during part of the Milwaukee race and I think we should be able to do that again this weekend at New Hampshire. It's a tough track because it's so flat, which isn't what Todd enjoys, but if we can give him a good car that handles well then I'm sure he'll learn to like it a lot more."

GREG BIFFLE
Team: No.16 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis: RK-354 Last used at Atlanta, Phoenix & Richmond

Biffle on racing in the Busch Series at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"I enjoy racing at New Hampshire, but I've had some pretty tough runs in the Busch Series. I've had 2 excellent Cup finishes. We're sitting in 6th place in the overall Busch Standings, with only 16 starts. Our goal is to win as many races as we can in the Ameriquest car and that's what we're looking to do in New Hampshire."

Crew Chief Eddie Pardue on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"New England will be a challenge for our Ameriquest Team. I like going to Loudon. It's beautiful up there. Greg's coming off a good run there last year in the Cup car. I think we've learned a lot about our short track program lately. I think we'll do great up there. We have a great driver and a great team and there is absolutely no reason we can't get our Ameriquest Ford Fusion back in Victory Lane."

Danny O'Quinn, Jr.
Team: No. 50 Stonebridge Life Insurance Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK-350 Last ran at Phoenix and Milwaukee

O'Quinn, Jr. on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"It is a little bit frustrating to have weekends like we did in Daytona and Chicago, but we are just going to keep our head up and look ahead to the next weekend. Loudon should be a good track for us. I do pretty well on the flat tracks so hopefully we can get a good finish for the Stonebridge Life folks."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Chicagoland:
"We have run well on short flat tracks this year, so we "can't wait" to get to Loudon. We have had a tough couple of weeks, but I think we are going to have a chance to make up for those in the next couple of weeks."

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel
Chassis: RK- 357 Last ran at Nashville, June 10th; Finished with a Win

Edwards on racing in the Busch Series at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"I really love New Hampshire. It's just awesome. It's a short track with a big speedway feel. I had a great run up there last year. I came just short of the win. I hate finishing second and I am determined to win it this year."

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel (P.K.) on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway:
"Our Ameriquest Ford Fusion should be very strong at Loudon. New Hampshire is very similar to Milwaukee and we had a real good run there, until we got caught up in a wreck. We need to make it to the end and get Ameriquest a win."

CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES
O'REILLY 200, Saturday, JUN. 15

David Ragan
Team: No. 6 Scotts Miracle-Gro Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: 34, last raced at the Milwaukee Mile, where Ragan started 8th and finished 30th

Ragan on racing at Memphis Motorsports Park:
"I've never raced here, although I did shake down an ARCA car in a test session last year. It's a typical short track that requires a lot of braking and the ability to rotate through the center. I think this will be a good race for us, it's a standalone event, and one we've really got to take advantage of. It's strictly Craftsman Truck Series competitors here, where over the last few weeks we've been with ARCA and Busch. It's always very hot here, so that's going to be a challenge we'll face, but I think we'll be just fine."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at Memphis Motorsports Park:
"Having David Ragan as your driver at a short track, that's a pretty good deal. David's done such a great job racing on the short tracks, he's got a lot of experience in different levels of competition. We finished 10th last year here with Todd Kluever, so we've got some good notes to go off. (Truck chief) Richie Letendre was with Brandon Whitt's team that won the race, so we feel like we can give David a great shot at it. We're all really pumped up after Kentucky last weekend, we can't wait to get back to the track and see if we can't race for the win."

Peter Shepherd
Team: No. 50 Roush Racing Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Chassis: 33, last raced at Dover as the No. 99, when Erik Darnell finished 25th

Shepherd on racing at Memphis Motorsports Park:
"I'm really excited to be heading to Memphis to make my first start in the Craftsman Truck Series. I got to test at Richmond last week with Erik Darnell and Michel Jourdain, Jr. and I think I learned a lot there that will really help me a lot this weekend. I'm really excited to have this opportunity to drive for Jack Roush and everyone at Roush Racing, and I'll look forward to making the most of it. We've got to make the race on time, so that puts some pressure on us but I've got a great crew behind me and I really feel good about our chances."

Crew Chief Matt Puccia on racing at Memphis Motorsports Park:
"We tested at Richmond with Peter and we were really impressed with him. In some ways he's relatively inexperienced at some of these tracks, because he's accustomed to running the third-mile or quarter-mile tracks that CASCAR races at. Memphis is a short track, but it's actually bigger than he's used to, so it's a fairly unique situation. We'll have to get him comfortable running in traffic ."

Erik Darnell
Team: No. 99 Roush Racing Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Quinn
Chassis: 35, last raced at the Milwaukee Mile; finished 27th

Darnell on racing at Memphis Motorsports Park:
"Memphis is another short track that I'm looking forward to running at. It's fast for a short track, and it's a pretty racy place. Things can happen there in a hurry, so track position is really important. You don't want to find yourself back in the pack where the chances are greater of getting caught up in someone else's trouble. We're going to be heading there with our truck chief, Jon Hanson and his family on our minds, his father was killed in a car accident Saturday night. It would be great if we can have a good finish for them."

Crew Chief John Quinn on racing at Memphis Motorsports Park:
"Memphis is a lot like Richmond, only bumpy. We have some good information from last year to look at that I think will help us. Erik says that he really likes racing here so that gives us some confidence. We got our first top 10 finish in a while last week at Kentucky, so we'll hope to back that up in Memphis and get our program turned back around."

-ROUSH RACING

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Jamie McMurray , Kasey Kahne , Carl Edwards , Brandon Whitt , Jack Roush , David Ragan , Denny Hamlin , Todd Kluever , Erik Darnell , Doug Richert , Danny O'Quinn , Peter Shepherd , Mike Kelley , Mark Martin , Michel Jourdain