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Roush Racing Fast Facts - Mark Martin's 25 top-10 finishes at Michigan International Speedway are the most of any active driver. He has four wins at Michigan in the Cup car, the third most of any active driver. Martin also boasts two Busch...

Roush Racing Fast Facts

- Mark Martin's 25 top-10 finishes at Michigan International Speedway are the most of any active driver. He has four wins at Michigan in the Cup car, the third most of any active driver. Martin also boasts two Busch wins at Michigan.

- Martin has led 22 races at Michgan for a total of 851 laps, including 46 laps led there last fall.

- Martin has finished in the top 10 in six of his last eight at Michigan, including a second place finish last fall and a third place finish this spring.

- Martin has finished top three in his last two Cup starts at MIS, inside the top 10 in four of the last five and inside the top 15 in nine of the last 10.

- With the 38th place finish at Watkins Glen, Biffle remained third in the point standings, 252 points behind leader Tony Stewart. Biffle has a 268-point advantage over the 10th place contender with four races remaining in the "Race to the Chase."

- Biffle led 63 of 200 laps in the Batman Begins 400 at MIS in June and won by 1.675 seconds over second place contender Tony Stewart for his fifth win of the 2005 season.

- In 2004, Biffle won the GFS Marketplace 400 by 8.216 seconds over teammate Mark Martin after leading 73 of 200 laps. That was his first of two victories during the 2004 season.

- In addition to his two Nextel Cup Series wins, Biffle also has two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series wins at Michigan International Speedway

- The No. 16 Ford will feature a special National Guard Prism paint scheme this weekend. (The Army National Guard and Rival Interactive are creating a first person 3D shooter called PRISM: Guard Shield that contains a unique blend of stealth operations and fast action game play. The game focuses on the unconventional application of new and emerging weapons and surveillance technologies in the war against terrorism. PRISM takes place in the near future with the player becoming the newest member of a highly secretive homeland defense unit known as PRISM. PRISM focuses on familiar locations in the US such as Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, CA. When terrorist activities are suspected or potential targets are identified, players are called into action.)

- Matt Kenseth has finished in the top-10 eight times in the last 10 races at MIS.

- Kenseth will be running car number 39 on Sunday at Michigan. This is the same car that led 176 out of 267 laps at the Chicagoland Speedway in July of this year.

- Kurt Busch dropped one spot to sixth in the NEXTEL Cup standings after his third DNF of the season at Watkins Glen on Sunday (finishing 39th). The No. 97 team is now 421 points behind leader Tony Stewart with four races remaining until the beginning of the "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup."

- Busch picked up his seventh career victory at Michigan on June 15, 2003, starting from the fourth spot and leading 24 laps on his way to victory in the Sirius 400. With the win, Busch became the youngest driver to win a Cup race at MIS at the age of 24 years, 10 months and 11 days.

- Busch has three top-10 finishes in nine races at Michigan, including his 2003 victory. He finished sixth in this race a year ago and 12th in June. Busch has a 9.6 average finish in his last five starts at Michigan after finishing 39th or worse in three of his first four attempts at the speedway.

- Busch's No. 97 Ford Taurus sports the purple and gold of Crown Royal for this weekend's race at Michigan.

- The Crown Royal team brings chassis #65 to Michigan, the same car that won the Pennsylvania 500 on July 24, 2005. This same chassis finished 12th at Michigan earlier this season.

- Carl Edwards has now come full-circle with the No. 99 team. This week marks the one-year anniversary of his first start with the team as a NEXTEL Cup driver. Edwards drove the No. 99 Ford to a 10th place finish in his series debut, one of only five active Cup drivers to finish inside the top 10 in their first start.

- After a trouble-free run at Watkins Glen, Edwards holds onto 10th place in the overall NEXTEL Cup point standings. Only 56 points separates eighth place from 12th place in the standings. Edwards, who currently has 2593 total points, sits 520 points out of the lead.

- Edwards will appear on QVC this Friday from 8:15 - 8:45 p.m. EDT live from MIS.

- The No. 99 Ford will carry the AAA paint scheme for the second time at Michigan this coming weekend.


Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra® Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-314 (finished seventh at Indy two weeks ago in first start)

Martin on racing at Michigan International Speedway: "Michigan is a great race track. It's easy to pass and if you have your car set up right you can really have a great time there. We've run really well there the last few times we've been there. We finished third there in the spring and second last year, so hopefully we can improve on that just a little and maybe make our way into victory lane.

"Pat (Tryson) and the team have just done an incredible job so far this season. Pat has been calling great races and the work in the pits has been outstanding. We just have a few more races to concentrate on making this chase and our chances look better each week. After that we'll be ready to shift our focus and turn it up a notch as we go after this championship."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Michigan International Speedway: "Michigan has been one of our strongest tracks of late. We've had some really strong runs the last couple of times. Last fall we had the car to beat and finished second. We went back in the spring and ran third. We are taking a different car this race, the Indy car, and we are pretty excited to see what it can do on a track like Michigan."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Prism Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-239 (won at Michigan earlier this year)

Biffle on racing at Michigan International Speedway: "I like racing at Michigan. There's a lot of room to race and we seem to do well there. We're taking the car that we won with there in June. We need a strong run to rebuild the momentum we have lost in the last few weeks. A win this weekend would be a great rebound from the points we lost last week and a victory in Ford's backyard is always something we want."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Michigan International Speedway: "We're taking RK 239, which is the car we won with at Michigan in June. We do feel that the competition is closing in on us but we had a pretty dominant run in the spring and I think there's room for improvement. We're going to start with the same set-up we used in June and then try some new things to see what works best. We need to get the momentum back that we had in the first half of the year and this could be the race to do it."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-39 (led the most laps at Chicago this year)

Kenseth on racing at Michigan International Speedway: "I really like racing at Michigan. There are multiple grooves and you can pass, which are characteristics of my favorite kind of track. We've consistently had good finishes at Michigan, so it's a good place for us to be going after Watkins Glen, where we didn't finish very well. We are taking the same car that was so dominant in Chicago, so I hope we will come out with a top-five finish."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Michigan International Speedway: "We certainly didn't have the finish that we were looking for at Watkins Glen, so we're looking forward to heading back to Michigan where we've been successful in the past. We have one win under our belts there, along with a string of top-ten finishes. We finished fourth there in June which was our best finish of the season at the time. I'm looking for another top-five finish this weekend to get back on track."

Kurt Busch
Team: No. 97 Crown Royal Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #65 (won Pocono last month, finished 12th at Michigan in June)

Busch on racing at Michigan International Speedway: "My first couple of trips here weren't all that successful for the No. 97 team, but other than that, I've always enjoyed coming to Michigan. It's got multiple grooves and you can race two and three wide in the corners. Fuel mileage also seems to usually play a part in the final outcome so there a strategy element involved that keeps everyone on their toes."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Michigan International Speedway: "I've got a lot of knowledge about running well here from my past experiences, but anymore, it's like you're coming here for the first time, it seems. There's always a lot of work and consideration to be done to get your car to handle good here. Lots of racing room for the drivers, too--the thing that usually bites the crew chiefs is the fuel mileage. We're bringing the same car we used last year to get that championship and we had a great run with it at Pocono last month, so we're looking for another top-ten finish with it."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 AAA Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis Number: RK-302 (ran at Dover and Michigan)

Edwards on racing at Michigan International Speedway: "Michigan is a really special place for me especially since it's been an entire year since I made my NEXTEL Cup debut there. Michigan is a great track and its fun to drive. It has multiple grooves that allow the driver to try a lot of different things. We ran well there in the spring in the AAA Ford and I think that will carry over to this weekend's race as well.

"I didn't run as well as I would have liked last weekend at Watkins Glen but we finished in one piece and that was the goal. Right now we are still eligible for the 'Chase' but not by much so it will be important to have a good run this weekend. I think if we can have a top five or top-10 finish it will help our cause tremendously. The points are so tight between seventh and 12th it's really unbelievable. I don't think that this time last year we could have even imagined sitting where we are today with two wins and a chance to be in the 'Chase'. That's awesome."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Michigan International Speedway: "I think the entire AAA team is excited to go to Michigan after Watkins Glen. We are taking the same car we took in the spring so I'm feeling pretty confident heading into the race. If we can get the handling right and let Carl do what he knows how to do best, drive, I think we will be ok. The point's race is extremely tight right now so we need to have a top 10 day, no doubt. I think we are more than capable of that so we'll just have to see what happens this weekend."


Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 Charter Communications Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Brad Parrott
Chassis: JR-83

Carl Edwards on racing at Michigan International Speedway: "I can't wait to race at Michigan next week. I love the 2-mile oval at Michigan, because I have raced there four times and have accumulated four top-ten finishes. I always go in there with a lot of confidence. We had a great test there with the Charter Ford last week and had an awesome car. Michigan is one of my favorite tracks and the Charter Team is focused on winning there."

Crew Chief Brad Parrott on racing at Michigan International Speedway: "I am really ready to go back to the non-road course tracks. The Charter Communications Team looks forward to racing at Michigan this weekend. We tested there last week and had a great car. We need to have a strong run there. We need to finish these last eleven races strong and gain some points on the 8 car."


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Drivers Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Carl Edwards , Doug Richert , Mark Martin