BUSCH: Roush Racing Michigan preview

Roush Racing horsepower meets Justice League Superpower at MIS Michigan International Speedway, August 20-22, 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: GFS 400, August 22nd NASCAR Busch Series: Cabela's 250, August 21st Roush Racing Fast ...

Roush Racing horsepower meets Justice League Superpower at MIS Michigan International Speedway, August 20-22, 2004

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series:       GFS 400, August 22nd

NASCAR Busch Series: Cabela's 250, August 21st

Roush Racing Fast Facts

Four of the five Roush Racing drivers will take part in the Justice League promotion this weekend that sees Mark Martin in 'Batman' paint schemes for both his NEXTEL Cup and Busch starts, Greg Biffle in 'The Flash' schemes for both starts, Kurt Busch in a 'Superman' paint scheme and Carl Edwards making his NEXTEL Cup debut with 'The Green Lantern.'

Mark Martin's third place run at The Glen moved him up two spots to 13th in the Nextel Cup standings and only 72 points outside of 10th place with four races remaining in the Chase for the Championship.

Martin's four wins at Michigan are the third most of any active driver. In addition, Martin has 24 top-10 and 13 top-five runs in 37 starts at MIS. Martin scored a disappointing 34th place finish at Michigan earlier this year, after a transmission failure on the race's first lap dropped the team down several laps. Still Martin had one of the fastest cars in the race and will look to capitalize on that this weekend.

Martin will be one of five Roush drivers taking part in the Justice League promotion this weekend. Martin will drive the Batman car, with teammates Greg Biffle (Flash), Kurt Busch (Superman) and Carl Edwards (Green Lantern) all running for the Justice League on Sunday. In addition, Martin will power the No. 9 Pennzoil/Batman Ford along side teammate Matt Kenseth (Martian Manhunter) and Greg Biffle (The Flash) in Saturday's Busch race.

Martin has long called his fastest cars the "Batmobile." This week he'll be running his favorite car RK-231, which is the same car that proved to be a rocket at both Chicago and Indy. Martin has consistently run inside the top five in four of the last five races (Chicago, Pocono, Indy and Watkins Glen).

Martin will make his return to the Busch Series at Michigan in the Cabela's 250. Martin last raced in the series in 2000. He originally planned to return to the series earlier this year at Daytona, but failed to qualify for the event after a problem with the car during qualifying.

Martin made a name for himself in the Busch Series, taking a series record 45 checkered-flags from 1987 until he retired from the series in 2000. All in all Martin ran 200 races during that span, collecting 126 top-10 and 93 top-five finishes. During that period Martin won 23 percent of all the Busch races he entered and finished inside the top 10 sixty-four percent of the time. Martin has led 7,736 laps.

Martin will be going for his record-extending 46th win in the Busch series. Martin's first win in the Busch Series came on May 30, 1987 at Dover. His last win in a Busch car was on Sept. 2, 2000 at Darlington. Despite running a limited schedule of 15 races or less, Martin won at least two Busch races from 1993-2000, including six-win seasons in '92, '96, '97 and '99.

Martin will be making his 201st start in a Busch race. Martin's first start in the Busch Series came on Aug. 13, 1982. His last start was a second place finish at Homestead in 2000.

Pennzoil first sponsored Jack Roush in the 1960's, when the former Ford Motor Company engineer was a driver himself. This season Pennzoil is proud to once again team up with Jack Roush as sponsor of all five 2004 Roush Racing Nextel Cup teams as well as a NASCAR Busch Series "Pennzoil Super Team."

Greg Biffle has two wins at Michigan Int'l. Speedway in the Craftsman Truck Series (1999 & 2000).

Matt Kenseth finished ninth at Watkins Glen one week ago. It was his 13th top-10 finish in 22 starts so far this year.

Kenseth remains in fifth place in the point standings, but sliced 100 points into the leader, now 257 points out of first place. Kenseth has spent 57 straight weeks inside the "NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 10" -- the longest active streak.

In 10 starts at Michigan, Kenseth has one win, three top fives, six top 10s and nine top-15 finishes.

Kurt Busch remains seventh in the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings following his 10th-place finish in Watkins Glen last week, 389 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson. It was his third top-10 effort in his last four starts and 10th on the season.

Busch has been among the top 10 in points for the last 21 consecutive race weeks, including one week in first. He trails sixth-place Elliott Sadler by 38 points and has eighth-place Bobby Labonte just 37 points in back of him.

Busch has a pair of top-10 finishes at Michigan, including a victory in June of last season. His other top 10 was a 10th in June of 2002. He finished 18th in this event last year and 11th here in June. He has led 23 or more laps in four of his last five visits, the shutout coming in his most recent appearance.

Michigan marks Carl Edwards first ever career NEXTEL Cup start.

Edwards and the No. 99 team tested at Kentucky this week in preparation for Michigan.

In the Craftsman Truck Series, Edwards has one top-five and two top-10 finishes in just two starts in the No. 99 Superchips Ford F-150 at Michigan International Speedway. Edwards has also stared within the top five in both races.

Martin on racing at Michigan International Speedway: "I'm excited about running the Busch race. It's been a while and it will be good to get back out there and see what we can do. Michigan is one of my favorite tracks and we are excited about pulling double duty this weekend. Hopefully we can get us another Busch win in that Pennzoil/Batman car."

Greg Biffle on racing at Michigan International Speedway: "We've got a couple of wins at Michigan in the truck series and we had a really good run there last August in the Cup car. Other than that we've struggled at times there, but much of our problems were things out of our control. I really like the track and it's fun to race on. There are plenty of different racing grooves, so if your car isn't working in one place you can search around and find a line that may be better. The wide surface allows for lots of side-by-side racing so the fans usually get a pretty good show when we race at Michigan. We're taking the same Charter Ford we won with at California and the tracks are very similar. We've had a few other very good runs with this car and I'm optimistic that it will be strong this weekend. Most importantly, we've got The Flash on both cars this weekend and hopefully that will give us a little extra speed."

Crew Chief Brad Parrott on racing at Michigan International Speedway: "Michigan is a fast race track and we plan on being the fastest car there, especially since we have the 'Fastest Man Alive' (The Flash) on our car for this race. We're taking car 80, which is the same car we won California with. The tracks are very much the same and hopefully we'll get the same result."

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Bobby Labonte , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Carl Edwards , Jack Roush , Elliott Sadler , Mark Martin