BUSCH: Texas II: Roush Racing preview

Roush Racing Texas Motor Speedway; Nov. 3 -- Nov. 5 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Dickies 500, Nov. 5 NASCAR Busch Series: O'Reilly Challenge, Nov. 4 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Silverado 350k, Nov.

Roush Racing
Texas Motor Speedway; Nov. 3 -- Nov. 5

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series:                Dickies 500, Nov. 5

NASCAR Busch Series: O'Reilly Challenge, Nov. 4
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Silverado 350k, Nov. 3

Roush Racing Fast Facts

* Mark Martin posted a Cup win at Texas in the second race there in 1998.

* Martin has four top fives and six top 10's in 11 Cup starts at Texas.

* Martin has won three times in the Busch Series at Texas in only four races, including the inaugural Busch race there in 1997.

* Martin will take part in both the Busch and Cup races this weekend at Texas, marking his final Busch race of 2006.


* Greg Biffle is currently 13th in the point standings after his fifth place finish in Atlanta.

* Biffle and the National Guard team are currently 527 points behind Tony Stewart in the 11th position.

* In addition to his Cup record at Texas, Biffle has three top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes in five NASCAR Busch Series attempts as well as one NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win.

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


* Matt Kenseth's average finish of 12.1 at Texas Motor Speedway ranks second among the 10 tracks in the Chase.

* TMS is one of four tracks in the Chase where Kenseth has scored victories during his Cup career. The other three are: Dover, Charlotte and Phoenix.

* Kenseth's average finish of 12.1 at TMS is second best only to Dale Earnhardt, Jr. among active drivers with at least seven starts at the track.

* Kenseth has led the second most laps in NEXTEL Cup competition at TMS with 313. The most is Dale Jarrett with 407.

* Kenseth has led the most laps in Busch Series competition at TMS with 298.

* Matt Kenseth is the all-time lap leader at Texas Motor Speedway in NASCAR competition, leading 611 laps total; 313 in NEXTEL Cup and 298 in Busch.

* In 10 Busch Series starts at Texas, Kenseth has an average finish of 6.8.

* In his last visits to each of the remaining three tracks, Kenseth has scored finishes of: second at Texas in April, third at Phoenix in April, and third at Homestead last November.


* In five starts at Texas Motor Speedway, Jamie McMurray has finished outside the top 15 once.

* Texas Motor Speedway is the fifth best track for McMurray. McMurray averages a 14.0 finish at the 1.5-mile speedway.

* In terms of qualifying, TMS is not McMurray's best track. He averages a 32.4 starting position, but on average improves 18.4 positions, from start to finish.

* Again this weekend, McMurray will be sporting the Crown Royal purple and gold paint scheme at TMS.

* McMurray will participate in Pennzoil's "Change for Charity" in Plano, Texas on Thursday afternoon -- attempting to break the record of 120 oil changes in just one hour.


* Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Office Depot team are currently 12th in the point standings and 285 points out of 11th place.

* In November 2005, Edwards won the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway for his first Nextel Cup victory at the 1.5-mile track.

* Office Depot Store #2127 of Columbia, S.C., will be on the side of Edwards' Ford Fusion for this weekend's race at Texas Motor Speedway.

* Edwards will sign autographs from 6 p.m. -- 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Office Depot store #406 in Grapevine, Texas. The store is located at 1317 State Highway 114 West. The first 250 attendees will receive a wristband, which will be distributed at the store on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 7 a.m.

* Edwards will co-host "The Chase is On" on SPEED at 8 p.m. EST Thursday.

Dickies 500, Sunday, Nov. 5

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-231 Finished 19th in its last run at Pocono in July.
     RK-231 was caught up in an accident while leading this year's All-Star race. Has been one of Martin's strongest cars in recent years, and is nicknamed the "Batmobile," after running special Batman paint schemes at Michigan in '04 and '05.

Martin on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas is a great race track. It's the type of place that suits my driving style. I've always done pretty well on the 1.5-mile tracks and Texas has been pretty good for us in that mix. We won the second race there and we've been pretty good there ever since. We finished ninth there in the spring and we competed for the win there last year in a second-place finish.

"Our luck has really taken a turn for the worse in the last few races, but all we can do is just keep doing what we've been doing and keep moving forward. We've had really good cars and we've ran well in the Chase, it's just hard to come back from three straight weeks of that kind of luck and wrecks. Still that takes nothing away from this team and the outstanding job of Pat Tryson and the No. 6 AAA Team."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"We really like going to Texas. Mark is always fast there and it is one of his best tracks. We led the race late there last fall and finished second to Carl (Edwards). We were top 10 in the spring and hopefully we can go there this weekend and build off of that and hopefully we can compete down the stretch for the win. Mark has done a great job driving the cars and the team had been really good in the pits the last few races. We haven't had the luck we needed, but we haven't given up just yet. We just have to keep giving Mark the cars that he needs to get the job done and we just have to keep pushing on. Our goal this week will be to go there and try to win the race."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-405 Brand new car, tested at Homestead

Biffle on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"I like racing at Texas a lot, it's fun and it's always good racing. We had a good run going there in the spring but got taken out pretty early. We're taking a new car back this time that we tested in Homestead and I think it'll be good at Texas. We've had success at these final three tracks and I know this National Guard team is capable of getting another win before the end of the season."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"We're taking a brand new car to Texas this weekend. We took it to the Homestead test and Greg liked it better than the other style of car we had, so we feel pretty good about taking it to Texas. Hopefully we can pick up where we left off in the spring race when we had the incident with the (No.) 2 car. Another top five would be great but winning these last three races would be nice and I think we are perfectly capable of doing that."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-267 Ran Atlanta last week; finished fourth. Also ran at Darlington in May; finished third Ran at Atlanta in the spring; finished 13th
    RK-323 Last ran at Charlotte in October; finished 14th. Won Michigan in August and Fontana in February. Ran at Texas in April; finished second

Kenseth on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas is one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. We've obviously had some success there so that helps in my opinion of the track. But, the facility is great, it's always a packed house and the fans there are great. It's a fun atmosphere for sure. The track's kind of like Atlanta and we're bringing our car that we ran at Atlanta last weekend. Hopefully the results will be the same or better. When we went to Texas in April, we were really fast at the end of the race and if Kasey (Kahne) hadn't have been on another planet we could've challenged for the win. I was happy with our performance as a team last Sunday, but we'll need to continue that over the next three races if we're going to have a shot at this thing."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"The way our guys performed at Atlanta is the way it needs to be every week if we're going to win a championship. We didn't have the best car, but we had good stops and we were able to keep Matt up in the top 10 for most of the day and then in the top five at the end of the race. This weekend we're bringing the same car that we ran at Atlanta last week. We were kind of going back and forth over whether or not to bring this car or chassis 323, which we've run more than any other car this year. But, this car was good at Atlanta and the setup is similar to Texas, plus we haven't run too well with No. 323 at the past two intermediate tracks. We're comfortable with this car and now we just have to go out there and get another top-five finish. That's what it's going to take."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-393 Last raced at Lowe's in Oct. 2006; McMurray finished 34th

McMurray on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas is a track where I have run really well at in the past. With that said, I hope this weekend isn't any different. We had some handling problems there in the spring race, but I really think we have those worked out. Roush has fielded some great cars at the intermediate tracks so far this season, look at Chicago or Charlotte. The last five weeks have been really tough for all the guys on this team. If something could go wrong or break on the car, it has happened. We don't have luck on our side right now. Our cars are running well, but one week it's this, another week it's that. We are looking for a great run this weekend in Texas and hopefully turning our luck around."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"The guys at the shop and our R&D department have invested a lot of time and effort into our intermediate program. I feel really good about the car we are bringing this weekend to Texas. Roush Racing has performed pretty well at these tracks and hopefully this weekend we will have the same showing. I know the No. 26 team is hungry for a strong finish. With some good luck this weekend, we should be able to get it done at Texas."

David Ragan
Team: No. 60 Pennzoil Platinum Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Frank Stoddard
Chassis: RK-268

Ragan on racing in the Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas is one of my favorite tracks we go to. I know we will have a good run in the truck so that will be some added confidence for the Cup efforts. This will be a great time to get some true big-track experience in a Cup car at a fast mile and half track. It is experience like that will be very helpful going into the Nextel Cup Series next year."

Crew Chief Frank Stoddard on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"I am definitely looking forward to working with David again this weekend. He showed a lot of improvement from Dover to Martinsville and I think he will show even more this weekend. He has got one heck of a learning curve, but he is a smart kid and a good driver. Once he gets some seat time I think he will be very impressive."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Wally Brown
Chassis: RK-272 Last raced at Texas in April '06; finished 36th

Edwards on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas Motor Speedway is one of my favorite tracks on the NASCAR circuit. It's a place where you can carry a lot of speed, which makes for some great racing. Winning there last fall was awesome, and I'd love to see our No. 99 Office Depot team in Victory Lane again this weekend. I feel like we're right there. Last weekend at Atlanta was tough for our team -- we had a good car, but a win just wasn't in the cards for us. I think we're all coming to Texas with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. It's going to be a blast."

Crew Chief Wally Brown on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas is a fast, smooth track, and Carl really likes racing there. It's definitely a place where he excels and has done well in the past. I think the entire No. 99 Office Depot team is looking forward to this weekend. The crew guys have been really working hard to pit Carl more consistently and to give him everything he needs to compete for the win. It's a total team effort, and everyone is really digging to make these last three races of 2006 something special. Texas is going to be a lot of fun."

O'Reilly Challenge, Saturday, Nov. 4

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-365 -- ran at Lowe's in May and October

Kluever on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"I am really looking forward to the Busch race at Texas this weekend. We're taking the same 3M Ford Fusion we raced at Lowe's a few weeks ago. We were running fourth and had a good shot to win until we burned a hole in a plug wire and ended up 18th. I told the guys after that race not to touch anything in that car. I told them to clean it, change the motor if they have to, but don't change any shocks or springs, or anything with the set-up. I really felt like we could have won at Lowe's so hopefully this car will run just as well at Texas, but we'll get the finish we deserve. It's been a tough season and a good run would go a long way right now."

Mike Kelley on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"We know we have a great car for this weekend so everyone on the team is excited to race at Texas. This car ran some of the best lap times of any other team at Lowe's a few weeks ago and we haven't changed a thing on it. We're taking it to Texas exactly the way it came off the track at Lowe's so it should be every bit as fast as it was."

Mark Martin @Team: No. 6 Ameriquest Ford Fusion @Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: No. 378 -- The team will run chassis No. 378 at Texas this weekend. The car finished third at Fontana and fifth at Michigan this season.

Martin on racing in the Busch Series at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas has always been a really good track for us and we've won two or three races there in the Busch Series. In fact we won the first one there back in 1997 and we are looking forward to going back there this weekend and seeing what we have. Mike Beam and those guys do a great job with the Busch cars and this is the last time we'll be racing the No. 6 Ameriquest Busch car, so hopefully we'll go there and be able to compete for another win."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"This is just a great race team to work with. Mark is a great driver and we are excited about going back to Texas where he has a great record in the Busch car. We've had some good runs this year in the Busch car and hopefully we can close out our Busch season with Mark with a win at Texas."

Greg Biffle
Team: No.16 Ameriquest/FreeCreditReport.com Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis: RK- 361 (last ran California - finished 23rd)

Biffle on racing in the Busch Series at Texas Motor Speedway:
"I can't wait to get back to Texas in my FreeCreditReport Ford Fusion. We have run very strong there and it's time to get the No. 16 Busch team back into Victory Lane. We have finished the last three Texas Busch races in second. It's time to be first."

Crew Chief Eddie Pardue on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas is a great place to get our FreeCreditReport Ford Fusion back on track. We are looking to improve on our second place finish here in the spring. Our team is bringing chassis RK-361 which has had some great runs this year and it is time to take it to Victory Lane!"

Matt Kenseth
Team: No.17 Pennzoil Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: RK- 360 (last ran Kansas, finished 2nd)

Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas is one of my favorite tracks. It's super fast, just like Atlanta and the pavement has aged now to where there are multiple grooves around the racetrack. I think you're starting to see more racing at Texas like what was at Atlanta last week. Texas is one of the few places where we we've won both in Busch and in Cup, so it's pretty special to me. The facility is top notch and they have some of the best crowds on the circuit. We're back in the Pennzoil car this weekend and hopefully we can put it in victory lane before the end of the year. Jimmy and the guys have done a great job all year in giving me competitive, fast racecars. I don't expect anything different this weekend."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"The car we are bringing sat on the pole at Kansas and finished second, but could have won the race. The guys have worked really hard preparing the car for this weekend and with Texas being one of Matt's favorite tracks we will hopefully be able to get the No. 17 Pennzoil Ford Fusion in victory lane."

Danny O'Quinn, Jr.
Team: No. 50 World Financial Group Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK-375 Previously ran at Charlotte in the fall, finished 5th. Kentucky, finished 23rd; Michigan, finished 20th. Dover in the spring, finished 24th; and California in the fall, finished 41st

O'Quinn, Jr. on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"The past two races have been good for the No. 50 team. I just hope that we can keep the streak of top 10s going and hopefully throw another top five in there before the season is over. I am so pleased with the progress we have made over the past 10 months as a team and I only hope that we will be able to continue that in the future. Our last race at Texas was way back in April and we did not get a very good finish there so I am determined to show how much we have improved and really race my butt off this weekend!"

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"The second time around at tracks has been pretty good to us this year. We are thinking that Texas will be the same. Our focus in the next three weeks is going to be to help Danny win the Rookie of the Year title. Our team has really improved a lot over the past couple of months and I think we have got at least one more top five in us!"

Carl Edwards
Team: No.60 Ameriquest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel
Chassis: RK- 377 Last ran Kansas -- finished 6th

Edwards on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Our last visit to Texas in spring was very disappointing. We had a very fast car, but wrecked during qualifying and experienced engine problems as we were darting toward the front in our backup car. We finished dead last, but this time will be different. We've lost a few heartbreakers the past few weeks and it's time to shake it off and win!"

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"We are coming off a couple tough losses at Charlotte and Memphis, but we have been very strong. Texas is a great track for Carl. It's very fast and similar to Atlanta. We had a rough time on our last visit to Texas, but our cars were very fast. Our Ameriquest Ford Fusion will be very fast and we will be up front fighting for the lead at the end."

Silverado 350k, Friday, Nov. 3

David Ragan
Team: No. 6 Scotts Miracle-Gro Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: 36, last raced at Las Vegas where Peter Shepherd started and finished 18th

Ragan on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"I'm anxious to get back to Texas after our great run here in the spring. I made my first Craftsman Truck Series start and got my first top-10 finish here at this speedway. Compared to some of the other tracks we go to I've got a little more seat time here and I think that helps me some and will work in our favor. I'm really happy to get back into the No. 6 Scotts Ford this weekend, it seems like it's been forever since Nashville. It's going to be a busy, challenging weekend but I feel good about our chances and everyone on this team feels optimistic heading in. We ran really well last weekend in Atlanta so I'm hoping to back that finish up."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"We're heading to Texas with David Ragan, and everyone on this No. 6 Scotts crew is really happy to have him back in our F-150. We had a tough finish last week at Atlanta, so we're going to look to rebound from that. David knows how to get around these fast tracks, so we'll do our best to give him a truck that he'll feel confident in. This is typically a pretty exciting race, and we'll see if we can be up front at the end."

Michel Jourdain, Jr.
Team: No. 50 Purpose Money Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Chassis: 48, last raced at Kansas where Jourdain started 30th and finished 32nd

Jourdain on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas was my first start in the truck and we had a great run there. I hope going back with more experience I can go back there and build on what we did the first time around. Matt Puccia and the guys have been running very strong lately so I'm excited to be back at the track with them. It's great to have Purpose Money on board with us and I look forward to giving them a good run."

Crew Chief Matt Puccia on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"We're looking forward to Texas. We had a great run here with Michel the first time around, and we feel that we've got the potential to go out and do it again. The team is coming off a great finish with David Ragan at Atlanta, so we've got a little momentum on our side."

Erik Darnell
Team: No. 99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Quinn
Chassis: 42, last raced at Las Vegas where Darnell started 16th and finished 17th

Darnell on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas is one of the tracks that we are anxious to race at again. We got caught up in a wreck here early in the spring race and spent the rest of the race just riding around trying to gain some points. We know we could have had a good finish there and we'll be looking to show that this time around. We're coming in to Texas off a great third-place finish at Atlanta. I think we can take some of what we learned there and apply it towards this weekend, the tracks are not identical but have some similar characteristics."

Crew Chief John Quinn on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"We had a great race at Atlanta, and we're going to head to Texas fully intending on backing that up. I think we'll be able to unload and get up to speed fairly quickly. Coming back here the second time around gives us an advantage as we'll have some notes to go off from where we were last time out. We wrecked out of this race early last year, so redemption will be on our minds when we head out there."

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Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Jarrett , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , David Ragan , Todd Kluever , Erik Darnell , Doug Richert , Danny O'Quinn , Peter Shepherd , Mike Kelley , Mark Martin , Michel Jourdain