BUSCH: Texas II: Roush Racing preview

Roush Racing Fast Facts - Mark Martin moved up to sixth in the standings this week, trimming 27 points off leader Tony Stewart's margin. Martin is 143 points outside of first place and 36 points out of fourth with three races remaining. -...

Roush Racing Fast Facts

- Mark Martin moved up to sixth in the standings this week, trimming 27 points off leader Tony Stewart's margin. Martin is 143 points outside of first place and 36 points out of fourth with three races remaining.

- Martin has started 33 races at the remaining three tracks in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. He has two wins, 14 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes at those tracks. Martin has a 12.53 average finish at Chase tracks and he has led a total of 615 laps, including 116 at Texas.

- Martin has posted four top-10 finishes in nine starts at Texas. He has one victory and three top fives. Martin finished 38th at the inaugural race at Texas in 1997 after mechanical issues, but returned the next year to post a victory there. He won the inaugural Busch race there in 1997. He finished 20th there in the spring after brushing the wall late with a loose race car.

- Martin locked up a record fifth International Race of Champions title Saturday at Atlanta with a second-place finish. Martin now boasts IROC Championships in 1994, '96, '97, '98 and 2005. In 11 seasons of IROC racing, Martin has five Championships and four runner-up finishes.

- With the seventh place finish at Atlanta, Greg Biffle moved up to third in the point standings. He trails leader Tony Stewart by 75 points and has a 32-point advantage over fourth.

- Biffle's most recent finishes at the final three: Texas (1st); Phoenix (second when contact on pit road sent a bumper bar through the radiator and Biffle to the garage for a 41st place finish); Homestead (1st).

- During the spring race Biffle led 219 of 334 laps on his way to his second win of 2005. He took the checkered flag 3.244 seconds before second-place finisher, Jamie McMurray.

- In addition to his Cup Series record at Texas, Biffle also has one win and three top-five finishes in five NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series attempts at the 1.5-mile oval.

- Biffle and the National Guard team are spending two days in Phoenix this week preparing for the upcoming event at the one-mile oval.

- This weekend the National Guard Ford will feature the signature red, white and blue paint scheme.

- Matt Kenseth will be driving the No. 9 Pennzoil Platinum Ford Taurus in Saturday's Busch race at Texas.

- In eight Busch starts at Texas, Kenseth has finished in the top-10 seven times, including one win in 2004.

- In his six starts at Texas in the Cup Series, Kenseth has one win and two top-10 finishes.

- Kenseth and the No. 17 DEWALT team will bring car 48 to Texas. This is a new car that was run for the first time in Kansas last month, where it won the pole and posted a fifth-place finish.

- Tire trouble for the No. 97 in the early stages of last week's race at Atlanta resulted in a 36th place finish. Kurt Busch dropped to ninth in the standings with the finish, 260 points behind leader Tony Stewart.

- The No. 97 brings the purple and gold of Crown Royal to Texas on chassis #71. The team tested this car at Texas on Oct. 25. Busch finished 18th at Indianapolis in August with this car in its only previous start. This weekend's race will be the final Crown Royal paint scheme for 2005.

- Busch has four top-fives in five starts at Texas. His best finish (fourth) came during 2001.

- Carl Edwards moved up one position in the overall point standings after his win at Atlanta. He is now tied for fourth with Ryan Newman each driver having 5,993 points. Edwards has the edge with three wins. Edwards now sits 107 points away from first place Tony Stewart, gaining 42 points this past weekend.

- In 2005, Edwards has three wins (two Atlanta, first Pocono), 11 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes and his first Cup pole (California). Edwards became the sixth driver to sweep both Cup races at Atlanta.

- Edwards raced the No. 99 Ford for the first time at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this spring. An incident early on in the race caused damage to the No. 99 Ford which hampered Edwards efforts to race to the front. He finished 19th, on the lead lap. In the Truck Series Edwards has been successful bringing home two top five and four top 10 finishes in just four starts.

- With seven races down and three to go in the "Chase", Edwards has one win, three top-fives and five top-10 finishes.

NNCS:

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra® Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-314 (finished fifth at Charlotte in October)

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. Hopefully we can go back there and get us another win this weekend. We had a pretty good car there in the fall, but had some problems late. We had a good test there two weeks ago, so we'll be looking to get off to a fast start and hopefully pick us up another win.

"We had a great run in Atlanta last week and we are going to keep fighting. That's all we can really do is show up and try to win these races. Pat (Tryson) and the team continue to give me great race cars. If I could keep driving cars like we had last weekend in Atlanta, I'd drive until I was 60-years old. Hopefully we can be competitive and compete to win the next three races and see what happens from there. At any rate this is the best team I've worked with and I'm really proud of them."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "We really like these 1.5-mile tracks and we've had a lot of success with them in the Chase. Texas should be another good place for us and we are looking forward to going back out there. We had a really good test there two weeks ago and we think that we should have one of the cars to beat this weekend."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-275 (won at California and Texas)

Biffle on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "I'm looking forward to going to Texas this weekend. I've had some success there in all three NASCAR Series and we're taking the car that we won with in the spring. I look for this weekend to be a good race for us and hopefully we'll gain some more ground on Tony (Stewart). We're testing for Phoenix this weekend and some of our teammates will be in Homestead doing the same. Roush is putting everything into a third championship and the National Guard team is more focused that I've ever seen them. It's an exciting position to be in right now."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "We're taking the same car that we won with at Texas earlier this year. It's had some body updates but it is also the same car we finished seventh with at Atlanta last weekend. We have decided to take it to Texas this time because it has been a good car for us this year and if we start with the race set-up we ran there earlier this year and make any necessary changes to correlate with any track surface changes, we should be okay. We're attacking these final tracks with 120% of our effort and we're going there with the plan to win and lead every lap."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-48 (won the pole at Kansas and finished fifth in only other run)

Kenseth on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "I really like the track at the Texas Motor Speedway and enjoy racing there. Earlier this year we ran as high as third but the car didn't handle extremely well. Then, we were penalized for speeding on pit road and that cost us. We didn't come out with a good finish but we've had a win there, so I know we're capable of getting around that track."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "We're bringing car number 48 to Texas this weekend which was a brand new car for us when we took it to Kansas last month. It ran well for us there and we came home with a fifth-place finish. We took it to Texas last week and tested with good results. We're coming off a top-five finish at Atlanta, which was a good day for us in the points, so we'll be looking to keep the momentum going this weekend."

Kurt Busch
Team: No. 97 Crown Royal Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #71 (tested at Texas on Oct. 25, finished 18th at Indy)

Busch on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "I know that at first glance this track looks a lot like Atlanta and Charlotte, but for the drivers it's a completely different scenario than what you have at the other mile and a half tri-ovals. Texas is very fast and smooth with a lot of grip in the corners. Over the years the racing surface has developed nicely, and the second groove should work its way in over the weekend."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "We're bringing our Indy car that we tested here last week. We've run pretty well there the past couple of trips, and we need a good finish this weekend too for our Crown Royal team in our last weekend in the purple."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis Number: RK-281 (ran at second Bristol)

Edwards on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "I'm looking forward to going to Texas this week. I damaged the car just a little bit earlier this season when we raced there. If it wasn't for that, I think we would have had a good race at Texas. I got into a little bit of a hurry and damaged the front of the car and we ended up not running very well. Texas is kind of an unknown but I think we have a great opportunity to run really well. I feel great about our chances coming up to these next few races. But anything can happen. We could run great or we could run awful, but we're gonna try our very best. There's still an opportunity for this Office Depot team to win a championship."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "I'm planning on taking the sister car to the one we just raced this past weekend at Atlanta. It's a brand new car, built exactly like the one we raced last Sunday. It's not out of the ordinary for us to bring new cars to the race track sight unseen, so to speak. I think we should run well at Texas. We had a good car there in the spring but an early incident kind of derailed our chances at running well. Carl and the entire Office Depot team have really stepped up and given 110 percent this year. I don't think we ever expected to be in 'Chase' but now that we are, we are in it to win. We're going to do everything we can to win these last three races and possibly a championship."

NBS:

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Waste Management Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Chad Norris
Chassis: JR-45 (won at Darlington)

Kenseth on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "I really like the track at the Texas Motor Speedway and enjoy racing there. Earlier this year we ran as high as third but the car didn't handle extremely well. Then, we were penalized for speeding on pit road and that cost us. We didn't come out with a good finish but we've had a win there, so I know we're capable of getting around that track."

Crew Chief Chad Norris on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "Matt has run well in his Busch Series starts at Texas and has consistently finished in the top-ten. We'll be looking to continue that streak this weekend. Matt won the spring race here last year and we'd love to be in Victory Lane again."

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 Charter Communications Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Brad Parrott
Chassis: JR-80

Carl Edwards on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "The whole Charter Team is pumped about going back to Texas. We only have three Busch races left and we plan to gain the most points we can. My confidence is very high on the 1.5-mile tracks, especially after sweeping Atlanta this weekend. I just love the fast tracks. They are a blast! The Charter Team only has one goal in mind and that is to win in Texas!"

Crew Chief Brad Parrott on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "The whole Charter Team is very excited about returning to Texas. We had a great race there earlier this year finishing a very strong fourth. The guys had the weekend off and are revamped and revitalized. Texas is a high speed 1.5 mile track, similar to Atlanta. Carl is coming off a huge NEXTEL Cup win in Atlanta this weekend and the team feels like we can achieve the same results."

NCTS:

Todd Kluever
Team: No. 50 World Financial Group Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Mike Beam
Chassis: #36 (finished eighth at Las Vegas)

Todd Kluever on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "I really like Texas, but we didn't have a great showing there back in June. We took a truck that wasn't really suited for Texas since we lost our brand new truck in a testing accident there a few weeks prior to the race. This time we're taking chassis 36 which has been one of my favorite trucks and I think it will run really well there.

"It was a good thing we had not planned to take our new Atlanta truck to Texas since that truck is dead now. I'm pretty sore from the accident, but I'll be ready to race on Friday. The sixth-place finish really helped us move up in the points. We're only 40 points out of 10th place so our goal is still to win a race, or two, and finish in the top 10 in points. Both of those are well within our reach."

Crew Chief Mike Beam on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "I think Todd will run well at Texas this weekend. He likes that type of track and ran well at Atlanta until he got caught up in that wreck on the last lap. He was at a disadvantage his first time at Texas in June because he ended up driving a truck that we knew wouldn't be that competitive. This time around we're sending him with a truck capable of winning."

Ricky Craven
Team: No. 99 Superchips Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Quinn
Chassis: #41 (finished ninth at Atlanta last weekend)

Ricky Craven on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "We decided that this truck ran so well at Atlanta that it was really what we needed to bring to Texas. The guys at the shop have worked extremely hard to turn this truck around in time to leave Tuesday morning. Everyone on this team knows we are capable of winning a few more races before the season ends and they continue to give 100 percent effort to make it happen.

"I was pleased with our performance in Atlanta. We gave up track position all day and not taking tires during the final caution wasn't a bad decision. For us to win the race we needed to have a nearly perfect day and we didn't. We had a truck that was capable of winning the race, which is why we decided to bring it to Texas. It was very strong, and I feel good about the fact that we're starting to get a rhythm together and starting to get some momentum."

Crew Chief John Quinn on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "The Atlanta truck ran so well we decided it was going to be worth the time and effort to turn it around for Texas. I really wish we had more races left this season because we are really getting this deal figured out. The entire Superchips team has really come together to make this work."

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Ricky Craven , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , Todd Kluever , Doug Richert , Mark Martin