BUSCH: Texas: Roush Racing preview

Texas Motor Speedway, April 16-17, 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Samsung/Radio Shack 500, Sunday at 1:20 p.m. NASCAR Busch Series: O'Reilly 300, Saturday at 2:05 p.m. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: ...

Texas Motor Speedway, April 16-17, 2005

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Samsung/Radio Shack 500, Sunday at 1:20 p.m.

NASCAR Busch Series: O'Reilly 300, Saturday at 2:05 p.m.

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Off

Roush Racing Fast Facts

- With his 19th place finish at Martinsville, Kurt Busch remains in the top 10 NEXTEL Cup Series competition for the 41st consecutive race week, currently the second-longest streak behind Tony Stewart.

- Busch's No. 97 Ford Taurus sports the colors of IRWIN Industrial Tools at Texas for the first time this season. The IRWIN car will run the next six events through the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte on May 21st.

- The IRWIN Industrial Tools team brings chassis #65 to Texas, a car built for Homestead-Miami Speedway last year. Busch finished fifth in the event to clinch his first NEXTEL Cup Series title. Chassis #60 will serve as the back-up (finished fifth at Pocono in the spring of 2004 in its only start).

- Busch will compete in the second of four events on the 2005 Crown Royal IROC Series scheduled on Friday evening in Texas. The event will mark IROC's second trip to the speedway. Busch finished 11th in the inaugural event at TMS last season after an early accident took him out of contention.

- Busch (the 2003 IROC champion) is currently ninth in the IROC standings, 16 points behind leader Mark Martin following his ninth-place finish at Daytona in February.

- In four starts at Texas Motor Speedway in the Truck Series, Carl Edwards has accrued two top-five and four top-10 finishes. This weekend will mark his first start at the track in both the Busch and Cup Series.

- Edwards currently sits 11th in the overall NEXTEL Cup point standings. He sits just five points out of 10th and 250 points out of first.

- RK-270 is the same car Edwards drove to his first NEXTEL Cup victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway three weeks ago. The car was also raced at the second Atlanta and Darlington races in 2004.

- Edwards will participate in Ford Fan Appreciation Day on Thursday, April 14 at the Ft. Worth Convention Center. Edwards will be signing autographs from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

- Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin will be pulling triple-duty this weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway as they will compete in the IROC, Busch and Cup races.

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

- Kenseth won the Cup event at Texas Motor Speedway in 2002.

- Kenseth will be running chassis number 41 this weekend in Texas. This is the same car the No. 17 team ran with the Trex paint scheme in Atlanta.

- Kenseth will be running chassis number 45 in the Busch race on Saturday. This is the same car that ran at Bristol two weeks ago, where Kenseth finished in the fourth position.

- Kenseth gained the highest number of positions in the Nextel Cup point standings after his 11th-place finish at Martinsville, improving seven spots to 21st in the standings.

- Greg Biffle held a top-five position for the majority of last year's Texas race before an engine failure ended his day early.

- Biffle has one pole, one win and three top-five finishes in four Craftsman Truck Series starts at Texas.

- This weekend the National Guard/Post-it paint scheme returns -- the same paint scheme the team took to victory lane in California earlier this season.

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

- Martin has four top fives and three top 10s in eight Cup starts at Texas.

- Martin will be looking for three wins at Texas in the IROC, Busch and Cup races.

- Martin has won three times in the Busch Series at Texas in only four races.

- Martin will run a Retro-89 paint scheme that will have the same look as his first Roush Racing Cup car. It is the scheme that Martin ran in his first Cup victory at Rockingham in 1989.


Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra® Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-247 (Brand new race car)

Mark Martin on racing at Texas: "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'll be racing in the IROC, Busch and Cup races, maybe we can get us a couple of wins in there.

"The team did a great job last week at Martinsville. That's not my favorite track by any means and to get out of there with a third-place finish and a chance to win, well that's almost even more than we can ask for. Pat and the team have really been on their game this year and I just can't wait to get back out on the track at Texas."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Texas: "We are looking forward to this weekend. After two weeks of short track racing, it will be great to get back to a 1.5-mile track where Mark really excels at racing. We had a good week last week in Martinsville and a chance to win late in the race. Hopefully we can do that again this weekend and seal the deal for our first Cup win of the season."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: #195 (Raced last month at Atlanta)

Greg Biffle on racing at Texas: "Texas is an extremely fast race track and handling is very key because of the speeds. If you can get your car going through the corner it can make for a fun day, but if you are a little off it's no fun at all. I really like the track though. Texas is a fast, smooth racetrack and it can become tight throughout the race. That is one thing we'll have to account for when we practice in race trim. It is comparable to Atlanta and we had a good run there a few weeks ago."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Texas: "We're taking chassis 195 because we feel like we had good results with it in Atlanta and maybe could have even won the race. So, we wanted to take it to Texas and see what we could do with it there. It has good balance and good handling, so it was the best choice for this weekend. We haven't run in Texas yet with the shorter spoiler, so we'll see what effect that has but I think you'll see some faster speeds just like we saw in Atlanta. We need to focus on getting the car to handle well and getting in a good pit window because this race can always come down to fuel mileage."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: #41 (Same car that ran at Atlanta in March)

Matt Kenseth on racing at Texas: "Texas is a track that I really like. We've had some good finishes there, including a win in both the Cup and Busch series. It's always nice to go back to a track where you've won in the past because you feel that you have a better chance of success there. I will certainly get a lot of seat time this weekend, running all three races, so I hope that when we combine our past success here with the things I'll learn early this weekend, we'll be strong and come away with some good finishes."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Texas: "We're bringing car number 41 to Texas, which is the same car we ran in Atlanta. Despite suffering heavy damage in the first lap crash there, the car ran well the rest of the day. Our team is feeling positive after our 11th-place finish at Martinsville. The team really had to work on the car all day and the hard work paid off with a good finish. We will carry that momentum with us to Texas and hopefully continue to turn our luck around this year."

Kurt Busch
Team: No. 97 IRWIN Industrial Tools/Sharpie Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #65 (Finished 5th at Miami-Homestead last year, where Busch clinched the Nextel Cup championship)

Kurt Busch on racing at Texas: "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. We've had terrific cars all season long. The IRWIN guys and Jimmy Fennig have done a great job building our racecars this year. These past three we've just had some circumstances take us out of contention, so we're looking to get back on track in Texas."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Texas: "We're bringing our Homestead car from last year to run at Texas. We've run pretty well there the past couple of trips, and we need a good finish this weekend too for our IRWIN team."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Scotts Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-270 ('04 - second Darlington and Atlanta, '05 - first Atlanta)

Carl Edwards on racing at Texas: "I really like Texas a lot. It looks like the other 1.5-mile tracks but I think it drives different. I've had great luck there the last couple years in the Superchips truck and we're certainly hoping that continues this weekend in the Scotts Ford. Roush Racing has always been strong there so I'm pretty confident heading into this weekend.

"Going to a 1.5-mile track is a nice change of pace from the short-tracks we've been racing at. We have not had good runs the last couple weeks but I'm not going to let that get me down. When we sat down at the beginning of the year we would have never forecasted leading the Busch points, being 11th in the Cup points and having my first career wins in the Busch and Cup Series within the first six races of the season. I think we are doing much better than we ever anticipated. We just need to learn from everything and keep moving forward. It's a long season and we are just getting started."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Texas: "We're certainly looking to rebound from the last couple weeks. We've been the victim of circumstance in a lot of cases but that's racing. We learn from it and move on. We are taking the same car we won with in Atlanta earlier this year so we feel pretty good about our chances to run well this weekend in the Scotts Ford. Both our driver and our team are more than capable of rising to the occasion and getting us back on track, I'm not worried at all."


Mark Martin
Team: No. 9 Pennzoil Platinum Ultimate Protection Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-292 (Won at Fontana and Atlanta earlier this year.)

Martin on Busch Series racing at Texas: "Texas is a great race track. We've run really well there over the years and especially in the Busch races. We'd like nothing else than to go in there and put the Pennzoil Platinium Ford back into victory lane for the third time in a row. Pat and the guys have done an outstanding job with the Busch program this year and we are looking forward to putting that No. 9 back out on the track."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Waste Management Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser #Chassis: #45 (Last ran at Bristol two weeks ago, where Kenseth finished in the 4th position.)

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

Carl Edwards on racing at Texas: "Texas is going to be good. I'm already excited about it. I really like Texas. Roush Racing runs well there and we will go there and try to win one."

Crew Chief Brad Parrott on racing at Texas: "The team is very excited about going to Texas. The guys had the weekend off and are revamped and revitalized. Texas is a high speed and real fast 1.5 mile track, similar to Atlanta. We are taking our Atlanta car and the team feels like we can achieve the same results."


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