BUSCH: Watkins Glen: Roush Racing preview

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen, Sunday, 1:35PM NASCAR Busch Series: Zippo 200, Saturday, 2:00PM Roush Racing Fast Facts - Mark Martin heads into the second and final road...

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Roush Racing Fast Facts

- Mark Martin heads into the second and final road course race of the season fresh off a seventh-place run at Indy. Martin moves into the race having scored top 10 finishes in seven of the last nine and three of the last four. Martin will be looking for his fourth win at the 2.45-mile road course where he finished third last year.

- Martin has finished in the top 10 in 15 of his 17 races at The Glen, the most of any driver.

- Martin has finished in the top-five or better in 12 of 17 races at The Glen, the most of any driver.

- Martin's three poles are the most of any driver. He is one of only three drivers with multiple poles there.

- Martin won from the pole in three straight races at the Glen from '93 to '95.

- Martin's 204 laps led at Watkins Glen are the most of any driver.

- Martin set a track record in '95 at the Glen, running 220.5 miles on the 2.4-mile track in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 54 seconds (100.303 mph).

- Martin has a 6.18 average finish in 17 career races at The Glen, the best of all drivers with three or more races there.

- Martin's 31 modern era top-10 finishes in road course races leads all active drivers and ties for the most ever.

- Martin's four wins at road courses tie for the ninth most in NASCAR history and his four poles tie for the eighth most.

- With the 21st-place finish in Indy, Greg Biffle maintained the third position in the point standings and is currently only 111 points behind current leader Tony Stewart.

- Biffle trails second place points contender Jimmie Johnson by only 36 points.

- In last season's Sirius At The Glen, Biffle had driven the National Guard/Subway Ford to a top-15 position after starting 21st (based on points) when a part failure on lap 71 ended the day early for the team.

- Biffle will be racing the yellow and green National Guard/Subway paint scheme this weekend in Watkins Glen.

- In five starts at Watkins Glen, Matt Kenseth has three top-ten finishes.

- Kenseth will be running car number 37 on Sunday at Watkins Glen. This is the same car that raced in Sonoma earlier this year. Kenseth finished 11th in the first road course race of the 2005 season.

- Kenseth and the No. 17 DEWALT team tested at Watkins Glen last week.

- Kurt Busch remained fifth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series standings following his 18th-place finish at Indianapolis on Sunday. Busch is now 277 points behind new point leader Tony Stewart.

- Busch has been in the top 10 for 20 of 21 race weeks thus far in 2005. Busch has four top-10 finishes in his last six races, including top-fives at Loudon and Sonoma and a win at Pocono.

- The No. 97 team brings the blue and yellow of IRWIN Industrial Tools to Watkins Glen this weekend.

- The IRWIN team brings chassis #69 to Watkins Glen, the same car that finished third in Sonoma earlier this year in its only previous start.

- Carl Edwards will make his career debut at Watkins Glen this weekend. This weekend marks the first time the rookie will start there in both the Busch and NEXTEL Cup Series. Edwards tested both cars at the track but hit the wall both days. The No. 99 Cup team made repairs and Edwards finished the test session with decent results.

- After finishing 12th at Indy last week, Edwards jumped two spots in the point standings to 10th making him eligible for the "Chase." Edwards sits just six points behind ninth place Dale Jarrett and is 436 points behind the leader, Tony Stewart.

- The No. 99 Office Depot Ford will sport a special "Back to School" paint scheme this weekend at Watkins Glen.

NNCS:

Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 Viagra® Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-204 (finished 15th at Sonoma)

Martin on racing at Watkins Glen International Speedway: "I've always liked road course racing. It's a little different than what we do on a normal weekend, but it presents a challenge and it's something that we've done pretty well at over the years. We've had a lot of success at Watkins Glen in the past and we ran really well there last year. We were a bit off at Sonoma earlier this year, so we'll have our work cut of for us this weekend to make sure we get back to our road racing form and hopefully have a shot at the victory.

"We have a little bit of breathing room over 10th, but you can't ever let up in this business. Pat Tryson and the team have done an outstanding job this year and if we can keep moving in the right direction, then I think we can contend for that championship down the line."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Watkins Glen International Speedway: "We are looking forward to going back to Watkins Glen. Mark has a very strong history at that track and he's one of the best road racers in the business, so we always like our chances in those events. We are taking the same car that we finished with third there last year so it will just be up to us to work with the car enough on Friday and Saturday and hopefully give Mark what he needs to get the win on Sunday."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard/Subway Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-210 (raced at Watkins Glen last year)

Biffle on racing at Watkins Glen International Speedway: "I actually really look forward to the road courses. I tested the Busch car at Watkins Glen a couple of weeks ago and I think that track time refreshed my memory a little, which should help this weekend. We're taking the same Cup car we raced there last year. We had a pretty good run with it and then had a part failure. If we can keep anything like that from happening this weekend, it should be a good run for us."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Watkins Glen International Speedway: "We're taking the same car we raced at Watkins Glen last year. We started by points last year because qualifying got rained out but we will focus on our qualifying runs in practice this time around because a good qualifying effort will help with our pit strategy. We'll just need a smooth day with no major problems."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-37 (finished 11th at Sonoma in the spring)

Kenseth on racing at Watkins Glen International Speedway: "Of the two road courses that we go to, I seem to prefer Watkins Glen a little. Our road racing program has steadily improved over the last two to three years and we've been finishing better. We finished 11th in Sonoma earlier this year which was our best finish there ever. We have a couple of top tens at Watkins Glen already and we'll be looking to improve upon that on Sunday."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Watkins Glen International Speedway: "We tested up at Watkins Glen last week and were able to dial some things in on our car. We've been working on our road racing program and our performance has improved over the last few years. Besides the two races at Pocono, we've been on a good streak this summer with some top-five and top-ten finishes. We're getting our consistency back and that's what this team is all about."

Kurt Busch
Team: No. 97 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #69 (finished third at Sonoma earlier this year)

Busch on racing at Watkins Glen International Speedway: "Earlier this year we had a really strong car in Sonoma, and I'd really love to be able to take this IRWIN car up to Watkins Glen and pick up another really solid finish. I know a lot of people have mixed feelings about bringing the NEXTEL Cup cars to the road courses, but I think it's a nice twist a few times a year. You do have to put a lot of resources behind these two races to build entirely different cars, so from that standpoint I wouldn't mind doing these type events maybe three or four times a year."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Watkins Glen International Speedway: "We tested both of our road course cars at Road America for both the races this year, and tried some different brake combinations than what we've had before -- some bigger rotors with some different calipers, and vice versa. We need more forward bite. With the horsepower these cars are producing we've got to get that bite -- you need it because you're always spinning your rear tires at these road courses."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot "Back to School" Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis Number: RK-252 (raced at Sonoma earlier this year)

Edwards on racing at Watkins Glen International Speedway: "We tested there last week and didn't have the best of luck. I backed into the wall early on but my team fixed the car and we finished the test. It wasn't the best test I ever had but I think I learned a lot and I went back and have been playing my computer game quite a bit trying to get better before this weekend. I think racing the Charter Ford there this weekend will definitely help the Cup program. Right now we're in the 'Chase' but that can change quickly so we need to think big picture and just go out and have a solid run in the Office Depot Ford this weekend."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Watkins Glen International Speedway: "We tried a lot of things when we tested there last week and I think we learned some things. I think we'll be ok as long as we can stay out of trouble. Our goal is to qualify near the front and just have a solid finish with no wrecks so we can maintain our spot in the 'Chase'. I think we have a driver that is more than capable of that so I feel pretty good about our chances this weekend."

NBS:

Carl Edwards
Team: No. 60 Charter Communications Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Brad Parrott
Chassis: JR-84

Carl Edwards on racing at Watkins Glen International Speedway: "This will be my first NASCAR start at Watkins Glen. I have one road course under my belt, earlier this season in Mexico City and we finished third. Watkins Glen presents some challenges, it has 11 turns with a variety of banking in the turns, ranging from 6 to 10 degrees . I love turning right and left during a race, it's just awesome. I am going into the Glen to have a blast and win the race!"

Crew Chief Brad Parrott on racing at Watkins Glen International Speedway: "We are coming off a disappointing finish at Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP), but we only lost 87 points to the leader. We will put IRP behind us and concentrate on winning at the Glen."

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Carl Edwards , Doug Richert , Mark Martin