Charlotte: Roush Fenway Racing preview

David Ragan * The 2007 Sprint Cup season was Ragan's first time competing full-time in the series. Ragan visited Lowe's Motor Speedway twice in 2007. His best finish was 37th in the Coca-Cola 600. * Ragan has competed three times in the ...

David Ragan

* The 2007 Sprint Cup season was Ragan's first time competing full-time in the series. Ragan visited Lowe's Motor Speedway twice in 2007. His best finish was 37th in the Coca-Cola 600.

* Ragan has competed three times in the Nationwide Series at Charlotte. His best finish was in the fall of '07 where he qualified 10th and finished sixth.

* Ragan made one Truck Series start at Lowe's Motor Speedway in 2006. He qualified 12th and finished 25th.

* Ragan is currently 12th in the NSCS point standings.

* Ragan is currently sixth in the Nationwide Series point standings.

* Ragan has two top-five and six top-10 finishes in the Nationwide Series this year.


Greg Biffle

* Biffle won the first-ever burnout competition last Saturday evening, earning $10,000 for the Greg Biffle Foundation. For more information about the Greg Biffle Foundation, visit

* In addition to his Cup stats at Charlotte, Biffle also has two wins, five top-five finishes, eight top-10 finishes and two poles in the Nationwide Series at the local track.

* Biffle finished 43rd two weeks ago in Darlington after leading 95 laps and currently sits 11th in the point standings.

* This weekend Biffle will run the red and black Dish Network paint scheme.


Matt Kenseth

* Matt Kenseth has scored four career victories at Lowe's Motor Speedway; 2000 Coca-Cola 600, 2004 All-Star Race, and two Nationwide Series wins.

* In NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Kenseth has one win, five top-five and seven top-10 finishes.

* Kenseth has led a total of 251 laps in Cup Series races at LMS.

* Kenseth has an average start of 20.2 at LMS. His average finish is 15.8.

* Kenseth's No.17 Ford will sport the colors of R+L Carriers this weekend in the Coke 600. It will also don this green and yellow paint scheme at Daytona, California and Martinsville later this year.


Jamie McMurray

* Jamie McMurray returns to the track where he scored his first Sprint Cup Series win. McMurray's win came in only his second start at the Sprint Cup level while filling in for the injured Sterling Marlin.

* In 11 Sprint Cup Series starts at Lowe's Motor Speedway, McMurray has one win, two top-five and five top-10 finishes.

* With 139 laps led under his belt, Lowe's ranks as the track with the most led for McMurray.

* Lowe's Motor Speedway ranks as the sixth-best track for McMurray. Currently, McMurray's averages a 20.0 starting position, and a 16.5 finishing position at the 1.5-mile speedway.


Carl Edwards

* Carl Edwards enters Charlotte seventh in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings, 290 markers behind point leader Kyle Busch. In 11 starts, Edwards has accumulated three wins, five top-five and seven top-10 finishes.

* Edwards will make his seventh Cup start at Charlotte this weekend. In his previous six starts, Edwards has three top-five and five top-10 finishes.

* Edwards' best finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway is third place, captured twice once in May of 2005 and again in May of 2006.

* The Office Depot team will be bringing chassis RK-575 to Lowe's Motor Speedway. This chassis th debuted at Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this year. Edwards started ninth and finished 16 in that race.

* In his previous six starts at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Edwards has completed all but one lap of competition.

* Edwards will carry the red and black colors of Office Depot this Sunday night. Office Depot store #2409 from Santa Anna, Calif., is the weekly sales winner and will ride along with Edwards this weekend at Charlotte.

* Meet Carl Edwards on Thursday, May 22 at 11:00 AM at Roush Fenway Racing. Edwards will be on hand to sign autographs. Only 100 tickets will be distributed at Roush Fenway racing on the day of the event on a first-come, first-serve basis.

* This will be Carl Edwards' seventh career Nationwide Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

* Edwards has five top-five finishes in the Nationwide Series in 2008.


NSCS David Ragan

Ragan on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:

"We knew that it was going to be difficult and challenging and that's why Humpy (Wheeler) will have 150,000 people here watching because it's going to be a lot of fun for 600 miles. But, certainly we'll probably be a little more cautious at the beginning. It's the same old story starting during the day and ending at night. We'll have to adjust our cars throughout the evening, and then as a driver I just have to pace myself and really not wear myself out mentally, or physically in the first 300 or 400 miles, and just be around at the end. I think these cars on the mile-and-a-half tracks have been tough to drive, but that's something that will get better in the future. Obviously, we all have the same rules to work with. We all have the same guidelines and the same race cars to work with, and it's just a matter of who does the best job on Sunday and they'll get the win. Guys like Kyle Busch and my teammate, Carl Edwards, they've been doing a good job. They've got some wins and some good finishes and, like I said, it's a tough sport. There's no need to complain about it, just go out and do the best you can."

Crew chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:

"The 600 is a long race, but I think David is ready for it. We tested here a few weeks ago, and the Showdown last weekend also helped us prepare and plan for what we will encounter this weekend. David needs to be patient and the guys need to give him some solid pit stops. If everything comes together we should be in for a solid run. We just need to keep the big picture in mind and keep making solid point runs."


Biffle on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:

"We're taking the car that we ran really well with at Texas before we had some mechanical problems. I think that our run in the All-Star race was a confidence booster especially heading into the Coke 600 this weekend. It is the longest race of the season so that makes for a completely different kind of race. We'll start in the day and finish at night, and a race that long is obviously harder on equipment, so you have to be prepared for that. It would be incredible to win the Coca-Cola 600 though. I think this race is probably in my top five of races I'd like to win."

Crew chief Greg Erwin on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:

"The car we're taking for the Coke 600 this weekend is the car we raced in Texas earlier this year. We also tested it at Charlotte a couple of weeks ago and we were pretty happy with it. I think we did learn a few things on Saturday night that will help us this Sunday even though they are two entirely different races. A 600-mile race is always a concern from an endurance standpoint. We need to work on making the car turn better in traffic. I think pit strategy will be key, based on what we saw in the All-Star race. With the different pit cycles it will be hard to keep track position all night but we'll do the best we can. The All-Star race was good for the team so hopefully we can keep the momentum going this weekend."

Matt Kenseth

Kenseth on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:

"You know, I've always enjoyed the track at Charlotte. It will always be a special place for me. It's where I got my first Cup win, we won the All-Star race there in '04 and we've picked up a couple of Nationwide wins too.

"Last Saturday, in the All-Star race, we showed lots of promise, we finished third, but the promising thing for us was that the car was pretty competitive, at least the most competitive it's been in a while. If we can carry that momentum over to this weekend, hopefully we can work to turn things around for the No.17 team."

Crew chief Chip Bolin on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:

"The All-Star race was a pretty good motivator for these guys. The race itself was promising for a lot of reasons. The team was good, but more promising was how well the car ran. It wasn't nearly as good in practice or qualifying, but we were able to make the proper adjustments throughout the race and get the car where Matt wanted it.

"The 600 is a tough race. It's long and takes a great amount of concentration from the driver and the crew. Team 17 has had some pretty good success in this race and hopefully that will continue this weekend. We are bringing back the car Matt raced in Fontana, so I am confident the car will be decent and that we have one of the best drivers and pit crews out there. If we all do our jobs and take care of business on Sunday, we should be around with a shot at the end."

Jamie McMurray

Jamie McMurray on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:

"I'm really glad we were able to run the Sprint All-Star race last weekend out at Lowe's. We had a couple of issues come up with the car, that I'm glad we were able to take care of then, and not have to worry about it in a points race, especially in a 600-mile race. I hate that we had such a bad run this past weekend, but I'm confident we will have a much better run this weekend in our No.26 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion.

"Running at Lowe's is always so much fun for me and all the guys at the shop. I'm always reminded of my first win here, which is something I will never forget. For all the guys, we are home for two weeks, which is a chance for them to spend a little more time at home, and be able to race in front of their friends and family.

"The upcoming Coca-Cola 600 is the longest race of the year, and after last weekend I think we have a great engine and great equipment under us. We just need to go out there this weekend and show how strong we really are this season."

Crew chief Larry Carter on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:

"After last weekend at Lowe's, I think all of the guys on the No.26 IRWIN Industrial Tools team are looking forward to going out there this weekend and having a great run. We missed a couple of things last weekend that really put us behind in the race. We certainly had a car more than capable of running in the top 10, and even in the top five. Hopefully, we can put last weekend behind us and go out there this weekend and put some better numbers up on the board."

Carl Edwards

Carl Edwards on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:

"I'm really looking forward to this weekend. We learned some things in the All-Star race and I think once we get the Office Depot Ford dialed in we'll be really good. Sunday's race is a long one, and I think that will be good for me. I think as the night goes on people will get tired and make mistakes and hopefully I'll be able to take advantage of that."

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:

"I feel like we learned a lot last weekend with our Office Depot team in the All-Star race. It was a great opportunity to have a test session under conditions that we will be under at the conclusion of the 600. We didn't have the finish we hoped for on Saturday night, but we know that we can make up for that this weekend."


David Ragan

David Ragan on racing in the Nationwide Series at Lowe's Motor Speedway:

"I am excited to be racing under the lights at Charlotte. I would love to put on a show for all of my family and friends in attendance. The Discount Tire team will be well prepared for Saturday night. We had a great test here a few weeks ago and we are confident our Ford Fusion can compete with any car on the track. We came close to a win here last fall, so I am confident we can duplicate that performance and put a lot of pressure on the other competitors. I think it's only a matter of time before we get that first win under our belts."

Crew chief Mike Kelley on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:

"We had a slight set back at Darlington, but we are ready to rebound from that this weekend in Charlotte. David has a lot of experience on this tough track. We got a nice top-10 finish here last fall, so I feel we can run up front on Saturday night. I think this track sets up nicely for David's aggressive driving style. We were among the fastest during testing here a few weeks ago. The Discount Tire team will be prepared for the challenge that lies ahead. If we take care of business during each practice session and qualify towards the front, we should have a great run."

Greg Biffle

Greg Biffle on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:

"I'm excited to get back in the Nationwide car this weekend - I haven't been over there since Talladega. It's really nice to be at home for these two weeks. Lowe's is one of my favorite tracks, especially on the Nationwide side. We had a good test out there last week with the CitiFinancial team. We should be running up front all night and hopefully we can get CitiFinancial their first win of the season."

Crew chief Eddie Pardue on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:

"We should be contending for the win this weekend. We're taking the same car Greg had at Vegas earlier in the year when he finished second. We tested the car last week at Lowe's and we were really happy with the times. We've had pretty good cars this year but we haven't been able to get a win. Both Greg and this CitiFinancial team are well overdue for a win and it'd be fun to pull it off on our home track."

Carl Edwards

Edwards on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:

"I just can't wait to get back on the track at Lowe's. We have dominated the Nationwide races at Lowe's in the past, but the past couple races haven't been the finishes we wanted. Our Scotts Water Smart Ford Fusion was just awesome in every test session a couple weeks ago. Racing at Lowe's, especially under the lights, is very exciting. It's especially fun racing in front of the team's families and friends. We have the big picture in mind, but this is a race we can win."

Crew chief Pierre Kuettel (P.K.) on racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway:

"We are excited about taking the Scotts Water Smart Ford Fusion to Lowe's Motor Speedway. We had a great test a couple of weeks ago and ran on top of the leader board in every session. I am confident we can put our Ford Fusion in Victory Lane on Saturday night. We are long overdue."

- credit: rfr

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Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Sterling Marlin , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , David Ragan , Greg Erwin , Mike Kelley , Kyle Busch
Teams Roush Fenway Racing