Kansas: Roush Fenway Racing preview

Roush Fenway Racing Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kan. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Camping World RV 400 Presented by Coleman Sunday, September 28 David Ragan No.6 AAA Ford Fusion Greg Biffle No.163M Sherwin Williams...

Roush Fenway Racing
Kansas Speedway
Kansas City, Kan.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Camping World RV 400 Presented by Coleman
Sunday, September 28

David Ragan         No.6 AAA Ford Fusion

Greg Biffle No.163M Sherwin Williams Ford Fusion
Matt Kenseth No.17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Jamie McMurray No.26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Carl Edwards No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Kansas Lottery 300
Saturday, September 27

David Ragan         No.6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion

Greg Biffle No.16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion
Matt Kenseth No.17 Arby's Ford Fusion
Carl Edwards No.60 Scott's Winterguard Ford Fusion


David Ragan

* Ragan will wear a special helmet this weekend on behalf of the Shriners Children's Hospitals Ragan will sign the helmet and the Shriners will sell the helmet to raise funds for the hospital.

* Ragan has only one prior Sprint Cup start at Kansas Speedway. In 2007 he qualified 18th and finished 16th.

* Ragan has only one prior Nationwide start at Kansas Speedway. In 2007 he qualified 14th and finished 34th.

* Ragan has one prior Craftsman Truck Series start at Kansas Speedway. In 2006 he qualified third and finished sixth.

* Ragan is currently 14th in the point standings.


Greg Biffle

* In addition to Biffle's Cup stats at Kansas, he also has five top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes in seven Nationwide Series starts.

* Biffle led 37 laps last year at Kansas before taking his first and only win of the 2007 season.

* This weekend Biffle will also be driving the No.16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion in the Nationwide Series race.

* Biffle won last week in Dover and currently sits third in the point standings.

* Biffle is 10 points out of the lead currently held by Carl Edwards.

* This weekend Biffle will run a special Sherwin Williams paint scheme.


Matt Kenseth

* Matt Kenseth will make his eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Kansas Speedway this weekend in the Camping World RV 400.

* Kenseth scored the third pole of his Cup career at Kansas in 2005. It is the only "Chase track" where Kenseth has recorded a pole.

* For the record...In seven starts at Kansas, Kenseth has achieved one pole, one top-five and two top-10 finishes.

* In Sprint Cup Series competition, Kenseth has completed 1731 of      .
1812 (95.5 %) laps attempted He has led a total of 134 laps at Kansas  .
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* On the track...The No.17 crew will be unloading car RK-625 this weekend at Kansas. This is that th th same car Kenseth raced at Indy in July of this year. He started that race 10 and finished 38 after suffering a blown tire on lap 46.

* Rewind... Matt Kenseth and the No.17 DEWALT Ford Fusion team turned in a stellar performance at Dover International Speedway last weekend. Posting a top-10 qualifying effort and fast lap times during the weekend's practice sessions, Kenseth and company looked to be back on track and set to make up ground in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Though, Kenseth kept the No.17 up front for a race-high 136 laps, he was challenged in the closing laps of the Camping World 400 by teammates, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards and came up just short of victory finishing in second place.

* The CHASE is on...Kenseth improved two positions in Chase standings and is currently ranked 10th with 5223 points. He trails point leader, Carl Edwards by 167 points.


Jamie McMurray

* Jamie McMurray, a native of Joplin, Mo., returns to Kansas Speedway this weekend, where in five starts has two top-10 finishes.

* In just his second outing at the 1.5-mile speedway, McMurray led 19 laps before going on to finish with a career-best finish of seventh at Kansas Speedway.

* Prior to the race this weekend, McMurray will visit Blaine's Farm & Fleet in Verona, Wisc., on Thursday to help promote IRWIN Industrial Tools' "Ultimate Tradesmen Challenge."

* This weekend, McMurray will pilot his No.26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion.


Carl Edwards

* Carl Edwards enters Kansas leading the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points, 10 markers ahead of Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle and Jimmie Johnson. It is the second consecutive week that Edwards has held the point lead.

* In the 28 races held thus far in 2008, Edwards has accumulated one pole, six wins, 13 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes. Edwards leads all drivers in top-10 finishes so far in 2008 with 21.

* Edwards' average start at Kansas Speedway is 18.8, his average finish is 17.0.

* Edwards will make his fifth Cup start at Kansas this weekend. In his previous four starts, Edwards has one top-five and two top-10 finishes.

* The Office Depot team will be bringing chassis RK-540 to Kansas. This chassis last raced at nd Chicagoland Speedway in July, where Edwards finished 32.

* Edwards will help one lucky small business owner make their NASCAR debut this weekend at Kansas Speedway. The fourth annual Office Depot "Official Small Business of NASCAR" promotion winner will have their company's logo featured on the TV panel of Edwards' No.99 Office Depot Ford during Sunday's Camping World RV 400, and receive a $10,000 small business makeover from Office Depot.


David Ragan
Team: No.6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: RK-613 Last ran Pocono, finished fifth
     RK-561 Last ran Pocono, finished 24th

Ragan on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"Kansas has been a good track for us in the past, but only running one race there per year makes us put a lot of pressure on ourselves to run well. Our mile and a half program has been really strong so far this season so that gives us an added confidence. I'm wearing a special helmet this weekend to help raise money for the Shriners Children's Hospitals, so hopefully we can get a good run in our AAA Ford and help the Shriners."

Crew chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"Kansas is a track David hasn't been to much in the past, but he's been really strong at mile and half tracks so far this season. We are taking a good car this weekend and I see no reason why we can't turn our luck around and get a good finish."

Team: No.163M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Greg Erwin
Chassis: RK 585 Last outing: Second Pocono (Finished 13th)

Biffle on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"Kansas is a fun track and I have always enjoyed racing there. The win last year was pretty cool but I would love to get to victory lane again there this weekend. The feeling that we have together as a team right now is indescribable. If we can keep it going, which I think we can, we will be unstoppable. As a driver, you dream of having a team like this at this point in your career. We're not finished winning and I don't see why we can't make it three in a row at Kansas this weekend."

Crew chief Greg Erwin on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"Well, we're taking the car that we ran at both Pocono races this year. We've got a Sherwin Williams paint scheme this weekend which is something new for us through their relationship with 3M. Since it is the first race at Kansas with the new car, we have no real notes to go off of other than tracks that are similar. The win there last year was obviously my first with this team and my first Sprint Cup win ever so it was one for the record books, but if we can win our third race in a row this weekend, that just might overshadow it a little. That is what we are focusing on right now winning races. We can't worry about the points. We just have to go out there every week and try to win and then the points will fall where they will."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No.17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Chip Bolin
Chassis: RK-625 Raced Indy in July of this year. Started 10th and finished 38th after blowing a tire on lap 46

Kenseth on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"We'll be at Kansas this weekend with another shot at an intermediate track. So far this year, we've had the majority of our success on these-type tracks. Kansas is a lot like Chicago, and we were very competitive there earlier this year.

"Last weekend was a welcome change for us. We qualified well, led a bunch of laps and ended up with a good finish. Obviously I would have rather won than finished second, but as a whole our team performed a lot better than it has been. Hopefully we'll be able to build on that this weekend and leave Kansas with a win."

Crew chief Chip Bolin on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"RK-625 was brand new for the race at Indianapolis. It was destroyed after a small explosion tore the right- hand side of the body off. So for Kansas, we just rebuilt what was a new car for Indy now pretty much a new car for this weekend. So far this year we've had the majority of our success at intermediate tracks. I'm hoping that Kansas will be no exception. We've managed to hit on some decent setups for these tracks and Matt's really made the most of what we've given him. If we can continue that at Kansas, there's no reason we shouldn't be able to run up front and contend for a win."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No.26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Larry Carter
Chassis: RK 614: Brand New Chassis
     RK-463 Last outing: Martinsville, Oct. 2007; finished 32nd

McMurray on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"Obviously it's always nice to return to Kansas Speedway. Although it's hard to say it's my "hometown" track, it is the track that is closest to my house and it's always nice to see all the fans from that area come out to support me. We always have an autograph session at the track on Friday night, and to see all the people that I grew up with in Joplin is always cool. They always come up and say they've been pulling for me for a long time, and look forward to the Kansas race. It's always cool to return home to see them.

"Last week was really tough for me and the No.26 team. We had probably the fastest car we've had all season, and if it hadn't been for a couple bad pit stops, I don't think we would have been put in the position to be taken out by another car. It was a shame to see that happen and to know that I could have been running with Matt and them at the end of the race.

"If things continue like they have the last few weeks, we will have another really fast Ford Fusion for this weekend. It's unreal how fast our cars have been, which is great, but we need the finishes to go along with them. Hopefully, we can have a great weekend in Kansas this weekend and bring home a good finish in front of the local fans."

Crew chief Larry Carter on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"I think the No.26 Crown Royal team is looking forward to Kansas this weekend. We had a couple slow stops last week that put us in a bad position. So to say that we are looking forward to getting back out there and hopefully having a good run would be an understatement. We are testing Lowe's this week, which might help us a little for Kansas, we might be able to find a thing or two. Hopefully we can have another fast Ford Fusion from the minute we unload this weekend. That's how we've been for the last few weeks, just haven't had the results that we needed."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-540 Last outing: Chicagoland, July '08 finished 32nd
     Also: This chassis finished second at Darlington in May

Carl Edwards on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"I'm really excited to race at Kansas this week. It's my hometown track so it will be neat having so many family and friends there. Plus I am excited to unveil the winner of the `Official Small Business of NASCAR' and have the winning company's logo on the race car. I think we have a really good Office Depot Ford Fusion for this weekend. Kansas is a really fun track to drive and I think we'll be able to have a good run there. It's great to be leading the points and running as well as we are, but we'd like to get back to Victory Lane. Hopefully we can accomplish that this weekend."

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"I'm really looking forward to racing Kansas. I like intermediate tracks a whole lot and feel like our No.99 team has what it takes to be really successful there this weekend. Hopefully the Office Depot team can continue to build on the momentum we've built thus far in the Chase and have another strong finish this weekend at Kansas."


David Ragan
Team: No.6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-375 Last ran at Kentucky, Jun. '08, finished 26th

Ragan on racing in the Nationwide Series at Kansas Speedway:
"The Discount Tire team has been very consistent as of late and I am looking forward to challenging for a win this weekend. We are happy with our consistent finishes, but it is time to get over the hump and get to victory lane. I know we have the team to do it, but everybody has to believe that. I know our crew has been working hard this week to fine tune our Ford Fusion. It is only a matter of time before we get that break- through win."

Crew chief Mike Kelley on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"We are looking forward to running at Kansas. Our guys have spent a lot of time in the wind tunnel and K- RIG this week. We have proven we can run with the best teams in this series but we haven't proven we can beat them. I am confident our guys are going to give it their all these last six races. This weekend would be a nice time to get the Discount Tire family a win."

Greg Biffle
Team: No.16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Eddie Pardue
Chassis: RK-347 (finished sixth at Chicagoland in July)

Biffle on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"This my last race of the year with these guys and I want to win in the worst way. I'm excited to get back to Kansas it's definitely one of my favorite tracks. We've been running better and better in the Nationwide car and I really want to keep that going and end the year on a high note. Top fives and top 10s are great but we're not running for points, we're here to win, and we have a really good chance of doing just that on Saturday."

Crew chief Eddie Pardue on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"Kansas is a fun race when you have Greg Biffle in the car. His record out there speaks for itself. This might be the best chance we've had to win a race all year. I hate that it's our last race of the season already. We've had a fun year with Greg and CitiFinancial and hopefully we'll end it in victory lane Saturday night."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No.17 Arby's Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre (P.K.) Kuettel
Chassis: RK- 355 last ran Chicago in July of this year. Started 19th and finished 17th

Kenseth on racing in the Nationwide Series at Kansas Speedway:
"I like racing at Kansas; it's definitely a multi-grooved track that is smooth and wide like Chicago. For the past two years, we've sat on the pole and finished second maybe third time is a charm and we'll be able to get another win for Arby's this weekend."

Crew chief Pierre (P.K.) Kuettel on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"Kansas is another track that Matt is strong at, so hopefully we can get our Arby's Ford Fusion handling well in practice, and for the race, and be a strong contender for the win."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.60 Scotts Winterguard Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK-427 Last Ran at Chicago, Jun.08, finished 16th

Edwards on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"I absolutely love Kansas Speedway. It's not far from my hometown and I will have several of my family and friends there. I love the mile and a half speedways. They are just awesome. This track is exactly what this Scotts Winterguard team needs. We have six races left and we want to stir it up as much as possible and make every point count. These last races will be exciting!"

Crew chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Kansas Speedway:
"We are taking our Scotts Winterguard Ford Fusion to Kansas looking for a win. We have our sights set on a championship and I feel like we have all the momentum going into this weekend. We know Clint is going to run well in his hometown so we have to be prepared to run well. Carl is pretty stout on the mile and a half race tracks. I am looking forward to putting our Ford Fusion back in victory lane in the near future."

-credit: rfr

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Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Jimmie Johnson , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , David Ragan , Greg Erwin , Mike Kelley
Teams Williams , Roush Fenway Racing