Loudon: Roush Fenway Racing preview

FAST FACTS David Ragan * The 2007 Sprint Cup season was Ragan's first year competing full-time in the series. Ragan visited New Hampshire Motor Speedway twice in 2007. His best finish was 15th in the spring race. * Ragan has competed once in...


David Ragan

* The 2007 Sprint Cup season was Ragan's first year competing full-time in the series. Ragan visited New Hampshire Motor Speedway twice in 2007. His best finish was 15th in the spring race.

* Ragan has competed once in the Nationwide Series at Loudon. He qualified 11th and finished 18th.

* Ragan has two Craftsman Truck Series starts at Loudon. His best finish came in 2006 where he qualified 25th and finished 11th.

* Ragan is currently 14th in the point standings, just 47 points out of 12th.

Greg Biffle

* In addition to Biffle's Cup stats at New Hampshire, he has three top-five finishes in three Craftsman Truck Series starts and one top-10 finish in the Nationwide Series.

* Biffle finished 11th last week in Sonoma and currently sits seventh in the point standings.

* Biffle is 389 points out of the lead currently held by Kyle Busch and 127 points ahead of Matt Kenseth in the 12th position. He is only 63 points out of the fifth position.

* This weekend Biffle will run the 3M paint scheme.

Matt Kenseth

* In honor of the Boston Celtics 17th NBA title, Kenseth's No.17 will carry a special congratulatory decal. The No.17 crew will also don pit caps to celebrate the occasion.

* On Wednesday, June 25, Kenseth along with his Roush Fenway Racing teammates and the Boston Red Sox will celebrate Roush Fenway Day at Fenway Park.

* Matt Kenseth will make his 17th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in this weekend's Lennox 300.

* In 16 starts at NHIS, Kenseth has achieved 11 top-10 and five top-five finishes and has led a total of 88 laps.

* Kenseth's average start at NHIS is 19.1; however his average finish of 10.5 ranks among the best of active NSCS drivers.

* With six consecutive top-10 finishes, Kenseth and crew have made their way back into the top-12 in point standings.

Jamie McMurray

* In 10 starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Jamie McMurray has one top-five and three top- 10 finishes.

* In McMurray's first race at the "Magic Mile," he led 13 laps before a crash took him out of the race.

* Prior to this weekend's race in New Hampshire, McMurray, along with his Cup teammates, will attend the Boston Red Sox's game on Wednesday evening. The Red Sox take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at 7:05 p.m.

* This weekend, McMurray will pilot his No.26 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion.

Carl Edwards

* Carl Edwards enters New Hampshire fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings, 258 markers behind point leader Kyle Busch. In 16 starts, Edwards has accumulated three wins, six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes.

* Carl Edwards scored his 12th top-10 finish of 2008 last week at Infineon. He currently leads all drivers in top-10 finishes. Edwards has scored top-10 finishes in his past seven races, extending a streak that began at Richmond.

* Edwards will make his eighth Cup start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. In his previous seven starts, Edwards has one top-five and one top-10 finish.

* Edwards' best finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is second place, captured in July of 2006.

* Edwards' average start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is 19.1, his average finish is 13.7. The Columbia, Mo., native has completed all but one of the laps he has attempted at the one-mile speedway. Despite that fact, only once in his previous seven starts has Edwards finished inside the top-10.

* The No.99 team will carry the colors of Dish Network this weekend at New Hampshire. This is the third time the team has carried the sponsor on board in 2008. In the previous two races, the No.99 team went to victory lane at Fontana and Las Vegas.

* The Dish Network team will be bringing chassis RK-605 to New Hampshire. This is a brand-new chassis.

* Edwards picked up his first NASCAR Nationwide Series win of the 2008 season last week at Milwaukee.

David Ragan No.6 AAA Ford Fusion

"It's pretty exciting going to Loudon this weekend with a Red Sox paint scheme on our No.6 AAA Ford Fusion. I like shorter tracks like Loudon; they really seem to fit my driving style. We did pretty well last year, but I've been driving smarter and qualifying better this year so we should be pretty good. It's great to head up north with our Fenway association and especially for me since Mike Dee is my car owner. Carl had a good run last year with the Red Sox paint scheme so hopefully we can follow that up with another good finish."

Crew chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
"It's good to have one road course behind us and head to a track that David is much more comfortable at. David did well last year at New Hampshire and should do even better this year. He's been running and qualifying much more consistently so we should have another top-10 finish."

GREG BIFFLE No.16 3M Ford Fusion

"I always enjoy racing at New Hampshire. It's a flat track and those are always fun for a driver because it requires a lot of throttle and brake input. The keys to New Hampshire are getting the car to rotate in the corner and have lots of forward bite exiting. If you can hit both of those things with the setup then it's generally a good day. We had a decent run last weekend at Infineon but I would feel a lot more comfortable if we could get into the top five in the point standings in the final weeks leading up to The Chase."

Crew chief Greg Erwin on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
"This weekend we're taking a car that we've raced twice this season. We finished third with it at Las Vegas and Biffle led 95 laps with it in Darlington before we had a part failure that resulted in an engine failure. We'll focus this week as we do pretty much every week with the new cars on getting it to turn well through the corners. I feel like this team is getting stronger every week and that's going to show up on the racetrack in the coming races. We should probably be a little higher in the points right now but if we can steadily gain ground, that's okay with me."

Matt Kenseth No.17 DEWALT Ford Fusion

"We usually have pretty good finishes at New Hampshire, but it seems like we're never that competitive. I don't really know why that is. It seems like every time we go there, we'll run around 12th to 15th all day, but we usually do a good job with pit strategy and have good stops, so we'll come away with a seventh or 10th- place finish. Hopefully, we can do a little better than that this weekend.

"Our entire program has definitely improved and I feel like we're making a lot of gains, especially after our top-10 finish last weekend at Sonoma. But we still aren't quite where we need to be to keep up with some of those guys. There are four or five teams running really well right now, and if we're going to have a shot, then we have to continue to improve. I'm still really proud of Chip and the guys for all of their hard work each week and I know that if we all continue to do our jobs, we'll be fine."

Crew chief Chip Bolin on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: "We've been preparing this car for awhile now. We built it especially for Pocono and had a really decent run with it there, so I feel like we have a good piece. The 99 was pretty fast the last time we went to Loudon and we were able to learn some things from what they did. So, hopefully we'll unload and be competitive from the get-go.

"Team 17 has done an incredible job of fighting their way back into the top 12. I'm pleased with our improvements and look forward to continuing to build on our consistency. The Chase is just around the corner and is really what it's all about. The reason that the guys on this team do what they do and work as hard as they do is to win a championship. There really isn't any other goal on this team, so now's the time for us to step up and perform and really bring out the `A Game.' I feel like our team is as good as any out there and if we can continue to get these cars better and better then we'll have a good shot at this."

Jamie McMurray No.26 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion

"Ever since Roush Racing teamed up with the Fenway Sports Group and the Red Sox, I've become a huge fan of the race weekend in Loudon. This week, we get to attend the game on Wednesday evening, which should be a lot of fun for all the guys. It's so cool to be a part of it all at Fenway Park, in the heart of Red Sox Nation.

"Last weekend in Sonoma was another tough race for the No.26 team. We all but had a top-two or three finish locked up before we were wrecked with five laps to go. We did everything right all day and had everything playing out in our favor, but weren't able to capitalize on it at the end of the day.

"Hopefully this weekend can be different for us. Last year at Loudon with the new car, we didn't qualify well, but we had pretty good races. Throughout both races Larry and Derek made great calls and as the race went on, our Ford Fusion continued to get better. Hopefully, this year, with all the engineering we have done back at the shop, we can go in there with a pretty good setup in our No.26 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion and go from there."

Crew chief Larry Carter on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
"This weekend in Loudon we have a really good shot at running well. Our engineering department at Roush has done a lot of work with this new car, and I really feel that Roush Fenway is way ahead of where we were last year. We've learned a lot more with this new car and how to make it turn better, which was our problem last year at Loudon; we had such a hard time getting our car to turn in the center of the corner. We made some good calls throughout the race, which helped us near the end of each race. Hopefully, with a little better setup to start with, we should have a solid weekend."

Carl Edwards No.99 Dish Network Fusion

"I like New Hampshire; it's one of my favorite tracks. It's flat and fast and it puts a lot of things in the driver's hands. We've had really strong runs there in the past, so hopefully we'll be able to repeat that success."

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
"New Hampshire is a great track that really suits Carl's driving style. It's flat; it's fast and is really a driver's track. We come to New Hampshire having scored seven top-10 finishes in a row, but we'd like to better that this weekend by scoring the win. New Hampshire is sort of another home track for us at Roush Fenway racing, and it would be really awesome to get a win for our team there."


David Ragan No.6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion

"I feel like our No.6 Discount Tire team is in a nice grove right now. We are making up a lot of ground in the point standings and I think we can make an even bigger jump this weekend. We are taking a really fast Ford Fusion to New Hampshire. Our guys have been working hard on our set-ups and making sure our car is stout as soon as we unload. It will be nice to practice the car and follow a normal companion race weekend schedule. We believe multiple wins are well within reach this year, but it is going to take a monster effort to accomplish it."

Crew chief Mike Kelley on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
"The guys have been working extremely hard on our Discount Tire Ford Fusion and I believe we are a serious contender for a championship. Loudon is a great track and it will definitely be a challenge, but with good preparation and patience, good things will happen. We have been running well as of late and I am looking forward to carrying that momentum to Loudon. David has been delivering for us week in and week out. It's time to take the next step and solidify our status as a team to contend with every week. A trip to victory lane would be a great way to do that."

Greg Biffle No.16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion

"I like New Hampshire. I struggled there for a while, especially on the Cup side, but the last few times we've run out there I feel like we've gotten better and better. I love running these Nationwide races and it kills me that we haven't won yet this year. This is the one of the closest tracks to CitiFinancial's Baltimore headquarters and we'll have a lot of sponsor guests at the race. I'd love to get our first win of the year in CitiFinancial's backyard, that's what we're shooting for."

Crew chief Eddie Pardue on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
"For some reason, New Hampshire has never been one of our best tracks but we're getting better every year. We're taking the car that Greg finished second in at ORP last year so we should be pretty good this weekend. This CitiFinancial team has had some bad luck in the last few races. Hopefully we won't find ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time and we'll bring home a good finish for CitiFinancial."

Carl Edwards No.60 Under Armour Ford Fusion

"I can't wait to race in New Hampshire. We are riding our momentum from Milwaukee and have very high expectations for this weekend. It's a one mile track similar to Milwaukee and I expect us to be in victory lane once again. We fell behind in the championship point standings, so it is time to make up that ground. I would love to make it two in a row and get Under Armour into victory lane."

Crew chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
"We are looking to capitalize on the momentum from last weekend. I think Carl is really focused right now on getting back into contention for a second championship. It has been a crazy week for everybody on the No.60 Under Armour team, but we have been able to pull together as a team and work hard on preparing fast race cars. It has been a smooth transition for me coming on board because of the tremendous crew we have in place. Carl has been lights out at New Hampshire in the past, so I expect nothing less this weekend."

-credit: rfr

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