Michigan: Roush Fenway Racing preview

David Ragan * The 2007 Sprint Cup season was Ragan's first time competing full-time in the series. Ragan visited Michigan International Speedway twice in 2007. His best finish was 18th in the fall race. * Ragan has competed one time in the ...

David Ragan

* The 2007 Sprint Cup season was Ragan's first time competing full-time in the series. Ragan visited Michigan International Speedway twice in 2007. His best finish was 18th in the fall race.

* Ragan has competed one time in the Nationwide Series at Michigan. He qualified third and finished 21st.

* Ragan has two Craftsman Truck Series starts at Michigan. His best finish came in 2006 where he qualified 22nd and finished 19th.

* Ragan is currently 13th in the point standings, just seven points out of 12th.

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Greg Biffle

* Biffle has led at least one lap in seven of 10 Sprint Cup races he has run at Michigan for a total of 190 laps led.

* In addition to his Cup stats at Michigan, Biffle also has two top-five finishes, three top-10 finishes and one pole in the Nationwide Series at the two-mile oval.

* Biffle's 15th-place finish in Pocono puts him seventh in the point standings, 303 points out of the lead but only 19 points behind Denny Hamlin in the fifth position.

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

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Matt Kenseth

* Matt Kenseth will make his 18th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Michigan International Speedway this weekend in the LifeLock 400.

* In 17 starts, Kenseth has achieved two wins, seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.

* Kenseth's average starting position at MIS is 21.3; however his average finish is 9.7. His average finish at Michigan is third best all-time among drivers with two or more starts there.

* Since the beginning of 2000, Matt Kenseth has collected more top-five finishes and top-10 finishes on the two, two-mile ovals (Fontana and Michigan) than any other Cup driver during that span.

* Until Kenseth's uncharacteristic DNF in the June of 2007 race at Michigan, he had never finished worse than 17th in 16 starts at the two-mile oval.

* The No.17 will carry the black and silver paint scheme of Carhartt this weekend in the LifeLock 400. This paint scheme will also be run at New Hampshire in September and Charlotte in October.

* The No.17 Carhartt/DEWALT Ford Fusion team will be unloading RK-564 this weekend at MIS. This car raced Atlanta earlier this year where Kenseth started 38th and finished eighth

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Jamie McMurray

* In 10 starts at Michigan International Speedway, Jamie McMurray has recorded one top-five and two top-10 finishes.

* McMurray's first career NASCAR pole award came at MIS in July 2000 when McMurray scored his first Craftsman Truck Series pole.

* HUGE Improvement In McMurray's run at MIS last spring, he started the race from the 35th position and improved 27 positions to finish in the top 10.

* In support of Father's Day this weekend, McMurray will pilot the No.26 Crown Royal Cask No.16 Ford Fusion. McMurray's father, Jim McMurray will have his name above the passenger door for this weekend's race at Michigan.

* While success at Michigan hasn't come easily for McMurray, Michigan's "sister track," California Speedway, is statistically his best track. McMurray averages a 13.7 finish and has five top-10 finishes in 10 starts.

Carl Edwards

* Carl Edwards enters Michigan fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings, 228 markers behind point leader Kyle Busch. In 14 starts, Edwards has accumulated three wins, six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes.

* Edwards scored his 10th top-10 finish in 2008 last week at Pocono. He has scored top-10 finishes in his past five races, extending a streak that began at Richmond.

* Edwards will make his eighth Cup start at Michigan this weekend. In his previous seven starts, he has one win, four top-five and six top-10 finishes.

* Edwards enters Michigan as the defending race winner of the Lifelock 400.

* Edwards' average start at Michigan is 19.1, his average finish is 7.3. The Columbia, Mo., native has completed 100% of the laps he has attempted at the two-mile track. Only once in his previous seven starts has Edwards finished outside the top 10.

* The Office Depot team will be bringing chassis RK-570 to Michigan. This chassis last raced at the Sprint All-Star Race, where Edwards finished 10th. This is the same chassis that Edwards picked up the win with at Texas this past April.

* Edwards made his Cup Series debut at Michigan in August 2004. He started that race from the 23rd position and finished 10th.

* For the second week in a row, Edwards will run two races in two different places. He will travel between Michigan and Kentucky to compete in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series events.

* Edwards will carry the red and black colors of Office Depot this Sunday. Office Depot store #2620 from Wheaton, M.D,, is the weekly sales winner and will ride along with Edwards this weekend at Michigan.

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David Ragan No.6 AAA Ford Fusion

"Michigan is a great track and racing there is a lot of fun. There are a lot of Ford fans up that way and just a lot of Roush fans in general. It's definitely helpful anytime you have that much support at a track. I think the COT will throw in a new twist for everyone this year. Nothing from last year will carry over so I think it'll be a learning experience for everyone."

Crew chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"Michigan is the home track of Roush Industries so it's great to head up there with all the support we get from the Roush and Ford fans in Michigan. We struggled through Pocono with handling, but we are taking a good car to Michigan and should be able to get a good result. It's all about points, so we need to make a solid run and get a good finish."

GREG BIFFLE No.16 Dish Network Ford Fusion

Biffle on racing at Michigan International Speedway:

"Michigan has always been one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. It's fast and it allows for a lot of passing because it is so wide. We won back-to-back races there in 2004 and 2005 and I think we could see that success again with the way our program is going right now. It's always great to win in Michigan because it's kind of the home track for Ford and Roush Industries. I also lived in Michigan for a couple of years when I first started racing the trucks for Roush in 1998 and 1999. We usually have a lot of support in the stands up there, so if we could get the Dish Network Ford in victory lane this weekend we'd make a lot of those Ford and Roush employees happy."

Crew chief Greg Erwin on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"We like Michigan because it is a multi-groove racetrack and the driver can just drive where his car runs best. I think it stands to be one of the best races of the year. Tires will come into play there because the tires tend to fall off a little quicker there. Greg has historically run well at Michigan and I think it will be a good race for us as a team. We had a decent finish in Pocono but we should have easily had a top-five finish. A win this week in Michigan would help put us back where we should be."

Matt Kenseth No.17 Carhartt/DEWALT Ford Fusion

"I look forward to going to Michigan. That's for sure one of my favorite tracks. It's up in the Midwest and we've had good cars there in the past. Like any track, success at Michigan is about having good cars. Michigan is not a super difficult track to drive if you have a car handling the way it needs to handle, so we've just been able to get the cars to drive like I need them to drive to be able to run good at that track. We've always had good engines, good aerodynamics and good handling cars there and that is what you need. I'm sure this trip will be a little different with the new cars, but I'm sure we'll be able to figure it all out. Michigan is just a big ole sweeping track and if you can get your car to handle the right way it's a lot of fun.

"The past few weeks my team has really made a lot of improvements and I feel like were getting better and better each week. Hopefully this weekend will be no different and we can continue making gains in the standings."

Crew chief Chip Bolin on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"We're bringing our Atlanta car to Michigan this weekend. It probably wasn't Matt's favorite car so far, but he started 38th and finished eighth in it there, so I feel confident in it.

"These past four races have been extremely important for us in building momentum. We just need to keep working and keep improving our cars' performance in order to give us a shot in the Chase. The guys at the shop have done a great job building these cars and our pit crew is doing better and better each week; so I'm happy with the job our guys are doing. But, we've got to get our cars to perform better, and that falls on me."

Jamie McMurray No.26 Crown Royal Cask No.16 Ford Fusion

"Although I don't have the best track record at Michigan, it's always exciting to go there because I know Roush Fenway will have some of the best cars there. It's something about Michigan that Jack Roush has really figured out. Last spring we had a pretty good run there. We started deep in the field, but were able to climb our way into the top 10.

"Michigan is probably one of the hardest tracks for me to qualify at, but it's also the track where I scored my first NASCAR pole back in 2000 when I was running trucks. I really look back on that weekend and feel that's really when I got my start and when things started moving for me.

"This weekend is also a big weekend for all the dads out there. In support of Father's Day we are running the special Crown Royal Cask No.16 paint scheme, and the car will even have my Dad's name above the passenger door, and a special hood decal dedicated just to him. I think it's pretty cool and I know my Dad is excited about attending the race this weekend. Hopefully, we can have a good run for Jack and Ford Racing it's their backyard track."

Crew chief Larry Carter on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"This weekend we are taking the same car that we ran at the Sprint All-Star race a few weeks ago here in Charlotte. While I think we had a pretty good car, we just messed up on the setup of it. I think this weekend, with all of the engineering that both Ford Racing and Jack have put into our intermediate program with this new car; we should have a pretty good effort on Sunday. The No.26 team has been hit and miss with our intermediate program so far this season. I felt like at Texas we were just a few adjustments away from having a great car, and at Vegas, had we not been caught up in an early accident, I think our day would have turned out a lot better. This weekend, we just need to go out there, focus on getting some good track position, keep the car in one piece, and hopefully get a solid finish in the Cask No.16 Ford Fusion."

Carl Edwards No.99 Office Depot Fusion

"I'm really looking forward to Michigan. It's a great track with some really awesome racing. You can pass and I think the fans always see a good show there. Michigan is a kind of bragging rights track. It's in Roush's back yard, Ford's back yard so another win there would be huge."

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"The entire Office Depot team is looking forward to going back to Michigan this weekend. Michigan has always been a great track for the Office Depot team and we're excited to return to a place where we've had so much success. Michigan is a really special track for us. It's the site of Carl's first Cup start and we picked up the win in this race last year. He's had a lot of nice solid runs there and I think we are definitely capable of doing that once again. The Office Depot team has what it takes to win there."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , Jack Roush , David Ragan , Greg Erwin , Kyle Busch
Teams Roush Fenway Racing