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ROUSH RACING Michigan International Speedway, Jun. 16-18 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: 3M Performance 400 Kentucky Speedway, Jun. 17 NASCAR Busch Series: Meijer 300 presented by Oreo Michigan International Speedway, Jun. 16 NASCAR...

Michigan International Speedway, Jun. 16-18
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series: 3M Performance 400

Kentucky Speedway, Jun. 17
NASCAR Busch Series: Meijer 300 presented by Oreo

Michigan International Speedway, Jun. 16
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Con-Way Freight 200

Roush Racing Fast Facts

* Mark Martin's 26 top-10 finishes at Michigan are the most of any active driver.

* Martin has four wins at Michigan in the Cup car, the third most of any active driver.

* Martin has led 22 races at Michgan for a total of 851 laps.

* Martin has finished in the top 10 in six of his last nine at Michigan, including a third place finish there last spring.

* Martin boasts two Busch wins at Michigan.

* Martin has finished top three in two of his last three Cup starts at MIS.

* Martin has finished inside the top 10 in four of the last six and inside the top 15 in nine of the last 11.

* Greg Biffle is currently 12th in the point standings after his sixth place finish in Pocono.

* Biffle and the National Guard team are currently 503 points out of the lead and are 27 points out of a top-10 position.

* In addition to his Cup record, Biffle has one top-five and two top-10 finishes at the two-mile oval.

* Biffle has led at least one lap in all but two of the 14 Nextel Cup races so far this season for a total of 835 laps led (18% of the laps run this season in Nextel Cup points races).

* This weekend the No. 16 National Guard team will run the red, white and blue National Guard paints scheme this weekend with a special Charter logo on the hood.

* Matt Kenseth has had13 career starts at Michigan International Speedway,

* His average finish has been 8.1

* In the 2005 season the DEWALT Ford finished in the top 4 in each event at the Michigan International Speedway.

* Kenseth has had a total of 9 top-10 finish out of those13 career starts at this track

* Jamie McMurray has six starts at Michigan International Speedway.

* McMurray has one top-five and one top-ten at Michigan International Speedway.

* McMurray's average start at MIS is 27.0 and average finish is 20.7.

* Carl Edwards' first-career Nextel Cup start came at Michigan International Speedway in August of 2004.

* Since his first run at MIS, Edwards has posted four wins, 18 top fives, and 29 top 10's in 63 starts.

* In all of his NASCAR career starts, Edwards has never finished outside the top 10 at MIS.

* Edwards has never finished off the lead lap in all 925 laps run at MIS.

* This weekend at Michigan will mark the second of three consecutive weekends that Edwards will be traveling to compete in the Busch race. The Busch Series will be racing in Kentucky this weekend, where Edwards will be piloting the No. 60 Henkel Ford Fusion.

* The Office Depot team will run chassis RK-270 this weekend at MIS. This is the same winning chassis that Edwards won both Atlanta and Pocono in 2005.

* Office Depot Store #2462 of Woodbridge, NJ will be on the side of Edwards' Ford Fusion for this weekend's race at Pocono Raceway.


Mark Martin
Team: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson

Chassis: RK-315 The No. 6 team will run RK-315 this weekend at Michigan. RK-315 finished ninth two weeks ago at Dover, leading 39 laps in the process. The car finished eighth at Darlington, ninth and Fontana and sixth at Las Vegas.Martin used the car in his win at Kansas last season.

Martin on racing at Michigan International Speedway:

"Michigan is a great race track. It's easy to pass and if you have your car set up right you can really have a great time there. We've run really well there the last few times we've been there. We finished third there in the spring last year, and we had a good car there in the fall as well, so hopefully we can keep moving forward and go there and contend for a win.

"We've had a tough couple of weeks, especially last week at Pocono, so we'll just have to make sure that we bounce back and go out and put our best foot forward. Michigan is usually a good track for us, so I'm confident that we'll be able to go out and run up front and get back on track. We are still third in the points and we've had great cars this season. The team gets better in the pits each week and I think we have a lot of potential as we move into the summer."

Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Michigan International Speedway:

"Michigan has been one of our strongest tracks the last few years, so we are optimistic going in there this weekend. We kind of stumbled at Pocono last week, so we know that we can't take anything for granted, but we also know that if we can get the car where we want it that Michigan is one of Mark's best tracks and we should be able to run well and be competitive."

Greg Biffle
Team: No. 16 National Guard/Charter Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-239 (Michigan win '05, Homestead win '05, Texas '06)

Biffle on racing at Michigan International Speedway:

"Michigan is definitely one of my favorite racetracks. There's a lot of room for passing and good racing. We've had a lot of success there in both the Cup and Busch series. The car we're taking is a car that we've taken to victory lane several times and we had a really good run with it in Texas this year until Kurt (Busch) got into us. I always look forward to racing at Michigan and hopefully giving Ford and Roush another win in their backyard."

Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Michigan International Speedway:

"We're taking the car we raced earlier this year at Texas. The body damage from Texas has all been repaired and we feel very confident taking it to Michigan this weekend. This is the car we took to victory lane last year at Michigan in the spring race and it's also the car we won with at Homestead at the end of last season. Another win would be great but we're also looking at the big picture and right now we're only 27 points out of the top-10."

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Carhartt Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-323 Previously raced at Fontana, Texas, and Las Vegas

Kenseth on racing at Michigan International Speedway:

"I look forward to going to Michigan. It is one track that I am glad we visit twice a year. We have always run really well there, but it's been a couple of years since we got a Cup win at MIS. So, it would be nice if we could do something about that here soon. It would be great to get Carhartt in Victory Lane. We have been having a pretty good season so far. The guys here in the shop have been working really hard and have given me some really great cars. I'm sure that that will not change this weekend."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Michigan International Speedway:

"We have a good history at Michigan. I think with the way that things have been going so far this year we have a pretty good shot at at least a top-5. We are taking the car that ran at California, Texas, and Vegas so maybe we will be able to pull off another Fontana in Michigan."

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Irwin Industrial Tools Ford Fusion Roush Racing
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Car Number: RK- 306

Jamie McMurray on racing at Michigan International Speedway:

"I am anxious to get to Michigan. There is some mystic surrounding Michigan and Roush Racing, with the way the cars finish so well here. We have some momentum coming into this race. Last weekend at Pocono was great, but it wasn't terrible either. We gained one spot in the points, so things are looking up."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Michigan International Speedway:

"We will run RK-306 at the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan in June. Michigan is a good place for all of us - Roush Racing and the No. 26 team. We are looking for another top-five finish at Jack's home track."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Wally Brown
Chassis Number: RK-270 (Last raced at Dover International Speedway in June, where Edwards finished 15th)

Edwards on racing at Michigan International Speedway:

"I'm really looking forward to Michigan this weekend. Michigan is where I made my first NEXTEL Cup start so it's a special place for me. I really like the track a lot, its ton of fun to race at. What's really neat about Michigan is you can pass anywhere on the track. The guys have been working really hard at the shop and I know they have put a lot of effort into a good car for this weekend in Michigan. Hopefully this will be the weekend we put our Office Depot Ford Fusion back in Victory Lane."

Crew Chief Wally Brown on racing at Michigan International Speedway:

"The entire Office Depot team is excited to run at Michigan this weekend. Not only does Carl run well at Michigan, but all of the Roush Racing teams do. This weekend we are running RK-270 -- a favorite chassis for the team and I know the guys have put a lot of work into it. After what happened last week to the Office Depot team we are all looking forward to a great run at Michigan. We need to continue focusing on top-five finishes and hopefully we can get a win, or two in there."


Team: No. 06 3M Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: #RK-374 -- This is a new car

Todd Kluever on racing at Kentucky: "Kentucky should be a really good race for us. We've got a new car that we're taking that I'm pretty excited about. Winning the pole in Nashville last weekend was very cool and I wish we could have followed it up with a better finish, but hopefully we can make up for it at Kentucky. We know what happened to the car throughout the race to make it so tight so it shouldn't happen again.

"I believe our 3M team has a lot of momentum right now. We've climbed from 23rd in the points up to 17th in just the last three weeks. I give all the credit to Mike Kelley (crew chief) and the guys because they just keep giving it 100 percent all the time because we know how well this team is capable of running and we're going to get there."

Mike Kelley on racing at Kentucky: "We've got another new car for Kentucky this weekend which I feel really good about. I'd love to see Todd sit on the pole again this weekend, but this time finish closer to where we started."

Danny O'Quinn, Jr.
Team: No. 50 Transamerica Insurance Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Chassis: RK-375

O'Quinn, Jr. on racing in the Busch Series at Kentucky Speedway:

"I hope to have another good weekend in Kentucky. I ran some ARCA races here and I have tested here in the past so I feel like I am fairly familiar with the track. It is also another stand alone weekend for the Busch Series so I hope to capitalize on that. My guys have done a great job on my cars so hopefully we can get out there and beat our finish last weekend in Nashville."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Kentucky Speedway:

"Danny has tested at Kentucky and raced an ARCA race there so we think we can build on this past weekend and continue the top-10s. It is important for us to take advantage of these stand alone Busch events and we have a few more weekends to do that so we are going to try to get all that we can out of it."

Carl Edwards
Team: No.60 Henkel Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Pierre Kuettel
Chassis Number: RK- 371

Edwards on racing at Kentucky Speedway:

"I am very excited to be going to Kentucky this weekend. Kentucky is a special track to me. I had my first truck win there and it was just awesome. We had a great race there last year leading most laps of the race and winning. We are taking the car that we won at Charlotte with, so I feel real confident going there. The team is on a roll. We have been gaining points on Harvick and it would be great to get Henkel into Victory Lane."

Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel (P.K.) on racing at Kentucky Speedway:

"We have been clicking the last few weeks for sure. The packages and things we've been working on at the shop are paying off. We're just moving forward and looking forward to Kentucky. This team had a great run there last year. We're taking our Charlotte car there. We've had some success with it and we'll see how it runs. Carl's excited about Kentucky and there won't be any stopping him there. We would like to take Henkel to Victory Lane."


David Ragan
Team: No. 50 Roush Racing Ford F-150
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Chassis: 47

David Ragan on racing at the Michigan International Speedway:

"Michigan is one of my favorite tracks to race at. I've got a few ARCA starts and one Craftsman Truck Series start as well. It's really fast and wide, you can pass on the low or high side. It's a pretty cool track, so to go there with the Roush-Yates horsepower and a pretty slick truck, I think this could be one of our better tracks this year. I'm going to be heading up there after having a great run in the No. 6 Scotts Ford last week at Texas, so I'm feeling good about my chances to back that up."

Crew Chief Matt Puccia on racing at the Michigan International Speedway:

"Michigan is a fast, wide track with lots of room to make passes. Michigan is a total package kind of track, it's very sensitive track as far as aero stuff, but obviously the motor here is crucial as well. We had Michel Jourdain in the truck last week and he pulled off a great finish at Texas, and David comes here this week riding the same momentum, so we've got a lot of positives heading up there. We'll work hard to get a good qualifying run in and maybe we can keep the No. 50 up front all afternoon."

Erik Darnell
Team: No. 99 Roush Racing Ford F-150
Crew Chief: John Quinn
Chassis: 42

Erik Darnell on racing at the Michigan International Speedway:

"I got to race here last year in the ARCA car, and we ran really well. Honestly, this is one of my favorite places to race. It's fast, wide, and there are many passing opportunities. I'm confident that we'll be able to come out of there with a strong run and a good finish. I think some of what we learned at Fontana will help us here. Obviously we did not have the run we were looking for last week at Texas, but I think we can come here to a place I've got a lot of confidence with and rebound from it."

Crew Chief John Quinn on racing at the Michigan International Speedway:

"Michigan is going to be a big race for us. Obviously you're in the back yard of all the manufacturers, and you'd like nothing more than to get a win for Ford up there. We had a tough run last week at Texas, but it's the ability to rebound that show the potential of the team. Erik has raced at Michigan before and as a team we've run well there before, so I think we've got the potential for a good run there. Erik learned a lot about how the trucks handle in traffic and what adjustments he likes at the race in Fontana back in February, so I think that's going to help us as well. We'll approach this race like we do every other one, to qualify well and run up front, but learn as much as we can as well."


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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , David Ragan , Todd Kluever , Erik Darnell , Doug Richert , Danny O'Quinn , Mike Kelley , Mark Martin , Michel Jourdain