Milwaukee: Roush Fenway Racing preview

NNS David Ragan No.6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion "The Milwaukee Mile will pose a serious challenge for this team, but I think we have the car and the crew to get it done this weekend. Unfortunately I will not be able to practice or qualify the...


David Ragan No.6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion

"The Milwaukee Mile will pose a serious challenge for this team, but I think we have the car and the crew to get it done this weekend. Unfortunately I will not be able to practice or qualify the car, but I am confident Auggie Vidovich will do a great job for us. He has practiced our Ford Fusion the last few weeks and has given me great insight on the car's handling. Our short track program has been solid this year and I really feel like we can run among the leaders all night long."

Crew chief Mike Kelley on racing at Milwaukee:
"The Milwaukee Mile is a very unique track. It is very hard to get good grip, but it has good forward bite coming off the corners. I am very comfortable with the car we are bringing. We got a top five at Richmond with this Ford Fusion. Our Discount Tire team is in a really good rhythm right now. We have been excellent on and off of pit road and our adjustments made during the race have been accurate. I know David is getting anxious about getting a win under his belt. As a competitor I would expect nothing less. We are going to do everything we can to get him to victory lane on Saturday night."

Colin Braun No.16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion

"I can't wait to get back in the Nationwide Series car at Milwaukee. I tested a Sprint Cup car there last week which was my first time on the track. It reminds me of a longer Martinsville. I'll get a good number of laps under my belt Friday in the Con-way Freight F-150, but Saturday will be my first time on the track in a Nationwide Series car. I'm excited to get going. I know Eddie and all of the guys will give me a good car and I'm looking forward to getting a good finish for CitiFinancial."

Crew chief Eddie Pardue on racing at The Milwaukee Mile:
"I'm excited to have Colin back in the car this weekend. This will be his third race with the No.16 team this year and he did really well in the first two. He's a very talented driver and we're all looking forward to seeing what he can do once he gets more seat time in these cars."

Carl Edwards No.60 Save-A-Lot Ford Fusion

"Milwaukee will be the toughest non-companion race from the logistics side. We've had a couple of rough weeks and it's time to turn it around. I enjoy racing at The Milwaukee Mile and want to have a good race for Save-A-lot. It's time for us to perform like a championship team."

Crew chief Pierre Kuettel (P.K.) on racing at The Milwaukee Mile:
"We look forward to taking our Save-A-Lot Ford Fusion to The Milwaukee Mile. We got a top 10 here last year, so we are hoping to build on that success. Our team has struggled a little bit as of late, but I am confident we have a solid game plan that will help us right the ship. Our short-track program has been fairly consistent this year and our crew has worked hard on our Ford Fusion. Carl is hungry for a win and this weekend would be a perfect time to get back to victory lane."

NCTS Colin Braun No.6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150

"I feel like our team has been on a bit of a roll lately. We have top-10 finishes at Dover and Michigan this month so I'm looking forward to Milwaukee this weekend. I've never raced there, but I was able to get some laps in a Sprint Cup car during a test last week. At least now I'll have a little experience when I get there on Friday. It helps to know what the track feels like and how it drives. It looks like a big, stretched-out Martinsville, you really have to slow down for the corners. I'll be running the Nationwide race there as well on Saturday, so hopefully it will be a good weekend for me with both teams."

Crew chief Mike Beam on racing at Milwaukee:
"Milwaukee can be pretty challenging since it's so flat, but the fact that Colin got to spend some time up there last week will certainly help him. He picks up on new tracks so quickly that I don't worry about it too much anymore. He'd never been to Dover or Michigan and got top 10's at both places, so we're really looking forward to the second half of the season when we start going back to some of these tracks. He should really be good then."

John Wes Townley No.09 Zaxby's Ford F-150

"Milwaukee will be a race where I really rely on the wisdom of my crew chief, Chad Norris, to dial in the chassis. I did have a chance to turn a few laps at the Milwaukee Mile earlier this year during a test in a Hooters Pro Cup Series car. So I'll have a baseline to go by when I arrive at the track Friday morning.

"I really like the place. I'm looking forward to a competitive run in Milwaukee Friday night in the Roush Fenway Racing Zaxby's Ford F-150."

Crew chief Chad Norris on racing at The Milwaukee Mile:
"We're taking a pretty good truck to Milwaukee. John Wes ran it at Mansfield last month. I know he has been to Milwaukee, but he hasn't raced there yet. Just having seat time is worth a lot and should help speed up his learning curve a bit. It's a tough track being so flat, and hard to pass, but we've got a good truck and I'm sure Colin (Braun) and Erik (Darnell) will be a big help to him as well."

Erik Darnell No.99 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford F-150

"Coming back to Milwaukee is always special because I consider it home. I grew up about 40 miles south of the track and have so many great memories. The track's flat banking gives chase to a lot of fun racing, but at the same time can be a challenge passing other drivers. I feel very at ease when racing at Milwaukee for obvious reasons. However, the victory last week at Michigan has given this team some added confidence heading into the race. We had a sixth-place finish last year at this track and I know this team will be ready come Friday night."

Crew chief Matt Puccia on racing at the Milwaukee Mile:
"It is difficult to do any kind of passing at the Milwaukee Mile. To succeed at this track, not only is track position important, but Erik will need to have a good handle of the truck going into the turns to be able to drive center corner to do his passing. We're taking a very good truck with us this week. The truck has already run four times this season including a 12th -place finish at Atlanta back in March. This Northern Tool+ Equipment team had a memorable win last week at MIS and I'm hoping for another great run out of the No.99 Ford F-150."

-credit: rfr

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Drivers Colin Braun , Carl Edwards , Auggie Vidovich , David Ragan , Erik Darnell , John Wes Townley , Mike Kelley
Teams Roush Fenway Racing