McMurray and Biffle look for turnarounds in 2007

10.01.2007: McMurray and Biffle look for turnarounds in 2007

Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion, has a new crew chief in Larry Carter as he begins his second year with Roush Racing on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. McMurray held a Q&A session in the infield media center before Wednesdayís morning practice session.

JAMIE MCMURRAY Ė No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion Ė "Larry didnít actually start until January 2nd, so heís certainly new to the whole organization and trying to get to know everybody and I understand how that feels because of last year. Everywhere you go itís just a little bit different, but my relationship with Larry started a couple of years ago when he was Rustyís crew chief.

When I was driving Rustyís Busch car, I got to know Larry really well. He had a previous relationship with Donnie Wingo, so the fact that Donnie was my crew chief and Rusty was my Busch car owner, I got to know Larry pretty well. So we already know each other pretty well and heís one of those guys that within a couple of minutes of meeting him you just kind of feel welcomed and heís a warm guy, so heís pretty easy to talk to."

 

CAN YOU PUT LAST YEAR BEHIND YOU OR WILL IT NAG FOR A WHILE? "Weíve changed so much. Weíve got a new crew chief, new car chief, new engineer, new tire guy, new guys at the shop. All of the cars are gonna be brand new. We pretty much have already changed everything. The deal with last year, I would tell myself after Iíd go home after a race and say, ĎI donít think it can get any worse,í and then Iíd show up the next week and Iíd be like, ĎWow, I was wrong.í

The last 10 races, I donít know how many we finished, but I think we didnít finish more than we did finish. So when you donít run well and then you canít even finish itís so frustrating and youíre so mentally beat up that I think when you get to that point that you just want it to be over. You just feel that there need to be a lot of changes to make you feel better.

I always give my analogies to golf. Itís kind of like having 15 bad holes of golf where you just want it to be over so you can start over again. I think for everyone, once you get the two or three weeks off and you feel refreshed and youíre ready to get started again. When our season ended last year, we didnít know who the crew chief was gonna be and didnít really know who was gonna be on the team Ė how many guys were gonna be willing to stay or what was gonna happen. It was a very stressful month or so after the season ended, but I had been talking with Larry.

I wasnít 100 percent sure that he was gonna be able to come. He was the guy I wanted for a lot of reasons, but, basically, when I was with Donnie I didnít realize the way that the guy would make you feel personally Ė whether it was talking on the telephone or just the friendship that you have. You donít really realize what you have going for you until you donít have that. When I came last year I only got to work with Jimmy for a few races. We never really got to have that friendship and with Bob, our personalities were just so much different. Bob certainly had the skills and qualities to make a car go fast, but we didnít have the off-track or mingling down Ė just hanging out buddies.

So I made a list of who I wanted to try and go get as a crew chief and I knew it would be a challenge, really, to get anybody to come over because when you run as bad as we did, no one really wants to come participate in your activity. So when I saw that Larry was somewhat willing from the get-go, I was excited about that because I already knew him well. I knew that I would be able to have the same relationship or friendship off of the race track as what I had with Donnie. I didnít realize how important that was to me until I didnít have it."

 

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT REBUILDING YOUR CONFIDENCE? "Everyone always joked around about how I always smiled and laughed, but youíre right, at the end of the year I would divert myself to the front of the hauler so I didnít have to walk behind with everybody. I was scared of the questions that were gonna be asked or people would ask the same question about whatís wrong. If I knew what was wrong, I would have went and tried to fix it.

I didnít know what we needed to do, so the mental side of our sport is big and I donít think it gets acknowledged as much as what it needs to be. After my first year of being in the Busch Series, I think I only ran in the top 10 three times or something. I just had a really tough year. I had never really won a race. I hadnít done much. I sat on a couple of truck poles. I wasnít sure if I was gonna have a job, so I went and spoke with Clarence Brewer and when I left his office, I didnít feel that he knew if I was gonna have a job.

So I ended up going to a school that would just kind of get your head screwed back on straight. If you have a negative thought to turn that around and make it a positive thought. Iím going back to that school just to kind of have a refresher course to make myself feel better and not necessarily to give you confidence, but just to help you not worry about everything that goes on because if all we really had to do was race, thatís pretty easy.

But itís dealing with the media and the bad questions or the negative questions and your sponsors and the pressure that comes along with that, itís hard to explain to somebody what thatís like laying in bed at night and constantly worrying about everything. I donít deal with that very well and I know that, so Iím gonna go back and try to get to where I can think positive again and be happy. I tell you, it will make you happy as hell just to run well. If you run well, it seems like that goes away, but when you donít, it certainly drives you crazy."

 

IF YOU COULD TALK TO A FAN ABOUT WHAT ITíS LIKE DRIVING ON THIS TRACK, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? "I donít think it would be as exciting here as what you would have at maybe Bristol or Darlington because you just donít feel like youíre going fast here until you hit something. When youíre in qualifying trim, itís not that itís boring, itís just the same thing over and over again, so it does kind of get boring. I donít know.

I think in the race it would maybe be better here Ė to let them experience what itís like with 40 cars surrounding you. Itís a unique feeling, but I donít know. I think the speedway races are kind of like being on the interstate Ė you catch somebody and you canít pass them because they wonít get out of the way. I donít know, I think itís more frustrating than what it is fun sometimes here."

 

HAVE YOU TALKED TO JACK ABOUT LAST YEAR AND HIS EXPECTATIONS FOR THIS YEAR? "Iíve spoken with him a lot and actually at Loudon last year was where I went to Jack and told him that I needed something different, that I didnít think it was gonna work out with Bob. Everyone always wants to talk about the crew chief or just the driver and I didnít feel that Jimmy was the problem or that Bob was the problem, we just didnít have the right people in place and maybe just didnít have all of the right people to make our whole team work.

So when I went to Jack, I told him I would like to make a crew chief change and I knew that when that happened that maybe we would get some new people at the same time. Jack told me he said, ĎLook, I saw that there was a problem and I thought that it was Jimmy and I felt like if I gave you Bob and Bob could build the cars that Carl has, that that would work for you and it didnít. If anything it might have gotten worse by the end of the year.í

He said, ĎYou need to go out and find who you think youíre gonna work well with.í I donít remember exactly how he worded it, but something like, ĎYou need to kind of dig your own grave and then lay in it.í Like I say, the last 10 races I just put a list together of crew chiefs and I would go to Jack and speak with him. Jack and Max (Jones) left it up to me to make the initial phone calls and to go out and find the guy that I want and find somebody that I felt would fight for me and be on my side."

 

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN PINPOINT IN LOOKING THROUGH DATA AS TO WHAT THE MAIN PROBLEM WAS LAST YEAR?

"When the season started last year, I kind of told myself over the winter, ĎDonít be stuck in what youíve been doing for the last few years at the 42 car. Be open-minded and try what Roush has been trying because theyíve been so dominant.í Unfortunately, everyone knows after Matt won the first couple of races that what they were doing in the past, it wasnít as good as what was the new spring combinations.

So I was a little bit torn with still trying to run what they had been running in the past and then you try to run what you hear everyone else is running because youíre always trying to be better and we would kind of be stuck in between, which was not a good place to be. I have sat down and made numerous lists of the springs and the wedge and how much shock travel we had and to look at that and find things that were common and that probably frustrated you more than anything because about the time you would think you found something, youíd find somewhere else you ran similar setup and didnít run very well.

So we ran a little bit better when we didnít have to coil-bind the front springs. I know everyone gets sick of hearing that, but thatís the truth. Itís odd that when you hit on that, it doesnít feel like youíre hitting springs. The car doesnít get tight or it doesnít change. It drives well and it turns well and it sticks. Everything is there and when you get that a little bit off, it drives horrible. So with us and the changing of the crew chiefs and when Bob came over, he was still doing things the way they had been doing it the year before because that was still somewhat working for Carl and we were already trying to do the other way so there was a lot of confusion there.

Part of the reason we ran so well at Dover is because we ran old style springs Ė stuff that maybe ran four or five years ago Ė and it seemed to work at Dover. It seemed to work well at a place like Dover or Bristol. Like I say, I donít want to say that we were confused, but we were a little bit because we were torn between whether you do what the guys have been doing in the past or whether you try to continue to make yourself better. Thereís not just one common thing that we missed each week.

A few years ago when I think I ran in the top 10 like 23 or 25 times or something, weíd leave the race track and I would be like, ĎMan, I canít believe we made that work.í When guys were running like 1500-pound right-rear springs, we were running 2,000-pound springs and people thought you were crazy and I kind of thought we were crazy, but it just seemed like it worked every week. You didnít have to be inside the box. You could kind of step out and maybe it didnít work great, but you could still salvage a top-10 finish. Thatís when things were all going well and when things arenít going well, itís like you get just a little bit out of the box and youíre a lap down and youíre junk. So we never really could pinpoint one thing, but weíre pretty much starting from scratch this year.

Everyone is gonna have all-new car of tomorrowís, and I think we saved maybe one downforce car from last year, which was new at the end of the year, but hung a complete new body on it. Then all of the other cars that weíre building are all gonna be brand new. Since Larry wasnít there until January 2nd, we had to start building cars a month or so ago. I actually went to the 17 team and got a chassis built from them and then hung a body just like what theyíve been running, too.

I didnít really know what to do, but I knew that the 17 had probably been the most consistent car of our group and Robbie and Chip and everybody have kind of opened up and willing to help. Itís not that they wouldnít help in the past, itís that you werenít asking for the help at the right time, so they have certainly helped over the winter."

 

DO YOU HAVE A RELEASE AWAY FROM THE TRACK? "I used to go out in my garage and kind of mess with my shock dyno. That was something that I really enjoyed to do and I always kind of felt like that was something that maybe you could have an edge on everybody else, if you understood that a little bit better. I understand it really well now and it didnít seem to help a lot, but for me now I started getting up at 5:30 every morning and working out and running. Itís hard when youíre away from your house.

When you go to the hotel gym and work out itís a little bit different, but I started getting up earlier in the morning and, I donít know, I felt like last year that I was always kind of on the technical side trying to make myself smarter and try to make it better that way and it didnít seem to work out as well as what I had thought, so this year Iím just gonna kind of dedicate myself to the physical and mental side of it and just try to make myself stronger as a person both physically and mentally."

 

HOW HARD IS IT TO DEAL WITH THE CREW CHIEF CHANGES? "When we made the first change from Jimmy to Bob, that wasnít really my decision. That was something that Jack felt was gonna be a step in the right direction. I never really got used to working with Jimmy or got to know him that well and then I had Bob. I got to know Bob well, but you just kind of know in the first couple of months.

Everyone has met people that when you meet them and in the first five minutes theyíre very easy to talk to and you feel like thereís a relationship there. Then you meet people that you feel like itís a challenge to have the conversation and you walk away and you just didnít feel like you both got it. Unfortunately with Bob, I never had that feeling.

Then at the end of the year, everyone kind of said that Wally (Brown) was the crew chief, but in reality it was Chad Norris the car chief. I had already worked with Chad a lot and Chad was basically just car chiefing and crew chiefing at the same time. Fortunately, we ran really well at Phoenix. We ended up getting wrecked, but we ran well there.

I donít know. Itís hard. Itís hard to go through all of that. I think as hard as it is on the driver, I think itís just as hard if not harder on all the crew guys trying to figure out who the leader is. All those guys, they need a leader and someone to point them in the right direction. Just like the driver, they need someone that they believe in and when youíre going through crew chiefs that much, you kind of sense throughout the whole team that the guys just donít feel like thereís any direction."

 

Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Ameriquest Ford Fusion, has a new crew chief in Pat Tryson and a new outlook on the 2007 season. He stopped by the infield media center at Daytona International Speedway during Wednesdayís testing lunch break to answer a few questions about the season ahead.

GREG BIFFLE Ė No. 16 Ameriquest Ford Fusion Ė

YOUR THOUGHTS ON DAYTONA THIS YEAR? "I think pretty good. Both Ameriquest 16 cars are running well. Weíve got a third car here today that we havenít run yet. Weíre getting ready to run it here after the lunch break here. Thatís gonna be our Bud Shootout car. Weíre at least hoping to if it runs decent. Weíve picked the car for the 500 and weíre gonna work on it some more this afternoon drafting.

We feel like we found a little bit of speed in it and thatís kind of encouraging. The car handles fairly well, so weíre excited about that. Weíve got one car that seems like itís real fast by itself in qualifying trim. Itís the car that has the least downforce and we feel like weíre gonna save it for the first Talladega race. We feel like weíve accomplished a lot and mapped out a lot of things here so far and looking forward to getting out there this afternoon and maybe getting finished up here today."

 

DO YOU GUYS NEED TO COME HERE IN JANUARY? "I think certainly we need to come down here, but we could really get everything done in two days. With the way the rules package is now, where itís kind of closing the doors and confining it a little bit, weíre sort of running out of things to do. What weíve figured out over the years is that you unload it off the truck and you work on it for the first half a day, youíve pretty much found the speed youíre gonna find for the next three days. Itís kind of just polishing on it a little bit.

Some of the changes end up being so small, like this whole morning session. The wind has picked up during the morning session and we went A-B-A, meaning we tried a change and went slower, we tried another change and went slower, and we went back to the original change and it was about in the middle of those two, so we really donít know what it did. So it gets difficult when conditions start getting windy or what-not.

The biggest change and the most speed we found was back at the race shop on what they call a k-rig or a squat-rig, which pulls the car down. We were changing a bunch of things back and forth and found a few things that seemed to be better and we put them on the car yesterday morning and it definitely picked it up about a tenth of a second Ė a solid tenth or tenth-and-a-half, so it was definitely a good change for it.

Pat and I were talking about it, we almost feel like we could find more speed by going to work on that all day because itís consistent, itís in a controlled environment. Of course out here, the humidity changes and things like that, so it makes it more difficult in actual conditions, but certainly we need to come down here to see how the car is running and handling is a big thing.

For us, we could do single-car runs for a day-and-a-half and then do drafting for the second half of a day and we probably would be ready to go. I think itíll help the new teams more than anything Ė the three days."

 

HOW IS YOUR ARM AND DID THE OFF-SEASON HELP? "Yeah, I think so. My shoulder is doing fairly well. I was a little nervous coming down here about how it was gonna be inside the car Ė not driving the car but reaching everything Ė reaching over and getting the helmet off the helmet hook and trying to hook up the things behind your head that are hard to get to, and getting the seatbelts that are behind you.

The reach is the biggest thing that hurts your shoulder Ė the range of motion Ė but, actually, Iím doing really well. Iím pretty happy about that, I think Iím ready to go. Jack, weíve sat down and talked. It was funny, I was in a meeting about three weeks ago and they said, ĎEverybody is building their cars like this with this nose off-set and this is what we determined,í and then I get back from vacation and itís like nobody is building their cars there and everybody is building them like this. Itís kind of funny.

Itís a revolving door. Weíre constantly building stuff and testing it or taking it to the wind tunnel and this winter weíve done more on-track things. Weíve been to Kentucky and I know they went to Lakeland and Kentucky. We went to Las Vegas, so weíre doing some on-track stuff as well, trying to figure out some things, and wind tunnel to back it up. Every decision weíre making is pretty educated, I think, and I think weíll be ready to go. Iím sure the Vegas test is gonna help us really pinpoint exactly what we want."

 

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE CREW CHIEF CHANGE? "Itís a real momentum builder for a team. I hate to talk about our crash at Las Vegas, but that really, really was a big event. It was a really big crash and it was our first test together. It was our first time together as a team. It was our first time together as a group. Everybody is excited about being there and our test was going extremely well, and I feel like that really set us back a bunch Ė that unfortunate incident.

So weíre definitely coming back from that incident, but weíre really working well together. I like all the guys. Weíre figuring out a lot of stuff here and when we get to some of these other places Ė Bristol will certainly be a place that we get scrambling in these first couple of races Ė California and our Vegas test. I think the team is coming together well and I like Pat and the way he executes things."

 

DOES JIMMIE JOHNSONíS DRIVING GET OVERLOOKED BECAUSE OF HIS SUPPORTING CAST? "Certainly itís a team effort, meaning that in a team effort heís included in that team effort. It takes everyone. It takes a driver. It takes a crew chief. It takes a team. It takes a bunch of engineers. It takes a lot of resources. It takes great engines. It takes everything. I donít feel, personally I havenít kept up on everything thatís been said and read, but it seems like heís gotten the recognition that he deserves, I feel.

Certainly heís been in the chase every year and after the way that the chase started for them, I kind of counted them out personally because they were down there a few times. Then they got in that crash at Talladega and a lot of bad things happened to them, but they were championship form and never gave up and kept fighting back."

 

YOUR THOUGHTS ON POSSIBLY EXPANDING THE CHASE? "I applaud NASCAR on what they did for the chase. I have to tell you, I disliked the chase format in the beginning when they mentioned it. I had won two championships under the old format and thought, ĎWhy change something that works and puts on a good race?í

 After they changed it, I thought it was great. It worked very well. I liked it. I like the way it is. I like it with 10 drivers. You have to eliminate it down to a certain number of people and I think they did a good job. Just like the COT car, the car of tomorrow, Iím not a big fan of it right now. I like what weíre doing. I like these race cars we race now, but once we get in there and get racing them, I donít think anybody likes change until theyíve gotten the chance to get in there and do it.

I like the way theyíve formatted the chase. If they expanded it to 12, I really donít feel like itís gonna change it anyway. To be perfectly honest with you, I donít know where the winners have come from in the chase so far or how far back or what the stats are, but if we would have made the chase this year, we still would have never won the championship.

The facts are that the guys in probably the top five or six are the ones that ultimately have a strong chance of winning the title, unless some fluke thing happened to them and they had three or four engine failures or something and just barely made the chase, but theyíre the best team. If you expanded it to 15, I think the championship guy is gonna come out of that top six spots."

 

WHAT DOES EXPANDING THE CHASE FIELD MEAN FOR SPONSORS? "I guess you can go back and re-calculate the points and do all the figuring and calculating you want to, but if you put all 43 cars in the chase and gave them the five points in between them, the champion would be the same guy every year, so itís not gonna matter.

Iím not saying that for sure because I havenít done the math on it, but I would be willing to put a little money on it that the champion is gonna be the same guy. So, yes, itís gonna give some of those other cars recognition, but we can fix that also by persuading the media or the television to cover a little bit more than just the chase in those last 10 races at the same time we expand the chase.

I donít have a problem with expanding the chase to 12, thatís fine. Now thereís gonna be 12 guys we talk about. Thatís the way it is. Thereís still gonna be somebody left out."

 

IS THERE ANYTHING SPECIAL WITH YOUR TEAM YOU CAN DO TO DUPLICATE YOUR PAST SUCCESS? "Success comes from really, really good race cars Ė really fast race cars Ė as good as or better than everybody else. Thatís where it comes from. I try my hardest every week. Weíre gonna go to California and try and win at California. If we have a race car that we can win with, we will win the race.

A lot of it depends on the car, really. You take these top 20 drivers, like Denny Hamlin at Pocono. He wasnít just light years better driver than all 43 guys. Yes, he did a fantastic job driving those cars, but their car worked very well at that race track. They brought the same car back and won both races. Thereís something to the race car itself, along with the driver and the combination of it all, but it certainly takes that race car to handle well, turn, have plenty of downforce and all of that.

Thatís what all of us work on all the time Ė all the teams Ė and if we can hit on something that makes our cars handle and get down in the race track and run well, thatís what it takes to win five or six races. Kasey Kahneís team hit on that last year. They hit on something that was working for them and they perfected it and kept working on it and the results showed. And then Tony Stewart did as well in the chase.

They won those mile-and-a-halves just bang, bang, bang and got a combination that was working for them. Itís a constantly moving target and the minute you can get your finger on it, try and keep it on it for as long as you can because that sucker keeps moving. Thatís what it takes to win races and championships."

 

HOW DO YOU EXPECT YOUR TEAM NOW TO HELP YOU MAKE THE CHASE THIS YEAR? "Well, certainly itís gonna be a challenge. Itís the race cars that weíre building now. Weíre technically starting from scratch. Every race car is pretty much new. I donít think weíre gonna end up really with any of the six cars from last year, and keep in mind weíve got all the COT races and nobody still knows what thatís gonna do to anybody Ė who is gonna be competitive and who isnít Ė so thatís gonna be a big upset.

I think a lot revolves around getting our cars handling well and showing up and being competitive every week, and then figuring out that COT thing as fast as we can. Thatís gonna be the two keys for us making the chase. I think Iíve got the team to do it and Iíve got the crew chief and all the people in place, we just need to make sure that we run competitively at California and all these places that our race cars are fast Ė and Las Vegas and all those Ė and hopefully we get this COT thing really scienced out well.

I feel weíre probably behind on that compared to the other teams a little bit, mostly I would have to say to Hendrick. I think they look like theyíre a little bit further along than a lot of guys. They may have dedicated a team of people to that deal. Weíre getting there.

Pat and I are going to Rockingham next Thursday with the COT car to try and learn some things about them Ė bump stops and all the things that are new on them because weíre gonna race them at Darlington Ė but those are gonna be the keys to making the chase is running well with that COT car and getting our downforce cars to handle good."

 

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GM Racing Development Driver Evaluation Program Concludes
15.10.2006
Chevy Teams Observe 10 Talented Drivers Put Through Paces of Final Stage at Nashville Superspeedway The GM Racing Development Driver Evaluation Program concluded on Tuesday, Oct.11, 2006 at Nashville Superspeedway (NSS). Chevrolet NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (NNCS), Busch Series (NBS) and Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) teams observed the invited drivers go th more >>
ENTRY LIST: NASCAR Bank of America 500
12.10.2006
Jeff Burton held onto his lead in the Chase for the Nextel Cup after Talladega, but just barely. Matt Kenseth is now just six points behind him in second place -- but not by much. Mark Martin trails Kenseth by just four points; Kevin Harvick is only 23 points behind Martin... I think you get the picture. The always unpredictable Talladega tightened up the Chase standings more >>
2007 NASCAR Truck Series schedule
11.10.2006
2007 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES SCHEDULE Feb 16 Daytona International Speedway Feb 23 California Speedway Mar 16 Atlanta Motor Speedway Mar 31 Martinsville Speedway Apr 28 Kansas Speedway May 18 Lowe's Motor Speedway May 26 Mansfield Motorsports Speedway Jun 1 Dover International Speedway Jun 8 Tex more >>
2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Schedule Announced
11.10.2006
The 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule was announced today and for the fifth consecutive year, the championship will be contested over 25 races. The schedule begins at Daytona International Speedway in February and concludes at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. The series will visit the same 22 tracks as it did in 2006. A change in the schedule order moves t more >>
GM Racing Development Driver Evaluation Program Completes Stages One and Two
26.09.2006
Final Stage Set for October 10-11, 2006 at Nashville Superspeedway Detroit (MI) - GM Racing is in the process of hosting a three-stage Development Driver Evaluation Program. The purpose is to place a group of select young drivers in a controlled environment to give Chevy Nextel Cup, Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series racing teams the opportunity to m more >>
SHARPIE 500  - QUALIFYING QUOTES
26.08.2006
Mark Martin, driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion, is fourth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings with three races remaining before the Chase for the Nextel Cup. SHARPIE 500 QUALIFYING MARK MARTIN Ė No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Qualified 15th) Ė "We got a bad draw there. I hate that. Weíve got a great race car and I thought for once we werenít g more >>
NASCAR announces 2007 Cup schedule
25.08.2006
Schedule's order has changes, but locations remain same Official Release August 24, 2006 Nextel Cup Series schedule was announced Thursday, a 36-race slate starting with the 49th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway. On Sunday, Nov. 18, Homestead-Miami Speedway will again host the season finale. more >>
SADLER HOPING TO STAY ON COURSE AT WATKINS GLEN
12.08.2006
Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 38 M&Mís Ford Fusion, qualified 12th for tomorrowís AMD at the Glen. After the first practice session, Sadler spoke about the race and his decision last month to leave Robert Yates Racing. ELLIOTT SADLER Ė No. 38 M&Mís Ford Fusion Ė YOU SA more >>
MARTIN AND KENSETH TRYING TO STAY IN TOP 10 AT WATKINS GLEN
12.08.2006
Mark Martin, driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion, is sixth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings with five races remaining until the Chase for the Nextel Cup begins. He spoke about his position in the standings and this weekendís race before Fridayís practice. MARK MARTIN Ė No. 6 A more >>
NASCAR ALLSTATE 400 AT THE BRICKYARD KICKS OFF IN INDIANAPOLIS
05.08.2006
Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 90 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion, was one of the NASCAR Busch Series regulars who also will be trying to make the Nextel Cup race this weekend. Leicht, who made his Cup debut two weeks ago at Pocono, spoke about attempting to make both races and his first trip to Indianapolis more >>
Ford's Greg Biffle fastest in practice at Michigan in Nascar Nextel Cup Series
17.06.2006
Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion, has won two of the last three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway and he was the fastest in both practice sessions on Saturday. Biffle, who qualified 10th for tomorrowís 3M Performance 400, spoke about his expectations wh more >>
FORD FUSION MARK MARTINíS SUCCESS AT DOVER DATES TO THE EIGHTIES
03.06.2006
MARK MARTIN Ė No. 6 AAA Fusion Ė "We just did this, didnít we? I feel like we just left the press room." ALMOST HALF OF YOUR CAREER CUP STARTS HERE HAVE RESULTED IN TOP-FIVE FINISHES. YOU MUST ALWAYS FEEL LIKE GOOD THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN HERE. "Yeah. Iíve always liked this more >>
MARK MARTIN, ELLIOTT SADLER AND JAMIE MCMURRAY EACH QUALIFY IN TOP 10 AT DOVER
03.06.2006
ELLIOTT SADLER Ė No. 38 M&Mís Fusion (qualified 8th) Ė "Weíve been missing on qualifying a little bit. Weíre fast right there because nobodyís really gone. We just missed it a little bit. Spending so much time on race trim, weíve been letting our qualifying slip through the cracks a lot. But maybe thatíll be in the top 15 or something. Iím proud of my guys. We got a lo more >>

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