Both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series take to the Kentucky Speedway under the lights this weekend. The Feed The Children 300 is being run Friday night for the Nationwide Series, Roush Fenway Racing will be representated by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., in the #6 Sam’s Club Ford. The Quaker State 400 is being run Saturday night for the Sprint Cup Series, Roush Fenway Racing will be represented by Greg Biffle, in the #16 American Red Cross Ford, Matt Kenseth, in the #17 Fifth Third Bank Ford, and Carl Edwards, in the #99 UPS Ford. Below is a breakdown of their cars and quotes on the race.
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Feed the Children 300 Preview
Team: No. 6 Sam’s Club Ford Mustang
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-707 – primary – last ran at Charlotte- finished 26th
RK–672 – backup – last ran at Dover – finished first 2011.
Stenhouse, Jr. on Kentucky: “Kentucky is one of the greatest tracks we race because of the energy level that the fans bring to the race track is awesome. We’ve won two 1.5-mile races this year so I feel certain that we will have a strong run at Kentucky. Sam’s Club and their exclusive brands of Member’s Mark Angus Beef and Castlewood Reserve are on our car this weekend so hopefully we can put them in victory lane.”
Crew chief Mike Kelley on Kentucky: “Last year this race was won by fuel mileage which I feel will play a factor in the race outcome this year as well. We’ve had a lot of success this year with our 1.5-mile track program so we will bring that knowledge into Kentucky. Kentucky is a flat 1.5-mile track that creates side-by-side racing. Our goal is to leave Kentucky with a top-five finish and gain some points in the championship standings.”
Greg Biffle Quaker State 400 Preview
Team: No. 16 American Red Cross Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Chassis: Primary: RK-803 Last ran All-Star – finished 22nd
Backup: RK-786 Last ran Homestead – finished 35th
Greg Biffle on Kentucky: “Kentucky is a really fun, flat 1.5-mile track which creates lots of side-by-side racing. The sweeping corners, combined with the flat puts on a great race. Plus Saturday night racing under the lights is always exciting.”
Crew chief Matt Puccia on Kentucky: “I consider Kentucky a flatter 1.5-mile race track and I have some past experience there in both the Truck and Nationwide Series. Greg has run well there in the past, so with our combined experience hopefully we can capitalize on that and get a good point run.”
Matt Kenseth Quaker State 400 Preview
Team: No. 17 Fifth Third Bank Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: Primary: RK-741 (Last run at Charlotte)
Matt Kenseth on Kentucky: “I’ve only raced at Kentucky once now and we ran pretty competitively there to finish well in last year’s race. My comfort level is high going into this weekend, but I’m just not as familiar with the track yet as a lot of the guys who have competed in Nationwide series races there in the past. I’m looking forward to going back to Kentucky this weekend because there were a lot of great fans in the area. There was a lot of great support from the region and I thought it was a great race last year, so I’m looking forward to another great weekend at Kentucky.”
Crew chief Jimmy Fennig on Kentucky: “Kentucky is still a place that we’re really learning at since last year was our first Cup race there. Our car had a solid run in last year’s race, and we’ve had a lot of success at 1.5-mile tracks as well. We’re taking a car that has been one of our great intermediate track cars so we’ll base a lot of where we start the weekend off of our notes from last year’s race weekend, and then adjust from there.”
Carl Edwards Quaker State 400 Preview
Team: No. 99 UPS Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-811 Last outing: Charlotte in May – finished ninth
Texas in April – finished eighth
Carl Edwards on Kentucky: “Kentucky is pretty huge for us. It is a UPS race for us, our only UPS race this year, and it is right there near Best Buy’s Geek Squad headquarters so we are going to do some stuff there which will be fun. It is a big race for us. I had my first win in NASCAR there in the truck series in 2003. It is huge for me to be able to go back there and have the opportunity to run in the Cup Series and get a win there. We had one Nationwide win there as well and I really like that place. It has character and the fans are wound up so it’s a lot of fun.”
Crew chief Bob Osborne on Kentucky: “We certainly need a solid run at Kentucky this weekend. We’re taking a very competitive car that has finished in the top 10 in both of the races we’ve run it this year (Charlotte and Texas). Carl has a lot more experience at Kentucky than a lot of competitors since he’s won in both the Nationwide and Truck Series there. I know I speak for everyone on the team when I say we’d like to add a Cup win to his Kentucky resume on Saturday.”
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