Kenseth, Martin, Biffle give Roush clean sweep

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Cambridge, Wis., native Matt Kenseth won the Auto Club 500 Feb. 26 at California Speedway. He managed to make it a clean sweep for Roush Racing over the weekend.

For the second Friday in a row, Mark Martin was victorious in the Craftsman Truck Series. Kenseth’s teammate, Greg Biffle, won the Stater Brothers 300 in the Busch Series race Saturday.

Biffle looked as if he were going to take home a victory in the Nextel Cup race Sunday. He led the most laps during the contest. It wasn’t until very late in the race when the No. 16 Charter National Guard Ford developed engine troubles and forced Biffle to take it to the garage. Instead of winning, he had to settle for a next-to-last finish.

This is Kenseth’s first win since he started on pole for the Sharpie 500 last August in Bristol, Tenn. He started 31st in Sunday’s race, and worked his way into the lead on lap 219 when he was able to get around Jeff Gordon before a caution flag came out. He held onto the lead for the final 31 laps of regulation, and the one extra time around caused by a yellow flag on lap No. 246.

Jimmie Johnson continues to lead the season point’s standings after two races. With his victory Sunday, Kenseth moves into third place behind Casey Mears. Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr. round out the top five.

The Cup drivers are off this weekend. They resume their schedule Saturday, March12 with the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 in Las Vegas. The Busch Series will be in action this Saturday in Mexico, where they will take to the road course at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. The truck series doesn’t race again until St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Doug Halberstadt is a local resident and is track announcer at Rockford Speedway. He can be reached via e-mail at

From the March 1-7, 2006, issue

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