Dish On Board with NASCAR, Roush

EchoStar Communications’ Dish Network signed on as a team sponsor in the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing Busch Series and the Nextel Cup Series, with additional status as an associate sponsor on all Roush Racing entries, officials said Monday.

Dish will have a team representative in all 35 Busch Races next year, alternating between four Roush Busch teams. Greg Biffle will drive the No. 16 Dish Network Ford Fusion in five Nextel Cup races in 2007, the first of which will be at Pocono Raceway in June. When Dish is not featured as the primary team sponsor, it will appear on each Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series entry as an associate sponsor.

An array of drivers from each Roush team will form the Dish All-Stars. Driving for Dish in 2007 as part of the All-Star team will be Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray, Todd Kluever, Danny O’Quinn Jr., Erik Darnell and Michel Jourdain Jr.

Martin will kick off the season for Dish in the February Daytona Busch race. He will be behind of the wheel of the Dish Network Ford Fusion twice in 2007, the second of which will be the spring Texas race. The remaining Dish All-Stars will split time behind the wheel throughout the season.