All-Star: Matt Kenseth preview

FAST FACTS * Matt Kenseth has competed in every All-Star race starting with his sophomore season in the NEXTEL Cup Series in 2001. * Kenseth has scored four career victories at Lowe's Motor Speedway; 2000 Coca-Cola 600, 2004 All-Star Race, and...

FAST FACTS

* Matt Kenseth has competed in every All-Star race starting with his sophomore season in the NEXTEL Cup Series in 2001.

* Kenseth has scored four career victories at Lowe's Motor Speedway; 2000 Coca-Cola 600, 2004 All-Star Race, and two Busch Series wins.

* Kenseth won $1,044,000 in prize money after winning the 2004 All-Star race, which remains the largest, single-race purse that Kenseth has won in his career.

* Chassis number RK-323, that Kenseth will pilot in Saturday night's event, was the workhorse for the No. 17 team in 2006, racing in 10 events and scoring two wins, five top fives, and seven top 10s. After finishing sixth at Homestead in November, it went in for a "make over" and will make its 2007 debut Saturday night.

* Kenseth's average finish in NEXTEL Cup this season is 8.5, second only to Jeff Gordon.

* Kenseth has completed every lap so far in 2007, one of only two drivers to do so (Jeff Gordon).

Matt Kenseth


Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-323 Last ran at Homestead, Nov. '06, finished sixth Also in '06: ran 10 times with two wins, five top fives, and seven top 10s RK-340 Tested Las Vegas, Jan. '07 Last ran: Pocono, Jun. '06, finished fifth

Kenseth on racing in the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge:

"I think it's like any other sport, the All-Star race is cool if you get to be a part of it because not everybody gets to do it. To be a part of that group is always cool and to do it at Charlotte is a lot of fun. It pays a lot of money and it's a short race with no points, so it's always fun. To me, the most fun thing is it involves the crew so much. They have the pit crew competition during the week and then they do a pit stop for qualifying, so they have a lot to do with the qualifying position, and they have some green-flag pit stops in the race. So, it really focuses on the team a lot and I really like that.

"The year we won was pretty cool. It was a fun race. Ryan (Newman) stayed out on tires. We were running side by side and I had to pass him for the win right at the end, and that was a really exciting race for us."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing in the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge:

"I think the All-Star event means a lot to everybody on the team because we're in it. It separates the elite, and I think that makes everybody feel special, and it allows us a chance to go run against the best, and that's what everybody wants to do.

"With the way the All-Star Challenge is set up, it allows the guys that work on the car every week to get to step out on stage and see what the fans all think of them, and it gives them an opportunity to be a part of it, in the qualifying event where you go three laps, we do a pit stop, which gives us an opportunity to shine.

"A couple of years ago we sat on the pole, and it was all off our pit stop, which made the guys all feel real great, and the same way with the race. The way the race is structured, I think two of the stops this year will be pitting on the fly. So, it gives the guys on pit road a real opportunity to be a part of this race and make a difference."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth