Bristol II: Matt Kenseth preview

FAST FACTS * Matt Kenseth's win in Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 marks his third win of 2006, making this season his second highest single-season win total of his career, tailing only 2002 (five wins). * Kenseth has completed all but four laps...

FAST FACTS

* Matt Kenseth's win in Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 marks his third win of 2006, making this season his second highest single-season win total of his career, tailing only 2002 (five wins).

* Kenseth has completed all but four laps in the past nine races at Bristol (4,496 of 4,500); second most during that span (Earnhardt Jr. 4,498).

* Kenseth has eight top 10s in the past nine races at Bristol.

* Kenseth has led 539 of a possible 1,000 laps in the past two races at Bristol (53.9%).

* For his career, Kenseth has led 625 laps at Bristol, which is the highest number of laps led at any track during his career. Second on the list is Rockingham with 413 laps.

* Kenseth's career average finish for Bristol is 11.5, the fourth highest among the 23 tracks he has competed on throughout his career.

Kenseth on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: "All along we've looked at this stretch, starting at Michigan, as having the potential to gain a lot of momentum entering the Chase. Michigan was obviously a great win for this team and now we're going back to another one of our stronger tracks. It's a one-race-at-a-time approach that we have right now. We're not focusing on where we're at in the standings we're focusing on going out and trying to win races. Every time I look, they pay more points to the winner than anyone else. Bristol is a great track, a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to getting back there and hopefully having a chance of picking up one I let slip away earlier this year."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: "We're bring 'old reliable' back to Bristol. Chassis 89 is the oldest car we have in our stable. It doesn't run anywhere except Bristol. It's the car we won with last fall... in fact it's been our Bristol car since the start of 2001. Last week was a great win for the team and they should be proud of what they accomplished. But, this is a different week and last week has been forgotten. We've got another good opportunity at Bristol and we're going to stay focused on the task at hand, which is trying to win Saturday night. It's important to carry as much momentum into the Chase as possible and we have an opportunity to build on that momentum this weekend."

Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Bristol Motor Speedway: "Bristol has been good to us in the past and we were fast there in March. It's one of my favorite tracks to race at. The track is so fast and there's such a fine line between in control and out of control. If you cross it, you'll find yourself in the wall in a hurry. I thoroughly enjoy racing there. Is it a one groove racetrack? For the most part, yes. Is it impossible to pass without running into somebody? Absolutely not. You just have to be patient and get your car to turn a little better than the guy in front of you. Last year we averaged a 2.5 finish at Bristol by finishing fourth in the Busch race, then going on to win the Cup race. I will be perfectly satisfied if we leave this weekend with the same average finish. Jimmy (Fennig) and the guys deserve a victory and I can't think of a better place to give them one."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: "I am really looking forward to Friday night under the lights at Bristol. Matt has a great record there and the team is carrying momentum off their fourth place finish last weekend in Michigan. Hopefully we can get Matt into victory lane with Ameriquest."

-credit: roushracing.com

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth