Bristol: Matt Kenseth preview

Kenseth Goes Busch Testing at Bristol CONCORD, NC (March 30, 2005) -- The No. 17 Waste Management team managed to hold out against the rain to conduct Busch testing at Bristol Motor Speedway last week. Pleased with what they saw, Kenseth and...

Kenseth Goes Busch Testing at Bristol

CONCORD, NC (March 30, 2005) -- The No. 17 Waste Management team managed to hold out against the rain to conduct Busch testing at Bristol Motor Speedway last week. Pleased with what they saw, Kenseth and the team are optimistic about this Saturday's Sharpie Professional 250.

It was originally scheduled for Tuesday. Then it was postponed to Wednesday. Wednesday being a washout, it was rescheduled for Thursday. And, finally, they went. The No. 17 team kept their eyes to the skies and the weather forecasters as they tried to get to Bristol to test last week. Finally, the skies cleared and the team made the trip to Tennessee on Thursday.

Having finally arrived at Bristol Motor Speedway, the team unloaded a brand new car, built specifically for Bristol, Dover and Darlington. Not that there was a whole lot wrong with the old one. Kenseth finished second last fall in the "Bristol, Dover and Darlington" car, but it was the oldest one in the lineup, so the team built a new one. And according to Crew Chief Cully Barraclough, it's even better than the old one.

"We were pleased with our test at Bristol. Very pleased. The car was fast. I really feel like it is a top-five car and if we can avoid trouble all day, we should be successful," said Barraclough. "We started the car off just as it came off the track last fall. We made some adjustments throughout the day and are happy with the result," he added.

Asked about racing at Bristol, the crew chief responded enthusiastically, "I love coming to Bristol. It is definitely my favorite track. It reminds me of a college football game, with the crowd and all. It is so loud, you don't know which is louder, the crowd or the cars! It's the kind of track that most of us grew up with -- half mile, high-banked and fast. At Bristol, you'll either have your best day ever or your worst nightmare."

Cully says Bristol is like a college football game. So what's his favorite team? The University of Oregon. "The Ducks?" you might ask. But Cully would quickly correct you: "That's the Mighty Ducks!"

Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates 10 motorsports teams; five in the NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch, the 2004 Nextel Cup Champion, three in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Edwards, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Todd Kluever and Ricky Craven.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Ricky Craven , Carl Edwards , Todd Kluever , Mark Martin