FAST FACTS * Matt Kenseth enters this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway riding two consecutive top-five finishes. * Sunday's race will mark the fourth for interim crew chief, Chip Bolin, calling the shots atop the No. 17 pit box. Bolin, who ...
* Matt Kenseth enters this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway riding two consecutive top-five finishes.
* Sunday's race will mark the fourth for interim crew chief, Chip Bolin, calling the shots atop the No. 17 pit box. Bolin, who hails from South Carolina with a degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University, has been the engineer on the No. 17 team since its inception in 1999. Robbie Reiser is slated to return next week at Bristol.
* Since the end of 2002, Kenseth has not qualified better than 23rd in eight attempts at Atlanta. Kenseth did start from the pole last fall, but it was due to qualifying being rained out. Despite starting at the front last fall, Kenseth's average starting position at Atlanta is 23.8.
Kenseth on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "Atlanta has always been one of my favorite tracks. It's really fast but has enough room to move around and try to find some different lines around the track. The pavement has aged enough to where your car will start to slide around over the course of a run, which makes tire wear important.
"We've come close at Atlanta several times before but we've never been able to seal the deal. We're bringing the same car we drove at Fontana and at Las Vegas. It was real good at Fontana and we managed to scrounge out a top-five finish at Vegas, so hopefully we can muster another top five this weekend."
Interim Crew Chief Chip Bolin on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "We're bringing the same car to Atlanta that we raced in Vegas and Fontana. It's been good to us so far and there no reason to think that we can't be competitive with it again this weekend. This is actually the same car we used as our work horse in 2005 when we came back to make the Chase.
"The guys did another good job in the pits at Las Vegas, and we were able to work on the car to get it the best we possibly could at the end of the race. Matt did a good job of taking care of the car so that we still had it in tact and in position to sneak out of there with a top five. My hope is that we don't have to 'sneak' out of Atlanta with anything, but rather get Matt towards the front early and have the kind of day that this team is capable of."
Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "Atlanta is a track that we have done well at in the past. I think if we can qualify up front and stay up front we should be in for a good finish. Although, that was also the plan last weekend in Vegas and it didn't quite work out as we planned. Arby's headquarters is located in Atlanta, so this track is basically in their backyard so we really want to get a good finish for them in their hometown. This is the same car that ran really well at Charlotte and tested well at Vegas so hopefully we can win some more free fries for America."
Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "It's always great to go to a place like Atlanta with a driver like Matt Kenseth. Matt tends to run really well at tracks like this and RK-360 is a car we have had success with in the past and that tested well at Vegas. Atlanta is the location of Arby's head quarters so the team really wants to get a good finish for them."