BUSCH: Bristol: Matt Kenseth preview

FAST FACTS * Kenseth comes to Bristol Motor Speedway riding a streak of three consecutive top-five finishes. * Robbie Reiser will return to the track this weekend, after serving a four-race suspension. The past four races were the first Reiser...

FAST FACTS

* Kenseth comes to Bristol Motor Speedway riding a streak of three consecutive top-five finishes.

* Robbie Reiser will return to the track this weekend, after serving a four-race suspension. The past four races were the first Reiser had missed atop the pit box as Kenseth's crew chief since 1999, a steak of 255 races.

* Kenseth has completed all but four laps in the past 10 races at Bristol (4,996 of 5,000); second most during that span (Earnhardt Jr. 4,998).

* Kenseth has nine top-10 finishes in the past 10 races at Bristol.

* Kenseth has led 656 of a possible 1,500 laps in the past three races at Bristol (43.7%).

* For his career, Kenseth has led 742 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 will run the Arby's paint scheme this weekend for the first and only time in the NEXTEL Cup Series in 2007.

Kenseth on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway:

"Bristol is one of a kind and it's one of my favorite places to go. Part of that is because of the success we've enjoyed there over the years. I'm looking forward to this weekend for a lot of reasons, but I'm a little disappointed we had to retire our old Bristol car. We had brought that car to Bristol every race since 2001 and it was always competitive. It was our most reliable car in the stable and we only raced it at Bristol. It was pretty cool to win with it our last time out in August.

"With the C.O.T. this weekend, there's sure to be a lot of unknown variables, but the bottom line is, everyone is starting from scratch and we'll all have to deal with a lot of the same issues. Whoever can figure it out quicker than the rest will have a big advantage, so hopefully that will be us.

"Robbie's back this week after a four-race vacation, so we're glad to get him back. But, Chip (Bolin, team engineer/interim crew chief) did a great job leading this team at the track for the past month and it's a testament to how good this team is from top to bottom, that we were able to continue to perform at such a high level in Robbie's absence."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway:

"Well, I think everybody went to the Bristol test expecting to see something different with the Car of Tomorrow and when it was all said and done, it was basically the same racecar that we had in the past. I mean, you still have to get it to go around the corner and you still got to make it fast, you still got to do all the same things. It looks a little bit different, but other than that, it's the same stuff.

"Obviously, we got the same challenges as everyone else does with this Car of Tomorrow. We've got to work at it to get it to handle like that other (old) car did and having Matt behind the wheel makes a big difference at Bristol. So, I'm sure with our team and Matt, we can get that thing to work."

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Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Bristol Motor Speedway: "Bristol is one of my favorite tracks to race at. I've had success there in the past and we are bringing the same car we won in the fall with. Hopefully it runs just as well as last time, I know Drew (Blickensderfer), Richie (Davis) and all the guys at the shop have been working hard and it has been showing up at the track. We haven't quite earned the finishes we had hoped for the past two weeks, but hopefully we can turn that around this weekend and get the No. 17 team back to victory lane."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: "Bristol is a really good track for Matt, he has won there in both the Busch and the Cup cars the past two years. We have had some really fast cars so far this year and we are hoping to continue that this weekend at Bristol."

-credit: rfr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth