BUSCH: Chicagoland: Matt Kenseth preview

Matt Kenseth NNCS: USG Sheetrock 400, Sunday NBS: USG Durock 300, Saturday FAST FACTS * Matt Kenseth leads all NEXTEL Cup drivers with 10 top-five finishes in 2006, two better than his nearest pursuer. * Kenseth has completed all but one lap...

Matt Kenseth
NNCS: USG Sheetrock 400, Sunday
NBS: USG Durock 300, Saturday

FAST FACTS

* Matt Kenseth leads all NEXTEL Cup drivers with 10 top-five finishes in 2006, two better than his nearest pursuer.

* Kenseth has completed all but one lap in five races at Chicago and is tops among laps completed with 1334, (tied with Kevin Harvick).

* Kenseth's average finish at Chicago is 9.4. That's second best among drivers who have competed in all five races at the track and third on Kenseth's personal best list trailing only Las Vegas and Michigan.

* Kenseth has never finished worse than 14th in five races at Chicago.

* Kenseth is coming off of a career-best Daytona finish. His fifth-place finish marks the first time in 14 points-paying races at Daytona where Kenseth has cracked the top five.

* Kenseth's No. 17 Ford Fusion will carry the USG Sheetrock colors this weekend in the USG Sheetrock 400. It marks the second of three times this season Kenseth will pilot the USG Sheetrock Ford; the first was at Bristol in March (finished third) and the last will be at Phoenix in November.

NNCS:

Kenseth on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"The track is starting to age a little bit so it's becoming a really good track. We had an excellent car there last year and did everything right up until the end and got beat on pit strategy. But, Chicago's a fun track. It's wide and has a lot of banking for a mile and half (track). This weekend is going to be big for us. This is the closest we'll come to a home game since a lot of our guys on this team are from Wisconsin. So, we'll have a lot of support and, of course, everyone wants to perform well in front of their friends and family. Also, our sponsor USG, is the title sponsor for the weekend and they're going to have a lot of their execs and employees in attendance, so we should have a big cheering section all around this weekend."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"We were real close at Chicago last year but couldn't quite get the win. We've been close several times in the Busch car too; we've been knocking on the door. Hopefully we'll be able to run up front and compete for the win again this weekend. The car we're bringing has had a heck of a year so far. We won with it at Fontana and ran second twice at Vegas and Texas, then finished fifth with it at Charlotte. It was going to be good at Michigan too, but we just had too many things go wrong and then the rain cut the race short. But, if everything goes right, we should be good this weekend."

NBS:

Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Chicagoland Speedway:
"I'm looking forward to getting back on track with Jimmy and the guys. It's been about a month since we raced and that was at Dover, which didn't go so good. Other than that race, we've had a pretty good year in the Busch Series. It seems like every time we run, if we aren't competing for the win, we're running a solid top five or top 10. That makes racing a lot of fun, I don't care what series you're running, when you can come to the track and race for the win. Hopefully we'll continue that this weekend at Chicago."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"We're bringing our favorite car. It's already won two poles this season and I thought we were the class of the field in Charlotte before we blew up. Before that, its worst finish this season was sixth at Fontana. So, we feel like it's capable of running up front and competing for the win. These guys have been anxious to get back on the track considering it's almost been a month since we've raced. We're looking forward to a positive weekend and hopefully, if some things fall our way, we'll be able to put this Ameriquest Ford up front and pick up a win."

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Series NASCAR SPRINT CUP , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Kevin Harvick