KENSETH SPORTING DIFFERENT COLORS FOR WEEKEND AT LOWE'S CONCORD, NC (October 12, 2005) -- Matt Kenseth will be in new colors for the race weekend at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. Competing in both the Cup and Busch Series events, Kenseth will...
KENSETH SPORTING DIFFERENT COLORS FOR WEEKEND AT LOWE'S
CONCORD, NC (October 12, 2005) -- Matt Kenseth will be in new colors for the race weekend at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. Competing in both the Cup and Busch Series events, Kenseth will have a different look for each. For the Dollar General 300 Busch Series event on Friday night, Kenseth will be behind the wheel of the No. 9 Pennzoil Platinum Ford Taurus, usually driven by Roush Racing teammate Mark Martin. For the UAW-GM Quality 500 Cup Series event on Saturday night, Kenseth will be sporting the copper and black colors of associate sponsor, Carhartt.
This weekend marks the third and final race of the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season in which Kenseth will wheel the No. 17 Carhartt/DEWALT Ford Taurus. Kenseth previously ran the Carhartt paint scheme in Darlington and the first race in Michigan in June. The first outing for the Carhartt/DEWALT Ford resulted in a disappointing 26th-place finish. Coming off a win the night before in the Busch Series, Kenseth and the No. 17 crew were looking for a good run. However, they had their hands full all night fighting a loose racecar. Although the crew doggedly made adjustments to the car throughout the night, nothing they threw at it seemed to help. Fortunately, the second appearance for the Carhartt ride had a much happier ending and proved to be a turning point in the season for Kenseth.
Coming into the June race at the Michigan International Speedway, Kenseth was sitting in 24th-place in the Nextel Cup point standings, with only two top-ten finishes to his credit. The No. 17 team knew they were capable of more and were fighting to break out of their slump. Little did they know going in that this race would become the turning point of the season. Kenseth ran in the top-five for most of the day and took the checkered flag in the fourth position for his first top-five finish of the season. Beginning with that race in Michigan, Kenseth and company have posted nine top-five and twelve top-ten finishes, including one win.
This weekend the No. 17 team is bringing car number 39 to the Lowe's Motor Speedway decked out in the Carhartt colors. This car had seen a lot of racing this year, having raced at the All-Star Challenge, Dover I, Chicagoland, Pocono II, Michigan II, Fontana II and Dover II. Of its' six points race appearances, it has scored two top-five and four top-ten finishes, including dominant runs at Chicagoland and Michigan.
Matt Kenseth will also be sporting a different look in the Busch Series on Friday night. Instead of his usual No. 17 Waste Management Ford, Kenseth will be behind the wheel of the No. 9 Pennzoil Platinum Ford. In his 11 Busch Series starts this season, Kenseth has posted 10 top-ten finishes, including one win. Kenseth will be running car number 45 this weekend, the same car that won the Busch Series event in Darlington earlier this year.