Charlotte II: Matt Kenseth preview

Kenseth Readies for Charlotte Showdown After fighting back to a 13th-place finish last Sunday at California, Kenseth and the No. 17 team take to the friendly confines of Charlotte Motor Speedway where Kenseth finished 10th in the ...

Kenseth Readies for Charlotte Showdown

After fighting back to a 13th-place finish last Sunday at California, Kenseth and the No. 17 team take to the friendly confines of Charlotte Motor Speedway where Kenseth finished 10th in the rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600 in May.

AT CHARLOTTE

This will be Kenseth's 21st race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he has finished top five in five of his starts and top 10 on nine occasions. Kenseth finished 10th at Charlotte in the spring race this year.

CHARLOTTE VICTORY LANE

Kenseth earned the first of his 18 career Sprint Cup victories at Charlotte in his second start at the 1.5-mile track on May 28, 2001. He also won the Sprint All-Star race at Lowe's in 2004, and he has won twice there in the Nationwide Series (10/00 and 5/03).

LEADING AT CHARLOTTE

Kenseth has led at least one lap in six of his last seven races at Charlotte. He also led at least one lap in seven of his first eight starts at Charlotte. Overall he has led in 14 of 20 Cup events at Charlotte, for a total of 253 laps.

DOUBLE DUTY

Kenseth will pull double duty at Charlotte this weekend, running in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup events. It will be the first of four consecutive Nationwide races that Kenseth will compete in to close out the 2009 season. He will make starts at Memphis, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead in the next four races. Kenseth has four poles and two wins in Nationwide action at Charlotte.

BLACK AND GOLD OF CARHARTT ON THE CAR

The No. 17 Ford Fusion will carry the black and gold Carhartt paint scheme for the final time of the season this weekend at Charlotte. Kenseth took the checkered flag at California in the Carhartt car earlier this season. It is the fourth time this season the No. 17 has carried the Carhartt colors.

MATT KENSETH

"Charlotte is a great track and we always look forward to racing there. The racing is a lot of fun, we've been pretty good there over the years and we always going there feeling like we shoudl be competitive. It's where I got my first win and we won the All-Star race there as well so it has a lot of memories for us. Lately track position has been key and clean air means a lot. It can be hard to pass with these cars, so hopefully we'll have a good strategy to stay up front and a fast enough car to compete at the end."

FAST FACTS

* Kenseth has one win, five top five and nine top-10 finishes in 20 starts at Charlotte.

* Kenseth won his first Cup race at Charlotte in May of 2000.

* Kenseth has led in six of the last seven at Charlotte and has led a total of 253 races there.

* Kenseth also won the 2004 Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte and has two NW win there as well.

* Kenseth will race in both the Nationwide and Cup races this weekend at Charlotte.

* Kenseth will drive the No. 17 Carhartt Ford Fusion this weekend in the Sprint Cup race.

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth
Teams HART