Darlington II: Matt Kenseth preview

MATT KENSETH'S THOUGHTS ON DARLINGTON: "We tested a few weeks ago at Darlington because the past few times we've run there it hasn't been our best effort. We wanted to make sure we could be as competitive as we could be. I love Darlington, it's...

MATT KENSETH'S THOUGHTS ON DARLINGTON:

"We tested a few weeks ago at Darlington because the past few times we've run there it hasn't been our best effort. We wanted to make sure we could be as competitive as we could be. I love Darlington, it's a great track, but you either love it or hate it. The groove is so narrow that you literally run right up against the wall. The pavement is really worn out, so the tires drop off fast. You start off fast then you are a second or two seconds slower by the end of the run. Because we run so close to the wall is why many cars get the famous 'Darlington Stripe' on the side. We've had a few of those so what we are interested in now is a win or top-5."

CREW CHIEF ROBBIE REISER'S THOUGHTS ON DARLINGTON:

"We are taking car 14 to Darlington. This was the car we won with in Rockingham, and finished eighth with at Darlington this spring."

SPOTTER MIKE CALINOFF'S THOUGHTS ON DARLINGTON:

"Darlington is a welcomed change coming from Bristol. The sweeping turns give both the driver and the spotter a better chance to react."

NOTES OF INTEREST:

APPEARANCE: Matt Kenseth will make an appearance at DEWALT's Rolling Thunder display at Richmond next week. Check the souvenir rig for times.

BLOOMIN' FAVORITE: Matt Kenseth still leads the series in the Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Favorite Driver of the race award. The payoff is $75,000 at the end of the season.

LAP LEADERS...Kenseth has led at least one lap in 12 of the 24 races run this season.

DEWALT MILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE: Be the fastest to drive five screws into a piece of wood and you could have a chance to win a million dollars during a nationwide contest from DEWALT Power Tools. DEWALT, the familiar yellow-and-black power tool company, is launching the Million Dollar Challenge, a promotion that runs from April to November to see who's quickest with a cordless drill. DEWALT will hold qualifying events in more than 50 cities nationwide, stopping at various power tool distributors, construction sites, NASCAR races, and other special venues to see who can drive screws the fastest. Those with the fastest times from each city will advance to one of 16 regional contests, which will be held at select Chevrolet Truck dealerships throughout the country. From there, the top 16 winners will each receive a new 2003 Chevy Express utility van filled with DEWALT tools. They also earn an expense paid trip to the Million Dollar Challenge finals to be held November 8-10 in Phoenix, AZ during NASCAR's race weekend.

During the final round, the 16 contestants will compete to see who will become America's fastest screw driver. The champion will win a chance to beat the clock for a million dollar prize in front of 110,000 fans at the Winston Cup race. The DEWALT Million Dollar Challenge is presented by DEWALT Power Tools and Accessories, Chevrolet Trucks, Bombardier ATVs and the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau. (Courtesy Todd Walter, SWB)

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth