FAST FACTS * Matt Kenseth will fly the R+L Carriers colors this weekend for the second time in 2006. In its previous showing, Kenseth drove the R+L Carriers Ford Fusion to a fifth-place finish at Charlotte. The paint scheme will run once more at...
* Matt Kenseth will fly the R+L Carriers colors this weekend for the second time in 2006. In its previous showing, Kenseth drove the R+L Carriers Ford Fusion to a fifth-place finish at Charlotte. The paint scheme will run once more at Martinsville in October. * Kenseth will race in round three of the 2006 Crown Royal IROC Series on Thursday night. Kenseth comes into round three as the IROC points leader with 43, nine points clear of second place. * Thursday will mark the second time Kenseth has raced on Daytona International Speedway's road course. He first did so in the 2005 24 Hours of Daytona. * Kenseth has two top-10 finished in the past three Pepsi 400s. * Kenseth comes into Daytona ranked second in the championship point standings. The last three seasons he has entered this weekend ranked first in 2003 (Championship year), third in 2004, and 20th in 2005.
Matt Kenseth -- NNCS ADVANCE Team: No. 17 R+L Carriers/DEWALT Ford Fusion Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser Chassis: RK-327 Last ran; '06 Daytona 500, led 28 laps before finishing 15th RK-283 Last ran; '05 Pepsi 400, finished ninth
Kenseth on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"I've been looking forward to this race for awhile. We're bringing the same car we ran there in the 500 and it was probably the best car I've ever had at Daytona. Hopefully, it will be just as good this weekend. You have to have a car that handles good when you come to Daytona. You don't necessarily think of handling when you think about Daytona, but if you have a car that handles good you can really maneuver through the turns, instead of just following the guy in front of you. This car handled really well there in February. I thought we were good enough to compete for the win until we got taken out. Still, we managed to come back and finish 15th and that says something about this car and about our team."
Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"Anything can happen at Daytona. I always tell our guys that they have to be prepared for anything when we come here. With the reduced fuel cell, you have to be ready for two-tire stops, four-tire stops, gas only, and then you'd better to be ready to patch up the car on pit road. It use to be, when you came to Daytona you didn't really think about beating and banging, but now, after the race, these cars look like they've just ran 500 laps at Martinsville sometimes. There are so many things that are out of your hands at Daytona, so you just have to make sure that what you can control, you do it well and you hit all of you marks on pit road."