Daytona Shootout: Matt Kenseth preview

Kenseth on racing in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona: "Last year we were able to learn a lot about the car's set-up and handling due to the extra track time you get when you're selected to participate in the Shootout. I think that additional...

Kenseth on racing in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona:

"Last year we were able to learn a lot about the car's set-up and handling due to the extra track time you get when you're selected to participate in the Shootout. I think that additional track time will be even more important this year with the bigger restrictor plate we're allowed to run. We'll be going a lot faster at Daytona, so handling will be even more important than it has been in the past."

Crew chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona:

"The Shootout will be extremely useful this year due to the new rule changes with the bigger restrictor plate and the adjustments to the wing. The Shootout will be an advantage to get cars into race trim before the rest of the field for the Daytona 500 has that chance. We have an opportunity to try changes that we worked on over the winter to see if we can make what we had last year even better. I'm ready to get down to Daytona and unload our cars for Shootout practice this week."

FAST FACTS:

* Matt Kenseth, the defending Champion of the 2009 Daytona 500, returns to Daytona International Speedway to open his 2010 Speedweeks with the Budweiser Shootout on Saturday night

* Kenseth's best finishing position at Daytona for the Shootout is third which he accomplished in 2003 during his first Shootout race

* Kenseth has achieved one Top-5 finish and three Top-10 finishes in his three career Budweiser Shootout starts

* Kenseth has completed 100 percent of the Shootout laps he has attempted (220 of 220 laps)

* This weekend at Daytona, Kenseth will pilot the No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth