Fontana: Matt Kenseth preview

Kenseth on racing at Auto Club Speedway: "Fontana is typically a very good track for me and the No. 17 team, so it's nice going out there early on in the season. We had really good success at the spring race last year with our win, so ...

Kenseth on racing at Auto Club Speedway:

"Fontana is typically a very good track for me and the No. 17 team, so it's nice going out there early on in the season. We had really good success at the spring race last year with our win, so hopefully we'll be able to capitalize on that similar success this weekend and get as many points as possible to start the year with. It was nice coming out of Daytona in the top 10, and we're ready for California this weekend. We've done a lot of work in the off-season as an organization to prepare this kind of down force track, so I'm excited."

Crew chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Auto Club Speedway:

"Fontana is a track where horsepower is very important, so the big motor from Roush-Yates Engines will be a plus for sure. It's also a track where tires wear out fairly fast, so handling becomes a premium. It's a handling track where you want to try and keep tires on your car and pit crews play a key role as well when it comes to track position at Fontana. It's a racetrack that encompasses horsepower, aerodynamics, and teamwork all in one so to win at California is a pretty big accomplishment for a team and a good judge for the season."

FAST FACTS:

* Matt Kenseth is the defending race winner of the Auto Club 500 race at Auto Club Speedway

* In Kenseth's 16 Cup starts, he has earned three wins at Fontana, making it his most successful track due to the number of wins

* Kenseth has an average starting position of 22.4 and an average finishing position of 9.2 at Fontana

* Kenseth has achieved three wins, seven top-5's, and eleven top-10's at Fontana in the Cup series

* Kenseth has completed 4,003 of 4,005 (99.9 percent) laps at Fontana and led for a total of 468 laps

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

-source: rfr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth