Indianapolis: Matt Kenseth preview

MATT KENSETH'S THOUGHTS ON INDY: "Indy is a tough track for stock cars to run side by side on so track position is really, really important. So during the test we spent a lot of time on qualifying setups. We need to qualify up front so we can ...


"Indy is a tough track for stock cars to run side by side on so track position is really, really important. So during the test we spent a lot of time on qualifying setups. We need to qualify up front so we can race up front. The history that goes along with a track like Indianapolis would make a win that much nicer. Most drivers would pick the Brickyard 400 and the Daytona 500 as races they aim to win throughout their career."


"We are taking car 20 to Indy this year. We had an excellent test there and are ready to get the job done. The Brickyard is a big race for us and our car was really fast. Last year we had a good car, but qualified in the middle of the pack. We ended up being taken out on lap two, and could not fix the car. This time our goal is to qualify up front and stay there until the end."


"Last year, David Hoots of NASCAR lobbied to get the spotters on the roof of the Pagoda on the infield. There, we can see about 90% of the track. The only portion where we can't see is on the front stretch and the crew chiefs will be able to handle that. It's much better than it's been in the past where we had to use more than one spotter."


UNOFFICIALLY, THE FASTEST: During the test session on July 15th and 16th, Matt Kenseth and the DEWALT team recorded the fastest unofficial stock-car lap in track history,181.596 mph.

APPEARANCES... Matt Kenseth will sign autographs at the Ford Fan Day on Thursday, August 1st at Indianapolis Raceway Park from 4:30-6:30pm. He will be at the Lowe's Jamboree on Friday, August 2nd from 6-8pm along with Jimmie Johnson. The appearance will be held at White River State Park in the Military Park area in Indianapolis.

MATT KENSETH'S COMMENTS ON TESTING AT WATKINS GLEN: "We wanted to test at Watkins Glen because last year we had a bad experience there. We only run two road courses every year and we don't have a lot of road course experience in building cars and knowing what to do. So we built a new car and went up there to test it out so we could be more competitive during the race. We found some things during the test, but it was kind of the middle of the road as far as satisfaction with the results."

SPECIAL AWARDS... Matt Kenseth currently leads in the Gatorade Front Runner and Outback Steakhouse "Bloomin'" Favorite Awards. Kenseth has won both awards four times and if leading at the end of the season will receive an additional $75,000 from each sponsor. He is currently the runner up in the following additional special awards: True Value Driver of the Race Award, Waste Management "Picking Up Places" Award, and the EA Sports "Move of the Race" Award. Crew chief Robbie Reiser is runner up in the Infogames "Pit Strategy" Award.

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 SWB)


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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jimmie Johnson