This Week in Ford Racing Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, has started the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season off with two straight wins. He leads the driver standings by 81 points over second-place Jeff Gordon going into...
This Week in Ford Racing
Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, has started the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season off with two straight wins. He leads the driver standings by 81 points over second-place Jeff Gordon going into Sunday's Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Below are some Ford notes going into this weekend's event.
- Dating back to last season, Ford has won five of the last six NSCS races. Carl Edwards won three of the final four events in 2008 and Kenseth has captured the first two in 2009.
- This is the third time in his career that Kenseth has won consecutive Cup races. He did it for the first time in 2004 when he won back-to- back at Rockingham (2-22) and Las Vegas (3-7), and again in 2006 with victories at Michigan (8-20) and Bristol (8-26).
- Kenseth's back-to-back wins give him 18 series triumphs and ties him for 10th on the all-time Ford win list with Fireball Roberts. Ned Jarrett is the all-time Ford win leader with 43.
- Sunday's win also moved Kenseth past Jeff Burton into second-place on the all-time Roush Fenway NSCS win list with 18. Mark Martin is first on the organization's list with 35 series victories, which ranks third on the all-time Ford chart.
- The last time a Ford driver won three NSCS races in a row was 1994 when Rusty Wallace took the checkered flag at Dover (6-5), Pocono (6- 12) and Michigan (6-19).
- Ford has more NSCS wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway than any other manufacturer with six in 11 all-time races, including two by Kenseth (2003, '04). Carl Edwards is the defending champion while Jeff Burton owns two LVMS Ford wins (1999, 2000), and Mark Martin, one (1998).
- Ford has 594 all-time NSCS victories.
- The last time Ford won three consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races was in June 2005 when Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards combined to win at Dover (Biffle), Pocono (Edwards) and Michigan (Biffle).
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