Loudon: Matt Kenseth preview

Matt Kenseth's thoughts on racing at New Hampshire: "At a flat track like New Hampshire, your car has to turn well in the center of the corner. If your car pushes at all you can't run really fast. Basically at flat tracks you have to have a car...

Matt Kenseth's thoughts on racing at New Hampshire:

"At a flat track like New Hampshire, your car has to turn well in the center of the corner. If your car pushes at all you can't run really fast. Basically at flat tracks you have to have a car that handles perfect. We ran very well at Loudon last year finishing fourth. I think the key to success at Loudon is when you are coming off of the backstretch you can reach speeds of about 150 mph. Because of the speeds off of the straight-aways, you have to have a good handling car otherwise you will end up against the wall."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser's thoughts on racing at New Hampshire:

"We are taking car 22 to Loudon. It is a new chassis that we raced at Martinsville and finished second with, and we think it will work well for us. We have some ground to make up in the points, and with our notes from last year we hopefully will be able to get the job done this weekend."

Spotter Mike Calinoff's thoughts on New Hampshire:

"The addition of the lower groove didn't do too much to change racing line, so it should be 'business as usual' this week."

NOTES OF INTEREST:

APPEARANCES...Matt Kenseth will sign autographs for the public Thursday, July 18 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Faneuil Hall Marketplace 4 South and Market Street Boston, MA. He will also sign on July 19th at Home Depot of Concord from 7-8pm. The store address is 42 D'Amante Drive Concord, NH 03301 (603) 227-0580.

DID YOU KNOW?....Mike Calinoff used to be the track announcer at NHIS in the early 90's.

INDY TEST...Kenseth and the boys turned the third fastest lap of the day in car 17 and the seventh fastest lap in car 17A at the test for the upcoming Brickyard 400 Tough competitionLast year going into the 19th race of the season, Matt Kenseth was 11th in points, with only four top-10's. This year he is 10th with three wins, six top-5's and nine top-10's.

AT&T PAINT SCHEME DEWALT Power Tools continues its marketing alliance with AT&T Broadband by spotlighting a special AT&T Broadband paint scheme at three races during the 2002 season. The AT&T Broadband paint scheme will be the primary signage on the No. 17 Ford Taurus driven by Matt Kenseth at the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Sears Point, the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway and the New Hampshire 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway. In addition to the specially designed cars, AT&T will be featured underneath the DEWALT logo on the rear quarter panels of the car for the duration of the 2002 season.

TEAM MEMBERS LOCAL TO NHIS...Woodsville, NH's Dave Paronto serves as the shock specialist and catch can man on the over the wall crew. Paronto also calculates fuel mileage for the team on race day. North Conway, NH's Jim Gaudette is a fabricator and part of the pit support on race day for the DEWALT Team.

GOLDEN BENNY AWARD...NBC's commentator and NASCAR racing legend Benny Parsons presented crew chief Robbie Reiser and the DEWALT pit crew with the first Golden Benny Award. The award is an incentive based award for top performances in the pits. Benny is also offering a cash award for performance.

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