Martinsville II: Matt Kenseth preview

MATT KENSETH'S THOUGHTS ON MARTINSVILLE: "Martinsville is a tough race track. It is flat and slow so I'll be using a ton of brakes. The car has to turn good in the center and has to get major traction off the corners. If the handles well in those...

MATT KENSETH'S THOUGHTS ON MARTINSVILLE: "Martinsville is a tough race track. It is flat and slow so I'll be using a ton of brakes. The car has to turn good in the center and has to get major traction off the corners. If the handles well in those areas we'll have a decent finish.

"The best I have ever finished at Martinsville was second last spring. Before that I always said performance wise, Martinsville was one of my worst tracks. It only takes a few laps for the leaders to start lapping cars. You never know who is on the lead lap and who is not. Just imagine a constant train of cars just circling the track. It's too small for 43 cars. Thankfully, we are taking a good car, and it should be a decent race for this DEWALT Team."

CREW CHIEF ROBBIE REISER'S THOUGHTS ON MARTINSVILLE: We are taking car 22 this weekend to Martinsville. It is the same car we ran at Louden and Martinsville earlier this year.

SPOTTER MIKE CALINOFF'S THOUGHTS ON MARTINSVILLE: "While things don't happen quite as fast as they do at Bristol, Martinsville is still a small place and you have to think quickly. We need to stay out of trouble and finish well so that we can maintain a strong position in the standings."

CALINOFF'S THOUGHTS ON THE NEW SPOTTERS RULE: "The rule really doesn't affect the DeWALT team. I've had a personal policy that when Matt is on the track, I am on the roof. Even with a few cars on the track there is always the chance that someone will wreck or blow an engine and the driver needs to have that information. The cars practice at the same speed they race so it's really a common sense issue. I'm glad that NASCAR has stepped up the policy and made it mandatory."

NOTES OF INTEREST:

BLOOMIN' FAVORITE... Matt Kenseth leads the series in the Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Favorite Driver of the race award. The payoff is $75,000 at the end of the season.

17 TEAM PIT CREW COMPETITION... The defending 76/UNOCAL Rockingham Pit Crew Champions will host a media day at the Roush Racing shop in Concord, NC on October 17th from 11-1pm. The DEWALT Million Dollar Challenge will be at the shop as well. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest media member pit stop. The event is not open to the public.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth