Martinsville: Matt Kenseth preview

Matt Kenseth -- Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion FAST FACTS * Matt Kenseth has completed more laps at Martinsville in the past eight Cup races than any other active driver (3,998 of 4,000). * Kenseth is atop the NEXTEL Cup point standings...

Matt Kenseth -- Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion

FAST FACTS

* Matt Kenseth has completed more laps at Martinsville in the past eight Cup races than any other active driver (3,998 of 4,000).

* Kenseth is atop the NEXTEL Cup point standings for the first time since April 4, 2004, when he lost the points lead after Texas, 71 races ago.

* Kenseth has led at least 28 laps in four of the season's first five races; 338 in all.

* Kenseth has scored only three top-10s at Martinsville, which is tied with Darlington for the lowest count of top-10s at any track where Kenseth has totaled at least 10 starts.

* Bristol marked Kenseth's 225th career start in NASCAR's NEXTEL Cup series.

Kenseth on racing at Martinsville Speedway:

"People talk about running the two shortest tracks on the circuit back to back, but really, Martinsville and Bristol are like black and white. They're the same size on a piece of paper; they're both a half-mile, but other than that I don't think anything is the same. To me, it's the same as asking if Charlotte and Loudon are the same. They're just so much different, to me, besides the size that, which I don't compare that. We have a different car we take to Martinsville. We usually take the car I like the least to Martinsville, but we're taking a decent car to Martinsville that we've ran good on the flat tracks with. At Bristol we've just got one car that we've run here the last six or seven races that seems to like this place alright, so we've got a different car that we only use at Bristol."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Martinsville Speedway:

"Martinsville is definitely a one of a kind racetrack, at least in the Cup Series. It's the only oval we go to where we run about 35 miles per hour through the corners. Track position becomes so important because it's so hard to pass. It helps if you can qualify good and not put yourself in a hole to start. If you're good and consistent with your pit stops, this is a track where you can pick up a lot of positions on pit road. We try to stay focused on one race at a time and not get caught up in the big picture at this point. If we finish as good as we possibly can each week, then the big picture will work itself out."

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