FAST FACTS Matt Kenseth will make his 17th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway this weekend. In his previous starts, Kenseth has achieved just two top-five and five top-10 finishes. Kenseth's average start...
Matt Kenseth will make his 17th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway this weekend. In his previous starts, Kenseth has achieved just two top-five and five top-10 finishes.
Kenseth's average start at the .526-mile Virginia track is 24.8. His average finish is 15.6. Kenseth has completed 7901 of 8006 laps (98.7%) attempted at Martinsville.
The No. 17 crew will be unloading chassis No. 569, a brand new car. Kenseth's No. 17 Ford will run the DEWALT paint scheme this weekend.
The logo for Southern Air will ride along on the C-post of the No. 17 DEWALT Ford this weekend. Southern Air is the region's largest mechanical, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical commercial and residential contractor company - with over 700 employees they cover Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia.
Coleman Adams Construction, one of the largest and oldest General Contractor companies in Virginia will ride along on the No. 17's wings this weekend at Martinsville.
Kenseth on racing at Martinsville Speedway:
"Martinsville is a track I usually dread racing at. To me, and I've said this a lot, Martinsville reminds me of racing around two light poles in some mall parking lot. There's very little room to race, it's slow and just real tight quarters - there's nothing fun about that to me. We had a good showing there in the fall, last year -- one of the 17 team's best. We need to just try and focus on getting a solid finish."
Crew Chief Chip Bolin on racing at Martinsville Speedway:
"Martinsville has been a very, very painful place for team 17. Our best finish there is second place -- as soon as we kind of got the track figured out, they reconfigured it. Since then, our best finish is fifth. I feel like last fall was our best showing at Martinsville. Matt actually raced his way to a fifth-place finish -- there was no fuel strategy or anything in that race. He started 24th and finished fifth. Hopefully this weekend will be much the same."