Martinsville: Matt Kenseth preview

After a tough outing in Bristol, Kenseth and his No. 17 DEWALT Team will look to rebound at Martinsville Speedway, where Kenseth has posted top 10 finishes in three of his last four races. Kenseth has finished top 10 in two of the last three ...

After a tough outing in Bristol, Kenseth and his No. 17 DEWALT Team will look to rebound at Martinsville Speedway, where Kenseth has posted top 10 finishes in three of his last four races.

Kenseth has finished top 10 in two of the last three races at Martinsville.

KENSETH AT MARTINSVILLE

While Kenseth admits Martinsville is not his favorite track, he has had recent success on the small paper clip. In fact, three of Kenseth's six career top-10 finishes have come in the last four races at Martinsville, including one of his top-five finishes that came in the fall of '07.

LOOKING FOR WIN NO. 1

Martinsville is one of 11 active tracks on the circuit where Kenseth as yet to win a Cup race.

Kenseth's 18 wins have come at 11 of the active tracks and at Rockingham (where the series

quit racing after 2004.) In addition, Kenseth has led at all 22 tracks with the exception of Sonoma.

DID YOU KNOW?

Matt Kenseth is one of only five drivers in NASCAR history to win the Cup Rookie of the Year Award, a Cup Championship and the Daytona 500. He joins the group of Dale Earnhardt, David Pearson, Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon. Only Kenseth and Earnhardt won all three of those honors and an International Race of Champions title.

QUOTING MATT...

"I'm probably not the best person to ask about getting around Martinsville, because I've never really been very good at it. I think you have to get the car to turn good in the center, but you still have to have good rear traction on the exit.

"We've had some decent finishes there in our last few starts, but I honestly feel like that has been

more to do with the law of averages or maybe in dumb luck. I really don't feel like I do very well

there, no matter what type of car we are in - the old one or the COT.

"It's just important that we run good every week. We've been off the last couple of races, and we do need to get back on track this week. I have a lot of confidence in Drew (Blickensderfer) and Chip (Bolin) and all the guys on the team. I know what these guys can do and we just have to go out and prove it again."

QUOTING DREW...

"Martinsville takes a car that will rotate through the center of the corner very well, but will have good drive off to get down the straightaways. Track position is extremely important at Martinsville,

because it is a very hard race track to pass on "We had a few really good tests at Little Rock and are looking forward to getting to the track this weekend and putting the information to use.

"We have had a rough couple of weeks, and these guys on this DEWALT Team are ready to get

going at Martinsville and run back inside the top 10. It is really important that we rebound this week at Martinsville. We need to get the momentum back in our favor after things we've had go wrong in the past few weeks. We know we are better than the last few races have shown and this team eager to get back to the race track and show it."

FAST FACTS

* Kenseth has two top-five and six top-10 finishes in 18 races at Martinsville.

* Kenseth has finished top 10 in three of his last four races at Martinsville.

* Kenseth's best finish (2nd) at Martinsville came in the Spring race of 2002.

* Kenseth is currently 10th in the Sprint Cup point standings, 55 points behind fifth place.

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Matt Kenseth , Richard Petty , David Pearson