Martinsville: Matt Kenseth preview

Virginia 500 Martinsville Speedway Martinsville, Va April 14, 2002 Matt Kenseth's thoughts on racing at Martinsville Speedway: "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...

Virginia 500
Martinsville Speedway
Martinsville, Va
April 14, 2002

Matt Kenseth's thoughts on racing at Martinsville Speedway: "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 sixth 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. Its 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 racing at Martinsville: "We are taking car 22 to Martinsville. This is one of our newest cars we built in the last few months. We need to be able to keep the fenders on it. We'll rely on Matt to drive a smart race, and the crew to have good pit stops. We cannot afford to lose any time in the pits because its so easy to go down a lap in Martinsville."

Spotter Mike Calinoff's views from above Martinsville Speedway: "Since there is a lot of bumping and rubbing, a spotter has to be prepared for that wrecks can develop quickly. While the speeds at Martinsville are slower than Bristol, you need to maintain the same half-mile mindset. It is also going to be important for me to remind Matt that this is a 'rhythm' track -- even the veterans have a tendency to over-drive it."

NOTES OF INTEREST:

What a difference a year makes:
At this point last season into Martinsville, Kenseth was 17th in the point standings with no top-10's with his best finish of 14th. So far in 2002, Kenseth has recorded two wins, three top five's and five top 10's.

NASCAR.com Chat...
Kenseth will be a guest in the chat room on NASCAR.com on Monday, April 15th at 5:00pm ET.

Catching Up With Kenseth...
Matt writes a weekly column titled 'Catching Up With Kenseth' published after each race on USAToday.com.

Putting the Heat on Sterling...
Matt Kenseth sits in second place in the point standings, only 70 behind leader Sterling Marlin. The runner up position marks a career high for Kenseth in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

DEWALT Million Dollar Challenge Day at Roush Racing...
On April 16, 2002, the DEWALT Million Dollar Challenge display will stop at the Roush Racing shops in Concord, NC. Crews from the 6, 17, 97, and 99 teams will compete against each other to see who the toughest driller in Roush Racing is.

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 Todd Walter, SWB)

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Sterling Marlin