Michigan II: Matt Kenseth preview

On to Michigan for Kenseth, No. 17 DEWALT Team Off the heels of a 14th-place finish last weekend in Watkins Glen, Kenseth and the No. 17 DEWALT team head back to Michigan where Kenseth has compiled one of the most successful records at the ...

On to Michigan for Kenseth, No. 17 DEWALT Team

Off the heels of a 14th-place finish last weekend in Watkins Glen, Kenseth and the No. 17 DEWALT team head back to Michigan where Kenseth has compiled one of the most successful records at the two-mile track. Kenseth and the team will look to build on three consecutive top-15 finishes, as the season moves closer to the Chase cutoff point at Richmond in Sept.

KENSETH AT MICHIGAN

Michigan is one of Kenseth's most successful tracks on the NASCAR circuit. In 20 races at the two-mile oval he boasts an impressive 9.1 average finish, having won twice and scored nine top-five and 13 top-10 finishes (65 percent). He has finished top five in three of his last four there and in four of the last six at Michigan.

RECENTLY AT MICHIGAN

Kenseth ran top 10 at Michigan in June, before having to pit late with a loose wheel. He finished both races at MIS inside the top 10 in 2008, marking the second time in nine years and the second time in the last four seasons he has accomplished that feat. His 4.0 average finish is the second-best yearly average of his career there. In nine seasons he has posted top-10 finishes in both outings at MIS on four occasions and he has averaged than better than 10th in both races on seven of nine occasions.

KENSETH SHINES ON TWO-MILE OVALS

Since his first full season Sprint Cup racing in 2000, nobody has been better on the two-mile tracks than Kenseth. In fact, since 2000 Kenseth leads all drivers in wins (5), top fives (16) and top 10's (24). His 9.571 average finish in that nine-year span is second amongst all drivers. In addition his five wins on the two-mile tracks ties Jeff Gordon for seventh all time, despite the fact that he has started 16 less races in that time span.

FOUR TO GO; RACE TO CHASE REMAINS TIGHT

With only four races remaining before the Chase cutoff point, Kenseth dropped to 12th position in the Sprint Cup point standings; 58 points ahead of 13th-place Kyle Busch and the first spot outside of Chase contention. He is 31 points behind 11th-place Mark Martin and 33 points behind teammate Greg Biffle in 10th. Only 100 points separate ninth and 13th positions in the point standings.

MATT KENSETH...

"I consider Michigan one of my favorite tracks. Like any track, success there is about having a good car. It's not a super difficult track to drive if you have a car that handles. It's a big sweeping track with plenty of room to pass. If you can get your car to handle the right way, you can have a lot of fun racing there. It's located in the Midwest, so I always enjoy going there and we've had some good runs there in the past.

"It's only about an hour or so from Roush Industries, so it's always been an important track for Roush and we've usually ran really well there. It all started with Mark (Martin) and nobody gets around there better than him. When I showed up at Roush he was winning there all the time and he's been able to teach a lot of ussome tricks on how to get around there."

FAST FACTS

* Kenseth boasts an impressive 9.6 average finish in 20 outings at MIS.

* Kenseth has finished top five in three of the last four races at Michigan.

* Kenseth has top-five finishes in four of his last six and six of his last nine races at MIS.

* Kenseth leads all drivers in wins, top fives and top 10's on two-mile tracks since 2000.

* Kenseth has finished top-15 in his last three races this season.

* Kenseth is currently 12th in the Sprint Cup point standings.

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin