Michigan: Matt Kenseth preview

FAST FACTS * Matt Kenseth is the only driver in the NEXTEL Cup Series that has completed every lap to this point in 2007, a total of 4,559. * Kenseth's average finish in the NEXTEL Cup Series this season is 8.5, second only to Jeff Gordon. *...

FAST FACTS

* Matt Kenseth is the only driver in the NEXTEL Cup Series that has completed every lap to this point in 2007, a total of 4,559.

* Kenseth's average finish in the NEXTEL Cup Series this season is 8.5, second only to Jeff Gordon.

* Kenseth's No. 17 Ford Fusion will carry the Carhartt colors this weekend for the second of four times in 2007. The first time was at Fontana, where Kenseth started 25th and led 133 laps, before scoring his first and only Cup victory to this point of 2007.

* Matt Kenseth's average finish of 7.9 at Michigan is second best among the 23 tracks that he has raced at in his NEXTEL Cup career, trailing only Las Vegas (7.6).

* Kenseth's average finish at Michigan, 7.9, is best all-time among drivers with two or more starts at Michigan.

* Since entering the series full time in 2000, no one has completed more laps on two-mile ovals (Michigan & Fontana) than Kenseth who has completed 5,549.

* Since the beginning of 2000, no one has collected more top-five finishes or top-10 finishes on the two, two-mile ovals than Kenseth, who has scored 10 top fives and 17 top 10s in 26 starts.

Kenseth on racing at Michigan International Speedway:

"I always look forward to racing at Michigan, mainly because of the track. It's in the Midwest, pretty close to where I grew up. It has three or four grooves, and really, anywhere we go that there's plenty of room to pass I enjoy racing at. Michigan is one of those tracks. It obviously helps that we've ran good there in the past, but I like how you can move around and find a groove that works best for you. There's a lot of passing and it's always a good show.

"I feel really good about where we are in the points. We're about half way to the Chase and sitting pretty good in the points. Hopefully we can keep getting these cars better. We haven't been as good as some of the guys around us, where we're able to go out and compete for wins each week, but we have been pretty close. I think we're improving and hopefully we'll peak at the right time."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Michigan International Speedway:

"We're going to take the car that won there last fall. It was our workhorse last year, and has only ran at Charlotte this year. We think it's going to be good, but we really won't know until we unload. It was one of the better cars on the track in Charlotte, but we didn't really get a great finish because of the fuel mileage deal at the end of the race. Hopefully, that's not a factor this weekend, but it seems like at Michigan it usually is.

"Michigan's been good to us over the years and it'd be a nice to go up there and win this thing. We've been close a few times this year, but other than Fontana, we haven't been able to get one. Roush has always been strong at Michigan and hopefully we'll continue that this weekend, not just with us, but hopefully everyone has a good run and we come away with some momentum."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth