Phoenix: Matt Kenseth preview

Kenseth on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "It seems like it's all or nothing for us at Phoenix. We had a stretch of races a few years ago where we competed for the win each time and finished something like three top 10s in a row. But,...

Kenseth on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:

"It seems like it's all or nothing for us at Phoenix. We had a stretch of races a few years ago where we competed for the win each time and finished something like three top 10s in a row. But, the last few times at Phoenix, it's been almost the exact opposite. For the most part, it's just been bad luck or equipment failure or something like that. We usually have good racecars when we go to Phoenix and I enjoy racing there, so hopefully we can turn our luck around this weekend."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:

"Phoenix is a place that can be good to us if we can catch a break. We had a brake problem ruin a good finish there last fall and of course we got wrecked in the spring. But, this team has run well there in the past and we've got a lot of momentum heading into this one. We tested this car last week at Richmond and were happy with it. Now, Richmond isn't Phoenix, but with the new testing policy it's about as close as we're going to get to testing at a 'Phoenix-type' track."

FAST FACTS

- Matt Kenseth is second in the NEXTEL Cup championship point standings, 15 points behind the leader, with one win, four top-five finishes and has led 352 laps so far in 2006. By comparison, at this point in 2005, Kenseth was 21st in the point standings, 434 points behind the leader, with zero wins, zero top-five finishes and had led 109 laps.

-Despite notching a win in 2002 at Phoenix, Kenseth's average finish at PIR is just 23.3; second only to Homestead (25.5) as Kenseth's statistically worst track.

-Kenseth has finished on the lead lap at Phoenix only three out of his seven NEXTEL Cup races at the track; all three have been top-six finishes. Bitten by bad luck in his last three outings at Phoenix, Kenseth and company have suffered brake failure, being wrecked, and engine failure.

-Kenseth will be racing the No. 17 Pennzoil Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Busch Series on Friday night. For his career, Kenseth has notched four top-ten finishes in six starts in the Busch Series at Phoenix.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth