Talladega: Matt Kenseth preview

Kenseth on racing at Talladega Superspeedway: "Talladega is all about speed. Everyone's cars handle well there typically and it seems that you run wide open all day. At Daytona, the corners are much tighter and the surface is worn out, so...

Kenseth on racing at Talladega Superspeedway:

"Talladega is all about speed. Everyone's cars handle well there typically and it seems that you run wide open all day. At Daytona, the corners are much tighter and the surface is worn out, so handling is really important, but at Talladega it is much more about drafting and getting into the right position in the draft. The other challenge of Talladega is being able to avoid getting caught up in a wreck. Things happen quickly at Talladega, so you have to have your car in the right place, with the right cars, so you don't get hung out and lose a lot of positions."

Crew chief Todd Parrott on racing at Talladega Superspeedway:

"Looking ahead to Talladega this weekend, I always like racing there because I have had some success in the past. We're bringing a new car this weekend and I'm excited to see how it performs. We had the opportunity to test at Talladega about a month ago and it's a track where having a fast car is the most important aspect of the weekend. You want to make sure that you bring your fastest car to Talladega since this is the largest track werace atwhere our cars can capitalize on using ourpowerful Ford engines. I'm excited for this weekendwith our Valvoline team."

FAST FACTS:

* In 20 Cup starts at Talladega, Kenseth has completed 3,537 of 3,777 laps (93.6 percent) and led for 145

* Kenseth has an average starting position of 23.4 and an average finishing position of 18.2 at TSS

* Kenseth has achieved three top-fives and six top-10's at Talladega in the Cup series

* This weekend at Talladega, Kenseth will pilot the No. 17 Valvoline Ford Fusion

* Entering the Aaron's 499, Kenseth is currently second in the NSCS driver point standings

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth