Matt Kenseth's thoughts on racing at Talladega Superspeedway:
"With this new rule change, you might see racing like Daytona where the field gets spread out. It will not be like last year when it was a 43 car parking lot, running 200 mph for 500 miles. I am looking forward to it, because this time when we go back, its going to be the person who has the best handling car, and the most horsepower who wins - not just the guy who is in front when the checkers fly.
"My biggest concern will be to stay in the lead draft and to avoid 'the big one' (wreck) that usually happens at Talladega, collecting half the field. We had a great finish there last fall (fourth) and are looking forward to another top-10."
Crew Chief Robbie Reiser's thoughts on racing at Talladega:
"We're taking car 16 to Talladega - one of our speedway cars. The guys have been really busy at the shop this week because we are preparing four cars. We are testing at Sears Point next week before California. I am not real happy with the rules change for Talladega, but we will be fine."
Spotter Mike Calinoff's views from above Talladega Superspeedway:
"Spotting at Talladega is about as crazy as it gets. Most of the race finds the field three-wide about ten rows deep -- so you really have to be on your game. I actually like spotting Talladega because there is a lot to do and it keeps your adrenaline level pretty high. There are only about 12 spotters that use binoculars there -- and you really need them. Anyone who's not using them is literally lying to their driver."
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Kenseth in second
Matt Kenseth sits in second place in the point standings, only 27 behind leader Sterling Marlin. The runner up position marks a career high for Kenseth in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.