MATT KENSETH'S THOUGHTS ON WATKINS GLEN:
"Finishing third in a race like the Brickyard 400 was awesome for this team. Since we only run two road courses every year we don't have a lot of road course experience in building cars and knowing what to do as a team. So we built a new car and went to Watkins Glen to test it out so we could be more competitive during the race. We found some things during the test, but it was kind of the middle of the road as far as satisfaction with the results.
"When comparing the two road courses we run, Watkins Glen and Sears Point, they are two totally different deals. Sears Point is like a short track or a Rockingham, and Watkins Glen is more like a speedway like a Michigan. At the Glen, we carry a lot more speed going through the corners. Sears Point has a lot of lower speed corners and elevation changes. It's easier to spin the tires out there and it's a harder track to drive and set up for. It isn't as hard to pass at the Glen as it is at Sears Point."
CREW CHIEF ROBBIE REISER'S THOUGHTS ON WATKINS GLEN:
"We are taking car 24 to Watkins Glen. The team tested there after Pocono, and we learned some things. The biggest challenge this week will be for the crew, because they are actually pitting the car backwards. On pit road at the Glen, the drivers side of the car is on the opposite side so we practiced pit stops like that this week, and hopefully it's enough to prepare the guys."
SPOTTER MIKE CALINOFF'S THOUGHTS ON WATKINS GLEN:
"Every year I look for a new vantage-point that might give me the best view. I have found that I'm probably most effective in the esses. Robbie will be able to handle the frontstretch and into turn one. We'll also stick someone down in the "inner loop" and maybe down in nine. Other than that Matt will kind of be his own spotter!"
NOTES OF INTEREST:
LAST YEAR -- After 21 races last season, Kenseth was 14th in the point standings with no top five's and four top-10's. He was 14th in points. Going into Watkins Glen, ninth place Kenseth trails points leader Sterling Marlin by 266 points with 15 races to go.
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