Kenseth to "keep on" with title plans DENVER, N.C. (Oct. 21, 1998) With three races remaining to determine the 1998 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division championship, the plan of attack by driver Matt Kenseth and crew chief Robbie...
Kenseth to "keep on" with title plans
DENVER, N.C. (Oct. 21, 1998) With three races remaining to determine the 1998 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division championship, the plan of attack by driver Matt Kenseth and crew chief Robbie Reiser is easily understood.
"We've just got to keep on doing what we're doing," said Reiser, when asked about his Lycos Chevrolet team's strategy for the final three races, beginning with the ACDelco 200 at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham on Oct. 31. "We've had a win and two seconds in the last three races. We've led laps and picked up the bonus points. Matt is driving at his best. Our guys have been winning the battle in the pits. What more can you ask for? We're doing everything we can do."
"We just have to maintain our level of competitiveness," said Kenseth, who trails Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 102 points with races at Rockingham, Atlanta, and Homestead, Fla., remaining to determine the series title. "All you can do is all you can do.. The situation is that we have a great race team and Dale Jr. does, too. We've both been so consistent over the last several races. Our only chance for pulling it out is to keep our momentum going and not falter in these last three races and the other team have problems. I'd never wish any bad luck on anybody, but that's what has to happen."
Both teams have had tremendous 1998 seasons. Although Earnhardt has seven wins compared to Kenseth's three, it's a virtual stalemate as far as the other statistical comparisons. Both teams have recorded 15 top-five finishes and 21 top-10 finishes in the 28 races completed so far. And, on the other end, both teams have recorded only three finishes of 30th-place or worse.
"It's been such a tight battle that everything is so important," Kenseth said. "Leading laps and getting bonus points means a lot. They've picked up about twice the bonus points that we have, but we've been holding our own for most of the second half of the season.
"The big thing that we've got to do is stay focused and not get distracted. We're going back to Rockingham where we won the first race. We will have tested at both Atlanta and Homestead. Our pit stops have been second to none. We've prepared as well as we can. We'll just have to wait and see how it all shakes out."
The 200-mile/197-lap ACDelco 200 at the 1.017-mile Rockingham, N.C., track is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and will feature live coverage by TNN and MRN Radio.
Source: NASCAR Online