All-Star: Matt Kenseth preview

Kenseth, DEWALT Team Look to Shine in All-Star Lights After a solid outing in Darlington, the No. 17 DEWALT team will take a break from point racing as they ready for the Sprint All-Star Challenge race, under the lights at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Kenseth, DEWALT Team Look to Shine in All-Star Lights

After a solid outing in Darlington, the No. 17 DEWALT team will take a break from point racing as they ready for the Sprint All-Star Challenge race, under the lights at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Kenseth moves into the All-Star break 10th in the point standings, having scored four top-10s, three top-fives, two wins and a pole in the first third of the season.

TRUE ALL-STAR

Kenseth will take part in his ninth consecutive Sprint All-Star race, having notched five top 10s, three top fives, two poles and a victory in the prestigious event in 2004. Kenseth started his first All-Star event in 2001, after winning the 2000 Coke 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway and he has not missed an All-Star event since. He finished third in the All-Star last year and seventh in '07.

THE ALL-STAR

Kenseth is in the All-Star field by virtue of his win in this season's Daytona 500. He would also be in the field with his 2004 victory in the event. There are currently 19 racers set to start the race, with three more to get in with the Sprint Challenge (1st and 2nd) and a fan vote. The race will consist of 100 laps in four segments - 50 laps (with a green-flag stop required) 20 laps, 20 laps and a final 10-lap segment (only green flag laps count).

LOOKING FOR REPEAT OFFENDERS

Kenseth will look to win his second All-Star event on Saturday night, making him just the seventh driver in the event's history to do so. Mark Martin became the fifth to repeat in 2005, with current No. 17 crew chief Drew Blickensderfer serving as the rear-tire changer and mechanic on the car.

STARTING UP FRONT

The Sprint All-Star race boasts a unique qualifying process in which a driver makes three laps and the team completes a full pit stop. The system has worked well for the DEWALT team, with the No. 17 crew winning two poles in the event in the last seven seasons.

RARE POLE

Kenseth's pole last week at Darlington was the fourth of his Sprint Cup career and his first since the 2005 season, when he captured a pair of poles at Bristol and Kansas.

MATT KENSETH:

"To be a part of the All-Star race and that group of drivers is always cool, and to do it at Charlotte is a lot of fun. The race pays a lot of money and it's a short race with no points, so it's always really exciting. There is really nothing on the line -- you just race for fun and the money. I also really like the All-Star race because it involves the crew so much. There's the pit crew competition during the week and then they do a pit stop for qualifying, so they have a lot to do with the qualifying position, and they have a green-flag pit stops in the race. So, it really focuses on the team a lot and I really like that."

FAST FACTS -- ALL STAR

* Kenseth has started every All-Star race (8) since his sophomore season.

* Kenseth won the All-Star event in 2004.

* Kenseth has two poles, three top fives and five top 10's in All-Star action.

* Kenseth finished third in the Sprint All-Star race last season.

* Kenseth has led a total of 43 laps in All-Star action, including 38 in 2007.

* Kenseth moved up two spots to 10th in the point standings with his 10th-place finish at Darlington.

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Mark Martin