Atlanta II: Matt Kenseth preview

FAST FACTS *Matt Kenseth's average finish of 17.5 at Atlanta Motor Speedway ranks seventh among the 10 tracks in the Chase. *Kenseth is the only driver in the 2006 Chase that has scored at least five top-15 finishes in the first six ...

FAST FACTS

*Matt Kenseth's average finish of 17.5 at Atlanta Motor Speedway ranks seventh among the 10 tracks in the Chase.

*Kenseth is the only driver in the 2006 Chase that has scored at least five top-15 finishes in the first six races.

*Kenseth's average start at 1.5-mile tracks in 2006 is 10.7, better than his overall average of 14.4, which is vastly improved over his total career average of 20.9.

*Kenseth has led a total of 274 laps on 1.5-mile tracks in 2006 (second only to Kasey Kahne) and has led in five of the seven races on those tracks.

*Kenseth's average starting position in NEXTEL Cup at Atlanta is 25.5, better only than Homestead for his career.

*Kenseth will race Saturday in the IROC season finale. The 2004 IROC Champion, Kenseth is currently second in the point standings with 48 points; 15 back of leader Tony Stewart.

*In three IROC races this season, Kenseth has one win at Daytona's oval, finished fifth at Texas and 10th at Daytona's road course.

Kenseth on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "Atlanta is a great track. It's fast and there's plenty of room to pass. The track has a lot of grip and you can run high or low, basically wherever your car is working best at the time. We've had some decent runs there in the past and we've had some bad ones there as well. Earlier this year, we had a pretty good car but got a little too aggressive with the setup and had some tire problems. But, we've learned from that and hopefully this time we'll be able to compete for a top-five finish. The championship is still wide open. Yes, we're leading and that's definitely better than the alternative, but we have to start running better or we'll see it slip away. Usually, the mile-and-a-half tracks are good to us, but we've struggled in the last two at Kansas and Lowe's. We'll need to turn that around if we're going to get the job done down the stretch."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "We were pretty fast at Atlanta in the spring, but we went a little too far on our setup. But, we know what we did and we know how to fix it. It's business as usual this weekend. We can't pay any attention to the points. We just need to go to Atlanta, get the car the best we can, and on Sunday, have no mistakes on pit road and we'll see what we have. If we take care of business on our end and have a good solid weekend, then that's really all we can do. After Sunday, we'll see where we stand, but when we go to Atlanta, all we're going to do is try to win on Sunday. We need to pick up our performance as a whole if we're going to finish this deal, so all of our focus right now is getting a good finish at Atlanta."

-credit: roush racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Kasey Kahne