Atlanta II: Matt Kenseth preview

Kenseth on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "We're heading to Atlanta; a track that I feel like should be a really good place for us and our organization as a whole. Atlanta is a higher banked track and for whatever reason, we've all been ...

Kenseth on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway:
"We're heading to Atlanta; a track that I feel like should be a really good place for us and our organization as a whole. Atlanta is a higher banked track and for whatever reason, we've all been successful at the mile-and-a-halves with higher-banking. We were able to test these cars at Atlanta last year and raced there earlier this year -- we have much more experience with these cars and I feel like we have a lot of good information and should be fairly competitive this weekend.

"We had a decent run last week at Martinsville and were able to get a top-10 finish. And for me there, that's a huge accomplishment. It seems that this year we're either really good or really bad, we either have awesome luck or we crash. I'm hoping this weekend we'll be really good and have awesome luck. But either way, we're going to race as hard as we can and hopefully come home with a top-10 finish."

Crew Chief Chip Bolin on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "Since we raced Atlanta in March, we've learned a lot about these cars. Unlike the old cars, we can't change anything on the body, so aerodynamically we're stuck with what we have. But, certainly, the areas that we are allowed to work on, we're trying to fine-tune to make better, and I think we're improving. So, this weekend we're bringing a brand new car that we built applying a lot of the information we've gained over this last year. Hopefully, we're a lot smarter now than we were a year ago and we'll have a car that is capable of winning."

FAST FACTS:

Matt Kenseth will make his 18th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend in the Pep Boys Auto 500.

For the record... In his previous starts at AMS, Kenseth has achieved six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. He has led a total of 60 laps at the 1.5-mile track and completed 5109 of 5452 (93.7%) of laps attempted at Atlanta.

Rewind... After tight handling conditions caused Kenseth to wreck on lap 114, it looked as though Kenseth's trip to Martinsville would again be a disappointment. But, in true team 17 fashion, through persistence and determination, Kenseth and company clawed their way back from 39th position, one lap down to capture a solid eighth-place finish, thus improving their Chase standings to 10th place.

On the track...The No. 17 USG team will be unload chassis RK-616, a brand new Ford Fusion this weekend at Atlanta.

The CHASE is on...Six races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup are complete and Kenseth is currently ranked 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings, -408 markers behind point leader Jimmie Johnson.

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jimmie Johnson