FAST FACTS *Matt Kenseth will make his 17th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend in the Kobalt Tools 500 *For the record... In his previous starts at AMS, Kenseth has achieved six top-five and nine top-10 ...
*Matt Kenseth will make his 17th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend in the Kobalt Tools 500
*For the record... In his previous starts at AMS, Kenseth has achieved six top-five and nine top-10 finishes. He has completed 93.3% (or 4784 of 5127) of all laps attempted. Kenseth has four top-five finishes in the last five Atlanta Cup races
*Rewind...Despite leading 70 laps and dominating the field with 51 of the race's fastest laps, Kenseth was relegated to a 20th --place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway due to a late-race incident
*Standings...Kenseth is currently 16th in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver standings with 328 points, 163 points behind the leader
*On the track... This weekend the No. 17 will sport the colors of DEWALT at Atlanta. The No. 17 crew will be unloading car No. RK-564, a brand new car
Kenseth on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway:
"Atlanta is great track mainly because you're not only racing your competitors, but you're also racing the track. The pavement has kind of worn out and it's real high banked. You start off fast and the track gets slick, so you're always looking for a different groove and for more grip. With the new cars, the racing will be challenging. The cars are tougher to drive and they move around a lot more than the old cars. When the track gets slick, you've got to have a good handling car, so that you can change your points and get into the corners. I always have a lot of fun racing at Atlanta, because it is always a challenge and this weekend will be no exception."
"We had two good finishes there last season, and even though we're racing the new cars this time, my guys have done a great job and I know we'll unload and be competitive. Much like we were last week at Vegas. Hopefully, this week, we can avoid an accident and be able to contend for a win."
Crew Chief Chip Bolin on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway:
"We usually run really well at Atlanta -- if we don't blow a tire. At Atlanta, tire management is key. Whoever can manage their tires on long green-flag runs usually ends up doing well there. Fortunately for us, Matt is great at tire management, so with some luck, we should fair well this weekend."
"We are bringing a brand new car to Atlanta, RK-564. It is a lot like the car we tested and raced at Fontana -- hopefully the results will be just as good and we'll bring home top-five finish."