Atlanta: Matt Kenseth preview

Kenseth on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway: "Atlanta is a track where you not only race your competitors, but you race the track. It's really high-banked and fast. You start off fast and the track gets slick, so you're always looking for a ...

Kenseth on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway:

"Atlanta is a track where you not only race your competitors, but you race the track. It's really high-banked and fast. You start off fast and the track gets slick, so you're always looking for a different groove and for

more grip. The cars are tougher to drive and they move around a lot more than the old cars used to, so you want to make sure that your car isn't too loose in the turns. 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."

Crew chief Todd Parrott on racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway:

"Atlanta is a great place to race and drivers can race on multiple grooves and easily two and three wide. One of the things we focus on is making sure that our car is not loose on entry into the turns because Atlanta's a place where you carry a lot of speed into the corner. Having good drive off the corner is also important at Atlanta because everyone always seems to fight cars that are loose in and loose off the corners. I really enjoy racing at Atlanta though and I think we'll have a great weekend for our No. 17 Valvoline Ford."

FAST FACTS:

* In 20 Cup starts at Atlanta, Kenseth has completed 6,089 of 6,432 laps (94.7 percent) and led for 189

* Kenseth has an average starting position of 23.2 and an average finishing position of 13.7 at AMS

* Kenseth has achieved seven top-fives, and eleven top-10' at Atlanta in the Cup series

* This weekend at Atlanta, Kenseth will pilot the No. 17 Valvoline Ford Fusion

* Entering the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta, Kenseth i currently fourth in the NSCS driver point standings

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth