FAST FACTS * Matt Kenseth will make start number 275 of his NEXTEL Cup career on Sunday in the USG Sheetrock 400. Kenseth's first start came at Dover International Speedway on Sept. 20, 1998, where he filled in for Bill Elliott in the No. 94...
* Matt Kenseth will make start number 275 of his NEXTEL Cup career on Sunday in the USG Sheetrock 400. Kenseth's first start came at Dover International Speedway on Sept. 20, 1998, where he filled in for Bill Elliott in the No. 94 Ford and drove to a sixth-place finish.
* Kenseth is the all-time lap leader in the NEXTEL Cup Series at Chicagoland Speedway, leading 292 laps in six races.
* Kenseth has dominated the past two races at Chicago leading a combined 288 laps of a possible 537, or 53%. However, the finishes haven't reflected that dominance. In 2005, Kenseth took four tires on the final stop where many teams took two and ran out of time, finishing a close second. Last year, Kenseth was spun out while leading the race with only four laps to go, then ran out of fuel and had to settle for 22nd.
* Kenseth has completed all but one lap in six races at Chicago and is tops among laps completed with 1604, (tied with Kevin Harvick).
* According to NASCAR's "loop data," Kenseth leads all Cup drivers in the following categories at Chicago:
Average Running Position of 3.4
Driver Rating of 130.0
28 Fastest Laps Run
Fastest Green Flag Speed
529 Laps in the Top 15
* Kenseth's No. 17 Ford Fusion will carry the USG Sheetrock colors this weekend in the USG Sheetrock 400. It marks the second of three times this season Kenseth will pilot the USG Sheetrock Ford; the first was at Martinsville in April where he finished 10th, and the last will be at Texas in November.
Kenseth on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"Chicago's a great track and one I really enjoy racing at. It's wide and fast, real smooth and now that the pavement has aged, you're starting to see a wider groove.
"We've had a car capable of winning the past two years but for one reason or another, that just hasn't happened. Some might think that it's really frustrating, and it is, but I also think we should be proud that we've had a car capable of putting us in position to win.
"We're taking the same car we raced there last year. It was really fast then and hopefully it will be this time around. It's a big race weekend for me, with my home town not too far away (Cambridge, WI), and it's a big race weekend for our sponsor USG Sheetrock. They've sponsored this race the past two years and we've come pretty close to getting them a win both times in the USG car. Hopefully we can do a little bit better this year."
Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"We've been real close the past couple of years to winning at Chicago. We've had good cars and Matt's done a good job both times, but we just haven't been able to finish it. I think the whole team will go up there this time with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder, but we've got to be sure to treat it like any other race. This sport has a lot to do about keeping an even keel so we can't be too focused on trying to get redemption, we just have to go out there and do our jobs, which has always been this team's strength.
"The car we're taking is the same car than ran here last year. It's one of Matt's favorites. It got beat up pretty good here last year as we took the checkered flag and then it got banged up again the last time it raced in Michigan. But, you're supposed to be able to rebuild these cars, and I think we've done a great job on this one. It should be ready this weekend and we know how much Matt likes it, so hopefully that will translate into good things on Sunday."
Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Chicagoland Speedway:
"Chicago is a lot of fun. It is very similar to Vegas and Kansas, but each track is unique in it's own way. Chicago is a fast track and has a decent amount of banking. We have had some good cars in the past, but haven't quite earned the finish we should have at Chicago in both the Busch and Cup cars. Hopefully we can change that luck around this weekend."
Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
"Saturday should be an interesting race. Chicago is a fast track with multiple grooves which should make for a good race. Once again we are heading to the track with RK-360. It's the same car we won with in California, but haven't had the same luck with lately. Everyone has worked hard getting ready for this race so hopefully we can get 360 back up to the front where it belongs."