Matt Kenseth made his Cup debut at Dover International Speedway in September of 1998 at the age of 26. He substituted for Bill Elliott that day and drove to a sixth place finish. Kenseth scored the first pole of his Cup career at Dover in June...
Matt Kenseth made his Cup debut at Dover International Speedway in September of 1998 at the age of 26. He substituted for Bill Elliott that day and drove to a sixth place finish.
Kenseth scored the first pole of his Cup career at Dover in June of 2002.
Dover International Speedway is one of four "Chase" tracks where Kenseth has recorded a Cup victory.
Kenseth on racing at Dover International Speedway: "Dover is a tough racetrack and one of the most physically demanding tracks we race at. It will always be special to me and winning there this past June made it even more special. It was the site of my first Cup start back in '98 when I replaced Bill Elliott, whose Dad had passed away. No one knew who I was and we got a sixth-place finish that day. It seems we've been real hit or miss at Dover. Sometimes we're real good and finish in the top 10, other times something freak will happen and ruin our day. Hopefully, we can hit on the setup again this weekend, with the same car we won with in June, and maybe pull out another top-five finish. Maybe, with a little luck, even challenge for the win."
Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Dover International Speedway: "We're bringing the same car we won with there in the spring. Chassis 267 has been pretty good every time we brought it to the track this year. We finished third with it at Darlington and of course won with it at Dover. Actually, it was a top-five car at Atlanta earlier this year but we got a little too aggressive with the setup and had some tire issues. New Hampshire wasn't good to us, but we managed a top-10 finish anyway. That shows the kind of determination this team has. We probably didn't have a top-10 car, but we kept at it, had good pit stops to maintain track position and then Matt drove one heck of a race down the stretch. We have to maintain that focus this weekend and hopefully come out of Dover with a top five."
Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Dover International Speedway: "We can only improve from the last time we went to Dover. Jimmy (Fennig) and the guys had done a great job setting up the car and I though we were going to have a great day and maybe challenge for the win, but right after we fired the engine we discovered a problem with one of the spark plugs. By the time we got it fixed we were already a lap down and it was hard to do anything at that point. If the car is as good this weekend as it was in practice back in June, then we should be able to compete for another win. Someone pointed out to me that the last three Busch Series winners have gone on to win the Cup race the next day... if that's the case, it becomes even more important for us to put this Ameriquest car in victory lane on Saturday."
Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Dover International Speedway: "We are taking the same car that got us a win in Bristol to Dover this weekend, so hopefully we can get it back into victory lane where it belongs and earn another win for Ameriquest. The whole team had a weekend off so we are all ready to get back to racing."