BUSCH: Dover: Matt Kenseth preview

Matt Kenseth NNCS: Autism Speaks 400 presented by VISA FAST FACTS * Matt Kenseth is the only driver in the NEXTEL Cup Series that has completed every lap to this point in 2007, a total of 4,053. * Kenseth's average finish in the NEXTEL Cup...

Matt Kenseth
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* Matt Kenseth is the only driver in the NEXTEL Cup Series that has completed every lap to this point in 2007, a total of 4,053.

* Kenseth's average finish in the NEXTEL Cup Series this season is 8.8, second only to Jeff Gordon.

* 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, one of only three (Kansas and Bristol, both in '05).

* Kenseth's first Cup victory at Dover came last June in the Neighborhood Excellence 400.

* In addition to his Cup victory, Kenseth also boasts two NASCAR Busch Series wins at Dover, his first coming in September of 1998, the day before his first Cup start, and the second in September of 2000.

* Kenseth has led 637 laps in his NBS career at Dover, the most among all active drivers in the Busch Series. His seven top-five NBS finishes is tops among all NBS drivers, past or present.

Kenseth on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Dover's been my favorite track for quite awhile now. I used to always say that, and it seemed like we'd have bad luck there, so last year I kept telling myself how much I disliked it and it worked. We ended up winning there in the spring and coming pretty close to winning last fall. So, I guess in that line of thinking, again, I really dread going to Dover, it's not one of my favorite tracks.

"But, in all seriousness, Dover's always been special to me because I made my first start there in Bill Elliott's car and was able to finish sixth that day, just a day after we won our first Busch race there. Then, to win there last year made it even more special. I love the track. It's a super fast one-mile oval that commands a lot of respect and it's just a lot of fun to race there.

"I'm hoping we're as good there in the COT as we were last year in the old car. We felt pretty good after Darlington and felt like we'd gotten a little better with the COT. We were able to drive up towards the front and lead some laps, and do some things that we hadn't done before in that car. We're taking that same car this weekend, so I'm hoping we've learned some things that can help us get to the front again this week."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We're bringing the same car we ran at Darlington a few weeks ago. It was pretty good down there and we felt like we've learned some things with the COT that should help us this coming weekend.

"It's going to be interesting to see how these cars handle at Dover. I think we'll see a lot of the same issues we've been having with these cars. Obviously, if we could've tested there like originally scheduled, then we might have a better handle on it, but at least everyone's in the same boat. Nobody has tested there, so you'll probably see teams trying a lot of different things on Friday.

"Charlotte was a little disappointing because our finish didn't really represent where we ran or how good our car was. But, you know, we've done the opposite of that so many times, where we pulled out a much better finish than what our car was capable of through good pit stops and track position and all of those things. So, I guess Sunday was one of those that went the other way. But, I know the character of this team and you can be sure that we'll be back at it and working even harder at Dover this weekend."


Matt Kenseth - NBS Advance
Team: No.17 Arby's Ford Fusion

Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Dover International Speedway:
"Charlotte didn't go as well as we would have liked. We had a great qualifying run, but it kind of went downhill from there. We really struggled with the handling of our car and never could get it where we needed it to be. We are taking our Charlotte car to Dover this weekend and it is a car that has been great to us in the past. Hopefully we can get the handling dialed in and get another good finish for Arby's, maybe even win some more free fries for America."

Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"We are heading to Dover with the same car we took to Charlotte. Matt (Kenseth) was able to win the pole with this car in Charlotte, but we couldn't quite get it handling as well as he needed it to in order to be competitive for the win. I think we can get all that worked out for this weekend and get RK-360 back to the front where it belongs."

-credit: rfr

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Drivers Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth