BUSCH: Texas II: Matt Kenseth preview

FAST FACTS * Matt Kenseth's average finish of 12.1 at Texas Motor Speedway ranks second among the 10 tracks in the Chase. * TMS is one of four tracks in the Chase where Kenseth has scored victories during his Cup career. The other three are:...

FAST FACTS

* Matt Kenseth's average finish of 12.1 at Texas Motor Speedway ranks second among the 10 tracks in the Chase.

* TMS is one of four tracks in the Chase where Kenseth has scored victories during his Cup career. The other three are: Dover, Charlotte and Phoenix.

* Kenseth's average finish of 12.1 at TMS is second best only to Dale Earnhardt, Jr. among active drivers with at least seven starts at the track.

* Kenseth has led the second most laps in NEXTEL Cup competition at TMS with 313. The most is Dale Jarrett with 407.

* Kenseth has led the most laps in Busch Series competition at TMS with 298.

* Matt Kenseth is the all-time lap leader at Texas Motor Speedway in NASCAR competition, leading 611 laps total; 313 in NEXTEL Cup and 298 in Busch.

Kenseth on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "Texas is one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. We've obviously had some success there so that helps in my opinion of the track. But, the facility is great, it's always a packed house and the fans there are great. It's a fun atmosphere for sure. The track's kind of like Atlanta and we're bringing our car that we ran at Atlanta last weekend. Hopefully the results will be the same or better. When we went to Texas in April, we were really fast at the end of the race and if Kasey (Kahne) hadn't have been on another planet we could've challenged for the win. I was happy with our performance as a team last Sunday, but we'll need to continue that over the next three races if we're going to have a shot at this thing."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "The way our guys performed at Atlanta is the way it needs to be every week if we're going to win a championship. We didn't have the best car, but we had good stops and we were able to keep Matt up in the top 10 for most of the day and then in the top five at the end of the race. This weekend we're bringing the same car that we ran at Atlanta last week. We were kind of going back and forth over whether or not to bring this car or chassis 323, which we've run more than any other car this year. But, this car was good at Atlanta and the setup is similar to Texas, plus we haven't run too well with No. 323 in the past two intermediate tracks. We're comfortable with this car and now we just have to go out there and get another top-five finish. That's what it's going to take."

***

Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Texas Motor Speedway: "Texas is one of my favorite tracks. It's super fast, just like Atlanta and the pavement has aged now to where there are multiple grooves around the racetrack. I think you're starting to see more racing at Texas like what was at Atlanta last week. Texas is one of the few places where we we've won both in Busch and in Cup, so it's pretty special to me. The facility is top notch and they have some of the best crowds on the circuit. We're back in the Pennzoil car this weekend and hopefully we can put it in victory lane before the end of the year. Jimmy and the guys have done a great job all year in giving me competitive, fast racecars. I don't expect anything different this weekend."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "The car we are bringing sat on the pole at Kansas and finished second, but could have won the race. The guys have worked really hard preparing the car for this weekend and with Texas being one of Matt's favorite tracks we will hopefully be able to get the No. 17 Pennzoil Ford Fusion in victory lane."

-credit: roush racing

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Matt Kenseth