Daytona 500: Matt Kenseth, DeWalt Racing preview

Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway Daytona, Fla. Matt Kenseth's Performance Summary at Daytona: Date Start Finish Laps Money Status 02/20/00 24th 10th 200/200 $198,196 Running 07/01/00 22nd 20th 160/160 $55,480 ...

Daytona 500
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona, Fla.

Matt Kenseth's Performance Summary at Daytona:

Date      Start Finish Laps     Money   Status

02/20/00 24th 10th 200/200 $198,196 Running
07/01/00 22nd 20th 160/160 $55,480 Running
02/18/01 16th 21st 196/200 $136,584 Running
07/07/01 15th 16th 160/160 $61,875 Running

Matt Kenseth's thoughts on racing in the Daytona 500:
"Daytona is such a historical event. It's amazing to see all the hype surrounding Speedweeks. It's a real busy time for drivers too, with media and appearances."

What is your outlook on the 2002 season?
"I feel pretty good about it, actually. We seemed to be on the decline until the last part of the year when we started to climb back up the hill. I think we are where we need to be and it will show this year."

What happened during qualifying? (Kenseth qualified 48 out of 50 drivers).
"Well, we struggled during practice before qualifying and decided to put in another motor to see what we could get. Something broke when I was coming off of turn four in my second lap. I guess I am glad it happened to us then, and not in the Twin 125's. We will just have to race our way to a better starting position."

What is your take on the most recent rule change for Fords?
"It was pretty obvious during the Budweiser Shootout on Sunday that the Fords were lacking something. I am not sure how much difference the quarter inch spoiler reduction will make. It may help a little, but I don't know how much."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser's thoughts on Daytona:

What is the main thing you guys have worked on over the off-season?
"Everything. We have tried to make it all better. This is a team capable of winning races and eventually championships."

What is the main difference in yourself as a crew chief for your third season in Winston Cup?
"I think as a crew chief, I have matured a lot. I have learned so much over the past three years and hopefully will continue to do so. It's still amazing to come here, being a former driver. It's a personal accomplishment to me to be a part of this sport. Matt and I have a good relationship since we have been together now for almost six seasons. I can tell from the faces he makes when he comes back into the garage after a run, what works and what is not working."

What does it say about a crew chief when there is no turnover on a team?
"Well, I guess it says that my team is happy with their jobs. We struggled last year and usually it does not mean too much for a guy to roll his toolbox down to another shop for one reason or another. We just switched some people around and have a good group. They work hard and want to win just as bad as Matt and I do. It's good to surround yourself with good people."

What is your take on the most recent rule change for Fords?
"It was obvious we were lacking in testing. I didn't think the first rule change of the quarter inch was enough. Now that we have a half inch, it will bring us a little closer to where we need to be."

Notes of Interest:

DEWALT Million Dollar Challenge:
The DEWALT MILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE will allow tool users everywhere to drill screws for a million dollars. The DEWALT MILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE will launch in the city known for its high stakes, Las Vegas, the same time DEWALT Racing's driver Matt Kenseth will battle for the Winston Million, on the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Using one of the most common tools on a job site, a DEWALT cordless drill, the DEWALT Challenge tests speed and accuracy while demanding nerves of steel. Partakers are required to drive five drywall screws into wood as quickly as they possibly can in order to win a wide array of prizes.

Track stat:
Kenseth has completed every lap except four in his Winston Cup career at Daytona International Speedway.

DEWALT History:
Today the DEWALT Power Tools line consists of over 200 electric power tools and over 800 accessories including: drills and hammer drills; screwdrivers; circular, chop, miter, table, reciprocating, and jig saws; planers; impact wrenches; die, angle, and bench grinders; shears; nibblers; sanders; laminate trimmers; routers, and plate joiners.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth