Daytona II: Matt Kenseth preview

Kenseth, No. 17 DEWALT Team Return to Daytona After a frustrating stretch of races, Kenseth and the No. 17 team return to Daytona International Speedway, where they started the season in high-fashion, winning the famed Daytona 500. AT ...

Kenseth, No. 17 DEWALT Team Return to Daytona

After a frustrating stretch of races, Kenseth and the No. 17 team return to Daytona International Speedway, where they started the season in high-fashion, winning the famed Daytona 500.

AT DAYTONA

Including his Daytona 500 win in Feb., Kenseth has finished top five in three of his past six Cup starts at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, including a then career-best third at Daytona last summer. In addition, he has finished top 10 in four of his last six starts at DIS.

SUMMER LOVING

Kenseth has finished inside the top 10 in four straight summer races at Daytona International Speedway and inside the to 10 in five of the last six.

WALK THE WALK

Kenseth will have a 3x3 cement block with his signature, hand prints and right foot print placed into the Daytona 500 Champion's Walk of Fame on Thursday morning at 11:30 a.m. Kenseth put his right foot, autograph and hand prints into the cement during the Champions Breakfast car induction ceremony.

DIFFERENT CAR

Kenseth will not be racing the same car that he won with in the Daytona 500. That car (RK-631), which was actually Kenseth's third car that weekend, was left behind and can be seen at the Daytona Experience up until next season. The team will bring a brand new chassis (RK-658) to the race this weekend.

DOUBLE DUTY

Kenseth will pull double duty for the sevnet time of the season this weekend at Daytona, where he will start his second Daytona Nationwide race this season (he finished 10th at DIS in Feb.) It will be Kenseth's seventh NWS start of 2009. In six starts he has one win, three top-five and five top-10 finishes.

DRY SPELL

Kenseth and the team are hoping the return to Daytona will spark a string of better luck. The team failed to score a top-10 finish in the month of June, despite several strong efforts.

R+L GREEN ON BOARD

The No. 17 Ford Fusion will carry the green and gold colors of R+L carriers this weekend at Daytona. The scheme will highlight R+L Global Services. It will be the second of four races this season with R+L Carriers as the primary on the No. 17 Ford. Kenseth has carried the R+L Carriers paint scheme 11 times since 2006. In his 11 previous starts in the No. 17 R+L Carriers Ford, Kenseth has achieved 11 top-12, nine top-10, and four top-five finishes.

MATT...

"We are excited about going back to Daytona. Obviously winning the Daytona 500 was a big lift to start the season, but in a lot of ways that seems like a long time ago. Daytona has always been a special place to race and winning that race is a big honor.

At the same time, it's a long season and right now we have to stay focused on getting better finishes. We've ran a lot better than our finishes show, but part of it is to be able to close, and we have to do a better job of that."

DREW...

"Going back to Daytona will be fun; maybe we can stop by and see the car that won in Feb. there. We really need to emphasize finishing as good as the car is running. So many races lately have been finished under rain or fuel that has hurt or result and hasn't been a true showing of how or car has run.

"This sport is tough and you have to keep working to get better no matter if you are getting the results you deserve or not. The 17 realizes our potential and we are working hard to come out on the other end of some breaks."

FAST FACTS -

* Kenseth started the 2009 season with a win at DIS in the famed Daytona 500.

* Kenseth has finished inside the top 10 in three of the last four at DIS and in four of the last six.

* Kenseth has finished top 10 in four straight Daytona summer races and in five of the last six at DIS in July.

* Kenseth has finished top five in three of the last six at DIS.

* Kenseth is currently 10th in the Cup point standings, with nine races remaining to the Chase cutoff.

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth