DeWalt Racing Pocono 500 preview

DEWALT Racing Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Pa. June 17, 2001 Matt Kenseth's Performance Summary at Pocono: NASCAR Winston Cup Series: Date: 06/19/00 Start: 29 Finish: 14 Laps: 200/200 Money Won: $48,665 Status: Running Date: 07/23/00 Start: ...

DEWALT Racing
Pocono Raceway
Long Pond, Pa.
June 17, 2001

Matt Kenseth's Performance Summary at Pocono: NASCAR Winston Cup Series:

Date: 06/19/00
Start: 29
Finish: 14
Laps: 200/200
Money Won: $48,665
Status: Running

Date: 07/23/00
Start: 24
Finish: 5
Laps: 200/200
Money Won: $71,590
Status: Running

Matt Kenseth's thoughts on racing at Pocono:

From a driver's point of view what is so unique about Pocono Raceway?

"All three turns are different and challenging. I like this track because you can pass and really drive into the turns. The banking is different all the way around. There are a few drivers who may not like racing at Pocono but I am certainly not one of them. It's one of the only tracks that are not like any other on the circuit."

With last weeks positive performance is there any momentum on this DEWALT team?

"I think so. We headed straight to Chicago after Michigan for a two day test and that went pretty well. I think we can get back to where we need to be soon. We can hit the setup on the head on any given weekend, I just hope we hit it big soon."

Will the problems this team has encountered so far this year follow you to Pocono?

"Pocono is one of those tracks where I just feel really comfortable. The way things have played out so far this year, we could go there and run really well and I would not be surprised or we could go there and run bad and it wouldn't shock me either. The whole season so far has just been frustrating that way. The tracks we ran good at last year are the tracks we have not run well at this year I hope for Pocono to be consistent with last year."

How is the team dealing with frustration?

"Believe it or not, there is actually a good and bad part to this season. The good part is we know we are capable of doing better at these tracks. For example, Martinsville is my absolute worst track. So far this year, it was the site of my best finish. The bad part about all of it is we know we can do better and we have done it before, but we are just not hitting it."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser's thoughts on Pocono:

"Last year Pocono proved to be one of our strong tracks. Matt likes racing there and generally does well on the tracks he likes. We are taking car 5 and will rely on the horsepower and handling of the car to make us competitive. Last week we used some strategy and it worked out all right. This week we will keep in mind the same stuff because the Pocono 500 is a long race."

Notes of Interest:

The No. 17 team spent Monday, June 11th and Tuesday, June 12th at the new Chicagoland Speedway testing for the event next month.

Matt Kenseth will make his 55th career start at Pocono Raceway. So far Kenseth has notched 15 top 10's, five top 5's and one win inhis Winston Cup Series career.

Matt Kenseth will participate in DEWALT Industrial Tools and Black and Decker's Product Appreciation Day on Wednesday, June 13th from 11:30am -- 1:30pm at headquarters in Towson, MD.

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. This year will be an exciting time for DEWALT as it offers its largest product launch ever - even greater than the initial product line introduction.;

-DR-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth