FAST FACTS *Dover is a track of firsts for Matt Kenseth. He made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Dover in September of 1998 at the age of 26. He also scored the first pole of his Cup career at Dover in June of 2002. *This weekend,...
*Dover is a track of firsts for Matt Kenseth. He made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Dover in September of 1998 at the age of 26. He also scored the first pole of his Cup career at Dover in June of 2002.
*This weekend, Kenseth will make his 18th Cup start at the Monster Mile, a track where he has achieved two poles, one win, 10 top-10 and five top-five finishes.
*In addition to his Cup victory, Kenseth also boasts two NASCAR Nationwide Series wins at Dover.
*In Sprint Cup Series competition, Kenseth has completed 6925 of 7204 (96.1%) laps attempted.
*Kenseth's average start at Dover is 16.2. His average finish is 15.3.
*This weekend, the No. 17 Ford Fusion will be carrying the black DEWALT NANO Technology paint scheme.
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Kenseth on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Dover is probably my favorite track for a lot of different reasons. My first Cup race was there, plus we've won a couple times there in the Nationwide Series, then we got our first Cup win there last year, so we've had a lot of good times at Dover. The track is so fast and challenging. It's unique because of the way you drive up out of the turns. The turns set a bit lower than the straightaways and you can feel it when you're driving out there.
"It seems every time we go to Dover it's either all or nothing. We either run really well and finish well, or something crazy happens and we don't end up with a good finish. We had a really good car there in September and could have won the race if it weren't for mechanical troubles. I'm hoping we don't have those issues this time and contend for a win. Dover is a good place for us. There have been times we've had problems there but it usually isn't with the car. Hopefully, we're able to compete a little bit better this weekend and make up some ground."
Crew chief Chip Bolin on racing at Dover International Speedway:
"Team 17 has had some success at Dover in the past, but we've also had our share of heartache as well. The last time we raced there we led almost half of the race and looked to be on our way to victory lane and our engine expired. So I guess you could say this time we're looking for a little redemption there. We are bringing a good car that Matt has been fairly consistent in this year, so hopefully we'll get the setup right and be able to go out there and compete for the win."