Kansas: Matt Kenseth preview

FAST FACTS * Matt Kenseth led for 215 laps at Dover and has now led the most laps in the 2006 NEXTEL Cup season with 1108. * Kenseth's 1108 laps led this season marks the highest single-season laps led total of his career, besting 2005's total...

FAST FACTS

* Matt Kenseth led for 215 laps at Dover and has now led the most laps in the 2006 NEXTEL Cup season with 1108.

* Kenseth's 1108 laps led this season marks the highest single-season laps led total of his career, besting 2005's total of 1001.

* Kenseth scored the third pole of his Cup career at Kansas last year. It is the only "Chase track" where Kenseth has recorded a pole.

* Kenseth's average finish of 19.4 at Kansas Speedway ranks seventh among the 10 tracks in the Chase.

Kenseth on racing at Kansas Speedway: "Kansas has been a little bit of a hiccup for us in the past. We've had some pretty good cars there before, but we've struggled at times too. Last season was obviously our best run at Kansas. We won our first pole of the season there last year, and I'd love to do the same this weekend, so that we can make the Bud Shootout. We're bringing a car that only has one start and that was Indy earlier this year, and it ran good there. It sounds funny to say, 'we'll bounce back this weekend,' when we finished with a top 10 last week, but as everyone knows, we had the dominant car and didn't win, and that's always frustrating. You have to keep things in perspective though. It could have been a lot worse. We still finished 10th, we still cut into the points lead and most importantly, Robbie and the guys gave me an excellent car that was, for most of the day, the class of the field. Hopefully, we can have the same this weekend, just improve on the finish."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Kansas Speedway: "This week we're bringing our Indy car. It finished second at Indy and we think it'll be good at Kansas too. Last weekend wasn't how we wanted to finish, but we can't dwell on that. I can understand everyone's frustration-- believe me, there was nobody more frustrated than I was, but we'll put this behind us. That was last week and we'll move on. We're still in good shape in the points and if we continue to perform at this level, we're going to be OK. Kansas was good to us last year and we believe we're bringing a better car back this year. If we can go out Sunday, run up front, be a contender and maybe improve on last year's finish, that will be the best way to put last week behind us."

Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Kansas Speedway: "Jimmy and the guys did a great job at Dover and we were extremely close to pulling out the win. If it wasn't for that last caution, I think we could have done it, but what's promising is how well we ran and were able to compete all day. That was one of the more solid runs we've had all year as far as the setup, or adjustment and our job in the pits. We just ran out of time at the end. But, on the bright side, we're carrying a ton of momentum into Kansas this weekend. Kansas has been a decent track for us. I enjoy it as a driver. It's smooth and wide and a lot like Chicago without as much banking. It's definitely multi-grooved and that's always a lot more fun because you can move around on the track and find the line that works best for you. We've had a car that's been able to compete for the win the last couple times we ran, and I don't expect anything different this week. Pennzoil is back on the car, so hopefully we can get these guys into victory lane."

Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Kansas Speedway: "We are very excited to have Pennzoil back with us this weekend in Kansas. The team pulled off a great run last weekend in Dover, so hopefully we can carry that momentum over into this weekend and go for the win."

-credit: roush racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
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