Matt Kenseth: How does the 500-mile race in the fall compare to the 600-mile race in the spring? Also, what is the difference between the day and night races? "The length of the race does not matter really, it's the fact that the 600 starts in the...
How does the 500-mile race in the fall compare to the 600-mile race in the spring? Also, what is the difference between the day and night races? "The length of the race does not matter really, it's the fact that the 600 starts in the day and ends at night. Those setups are different for day and night. At Lowe's, the track changes so much with the sun and the clouds, you never know what is going to happen. However, when it's cool outside the cars handle better. Tires and grip on the track play into the equation more when the sun is shining. The track gets real slick when the sun comes out and it changes how your car handles almost instantly. When I won the 600, we just had a perfect handling car."
Do you have any comments about the tire situation considering the blown right front last week in Kansas? "That was only the second right front tire we have ever blown. We don't know why that tire failed, but I'm not overly concerned about it. I have no complaints about the tires because we have not had any problems this year. Other teams may complain, but our problems have been involving other issues."
Crew Chief Robbie Reiser:
"We are taking car No. 6. That is the same car we took the last three times to Charlotte. With that car we have a win, and a top 10. It's a good car. Last week's car was incredible. We really had a shot at the win. We came from a lap down early, and then were running in the top-5. I've been telling the guys all year we are capable of running that well, and maybe last week proved that. They can keep their heads held high about last week and have a lot to be proud of. We can't help a blown tire. Its just been some bad luck, but we are not finished with this season yet. I'm glad we are at home this week in Charlotte, because it gives the team some time to stay at home and see their families a little more this week."
Spotter Mike Calinoff:
"Lowe's is a track we always look forward to since we won our first race there. This is also one of my favorite tracks to spot for Matt. There's just something about being so close to home at a track where we run well that is exciting."
Matt will sign autographs from 12-2pm at Blume Supply on Wednesday, October 3, 2001. The store is located at 3316 South Boulevard in Charlotte.
Site of first win...
Lowe's Motor Speedway is the site of Matt Kenseth's first Winston Cup Series win as a rookie.
Pit crew performance...
The DEWALT Power Tools pit crew was flawless on pit road last weekend in Kansas, as each pit stop recorded in the 14-second range. They gained over 15 positions on pit road for the day, and helped Kenseth to the front of the pack from a one lap deficit. They are practicing and ready to compete in the Championship Pit Crew contest in Rockingham next month.
To Honor America...
DEWALT corporate has decided to honor America by bearing the American flag on the trunk lid for the remainder of the year. The crewmembers will wear hats with American Flags embroidered on the sides as well.