Kenseth Charlotte preview

Matt Kenseth's thoughts on the Coca-Cola 600: How did it feel to win this race last year as a rookie? "It was awesome. We just hit the setup right on the head after the rain delay. If I have ever had a perfect car-- that was it. Robbie and the...

Matt Kenseth's thoughts on the Coca-Cola 600: How did it feel to win this race last year as a rookie? "It was awesome. We just hit the setup right on the head after the rain delay. If I have ever had a perfect car-- that was it. Robbie and the guys made it happen."

Will any of the notes you made from last years setup translate over to this years 600? "Yeah, we will utilize some of our notes, but with the new tires this year it may be a little different. We'll have to see what happens in practice."

The DEWALT team is 11th in the point standings right now. Do you think you can break into the top-10 in Charlotte? "I hope so. We have struggled a little this year, and I'm actually pretty happy to be as high in the point standings as we are right now. If we knew how to fix the problems we have been having, believe me -- we would. Most of the stuff that has gone wrong has been out of our control but that does not mean we are just going to give up on it all."

Compare this season to your rookie season. Is there anything different this year going into this race than there was last year? "We had a lot more confidence coming into this race last year than we do this year. Its just been the way the season has progressed. We obviously know we are capable of winning the 600, but I just don't know if we can repeat it this year."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser's thoughts on the Coca-Cola 600: Describe the win last year and your feelings about the 2001 Coca-Cola 600. "Winning the Coca-Cola 600 with Matt last year was an awesome experience. It shows what the team is made of. We were the underdogs in that race, and came out on top. So far this year there have been a few races where we thought we were capable of some good runs. Hopefully we will redeem ourselves by pulling off another upset in the 600."

Notes of Interest:

The No. 17 car will sport a www.stockcarcity.com </A> logo on the C Post for the Coca Cola 600. The website is owned and operated by spotter Mike Calinoff.

Matt Kenseth will appear at the grand opening of J.R's Garage in Mooresville, NC from 9-11am on Wednesday, May 23rd. J.R.'s Garage is located off of exit 36 of Interstate 77 in the Lakeside Industrial Park.

Kenseth will sign autographs at the Huntersville, NC Home Depot from 6-7pm on Friday, May 25th.

Kenseth will join NASCAR President Mike Helton as a guest at the NASCAR Power Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Baltimore, MD on May 30th. k

-DWR

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Mike Helton