Kenseth enjoying top spot in standings

MATT KENSETH CLAIMS TOP SPOT IN POINT STANDINGS 2003 Cup Champion stands in first for the first time in 71 races CONCORD, N.C. - For the first time since April 4, 2004, Matt Kenseth sits atop the NEXTEL Cup Series point standings. After...

MATT KENSETH CLAIMS TOP SPOT IN POINT STANDINGS
2003 Cup Champion stands in first for the first time in 71 races

CONCORD, N.C. - For the first time since April 4, 2004, Matt Kenseth sits atop the NEXTEL Cup Series point standings. After finishing third in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, his third top-five finish of 2006 and his eighth top-10 finish in the past nine races at Bristol, Kenseth now leads second-place Kasey Kahne by eight points. His last lead in the NEXTEL Cup point standings came after the March 28, 2004 Bristol race where he left the World's Fastest Half Mile with a 21-point lead over Kurt Busch.

"It's a much better start than last season," said Kenseth, who at this point last year was 28th in the point standings 376 points out of first. "This crew has done a great job building and setting up racecars. We've realistically had a car that ran good enough each week to win. If we could have had a few more breaks we could be sitting here with three or more wins right now, and that's a testament to how good this team is."

This season has started off quite opposite of 2005 for the No. 17 DEWALT team. In five races this season, Kenseth has scored one win, three top fives, five top 15s, led 338 laps, and tallied 782 points in the process. By comparison, at this point last year, Kenseth had zero top fives, one top 15, led 107 laps, and scored only 459 points.

"Obviously, leading at this point in the season doesn't mean that much," Kenseth explained. "But, the fact that this 17 team is competing for wins each week does. The cars have been great and our pit crew continues to be the best out there. It's a long season, but hopefully we can keep running this good and pick up some victories along the way."

Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates 13 motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, six in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, Todd Kluever, and Danny O'Quinn Jr., and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with Erik Darnell and David Ragan.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Jamie McMurray , Kasey Kahne , Carl Edwards , David Ragan , Todd Kluever , Erik Darnell , Danny O'Quinn