Matt Kenseth enters the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup atop the standings for the first time in his career. The previous two Chases, Kenseth sat in the fifth (2004) and ninth (2005) position. Among the 10 "Chase tracks," New Hampshire International ...
Matt Kenseth enters the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup atop the standings for the first time in his career. The previous two Chases, Kenseth sat in the fifth (2004) and ninth (2005) position.
Among the 10 "Chase tracks," New Hampshire International Speedway is Kenseth's best in regards to average start, 16.9, and average finish, 10.9. NHIS also holds Kenseth's best "Chase finish;" second-place finish in 2004.
Kenseth's "Chase stats" at NHIS:
Kenseth has an average finish of 10.9 at NHIS; tops among active NEXTEL Cup drivers with 10 or more starts at the track, and the fourth best track for Kenseth's career.
Kenseth has completed all but four laps in 13 races at NHIS; 3784 of 3788. The fourth best mark of any driver that has competed in those same 13 events.
Kenseth's eight top-10 finishes at NHIS is best among all drivers since 2000 (tied with Dale Jarrett).
Kenseth on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway: "We're beginning the Chase this week and for us it's going to stay business as usual. We've stayed focused this year on one race at a time, and that's how it's going to stay this week and for the nine after that. Everyone seems to be putting a lot of pressure on this weekend, and I don't necessarily see it. I mean, yes, you want to start the Chase with a good finish, but if you don't, you still have nine more to make up for it. Kurt (Busch) finished 42nd at Atlanta and still won the Championship in 2004. If you get hot and start reeling off top-five finishes you can make up a lot of ground in a hurry. Still, we'll be looking for a good finish this weekend and hopefully start the Chase on a good note. Hopefully, the car we're brining will be better than the car we brought in July and struggled with a little bit."
Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at New Hampshire International Speedway: "We're bringing what we feel to be our best short track car this weekend. It ran good at Martinsville in its only other appearance this season. We had some brake issues there that cost us a solid top-10 finish, but we think we have them resolved. This car finished third at Loudon last September, and we'd be happy with a repeat performance. Flat tracks haven't been too good to us as a whole, and you'd think that would be different considering that's the kind of tracks that Matt and I grew up racing on, but it hasn't been the case. Not that we're bad at them, but it seems like Martinsville, Loudon, and Phoenix give us trouble from time to time. It seems like we rarely have a car capable of winning at Loudon, but it's usually capable of running inside the top 10. With a few right adjustments and a solid day on pit road, it'd be nice to come out of there with a top five."