Loudon II: Matt Kenseth preview

Kenseth, No. 17 Team Prepare for New Hampshire After dropping out of the top 12 and falling just short of making the Chase for the Sprint Cup last week at Richmond, Kenseth and the No. 17 team will look to regroup this weekend and mount a late...

Kenseth, No. 17 Team Prepare for New Hampshire

After dropping out of the top 12 and falling just short of making the Chase for the Sprint Cup last week at Richmond, Kenseth and the No. 17 team will look to regroup this weekend and mount a late season charge starting at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

AT LOUDON

This will be Kenseth's 20th start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In 19 starts he has five top-five finishes and 11 top 10's. Kenseth has finished inside the top 10 at 10 of the last 14 races at NHMS. He carries a 13.1 average finish at NHMS and a 17.7 average start.

BREAKING IT DOWN

Kenseth's 13.1 average finish at New Hampshire is the sixth best among active Sprint Cup drivers. In addition, his 11 top -0 finishes are the fifth most amongst active drivers and his five top five's tie multiple drivers for the sixth best. He has also scored the 10th-most points there over the last 10 races. Kenseth has finished 98.6 percent of his 5,545 Cup laps attempted at the track.

LAST SEASON

Last season marked only the second time and the first times since his rookie year in 2000 that Kenseth did not score at top-10 finish at NHMS, losing out to track position on a rain delay in the spring and suffering an accident in the fall. In seven of his nine full-time Cup seasons, Kenseth has scored at least one top10 at Loudon. He finished 22nd there earlier this spring.

LOOKING FOR NUMBER WON

Kenseth will look for his first win this weekend at NHMS, but he has been close, finishing second there in the fall of '04 and third on two occasions (spring of '03 and fall of '05.) NHMS is one of 11 active tracks on the circuit where Kenseth has yet to win a Cup race. Kenseth's 18 wins have come at 11 of the active tracks and at Rockingham (where the series stopped racing after 2004.) In addition, Kenseth has led at all 22 tracks with the exception of Sonoma, including 88 laps at New Hampshire.

QUOTING MATT...

"New Hampshire has not really been one of our strongest tracks over the years, but yet if you look at our stats, our finishes have usually been pretty good. It has always been a challenge. It's a challenge to pass here, although they've made it better over the years after they re-configured the track a while back, so it's just one of those tracks that's a challenge. It's a little bit unique and it's one that makes us work hard, that's for sure. We have good finishes, but we're never that competitive. It seems like we'll run around 12 to 15thall day and hopefully get a good stop ,or have the strategy go our way in the end.

"It was disppointing for sure not making the Chase last week, but there is still a lot lof races left and we are going to continue to go out and do what we have been doing, and that is to race as hard as we can to get the best finish possible. We have to keep working to get competitive and get to running up front again and competing for wins."

FAST FACTS

* Kenseth has five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes at NHMS.

* Kenseth has finished top 10 in 10 of the last 14 at New Hampshire.

* Kenseth has finished second once and third twice at NHMS, but has never won at the track.

* Kenseth has finished at least one NHMS race inside the top 10 in seven of his nine full Cup seasons.

-credit: rfr

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