Martinsville II: Matt Kenseth preview

Matt Kenseth's average finish of 17.2 at Martinsville ranks sixth among the 10 tracks in the Chase. Kenseth and the No. 17 team will be flying the R+L Carriers colors this weekend for the third and final time in 2006. Kenseth's average finish...

Matt Kenseth's average finish of 17.2 at Martinsville ranks sixth among the 10 tracks in the Chase.

Kenseth and the No. 17 team will be flying the R+L Carriers colors this weekend for the third and final time in 2006.

Kenseth's average finish on short tracks this season is 14.8; his overall average is 9.9. Take out two finishes at Bristol (third and first), and Kenseth's average finish on short tracks in 2006 is 23.3.

Kenseth's "Chase stats" at Martinsville:

Kenseth has completed the third most laps of any Cup driver at Martinsville in the past nine Cup races (4,491 of 4,500).

Kenseth has scored only three top-10s at Martinsville, the lowest count of top 10s at any track where Kenseth has totaled at least 10 starts.

Kenseth on racing at Martinsville Speedway:

"Martinsville is one of our tougher tracks and it hasn't been too kind to us for sure. I'm just not a big fan, mostly because it's so slow and there's no room to pass. Racing at Martinsville is kind of like racing around two cones out in a parking lot somewhere. That being said, we have to stay focused on the job at hand and that is trying to score a top-10 finish this weekend. This is the race that I knew would be the toughest for us going into the Chase. Some people point to Talladega, but I've always pointed to Martinsville as the real wild card for us. If we can get a good finish this weekend I think we'll be in good position to make a run at the title, because we've had success at the remaining tracks."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Martinsville Speedway:

"This is a big weekend for us. We didn't do too good as a team last Saturday night and this is probably our toughest track coming up at Martinsville. We've got our work cut out for us but the good thing is, after all that happened last weekend, we're only 45 points back. We were very fortunate to finish 14th last week. We've had some brake issues at flat tracks this year. We wrecked with less than 10 to go in the spring at Martinsville when our brakes went out. But, we've done a good amount of brake testing over the past month and we're hoping we've got the issue fixed. If not, it's going to be another long day where we have to kick and fight our way to a decent finish. We can't have many more of those races. We need to stay up front and do a great job in the pits this week and try to come out of there with a top 10."

-credit: roush racing

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