Martinsville: Matt Kenseth preview

FAST FACTS * Matt Kenseth has completed the third most laps of any Cup driver at Martinsville in the past ten Cup races (4,991 of 5,000). * Kenseth has scored only three top-10 finishes at Martinsville, the lowest count of top 10s at any track...

FAST FACTS

* Matt Kenseth has completed the third most laps of any Cup driver at Martinsville in the past ten Cup races (4,991 of 5,000).

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

* Kenseth's only DNF (Did Not Finish) of 2006 was in April at Martinsville, when brake failure led to a turn-one crash with only seven laps remaining.

Kenseth on racing at Martinsville Speedway: "Martinsville has never been too kind to us. It's not that we've run terrible there we've just never been able to compete on a regular basis. I'm not a big fan of the track. To me, it's just too narrow and too slow. It's like racing around two light poles in the middle of a parking lot. There's very little room to race and the turns are so tight and so flat that you have to go so slow through the turns, and try your best not to move out of the bottom groove. Now, imagine doing that 1,000 times in one afternoon.

"I'm not sure how the COT will be there. Obviously, when we get on the track on Friday it will be the first time all of us have been there with that car, so it will be a learning experience for all of us. At Bristol, the car stayed pretty tight through the center of the turn, which is something you definitely don't want at Martinsville. If you come off the bottom of the track, you'll find yourself moving backwards in a hurry. It's going to be a learning experience all weekend, but hopefully we're up to the challenge."

Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Martinsville Speedway: "It was good to get back to the track last week although we struggled a little bit. We had some problems about midway through the race that affected the handling of the car, but up to that point I thought we were getting the car pretty close to where it needed to be to compete.

"We're bringing a brand new car to Martinsville and we'll be learning a lot on the fly this weekend. It was interesting getting the Bristol car back to the shop on Monday and tearing it down to see how everything looked after the race. Now, we know a little more about what to expect this weekend, but the track is obviously different. We have to handle better this week and we all know that going into it. Martinsville, for us, has always been about survival, so that's what we'll be looking to do this week. We'll find out where we stand when we get on the track on Friday and then work like crazy to get the car better throughout the weekend."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth