* Matt Kenseth's average finish of 8.4 at Michigan is second best among the 23 tracks that he has raced at in his NEXTEL Cup career, trailing only Las Vegas (8.1). * Kenseth's average Michigan finish of 8.4 is best all-time among drivers with...
* Matt Kenseth's average finish of 8.4 at Michigan is second best among the 23 tracks that he has raced at in his NEXTEL Cup career, trailing only Las Vegas (8.1).
* Kenseth's average Michigan finish of 8.4 is best all-time among drivers with five or more starts at the track.
* The June, rain-shortened event at Michigan snapped a string of six consecutive top-10 finishes for Kenseth at the track.
* Chassis No. RK-323 has led in five out of six races it has run in 2006 for a combined 313 laps.
* Since entering the series full time in 2000, no one has completed more laps on two-mile ovals (Michigan & Fontana) than Kenseth who has completed 4,849.
* At this point last season, Kenseth who ended up in the Chase, was in 16th, 165 points out of 10th in the Championship Chase. This season his teammate, Greg Biffle is in the 13th position, 180 points out of 10th.
Kenseth on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"Michigan was kind of like our light at the end of the tunnel last weekend at The Glen. For me, it's going from one extreme to the other. We've never had a lot of success at road courses so obviously they can be frustrating, but Michigan is the total opposite. We seem to always run good at Michigan, so it's definitely more fun for me to race. I joked with the guys during the race last weekend that all would be forgiven as long as we had a car capable of winning this weekend. We're bringing our favorite car so hopefully we can get up front and be a factor like we have been in the past at Michigan."
Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"This will be the first time we've raced car 323 since Chicago and it got tore up pretty good at the end of that race. But, we've pieced it back together and it's spent a lot of time on the dyno since then. We feel like it's going to be as good as it ever was and I sure hope that's the case, because it was probably one of our best pieces. It won this year at California Speedway and has a couple of second-place finishes. We have a stretch of tracks coming up where we can run good at and build a lot of momentum for the Chase, and that all starts this weekend."
Kenseth on racing in the Busch Series at Michigan International Speedway:
"Michigan is one of my favorite tracks. It's fast, wide, and multi-grooved.. You can move your car around to find what line works best for you and you don't have to run over the guy in front of you in order to pass. Michigan has been a good track for us in the Cup Series, but not as good in the Busch Series. Hopefully, we can turn that around this weekend. We've been close to winning a couple Busch races this season and just haven't quite closed the deal. But, Michigan has the potential to be a strong track for us and maybe another opportunity to pull out a win."
Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"The No. 17 Ameriquest Ford Fusion team has had a few weekends off so everyone is rested up and ready for Michigan this weekend. We are taking a new car with us and we hope to have a great race at the home track of Roush Industries."
-credit: roush racing