Richmond: Matt Kenseth preview

* Matt Kenseth will make his 17th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Richmond International Raceway this weekend in the Crown Royal 400. * In 16 starts at Richmond, Kenseth has achieved one win, three top-five, nine top-10 and 12 top-15 ...

* Matt Kenseth will make his 17th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Richmond International Raceway this weekend in the Crown Royal 400.

* In 16 starts at Richmond, Kenseth has achieved one win, three top-five, nine top-10 and 12 top-15 finishes.

* Kenseth's average start at RIR is 20.8, his average finish is 14.2.

* Kenseth has completed 6218 of 6393 (or 97.3 %) of total laps attempted at Richmond. He has led a total of 190 laps there.

* Back in Black... For the second time in 2008, Kenseth's No. 17 Ford Fusion will be painted black with the DEWALT NANO Technology paint scheme. Kenseth will also sport these colors at Darlington, the All-Star race, Bristol and the second Richmond race in 2008.

* The No. 17 crew will be unloading car RK-574 this weekend at Richmond, a brand new car.

* Kenseth and crew are currently 19th in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings.

Kenseth on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"We've had some success at Richmond over the years and it's one of my favorite places to go. Richmond is a pretty cool racetrack. It's pretty wide for a short track and that usually allows for side-by-side racing. It used to be the only short track that we went to where we could do that, but now you can race side by side at Bristol too.

"We've had two awful races in a row -- Phoenix and Talladega were both extremely disappointing for me. I'm hoping Richmond will be where we turn things around. We have the resources to go out and win races and be competitive each week, we just haven't been and it hasn't been very fun."

Crew Chief Chip Bolin on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
"Actually, despite the hectic schedule Richmond is a pretty cool race that I always enjoy. Typically team 17 runs competitively to well at Richmond. It's another one of those long run, finesse, momentum tracks that Matt likes. The toughest part of getting around Richmond is the apex of turn one and two. You have to have the front tires working together through this part of the track so you don't lose time waiting on the car to turn. If the car is too tight, it will snap loose on exit here and hurt even more than just being too free to go fast. Turns three and four are typically freer than one and two, so it's important to keep good forward drive in the car up off of turn four so that guys can't get by you coming down front stretch into turn one. We're bringing RK-574, a brand new car, so hopefully it's fast."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth