Texas II: Matt Kenseth preview

Matt Kenseth Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion Crew Chief: Chip Bolin Chassis: RK-612; a brand new car Kenseth on racing at Texas Motor Speedway: "I'm really looking forward to racing at Texas. We had a really good car last week at Atlanta and...

Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Chip Bolin
Chassis: RK-612; a brand new car

Kenseth on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"I'm really looking forward to racing at Texas. We had a really good car last week at Atlanta and were able to run up front most of the day and anytime you can lead laps and be competitive like that it's a good day. Texas is fast and since the pavement has aged a little bit there are several grooves and you can move around a lot more. It's a challenging track for the driver and just a lot of fun to race.

"Since we're pretty much mathematically out of contention for the championship, we're just going out every week and trying to get the best finishes we can. We get to do what we love for a living. We get to go try to win a race. There are 30 guys out there we race against every week that didn't get to make it, so I think it's great we made it. I wish things would have gone better up to this point in the Chase to where we were a contender, but, overall, it's been a pretty good year. There are certain things that happened this season that were out of our control and things that happened that we could control -- we try to look at the controllable things and try to fix those and try to do better the next time and just keep trying to improve. So, the overall goal is to do better each week -- this week in Texas will be no different."

Crew chief Chip Bolin on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"For the second week in a row we have a brand new car. RK-612 is the piece we're taking this week. The car was built very similar to our Atlanta car, so I'm hoping our results will be just as good, if not better.

"I can't say enough about how pleased I'm with how our team performed last week. The guys in the pits did an awesome job all day and Matt was Matt and good as usual. Even though we didn't get the win we were hoping for, we made a ton of progress and performed like the team I know we are. I'm hoping this weekend, everything will fall in place like it should and we get the win we deserve."

FAST FACTS

Matt Kenseth will make his 13th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) this weekend in the Dickies 500.

For the record...In 12 starts, Kenseth has posted one win, five top-five and seven top-10 finishes.

Kenseth has completed 3968 of 4018 (98.8%) laps attempted at TMS -- he has led a total of 442 laps there.

In the LOOP... According to NASCAR's Loop Data acquired over the past three Dickies 500s, Kenseth has a driver rating of 104.9, third best among active drivers. He ranks best in average finish (6.9) and points scored (1089) among all drivers.

Rewind ATLANTA... Kenseth posted fast times during both of Saturday's practice sessions, it looked as though team 17 was well on their way to a strong run -- and they were. From the drop of the green flag in Sunday's 325-lap event, Kenseth's Ford was among the fastest on the track. Though the Killer Bees were awesome in the pits, logging pit stops of less than 13 seconds all day and Kenseth led a race-high 128 laps, three late-race cautions, lapped traffic and unclean air were hurdles that team 17 weren't able to cross and Kenseth finished the race in fourth place.

The Chase is on... After the solid fourth-place run at Atlanta, Kenseth is currently ranked ninth in the Chase standings -- up one spot from last week. Kenseth trails the point leader, Jimmie Johnson by 413 points with just three races remaining in the 2008 Sprint Cup Series season.

On the track...The No. 17 DEWALT team will be unloading RK-612 this weekend at Texas. This is a brand new Ford Fusion.

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jimmie Johnson