MATT KENSETH TESTS BUSCH CAR AT DOVER CONCORD, NC (May 25, 2005) -- Matt Kenseth spent Monday at the Dover International Speedway testing the No. 17 Waste Management Ford Taurus. Kenseth cites the "Monster Mile" as one of his favorite tracks,...
MATT KENSETH TESTS BUSCH CAR AT DOVER
CONCORD, NC (May 25, 2005) -- Matt Kenseth spent Monday at the Dover International Speedway testing the No. 17 Waste Management Ford Taurus. Kenseth cites the "Monster Mile" as one of his favorite tracks, and it is easy to see why. In his 12 Busch starts at Dover, Kenseth has two wins, six top-five's and seven top-ten finishes. Prior to last year's fall race at the speedway in which Kenseth was involved in a crash resulting in an early exit from the competition, the No. 17 had not finished outside the top-ten at Dover since 1999.
The No. 17 Waste Management Ford has not finished outside the top-ten in its' 2005 campaign and scored its' first win of the season at Darlington three weeks ago. Looking to be in Victory Lane again, the Waste Management team took two cars to Dover to evaluate their readiness.
With new crew chief Chad Norris leading the way, the No. 17 team took car numbers 45 and 50 to Dover for testing. Car number 45 is the 2005 Darlington race winner and car number 50 is brand new. After running both racecars, the decision was made that car number 50 would be primary in Dover next weekend. Number 50 saw approximately 125 laps in race trim and was fast right off the truck. This year at Dover the teams will be running a new tire on the left side of the car from last year. That factor, coupled with the slightly different body style of car number 50, sealed its' position as the primary car.
"We made several changes to the car as the day progressed and ended up changing most things back to what we had unloaded," said Crew Chief, Chad Norris, "The car really was fast right off the truck. We made one change that we stuck with, that we felt improved the car. I think we'll be good at Dover. Our guys are really working well together. Recently we moved our Busch team from the shop in Mooresville to the shop in Concord, where all of our Cup cars are built. The move has been a positive one, I think, as we are able to share information and learn from one another. This team is shaping up better and better each race."
Matt Kenseth echoed his crew chief saying, "The car was really fast. I'm excited to be taking this car to Dover, a track that I really like anyway. The chemistry on this team is improving every week and I think all of the guys know that we are capable of winning. It should be a good weekend."
New crew chief Chad Norris will be calling the race for the first time this weekend in Dover since joining Roush Racing and the No. 17 team.