Darlington: Matt Kenseth preview

BACK TO TAME LADY IN BLACK - Making his second start in the No. 16 Coupons.com Ford, Matt Kenseth returns to the site of his last Nationwide Series win with the hopes of returning to victory lane once again. Even though he did not lead a green...

BACK TO TAME LADY IN BLACK - Making his second start in the No. 16 Coupons.com Ford, Matt Kenseth returns to the site of his last Nationwide Series win with the hopes of returning to victory lane once again. Even though he did not lead a green flag lap the entire race, Kenseth survived a green-white-checker finish and led the most important lap to win his first and only Nationwide Series race of 2009.

RIDING FOR A GOOD CAUSE - This week, Kenseth joined NASCAR driver and analyst Kyle Petty on his annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America to raise awareness and funds for Petty's Victory Junction Gang Camp which is located in Randleman, N.C. Kenseth, an avid motorcycle rider, spent the beginning part of the week on his Harley with the group as they made their way across the western part of the country.

CHASSIS SELECTION - Crew chief Eddie Pardue has selected RK-372 this weekend for the Royal Purple 200 at Darlington Raceway. This car was last driven by Colin Braun at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where he qualified 11th and finished 28th.

Kenseth, on going back to Darlington, his last NNS win: "Darlington is a great race track, known for its history and unique layout. It's very fast and narrow, and the biggest challenge is getting around there as fast as possible, without hitting the wall. Since they paved it a few years ago, it's a pretty difficult place to race. You need a really fast car and you have to have the track position at the end of the race. We were fortunate enough to win last year's Nationwide Series race and I'd like to get another good finish for this No. 16 Coupons.com team Friday night in order to help them improve their position in the point standings."

Crew chief Eddie Pardue, on returning to Darlington: "I'm definitely looking forward to going back to Darlington. Matt (Kenseth) has an awesome track record there with several wins and top-10s. The No. 16 team came away with a victory last year and we will expect nothing less this time around. The tradition of Darlington is special and it's always an exciting race for us as well as the fans."

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Kyle Petty , Colin Braun