Richmond: Matt Kenseth preview

FAMILIAR FACE FOR THE NO. 16 TEAM - The No. 16 will have a familiar face behind the wheel this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. Matt Kenseth will make his 19th career start and ninth start for Roush Fenway Racing at the .75-mile track in...

FAMILIAR FACE FOR THE NO. 16 TEAM - The No. 16 will have a familiar face behind the wheel this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. Matt Kenseth will make his 19th career start and ninth start for Roush Fenway Racing at the .75-mile track in the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Friday night. Kenseth competed in 14 races with crew chief Eddie Pardue and the No. 16 team last season.

KENSETH AT RICHMOND - In 18 starts at Richmond, Kenseth owns 12 top-fives, 15 top-10s and two pole awards with an average start of 11.7 and average finish of 6.2. In his last trip to Richmond in 2009, Kenseth started from the pole, finished third and led two laps.

CHASSIS SELECTION - Crew chief Eddie Pardue has selected RK-461 this weekend for the Bubba Burger 250 at Richmond. This car was driven previously by David Ragan last fall at Phoenix International Raceway where he qualified ninth and finished sixth.

Kenseth, on getting into the No. 16 car at Richmond: "I'm really looking forward to driving the No. 16 Ford this weekend at Richmond. I've been looking to run some races for awhile in the Nationwide Series this year and I know our team was looking for sponsors this off-season in order to make that a possibility for me. I think we've got a great No. 16 team over here. I worked with Eddie Pardue last year and he's a really good guy, so I'm looking forward to running good this weekend at Richmond. We've had some success there in the past and I know we'll have a great run in our No. 16 Ford on Friday."

Crew chief Eddie Pardue, on heading to Richmond with Matt Kenseth: "It's always great to work with a champion like Matt Kenseth and we're thrilled to have him back in the car this weekend. We had a great run at Richmond in the No. 16 at Richmond last year with Matt qualifying on the pole and finishing third. I think we have a good chance of improving on that run this weekend. There are few things better than short track racing on a Friday night at Richmond and we're excited to put on a good show for the fans."

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , David Ragan