Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Kobalt Tools 400: Matt Kenseth Race Preview

Matt Kenseth – NSCS ADVANCE
Team: No. 17 Zest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief:  Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: Primary: RK-741 (Last run at Homestead)

Kenseth on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
“I’m looking forward to racing at Las Vegas this weekend because Roush Fenway has a successful history at 1.5-mile tracks.  Last year we earned the pole which was just a testament to the fact that Jimmy (Fennig) and the guys have been doing such a great job setting up our cars each and every week. Las Vegas is a bumpier race track so we will spend time making sure that our balance and shock packages are exactly where we need them to be.  Handling is a priority at Las Vegas because if we can get our car into the corners faster, we can run down the straightaway faster.”

Crew chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
“Las Vegas has been a good track for this team and organization, so I’m looking forward to racing there this weekend.  It’s a racetrack I enjoy every year because I always look forward to having a fast race car there, and Matt (Kenseth) has had a lot of successful races at Las Vegas as well.  We’re bringing a car that was a multiple race-winning car last year for us, so we’re hoping to have similar results out of it starting this weekend for our Zest team.”

•        Kenseth is rated fourth among active drivers for the best average finish at LVMS with a 11.7 average
•        Kenseth’s 450 laps led are the second most in track history at LVMS
•        Kenseth has an average starting position of 17.7 and an average finishing position of 11.7 at Las Vegas
•        In 12 starts, Kenseth has achieved one pole, two wins, five top-five and six top-10 finishes at Las Vegas in the Sprint Cup series
•        Kenseth has completed 2,826 of 3,106 (91.0 percent) laps at Las Vegas and led for a total of 450 laps
•        This weekend at Las Vegas, Kenseth will pilot the No. 17 Zest Ford Fusion
•        Entering this weekend, Kenseth is currently fourth in the NSCS driver point standings