Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Matt Kenseth Bringing His Vegas Lucky Charm To Texas This Week

Matt Kenseth doesn't have the great Charlotte test times with the new spoiler on that some of the other contenders have, but what he does have is great past Texas history and a great car this week. As for his history, an average finsh position of 9.3 is tops among all drivers at Texas and has also led a track record 497 laps. Kenseth has also led a lap in eight of the last 10 Texas races.

Speaking of leading laps, he'll be bringing his same chassis that ran near the front for much of the day in Las Vegas. Since Texas is so similar to Las Vegas, Atlanta, and Charlotte, it serves well to look back at some of the like-track performances and see who was the best combined on the first two runs thus far. Kenseth is the only driver to finish in the top-5 of both Vegas and Atlanta. He's a good look this week with high odds.

Kenseth on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas to me is a track that’s more about real racing and making sure that you have a car that handles better than the rest of the guys, so that you can make sure you’re the fastest car around the track every lap. I’m a little unsure about how the spoiler change may effect the racing action this weekend heading into Texas. I don’t foresee any big changes, but we won’t know until we get all the cars on track for practice. Texas is a track that I really enjoy a lot and we’ve been very successful here, so I always look forward to racing at Texas Motor Speedway."

Crew chief Todd Parrott on racing at Texas Motor Speedway:
"There is a new tire for this weekend at Texas, as well as the fact that we’re running the spoiler for the first time, so there are a lot of unknowns this weekend. The guys in our engineering and wind tunnel programs have put in countless hours to make sure that we have as much data as we head into this 1.5-mile high-banked track. We’re taking the same car we ran at Las Vegas and I have a lot of confidence in that car since we ran up front all day. I love Texas and have been fortunate enough to have won some races there, so I’m optimistic for this weekend."

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