Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Kenseth Using Winning Texas Car In Attempt to Grab 2nd Charlotte Win

Kenseth is using his winning Texas chassis this week at Charlotte (Getty)
Matt Kenseth
Team: No. 17 Fluidmaster Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig

Chassis Choice: Will return in the same car (chassis No. 741) that he finished fifth with at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The car also finished runner-up in June's Michigan race and won at Texas. It last raced at Chicago where he started on the pole and finished 21st.

Kenseth on racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway: “Track position is important every race, but it seems to be even more important at Charlotte over the past couple of years with this new style of car. The pavement has a lot of grip, and even though the track gets pretty wide, it’s a real fast track that can be difficult to pass at, so track position turns out to be very important there. You always want your car handling the best you can in order to put yourself in position at the end to have a good finish, and we’re going to do our best to get the Fluidmaster Ford the best finish we can.”

Crew chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway: “I always look forward to racing at Charlotte since the track is right down the road from the shop. It’s our home track so you always want to race the very best you can here since so many of our family and friends are around. We’re bringing our race-winning car from Texas and it’s been a really strong car for us so far this season. We last raced it at Chicago and were up at the front of the field for most of the race. Matt has had a lot of success at Charlotte, so I hope we earn another great finish for our team Saturday night.”

• Kenseth earned his first career Sprint Cup series win at Charlotte on May 28, 2000
• Kenseth has an average starting position of 18.8 and an average finishing position of 14.9 at Charlotte
• Kenseth has achieved one win, six top-five, and 12 top-10 finishes at Charlotte in the Cup series
• Kenseth has completed 7,972 of 8,518 (93.6 percent) laps at Charlotte and led for a total of 409 laps
• This weekend Kenseth will pilot the No. 17 Fluidmaster Ford Fusion
• Kenseth is currently fifth in the Sprint Cup Series driver point standings

- Roush Fenway Racing, Press Release

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