Matt Kenseth — Best Buy Racing – Phoenix Advance

Matt Kenseth – NSCS ADVANCE

Team:          No. 17 Best Buy Ford Fusion

Crew Chief:  Jimmy Fennig


American Muscle

Chassis:      Primary: RK-790 (last run at Martinsville, Nov. 2011)

Kenseth NSCS record at Phoenix International Raceway:

Date            Event                                  S      F Laps          Status           Earnings

11/05/00      Checker Auto Parts 500        12     42      53/312   Crash            $45,700

10/28/01      Checker Auto Parts 500        38      4       312/312   Running        $97,960

11/10/02      Checker Auto Parts 500        28      1       312/312   Running        $211,895

11/02/03      Checker Auto Parts 500        37      6       312/312   Running        $86,000

11/07/04      Checker Auto Parts 500        16     36      280/315 Engine          $101,903

04/23/05      Subway Fresh 500                17     42      164/312    Crash            $107,021

11/13/05      Checker Auto Parts 500        16     32      310/312 Running        $109,161

04/22/06      Subway Fresh 500                  4      3       312/312      Running        $168,116

11/12/06      Checker Auto Parts 500        10     13      312/312 Running        $86,700

04/21/07      Subway Fresh Fit 500           17      5       312/312    Running        $149,766

11/11/07      Checker Auto Parts 500        18      3       312/312   Running        $172,291

04/12/08      Subway Fresh Fit 500           27     38      269/312   Running        $111,466

11/09/08      Checker Auto Parts 500        34     15      313/313 Running        $117,291

04/18/09      Subway Fresh Fit 500           17     27      311/312   Running        $113,440

11/15/09      Checker Auto Parts 500        28     18      311/312 Running        $115,765

04/10/10      Subway Fresh Fit 600           27      6       378/378    Running        $154,651

11/14/10      Kobalt Tools 500                   15      7 312/312      Running        $130,101

02/27/11      Subway Fresh Fit 500           24     12      312/312   Running        $114,986

11/13/11      Kobalt Tools 500                    1      34 238/312      Crash            $108,986

Races     Wins    Top 5s      Top 10s Poles        Earnings

Cumulative         19            1         5                8         1             $2,303,199

Kenseth on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:

“Phoenix is still a little bit of an unknown since they just repaved the track last year and the surface is still so new.  The pavement was very slick at the start when we came out here for testing as well as for the race at the end of the season, but I felt that the track got better and better as the race went on last November.  I think everyone is anxious to get on the track Friday and see what the weekend has in store for us.”

Crew chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:

“We had a really good car the last time we raced at Phoenix in the Fall and it was great to start from the pole.  The plan for this weekend is to use a very similar set-up to what we ran last November, and then continue to tweak and adjust during practice on Friday. We’ll make sure that we focus on handling and race trim during practice in order to give Matt the best car we can for Sunday’s race.”

FAST FACTS:

•        Kenseth has an average starting position of 20.3 and an average finishing position of 18.1 at Phoenix

•        In 19 starts, Kenseth has achieved one win, five top-five and eight top-10 finishes, and one pole at Phoenix in the Sprint Cup series

•        Kenseth has completed 5,435 of 5,998 (90.6 percent) laps at Phoenix and led for a total of 211 laps

•        This weekend at Phoenix, Kenseth will pilot the No. 17 Best Buy Ford Fusion

•        Entering this weekend, Kenseth is currently the leader in the NSCS driver point standings


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