Matt Kenseth — Ford EcoBoost – Fontana Advance

[media-credit name=”autoclubspeedway.com” align=”alignright” width=”200″][/media-credit]Matt Kenseth – NSCS ADVANCE

Team:          No. 17 Ford EcoBoost Fusion

Crew Chief:  Jimmy Fennig


American Muscle

Chassis:      Primary: RK-787 (Last run at Texas, Nov. 2011)

Kenseth NSCS record at Auto Club Speedway:

Date          Event                                S      F      Laps        Status        Earnings

04/30/00    NAPA Auto Parts 500          23     3      250/250 Running      $114,325

04/29/01    NAPA Auto Parts 500          23    17     250/250 Running      $61,500

04/28/02    NAPA Auto Parts 500          20    20     249/250 Running      $77,550

04/27/03    Auto Club 500                     23     9      250/250 Running      $95,425

05/02/04    Auto Club 500                     25     4      250/250 Running      $172,578

09/05/04    Pop Secret 500                   30    22     250/250 Running      $129,803

02/27/05    Auto Club                            6     26     249/250    Running      $127,286

09/04/05    SONY HD 500                    23     7      254/254 Running      $150,286

02/26/06    Auto Club 500                     31     1      251/251 Running      $324,991

09/03/06    SONY HD 500                    11     7      250/250 Running      $146,641

02/25/07    Auto Club 500                     25     1      250/250 Running      $342,316

09/02/07    Sharp Aquos 500                36     7      250/250 Running      $158,941

02/24/08    Auto Club 500                      4      5      250/250   Running      $169,841

08/31/08    Pepsi 500                           27     5      250/250    Running      $169,941

02/22/09    Auto Club 500                     24     1      250/250 Running      $346,615

10/11/09    Pepsi 500                           17    13     250/250   Running      $144,340

02/21/10    Auto Club 500                     20     7      250/250 Running      $152,201

10/10/10    Pepsi Max 400                     3     30     200/200 Running      $119,101

03/27/11    Auto Club 400                     11     4      200/200 Running      $172,111

Races     Wins    Top 5s     Top 10s Poles        Earnings

Cumulative         19            3           8              13         0           $3,175,792

Kenseth on racing at Auto Club Speedway:

“Fontana has always has been a track that I really enjoy racing at but it has changed a lot the last few years. It seems like we used to have a better handle on it before it got really rough, the cracks got wide, it wore out and the groove moved up so much. It is a really fun track and really challenging because of the huge cracks in the corners you have to drive around combined with the seams in the pavement. In order to have a good car, you have to get through the corners faster than everybody else. Everyone thinks it is a big horsepower track because it is a two-mile track, but it gets so slick and there is not a lot of grip in the corners as the run goes on. You just need to really have your car balanced well and have that momentum through the corners.”

Crew chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Auto Club Speedway:

“Fontana is a place where Matt (Kenseth) and the Roush cars in general have done well at in the past.  We had a strong finish at Bristol last weekend, and our goal is to continue to run up front again this weekend.  Fontana is a wide track where horsepower and handling really come into play, along with aerodynamics since it’s a down-force track. It’s also a place where we’ve seen tire wear come into play during the weekend, so there really are a lot of factors you need to work on in order to have a successful race out there.”

FAST FACTS:

•        In 19 Cup starts at Fontana, Kenseth has completed 4,653 of 4,655 laps (99.9 percent) and led for 497

•        Kenseth has an average starting position of 20.6 and an average finishing position of 9.9 at ACS

•        Kenseth has achieved three wins, seven top-five  and 13 top-10 finishes at Fontana in the Cup series

•        Kenseth has finished within the top ten in 10 of his last 12 starts at Auto Club Speedway

•        This weekend at Fontana, Kenseth will pilot the No. 17 Ford EcoBoost Fusion

•        Entering the weekend at Fontana, Kenseth is currently 3rd in the NSCS driver point standings


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