Matt Kenseth — Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation/Gary Sinise Foundation – Martinsville Advance

[media-credit name=”martinsvillespeedway.com” align=”alignright” width=”272″][/media-credit]Matt Kenseth – NSCS ADVANCE

Team:          No. 17 Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation/Gary Sinise Foundation Ford Fusion

Crew Chief:  Jimmy Fennig


American Muscle

Chassis:      Primary: RK-790 (Last ran at Martinsville, Oct. 2011)

Kenseth NSCS record at Martinsville Speedway:

Date            Event                                    S      F  Laps         Status        Earnings

04/09/00      Goody’s 500                           31    21 498/500     Running      $38,625

10/01/00      NAPA Autocare 500                37    34      447/500   Running      $32,700

04/08/01      Virginia 500                            25     6 500/500     Running      $57,750

10/15/01      Old Dominion 500                    22   36 459/500     Rear End    $37,725

04/14/02      Virginia 500                            26     2 500/500     Running      $97,165

10/20/02      Old Dominion 500                    17   19 499/500     Running      $55,875

04/13/03      Virginia 500                            34    22 499/500     Running      $66,725

10/19/03      Subway 500                            14   13 500/500     Running      $68,400

04/18/04      Advance Auto Parts 500           29    8        500/500    Running      $113,728

10/24/04      Subway 500                            25   16 500/500     Running      $108,203

04/10/05      Advance Auto Parts 500           18   11       500/500   Running      $118,186

10/23/05      Subway 500                            25   12 500/500     Running      $116,461

04/02/06      DirecTV 500                            16   24 493/500     Accident     $113,491

10/22/06      Subway 500                            20   11 500/500     Running      $118,716

04/01/07      Goody’s 500                            33   10 500/500     Running      $130,266

10/21/07      Subway 500                            24     5 506/506     Running      $147,916

03/30/08      Goody’s 500                            28   30 496/500     Running      $117,066

10/19/08      Tums 500                                11     8 504/504     Running      $123,416

03/29/09      Goody’s 500                            10   23 499/500     Running      $119,715

10/25/09      Tums 500                                32   14 501/501     Running      $120,290

03/29/10      Goody’s Fast Relief 500             2   18       508/508     Running      $118,951

10/24/10      Tum’s Fast Relief 500               32   15 500/500     Running      $120,951

04/03/11      Goody’s Fast Relief 500            24    6       500/500     Running      $123,461

10/30/11      Tum’s Fast Relief 500                2    31 477/500     Running      $106,461

Races      Wins     Top 5s    Top 10s Poles        Earnings

Cumulative         24             0            2              7          0            $2,372,243

Kenseth on racing at Martinsville Speedway:

“Martinsville is a challenging track because it’s easy to get caught up in things that are beyond your control and you need to make sure that you try and remain patient.  I never like getting run into or running into others during the race but most times, things like that happen at short tracks like Martinsville, I think that’s the most challenging aspect of racing there.  There’s not a lot of room to maneuver for position since we don’t really have an outside groove as an option.  We have a special paint scheme this weekend honoring USMC Corporal Josh ‘JB’ Kerns and I really hope that we can earn a finish that would make him proud.”

Crew chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Martinsville Speedway:

“Martinsville is a challenging short track for drivers because it’s a place where there is such limited room to pass since there aren’t long straightaways so qualifying and handling are two aspects that we’ll spend a lot of time on this weekend.  The last time we raced here we got beat off the corners a bit so we will also work on making sure our No. 17 Ford has good drive off the corners.  My plan is to work on race trim and then switch over to qualifying trim so that we can get a good session working with that set-up as well.”

FAST FACTS:

•        In 24 Cup starts at Martinsville, Kenseth has completed 11,886 of 12,019 laps (98.9 percent) and led for 71 laps

•        Kenseth has an average starting position of 22.4 and an average finishing position of 16.5 at Martinsville

•        Kenseth has achieved two top-five and seven top-10 finishes at Martinsville in the Cup series

•        This weekend at Martinsville, Kenseth will pilot the No. 17 Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation/Gary Sinise Foundation Ford Fusion

•        Entering the weekend at Martinsville, Kenseth is currently sixth in the NSCS driver point standings


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