Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 9/8/14
Matt Kenseth has 13 starts at the Kansas Speedway, but no victories to his credit so far. He has been able to earn a pole, 4 top 5s, and 7 top 10 finishes in those 13 starts. He finished fourth one year ago and again mirrored that in the spring at this race. He sits 11th in points and needs a strong run to continue a mark up the Chase ladder. Team:          No. 17 Zest Ford Fusion Crew Chief:  Jimmy Fennig Chassis:      Primary: RK-826 (brand new chassis)                                   Matt Kenseth on racing at Kansas Speedway: “They did a really nice job with the repave at Kansas Speedway.  They put a little bit more banking in it and the track was really smooth when we went out there for our test.  It reminded me a lot of Las Vegas after they changed that track. I’m not sure if they did or not, but it seems like they narrowed up the groove a lot, especially in Turn 1. As much as they have been dragging tires and getting everyone out on the track at Kansas, I think it will be good for this weekend’s racing.” Crew chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Kansas Speedway: “We’re bringing a brand new car with us this weekend to Kansas.  We participated in a tire test on this new surface, but we also have two extra days on track this week to get ready for this weekend.  We have a few ideas that we’re going to try and see what ends up being the best to put into our car for this weekend.  It’s a whole different track now but I have a feeling that we’ll see the cars start out slow, but as more rubber builds into the track, the faster they’ll go and more grip they’ll have.” -Kenseth has an average starting position of 13.8 and an average finishing position of 16.9 at Kansas -Kenseth has achieved one pole, four top-five and seven top-10 finishes at Kansas in the Cup series -Kenseth has completed 3,205 of 3,419 (93.7 percent) laps at Kansas and led for a total of 238 laps - This weekend at Kansas, Kenseth will pilot the No. 17 Zest Ford Fusion - Entering this weekend, Kenseth is currently 11th in the NSCS Chase driver point standings
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