Iseason Preview:/I 17 Matt Kenseth

Driver: Matt Kenseth
No.: 17
Team: Roush Racing
Sponsor: DeWalt Tools
Make: Ford

2005 Rear View Mirror
Points: 7th
Wins: 1 (Bristol)
Poles: 2
Top 5's: 12
Top 10's: 17

A bad start to the season plagued the No. 17 team, which had to rally late in the year to make the "Chase." Kenseth and crew chief Robbie Reiser finally got things straightened out around June and went on a furious charge to make the post-season, a stretch that included a trip to victory lane at Bristol in August. But Kenseth stumbled at the beginning of the championship season and took himself out of contention for another title.

2006 Prognosis
Kenseth needs to avoid another slow start this season so he doesn't have to play catch-up all year. If there is some consistency early, Kenseth can again qualify for the "Chase," thanks in no small part to the chemistry between he and Reiser.

Race to the Chase
The odds of all five Roush teams again making the "Chase" aren't as good this year and unless Kenseth can regain the consistency he had in his 2003 title year, he could be on the outside looking in at this year's playoffs.

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