Kenseth Looks For Texas Turnaround

FORT WORTH, Tex. - Texas Motor Speedway has been a favorite of Matt Kenseth's and the veteran driver is hoping a return to the 1.5-mile speedway this weekend will be the cure for a slow start to the 2008 season.

Kenseth finds himself 15th in the Sprint Cup Series point standings heading into Sunday's Samsung 500 with a series of disappointments to start the year.

His latest frustration came last week at Martinsville when a variety of spins and problems led to a 28th place finish in the Goody's Cool Orange 500.

Kenseth is hoping this week's stop at TMS will cure his early season woes.

“I always look forward to racing at Texas – especially after Martinsville and the troubles we had there," he said. Texas is nothing like Martinsville. It’s fast, there are several grooves and the racing is a lot of fun. So, to say the least, I’m ready to race there."

His past Texas performance no doubt has Kenseth anxious to come back to the Lone Star State.

Kenseth will make his 12th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at TMS this weekend. In 11 starts, Kenseth has posted one win, five top-five and six top-10 finishes. His average start at the 1.5-mile oval is 19.9, his average finish is 10.3.

“Texas is fast and since the pavement has aged a little bit, there are multiple grooves," Kenseth said. "You can move around a lot more – especially with the new cars. It’s more challenging and a lot of fun for the driver."

After finishing second twice last year at Texas, including losing the Samsung 500 to Jeff Burton on the final lap, Kenseth is up for the challenge of getting back to victory lane.

He'll also face the challenge of driving the new Sprint Cup car at Texas for the first time.

"I’m sure the racing will be somewhat different with the new cars," he said. "We’re bringing the car that I finished fifth with at Fontana earlier this year. I really like that car and have been happy with its performance so far. So, I’m expecting to unload and be competitive from the start. That makes it fun to come to the race track when you have that and hopefully we’ll have that this weekend.”

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