Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Kenseth's California notes

Matt Kenseth, winner of the season-opening Daytona 500, heads to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana with a strong start and ton of confidence.
But there's not much drivers can take from Daytona, where cars are run with restrictor plates, to the other tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit.
Fontana is where the real season starts for many of the Cup drivers, especially those with aspirations of making the Chase at the end of the season.
For the first time, the notes teams have from previous races at Fontana will be valuable. NASCAR started using the Car of Tomorrow at all tracks last year, and Kenseth said the two races the Cup drivers had at the track will give teams useful information.
“I think it’ll be pretty important," Kenseth said. "If it was any other year, I’d say they wouldn’t be that important with the other car, but since we’ve switched to this car and we ran it at every race track last year, there have been zero rules changes to the car, so we have the same exact aerodynamic package we had when we went to both races last year."

The cars and the rules haven't changed. But there are some other variables. Goodyear has a new tire and weather and track conditions could be a factor as well.
"Of course, if the tire is different there are still some variables there with track conditions and tires and stuff like that," Kenseth said, "but, basically, we rely on our notes from last time with what we do and then they try to improve on that everytime we go back.”

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