Dover, DE (September 29, 2012) – For Roush Fenway’s driver of the No. 17 Ford, Matt Kenseth, Dover International Speedway is the driver’s favorite track on the Sprint Cup Series circuit. Statistically speaking, the one-mile high-banked track is one of Kenseth’s most successful as well, but after a disappointing two practice sessions on Friday, the team struggled to get the handling right on their Ford EcoBoost Fusion.
Sprint Cup teams had two practice sessions on Friday afternoon to shake down their race cars in preparation for Saturday’s qualifying. Kenseth ended up 44th and 38th in the practices and told his team that the car was too loose in entry and exit, as well as too tight in the center and hitting the splitter. The handling made it difficult for Kenseth to turn and the team continued to try various set-ups aimed at helping with the drive of the car.
Qualifying for the series took place at 1:40pm on Saturday afternoon with Kenseth going out fifth. The No. 17 Ford EcoBoost Fusion posted a fast lap time of 22.786 seconds (157.992 mph) which earned Kenseth the 12th starting position for Sunday.
“We struggled a lot yesterday, so it was a good lap,” commented Kenseth following his qualifying effort. “I have no idea where that lap will stack up, but it was a decent lap to how we have been running so far this weekend. We were so far off yesterday that we never worked on qualifying set-ups at all, so that was our first lap in qualifying trim.”
The AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway will be televised on Sunday, September 30th starting at 1:00p.m. EST on ESPN, with radio coverage presented by the Motor Racing Network (MRN).