April 22, 2009 10:50 AM

Matt Kenseth 2009 Talladega Advance

After struggling at Phoenix, Kenseth and the DEWALT team will look to get back on track this weekend at Talladega, where the series will host its second restrictor-plate race of the season. Kenseth won the first this season in the Daytona 500, his first victory on a restrictor-place track.

“Talladega is a lot like going to a 200-mph go-cart track. Everyone’s cars handle there and you run wide open all day. At Daytona, the corners are much tighter and the surface is worn out, so handling is really important, but at Talladega it is much more about drafting and getting into the right position.
“The challenge is not getting in a wreck. You also have to have your car in the right place, with the right cars, so you don’t get hung out and lose a lot of positions. “We had a really tough race last week. To be honest, we’ve been less than stellar since winning the first two races of the season. We have to get the cars running better and we have to be much more consistent on pit road to have a shot at making the Chase and competing this season. I know we have the guys on this DEWALT team to get the job done, we just have to keep working until we find what we need to be more competitive week in and week out.”

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