CONCORD, N.C. (May 15, 2009) – The No. 17 DEWALT Racing Team and driver Matt Kenseth turned three laps around the 1.5-mile quad oval of Lowe’s Motor Speedway and hit an error-free four-tire pit stop in 123.185 seconds, to earn a third-place starting position in Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race.
“They (the No. 17 pit crew) do a good job,” said Kenseth after the effort. “They work really hard, and they take a lot of pride in having good pit stops on these kind of days and on race day, so it was pretty solid. We’ve been really good this year. They obviously won a couple races for us and have had us in contention to win. We’ve been a little more inconsistent than we’d like, but they’ve been working really hard on it and our cars have been getting better and the pit stops are getting better, so I feel good about that.
“We weren’t really very good in race practice today, but we had a solid effort in qualifying,” added Kenseth in the post qualifying press conference. “I was pretty loose and lost a lot of time for those guys there (on the first lap). I thought we got on pit road good. Our pit stop was pretty good. I don’t think it was the fastest one, but it was pretty close to the fastest one and I didn’t do very good leaving pit road. There are a lot of things that go into qualifying good here and you’ve got to him them all just right to be able to run as fast as (pole sitter) Jimmie (Johnson) did.”
Johnson won the pole with a time of 121.416 on the sequence.
Kenseth will start his ninth consecutive Sprint All-Star race tomorrow night. He won the event in 2004 and has notched five top-fives in eight events. The qualifying effort marked the fourth time in eight races he has started inside the top three, including poles in 2002 and 2007.
The Sprint All-Star race is set for Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. EDT and will be preceded by the Sprint Showdown qualifying race at 7:30 p.m. Tomorrow night’s races will be televised by SPEED Channel. Prerace coverage is set for 7:00 p.m.