NASCAR News for Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Kenseth’s No. 17 Car Inducted Into Daytona 500 Experience

After a late night flight back home to North Carolina, 2009 Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth returned to Daytona Beach for the Champion’s Breakfast. Car owner Jack Roush, crew chief Drew Blickensderfer and the crew of the No. 17 team were on hand to sign the car as it was inducted into the Daytona 500 Experience, where it will remain on display until next year’s Daytona 500.

Kenseth’s Daytona triumph was the first Daytona 500 trophy for owner Roush, who also scored his first Cup title in 2003 with Kenseth behind the wheel.

Said Roush, “The first 14 times that I came to Daytona for road racing I always took a trophy home – every time. As we started coming with the Cup cars and it didn’t happen right away, I kind of put it out of my mind and decided that I was snake-bit – that I had already had more success than I deserved and I would be denied this one.”

From the Champion’s Breakfast, Kenseth is set to embark on a whirlwind media tour between Monday and this weekend’s race at Fontana. Of all of his duties, Kenseth was thrilled about the opportunity to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman.

As a kid, I always watched Letterman with my dad,” said Kenseth. “Of any TV show I could ever be on, I’ve always wanted to be on Letterman.”

Entry Lists Show Full Fields for All Divisions at Fontana

After seeing healthy car counts for all three of its top racing divisions at Daytona, NASCAR’s preliminary entry lists for the weekend’s races at Fontana indicate that race fans will see full fields for the second consecutive week. 48 Cup cars, 46 Nationwide cars and 36 trucks are expected to contest the weekend’s races.

With the Daytona 500 in the rear-view mirror, a number of Cup teams announced driver changes for the Auto Club 500. Sterling Marlin will drive the No. 09 in place of Brad Keselowski, David Starr the No. 51 for Kelly Bires, Todd Bodine the No. 64 for Geoffrey Bodine, Dave Blaney the No. 66 for Todd Bodine, and David Gilliland the No. 71 for Mike Wallace. Mike Garvey’s No. 73 team will attempt the race, their second consecutive attempt.

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