Roush sings all-star winner's praises
Jack Roush paid NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge winner Matt Kenseth a big compliment after Saturday night's race, comparing his driver to the legendary David Pearson."Not to pump his head up any bigger than it should be or than it maybe already is," Roush said, "but the Wood Brothers have always been my heroes. Their drivers in their heyday have been my heroes as well, and Matt reminds me more of David Pearson than anybody that I've worked with.
"He's calculating. You have no idea how fast your car is until it's time for the checkered flag to really drop, but when the green flag drops you start to see what you have to work with."
Roush said he usually can tell when Kenseth has a good car by listening to what happens in the final Nextel Cup practice.
"If Matt gets himself halfway through it and he tells (crew chief) Robbie (Reiser) and the guys, `You know, I'm out of ideas. If you guys have something you want to try, let's try it. I'm pretty happy.' That's going be a real bad day for the competitors."
Biffle wishes for more power in his Ford
In addition to being upset because Roush Racing teammate Kurt Busch bumped and wrecked him early in the All-Star Challenge, Greg Biffle lamented that his team went into the race without the cylinder head Ford teams are trying to incorporate into their engines.
Elliott Sadler ran the new head a week earlier in the Chevy 400 at Richmond, Va., and five cars were to have them Saturday night. The engine partnership between Roush and Robert Yates could only get that many ready for the all-star event, so the five Ford teams highest in the points standings got them.
"I don't know what everybody had, but I know mine ran like Jack the Bear," Kenseth said. "That's just the way it is. ... It's not a lot better, but it's a little better."
Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett, Sadler and Busch also had the new package. -- David Poole, Charlotte Observer.