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First Chase race thwarted by rain

"We have a competition yellow on lap 30 to get the tyres off and take a look at it and by then the track should be pretty well rubbered in and hopefully back to similar conditions we practiced in," explained polesitter Matt Kenseth. "There is going to be a lot of grip to start off. The track should have a ton of grip."

Kenseth's crew chief Jimmy Fennig was also taking the postponement in his stride, when asked if the delay affected the team's approach to the race.

"It doesn't really. We are pretty well set. The car is on the line. A delay is no big deal," Fennig said. "We might look at the temperature and readjust our tape [on the air-intake grille] or something like that, something little. We will just go on and plan like we had planned."

"I think we are okay," insisted Kenseth about his chances for tomorrow. "I think we need some improvements. I don't think we are a dominant car right now by any means ... . I think we will be close when we start the race and hopefully we can adjust from there."

Monday will tell if that's the case, and whether Kenseth can find success in the first race of the 2011 championship Chase.




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