Matt Kenseth and his Joe Gibbs Racing team brought a Toyota painted up with the slogan of “Let’s Do This” for sponsor The Home Depot. After winning the first two races in the Chase, it seemed like a fitting pairing. At Dover, he led twice for 36 laps, but in the end it was a seventh place finish for the championship leader.
“When you look up, it’s everybody that finished in front of you — it’s all cars that you’re racing for points. Overall, for how bad I felt like we struggled with the car, that was a decent finish,” commented Kenseth after the completion of the race.
Despite being up front and in the top-5 for most of the race, it wasn’t as good of an outing as everyone else saw for Kenseth.
“We kind of missed it today, but there’s times we ran a lot better than that. We got caught with being the last on two tires and restarting on the inside, which was really bad. Still salvaged a respectable finish, but certainly I wanted to do better than that,” continued Kenseth.
His finish could have been better had it not been for a late caution that took fuel mileage out of the equation. Half the drivers seemed ok with it, put Kenseth down as part of the group that didn’t want to see the caution.
“No, I really wasn’t (happy to see the last caution) because we were running second I think and Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) said nobody could really make it. None of the guys that were going to win the race were going to make it and a lot of those cars that I think were trying to make it were already a lap down, so I wish it would have went green to the end. I think that would have got us a top-three or four,” explained Kenseth.
Kenseth and crew will look to rebound at the Hollywood Casino 400 is next up from the Kansas Speedway for the Sprint Cup Series. The action gets underway Sunday, October 6th, at 2:00 PM EST and can be seen live on ESPN.