Just when you think Matt Kenseth is ‘out’ of either a race or a championship run, he always seems to find a way to get it done, and he did just that Saturday night at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The win was not only a great momentum starter for the Wisconsin native, but it was also a great points night, as Kenseth is now third in the point standings (only seven points back). Could this be Kenseth’s year?
Before the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, most thought Kenseth wouldn’t be successful again after the Robbie Reiser breakup a few seasons back. Kenseth experienced several crew chief changes since then, and it seems as if Jack Roush and Matt Kenseth have found someone (Jimmy Fennig) who could get Kenseth to his second championship in the NSCS without any problems.
Kenseth last won the championship in 2003, the year before NASCAR moved to the Chase format. Many thought NASCAR made the change as a result of Kenseth’s consistent style that helped him to score points week after week.
“It doesn’t really matter to me that much what everybody thinks,” Kenseth said. “We’re in it or out of it or whatever. What’s important to me is trying to win races and trying to be competitive and go do the best job we can do every week.
“If somebody wants to say I’m boring or whatever — I was hired to try to go win races and try to run good and that’s what I try to do every week.”