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NASCAR: Matt Kenseth’s Coca-Cola 600 Preview for Sunday with Roush Fenway Racing after he qualified 17th fastest last night

Matt Kenseth will start this Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 17th.

From there, Kenseth will be alongside former Roush Fenway XFINITY Series alumni Chris Buescher in 18th on the 9th row of the field.

Matt Kenseth’s Charlotte Motor Speedway Cup Record

He made a whole lot of 37 appearances at Charlotte Motor Speedway since 1999.

Though, his last ten Charlotte Races comes up in the No.20 Toyota Camry with Joe Gibbs Racing.

Kenseth may not have an excellent debut in Concord, North Carolina during his part-time year in October 1999.

But, during the Coca-Cola 600 in May 2000, Kenseth did take out his first ever Cup Series win at this track.

It’s a joyous occasion for Kenseth to embrace that moment during the Memorial Day weekend at that time.

Though, that win marked his only win in his rookie Cup season.

Over the next 11 and a half years, Kenseth finished towards the Top 5 five times.

But, neither of these occasions saw him clinch a win.

Results

  • 2nd, May 2002 & 2003
  • 3rd, May 2004
  • 5th, May 2006
  • 2nd, October 2009

Then, Kenseth clinched his 2nd Charlotte Cup race win which is the Bank of America 500 in October 2011.

During his time at Joe Gibbs Racing, Kenseth made back to back Top 5s when he came 3rd twice spanning from October 2013-May 2014.

He clinched two pole awards throughout both Spring and Fall races in 2015.

But, Kenseth unable to convert from pole position to a race win.

That’s where he came 4th in the Coca-Cola 600 & last with a wreck at the time.

Though, in his last four appearances, Kenseth comfortably finished inside the Top 5 & towards the back end of the Top 10 mark.

Results

  • 7th, May 2016
  • 2nd, October 2016
  • 4th, May 2017
  • 11th, October 2017

Summary

  • 37 Appearances
  • 12,611 of 13,259 Laps Completed, 95.1%
  • 704 Laps Led
  • Two Pole Awards, May and October 2015
  • Two Wins, May 2000 & October 2011
  • 12 Top 5s, 32.4%
  • 20 Top 10 finishes, 54.1%
  • Average Start: 15.9 & Finish: 13.3
  • Average Driver Rating: 96.1

Did Not Finishes: Six

  • Engine, October 2002
  • Crash, October 1999, May 2005, October 2007, 2008 & 2015.

His 2018 Season Statistics

  • One Event
  • 250 of 267 laps completed, 93.6%
  • Average Start: 35 & Finish: 36
  • DNF: One, Crash (May 2017 in Kansas)

Conclusion

It’s great to see Matt Kenseth go past Round 2 of Qualifying which maximized his opportunity to qualify within the Top 15.

It’s still early days for Kenseth to identify the pros and cons since he came back to Roush on a part-time basis.

But, he did very well during the All-Star Qualifying last week where he won the Pole Award.

Although, he may not have a great All-Star run towards the checkered flag.

However, it looks like the No.6 Ford Fusion is beginning to close the gap when it comes to finding the adequate speed towards Kenseth’s team-mate Ricky Stenhouse’s No.17 car.

Stenhouse will start up at Row 7 in 13th alongside Paul Menard.

For now, Kenseth will have a day off today before getting back to work for the 2nd Practice and Happy Hour Morning Sessions tomorrow.

It’s all about trying to get the car’s balance just right with the long and short track run.

That way, his No.6 crew will be prepared to set up a plan from start to finish for Sunday night so Kenseth can end this weekend problem free.

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