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Matt Kenseth posts his second Top 15 in 2018 at New Hampshire with a positive direction moving forward for Roush Fenway Racing

Matt Kenseth once again produced the extra step that he & Roush Fenway Racing wanted yesterday at New Hampshire.

Now Kenseth & the No.6 crew is eying better goals as Top 10 challengers on a regular basis.

Race Recap

Matt Kenseth started from 31st where he made some progress up to 26th until the 1st caution came out on Lap 14.

That allowed the No.6 crew to make changes in Kenseth’s car with new adjustments added in time for the next restart.

Kenseth did survive the next caution around the Top 25 mark before he took the wave around during the competition caution on Lap 35.

He restarted in 4th before falling to 19th following a debris setback in Stage 1.

Kenseth’s No.6 crew made adjustments during the stage break before he ran quietly throughout the second stanza in 21st.

At the halfway mark, Kenseth gave his feedback in the No.6 Ford Fusion where he felt tight along with left front fender damage.

So the No.6 crew altered fresh four tires, fuel & a wedge adjustment to see if the tightness begins to wear off.

Kenseth never gave up a fight with plenty of adjustments bandaged thanks to the last two caution stops.

It enabled to him to stay out on track problem free before he steered home in 15th.

His 2018 Season So Far.

  • Six Starts
  • 1509 of 1528 Laps Completed, 98.8%
  • Highest Starting Spot: 17th, May 2018 in Charlotte
  • Best Finish: 13th, June 2018 in Pocono
  • Average Start: 24.2 & Finish: 22.2
  • DNF: One, Crash (Kansas).

Results

  • 36th, Kansas
  • 17th, Charlotte
  • 13th, Pocono
  • 33rd, Michigan
  • 19th, Kentucky
  • 15th, New Hampshire

Conclusion

With another Top 15 finish to his name for the second time this year, things are improving on the right page at Roush Fenway Racing.

If yesterday’s race raced most of the time without yellow flags, then the result would’ve been much different good or bad.

You can say whatever you like on social media that these Roush Fenway’s cars are absolute “junk.”

But Kenseth & the No.6 crew are working behind the scenes both in the garage & at the race shop day by day to help become regular Top 10 challenges.

Roush took this action three months ago when they needed extra help after Trevor Bayne’s inconsistent runs persist.

And they turned the tables on Kenseth who is the man who can offer that expertise to flip them back in luxury mode alongside the other fast Ford cars.

You’re looking at the robust Team Penske & Stewart-Haas teams.

And as long as the car isn’t “junk,” Matt Kenseth will prove you wrong the next time he eventually reaches his first Top 10 since Homestead.

There’s still a lot more work to analyze from yesterday’s race this week for Kenseth at the RFR race shop.

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