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Matt Kenseth looked more ready than ever this weekend at Darlington since he last competed at Watkins Glen

Matt Kenseth returns to the No.6 Ford Fusion for the first time since he last competed at Watkins Glen a few weeks ago.

He’s more ready than ever to kickstart the month of September with a bang for Roush Fenway Racing.

It may not be a throwback paint scheme this time around since he returned to Cup level part-time.

But Oscar Mayer will reunite with Kenseth as his sponsor for the weekend dating back in the early 2000s which includes his Championship year & Daytona 500 victory in 2003.

You may revisit one of his Limited Edition Hot Wheels “Weinermobile” toy set or “Haul Buns” at the time.

His Darlington Raceway Cup Series Record

Kenseth made 24 starts in Darlington, South Carolina since his five-race part-time Cup year in 1999.

His debut may have gone wrong early via a crash.

But when the year reached the millennium in 2000, Kenseth scored his first Top 10 in 6th from 16th during March.

Although, during the next of his three Darlington races from late 2000 & throughout 2001, Kenseth finished outside the Top 10 with a bare finish of 19th.

Results

  • 33rd, September 2000
  • 19th, March 2001
  • 23rd, September 2001

Through both March races during 2002-03, Kenseth finished back to back Top 10 runs in 8th twice.

However, during both September races at that time, he finished 37th in 2002 before coming home in 14th the following year.

Then the long Top-10 less drought continues during the final March & November event phase in 2004 in 31st & 20th respectively.

As Darlington only hosts one event ever since (May 2005-2014, September 2015-) from 2005, the drought still held on in 26th until Kenseth finally scored a double feat at this track a year later.

That’s where he first scored his Top 5 in 3rd which is also his 4th Top 10 in three years.

Kenseth tied another three Top 10s into his fourth straight run via his first Pole Award into 2009.

Results

  • 7th, 2007
  • 6th, 2008
  • 10th from 1st, 2009

Kenseth failed to secure a Top 10 twice having finished 13th in 2010 & 25th during 2011.

In 2012, he left Roush on his first stint with the famed No.17 Ford Fusion of 6th since the last time he got his Top 10 from 2009.

When he switched to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013, Kenseth not only scored his 2nd Top 5 since a long time dating back to 2006.

But Kenseth ultimately won his only visit in victory lane so far at this track.

It’s the best move Kenseth wanted a fresh start having raced Fords for 15 years straight before swapping for a Toyota Camry with Joe Gibbs Racing.

In 2014, Kenseth made back to back Top 5s for the third time in 4th before he ended his long run of Three staight Top 10s at P21 in 2015.

In the last two years, he tied another back to back Top 10 finishes where he finished 6th twice during his final years in the No.20 Toyota before Erik Jones took his place at the start of this year.

Summary

  • 24 Starts
  • 8091 of 8316 Laps Completed, 97.3%
  • 193 Laps Led
  • One Win, 4.2%
  • Three Top 5, 12.5%
  • 12 Top 10, 50%
  • Average Start: 19.9 & Finish: 15.4
  • DNF: One

His 2018 Season So Far.

  • Eight Starts
  • 1762 of 1782 Laps Completed, 98.9%
  • Highest Starting Spot: 17th, May 2018 in Charlotte
  • Best Finish: 13th, June 2018 in Pocono
  • Average Start: 22.8 & Finish: 22.5
  • DNF: One, Crash (Kansas).

Results

  • 36th, Kansas
  • 17th, Charlotte
  • 13th, Pocono
  • 33rd, Michigan
  • 19th, Kentucky
  • 15th, New Hampshire
  • 18th, Pocono
  • 29th, Watkins Glen

 Conclusion

Although, you can credit Trevor Bayne with the job well done two weeks ago in 11th at Bristol.

But, Kenseth hopes to carry hopefully the fast No.6 Ford Fusion in place this weekend.

So there’s a chance that he could finish even higher than Bayne’s 11th.

His last race around at Watkins Glen didn’t end well through a spin late in Stage 3.

But he finished three times in the Top 20 throughout mid to late July.

Results

  • 19th, Kentucky
  • 15th, New Hampshire
  • 18th, Pocono

Now the hard work re-starts again as he has another two weeks of races at Darlington & Indianapolis as Kenseth prepares to smash his previous best finish of 2018 in 13th from Pocono back in June.

He’ll remind race fans that he & his throwback sponsor can see glimpses of what Roush Fenway used to dominate against the best during the early 2000s.

As long as the car isn’t junk, Kenseth hopes to steer his No.6 Oscar Meyer Ford Fusion can finish in the Top 10 by Sunday night.

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