Posts tagged: Matt Kenseth

Apr 26 2009

Matt Kenseth’s Wreck in Talladega

Here’s the video from the Matt Kenseth crash in the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Super speedway.

And here’s a video that was uploaded of some of the best crashes and wrecks at Talladega motor speedway.

Apr 03 2009

Reutimann Claims Pole in Texas

I didn’t get to see any of the qualifying, as usual, but David Reutimann claimed the pole, his second, with a time of 28.344 running at 190.516 mph. Both Jeff Gordon, 2nd, and Matt Kenseth, 3rd, said they went through turns three and four easier than normal because of the wind, but “the Franchise” said they think things through more than he does, so he didn’t hold back in 3 and 4 and pulled down the best time.

Here is how they qualified:
1 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 190.516 28.344 Leader
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet National Guard GED Plus / DuPont 190.194 28.392 -0.048
3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 189.954 28.428 -0.084
4 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 189.934 28.431 -0.087
5 98 Paul Menard Ford Quaker State / Menards 189.907 28.435 -0.091
6 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 189.900 28.436 -0.092
7 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 189.807 28.450 -0.106
8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 189.427 28.507 -0.163
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt “Tough Tools for Cool Schools” 189.421 28.508 -0.164
10 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 189.268 28.531 -0.187
11 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Clorox / Kingsford / Little Debbie 189.221 28.538 -0.194
12 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 189.215 28.539 -0.195
13 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 189.175 28.545 -0.201
14 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 189.155 28.548 -0.204
15 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 189.122 28.553 -0.209
16 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 188.857 28.593 -0.249
17 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 188.831 28.597 -0.253
18 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 188.778 28.605 -0.261
19 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 188.772 28.606 -0.262
20 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 188.745 28.610 -0.266
21 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 188.626 28.628 -0.284
22 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 188.541 28.641 -0.297
23 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Cheez-It / Carquest 188.515 28.645 -0.301
24 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com 188.469 28.652 -0.308
25 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Super 8 188.298 28.678 -0.334
26 34 John Andretti Chevrolet MyAutoLoan.com 188.291 28.679 -0.335
27 09 Mike Bliss Dodge Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 188.009 28.722 -0.378
28 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 187.950 28.731 -0.387
29 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam 187.898 28.739 -0.395
30 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet Capital Window 187.833 28.749 -0.405
31 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 187.682 28.772 -0.428
32 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 187.493 28.801 -0.457
33 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 187.487 28.802 -0.458
34 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA 187.305 28.830 -0.486
35 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 187.279 28.834 -0.490
36 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Sears Auto Center / Valvoline 187.240 28.840 -0.496
37 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 187.039 28.871 -0.527
38 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge McDonald’s 186.948 28.885 -0.541
39 113 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 186.496 28.955 -0.611
40 25 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 186.355 28.977 -0.633
41 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Guitar Hero 186.156 29.008 -0.664
42 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy 182.395 29.606 -1.262
43 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 186.111 29.015 -0.671

Did Not Qualify
44 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota Huckleberry’s BBQ 186.034 29.027 -0.683
45 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 185.790 29.065 -0.721
46 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota All Sport 185.344 29.135 -0.791
47 64 Todd Bodine Toyota Mambo Restaurants 184.546 29.261 -0.917
48 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Tommy Baldwin Racing 183.974 29.352 -1.008

Mar 02 2009

Auto Club 500 Videos

Here are some videos from the Auto Club 500 in California.

Feb 22 2009

Matt Kenseth Wins in California

Matt Kenseth did something I believe has only happened three other times, he has won the first two races of the season, first winning the rain shortened Daytona 500 and tonight winning the Auto Club 500 in California. Not sure of the total number, but Matt’s pit crew helped him gain at least 10 or 12 positions on pit road, keeping him in front or near the front the final half of the race, and putting him out in front when it counted the most. Jeff Gordon said they made an adjustment on the final stop that hurt them a little, keeping him from being able to pass Kenseth when he was on his bumper during that final run.

“It’s such a great team,” Kenseth said. “I just thank these guys [on the crew]. They gave me a great stop and got me in clean air and that’s just a huge difference.”

“It was a lot of fun,” Gordon said. “This is a new team and they showed it tonight. We’ve still got a little bit of work to do. I’m so excited on one side because we ran so well and we started out the season so great, but I’m still mad on the other side because I felt like we had what it took to win tonight.” Source: Kenseth keeps Gordon at bay for victory at Fontana

Kyle Busch had already made history by winning the Nationwide Series race and the Camping World series truck race in the same day, and was hoping to sweep all the Nascar events this weekend, and while he ran well, he didn’t have enough for Kenseth or Gordon in the end. But, if anyone can do it, Kyle Busch can.

“It’s never been done before, so you know it’s a challenge,” Busch said after finishing third. “The last one’s always the hard one to get. It’s on Sunday and it’s the biggest show. Maybe one day.”

Greg Biffle had the best quote of the night after the race, on the previous stop he had slid past his mark and ended up on the tire changers hose and had to back up, costing them 9 positions in the pits.

“They should fire me,” said Biffle, one of four Kenseth teammates. “You just can’t make mistakes like that.”

You are a hell of a racecar drive Greg; I don’t think you’ll have to worry about being fired. I think tonight’s race was a good start to the rest of the season, especially after the rained out Daytona 500, let’s hope the racing, lead changes and competition remains the same for the rest of the season.

Here is how they finished:
1 24 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Carhartt 195/10 250 Running
2 6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 175/5 250 Running
3 10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 165/0 250 Running
4 5 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 165/5 250 Running
5 4 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 160/5 250 Running
6 23 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 150/0 250 Running
7 25 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 151/5 250 Running
8 11 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 147/5 250 Running
9 2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 143/5 250 Running
10 1 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 134/0 250 Running
11 15 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 135/5 250 Running
12 22 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 127/0 250 Running
13 38 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 129/5 250 Running
14 7 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 121/0 250 Running
15 42 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA 118/0 250 Running
16 3 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 115/0 250 Running
17 13 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 112/0 250 Running
18 37 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Farmers Insurance 109/0 250 Running
19 21 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 106/0 248 Running
20 16 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com 103/0 248 Running
21 14 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox 100/0 248 Running
22 17 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Charter Comm. 97/0 248 Running
23 26 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Auto Club 94/0 248 Running
24 29 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 91/0 248 Running
25 20 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy 88/0 248 Running
26 34 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 85/0 248 Running
27 33 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 82/0 248 Running
28 28 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 79/0 248 Running
29 8 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Charter Comm. 76/0 247 Running
30 12 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam 73/0 247 Running
31 40 34 John Andretti Chevrolet WindowWorld.com 75/5 247 Running
32 41 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 67/0 247 Running
33 32 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 64/0 246 Running
34 39 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota All Sport 61/0 245 Running
35 31 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Guitar Hero 58/0 242 In Pit
36 36 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Red Bank Outfitters 55/0 240 Running
37 27 98 Paul Menard Ford Quaker State / Menards 52/0 221 Running
38 19 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 49/0 207 Running
39 35 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 46/0 205 Out of Race
40 18 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Kellogg’s 48/5 179 Out of Race
41 9 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 40/0 172 Out of Race
42 30 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 37/0 50 In Pit
43 43 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 34/0 36 In Pit

Here are the current top 12 drivers by points:
1. — Matt Kenseth 385 Leader
2. +10 Jeff Gordon 304 -81
3. +8 Kurt Busch 294 -91
4. +3 Tony Stewart 294 -91
5. +15 Greg Biffle 268 -117
6. -2 Clint Bowyer 266 -119
7. +1 Michael Waltrip 264 -121
8. -2 David Ragan 262 -123
9. +9 Carl Edwards 260 -125
10. +4 Juan Montoya 256 -129
11. -6 Elliott Sadler 248 -137
12. +1 David Reutimann 248 -137

Of course there will be at least four of these drivers who won’t be in the chase for the cup, but I’ve been wrong before. :)

Feb 16 2009

Kenseth Wins Daytona 400

Matt Kenseth did something I don’t remember him being all last season, lucky, and another he had never done before today, win the Daytona 500. Matt Kenseth won the rain shortened 51st running of the Daytona 500 today, after passing Elliott Sadler on the very last green flag lap. I bet Elliott is kicking himself right now. This was also Jack Roush’s first Daytona 500 win in 20 years as an owner, in an article posted at Nascar.com, Roush and Kenseth both did not believe it would happen today.

One day before the Daytona 500, Matt Kenseth confided in his wife Katie that he was tired of no longer being a serious title contender on NASCAR’s premier series, and harbored no illusions about his chances in the sport’s biggest race. On the morning of the Daytona 500, Jack Roush woke up feeling pessimistic as always, those two decades of close calls and near misses on the big race track engrained in his bones. Source: At Daytona, rain washes a team’s pessimism away

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Sep 26 2008

Biffle Wins Second Straight Chase Race

Whether you like Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth or Carl Edwards or not, you have to admit, they made the race in Dover one of the most exciting finishes in awhile. I’m a Gordon fan, but this was a great finish no matter who your favorite driver is, and it kind of looked like Jimmie Johnson was going to add to the excitement for a few minutes, but he faded and finished fifth. Carl made some runs near the end but he faded as well as they only took on two tires while everyone else took on four.

At a place where most of the patrons double down, Greg Biffle doubled up on last week’s victory at New Hampshire with a thrilling win Sunday in the Camping World RV 400 Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway (watch video).

With a determined run down the backstretch, in the shadow of the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, Biffle passed Roush Fenway Racing teammate Matt Kenseth on Lap 392 and opened a lead that reached .934 seconds at the finish.

Carl Edwards ran third behind his two Roush teammates, after taking two tires on his final pit stop on Lap 352 under caution. Edwards restarted in the lead on Lap 357 but couldn’t hold it, as Kenseth surged past Edwards and Biffle to claim the top spot on Lap 378.

From that point, Biffle made repeated runs at Kenseth, who tried to protect the outside line but finally fell victim to Biffle’s No. 16 Ford. Mark Martin finished fourth, followed by Jimmie Johnson, as Roush Fenway cars finished 1-2-3 for the first time since sweeping the top four spots at Homestead-Miami in November 2005. Source: Biffle becomes serious title threat with second victory

Kyle Busch extended his slide to two races, finishing 43rd and dropping to 12th in points, he even said that is was over for them as the same exact thing happened to them two years and they finished last in points. Now, I have been complaining about the Chase, but, it’s certainly possible for them to make a comeback with 8 races to go as they can gain 161 points, I believe, a race. But, he’s right it won’t happen, Biffle is hot, Johnson is going strong and Carl Edwards could win it easily as well.

I predict Jeff Gordon will finish 4th or 5th in points after the race in Kansas, 2nd or 3rd after the next race in Talladega, and will take the points lead at the race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway or Martinsville, all strong races for Gordon, and he will cruise on to his first Chase for the Cup championship. But, that’s just my opinion, I could be wrong.

Here are the Chase standings after the Camping World RV 400:
1. — Carl Edwards 5390 –
2. — Jimmie Johnson 5380 -10
3. — Greg Biffle 5380 -10
4. +1 Jeff Burton 5308 -82
5. +5 Kevin Harvick 5289 -101
6. +3 Clint Bowyer 5284 -106
7. — Tony Stewart 5277 -113
8. +3 Jeff Gordon 5272 -118
9. -5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5261 -129
10. +2 Matt Kenseth 5223 -167
11. -5 Denny Hamlin 5197 -193
12. -4 Kyle Busch 5180 -210

Here is how they finished:
1 5 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 190/5 400 Running 218,450
2 8 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 180/10 400 Running 208,041
3 22 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 170/5 400 Running 175,150
4 2 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 160/0 400 Running 154,508
5 20 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 160/5 400 Running 162,711
6 24 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 155/5 400 Running 139,461
7 1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 151/5 400 Running 146,011
8 6 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 147/5 400 Running 100,625
9 21 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 138/0 400 Running 125,183
10 40 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 139/5 400 Running 118,783
11 33 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 130/0 400 Running 125,711
12 37 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 127/0 400 Running 95,433
13 19 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel 124/0 400 Running 116,100
14 42 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 121/0 400 Running 113,461
15 31 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 118/0 400 Running 91,275
16 30 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull 115/0 400 Running 75,025
17 14 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 112/0 399 Running 74,725
18 23 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 109/0 399 Running 82,750
19 7 38 David Gilliland Ford Ford. Drive one. 106/0 399 Running 88,483
20 16 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 103/0 399 Running 105,308
21 34 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 100/0 398 Running 81,500
22 41 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Menards 97/0 398 Running 94,758
23 15 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Hitachi Power Tools 94/0 397 Running 101,164
24 10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy 91/0 397 Running 80,750
25 32 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 88/0 397 Running 82,522
26 36 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 85/0 397 Running 102,216
27 12 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge McDonald’s 82/0 397 Running 98,320
28 13 70 Tony Raines Chevrolet Haas Automation 79/0 396 Running 68,825
29 28 00 Michael McDowell Toyota Champion Mortgage 76/0 395 Running 73,175
30 39 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 73/0 395 Running 98,739
31 18 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 70/0 395 Running 76,350
32 29 21 Marcos Ambrose Ford Little Debbie 67/0 395 Running 86,495
33 43 96 Ken Schrader Toyota DLP HDTV 64/0 394 Running 76,950
34 4 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 61/0 394 Running 67,825
35 27 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row/DenverMattress.com 58/0 388 Running 67,600
36 9 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Industrial Tools 60/5 369 Running 75,450
37 26 01 Regan Smith Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 52/0 365 Running 75,325
38 3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 49/0 362 Running 102,266
39 35 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Big Red Slim Pack 46/0 351 Accident 94,933
40 38 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Wells Fargo 43/0 349 Running 66,875
41 17 10 Patrick Carpentier Dodge Charter Comm. 40/0 348 Running 66,680
42 25 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 37/0 304 Accident 112,130
43 11 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 34/0 172 Engine 84,782

Apr 14 2007

Kenseth Wins the O’Reilly 300

Matt Kenseth wins the O’Reilly 300 today in the Busch Series, with Carl Edwards, the Busch series points leader, finishing third to extend his points lead to a whopping 403 points. Kenseth kept the car off the wall and went a lap down, but fought back and got his lap back on lap number 80, and overtook Denny Hamlin with 9 laps to go for the win. Here are the top five finishers:

1. Matt Kenseth
2. Denny Hamlin
3. Carl Edwards
4. Casey Mears
5. David Ragan

More info at Nascar.com.

Feb 26 2007

Kenseth Wins Auto Club 500 in California

Matt Kenseth completes the sweep, winning the Nascar Auto Club 500 in California, the day after winning the Busch Series race at the same track. I don’t understand why more cup drivers don’t race the Busch series, I know it helps them race on Sunday, look at Kevin Harvick, he raced every Busch race that he could last year, and what happens? Fighting for the Cup at the end of the year, and he’s starting the season with a bang so far this year. If he had not had that tire go down, he would be leading the points right now and not Mark Martin.

“It’s a special win,” an emotional Kenseth said after bouncing back from a disappointing Daytona 500 with his second victory of the weekend and second Nextel Cup win at California Speedway. “It’s not without Robbie though. He spent the week at home while we were at Daytona building this car. Robbie built this team.”
A year ago, it was Jimmie Johnson whose team overcame the loss of crew chief Chad Knaus to get off to a strong start on the way to a championship.

“Those guys didn’t let some bad luck stop them or slow them down,” Kenseth said. “Everybody on this team knows what Robbie would expect them to do, whether he is here or not.” Source: Kenseth puts Daytona behind him with win

It really looked like Harvick had a shot at Kenseth, but, after the tire went down he lost quite a few positions to finish 17th. Several cars blew up, no one has determined whether the new unleaded fuel had anything to do with it, but I am sure the race teams will have plenty of data to pass out soon. Gordon finished 2nd, getting the jump on Burton after he spun the tires on that last restart, to put him in third place in the points race, behind Burton and Martin. Here is the finishing order in Fontana.

1 Matt Kenseth
2 Jeff Gordon
3 Jimmie Johnson
4 Jeff Burton
5 Mark Martin
6 Clint Bowyer
7 Kurt Busch
8 Tony Stewart
9 Kyle Busch
10 Brian Vickers
11 Denny Hamlin
12 Ryan Newman
13 J.J. Yeley
14 Joe Nemechek
15 Greg Biffle
16 David Ragan
17 Kevin Harvick
18 Johnny Sauter
19 David Stremme
20 Paul Menard
21 Robby Gordon
22 Kyle Petty
23 Tony Raines
24 Elliott Sadler
25 David Gilliland
26 Juan Montoya
27 Ricky Rudd
28 Bobby Labonte
29 Carl Edwards
30 Jeff Green
31 Casey Mears
32 Dale Jarrett
33 David Reutimann
34 John Andretti
35 Sterling Marlin
36 Ken Schrader
37 Jamie McMurray
38 Kasey Kahne
39 Dave Blaney
40 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
41 Scott Riggs
42 Martin Truex Jr.
43 Reed Sorenson

Little too early to be worried about it, but here are the top ten in points after Fontana.

1. Mark Martin 335 Leader
2. Jeff Burton 330 -5
3. Jeff Gordon 309 -26
4. Kevin Harvick 307 -28
5. David Ragan 270 -65
6. Clint Bowyer 264 -71
7. Joe Nemechek 259 -76
8. J.J. Yeley 251 -84
9. Kyle Busch 239 -96
10. David Stremme 236 -99

Feb 12 2007

Details on Kahne and Kenseth Disqualifications

All I had read yesterday just mentioned that Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth qualifying attempts were disqualified, but nothing really gave any details. I just read an article today on AOL that mentions both had extra holes in their cars that could’ve given them better aerodynamics. Kenseth’s car had extra holes in the wheel well and Kahne’s were in an unspecified location.

Their qualifying times were disallowed after inspectors discovered illegal modifications in each car. NASCAR said Kenseth’s Ford had illegal holes in the wheel well and Kahne’s Dodge also had illegal holes in an unspecified location. The holes may have improved the aerodynamics of their cars.

It’s the second consecutive year NASCAR discovered violations following pole qualifying. Last year, crew chief Chad Knaus was thrown out of the race after Jimmie Johnson’s car failed inspection. Knaus was suspended four races. Johnson rebounded to win the Daytona 500 the following week and they eventually reunited and won the Nextel Cup championship. Source: Kenseth, Kahne Fail Qualifying Inspections Drivers Could Face Penalties for Illegal Holes

Fines are sure to follow.

Jan 21 2007

Jeff Gordon Pushing Matt Kenseth

I have just added a Nascar Video section to the site, so if you have any good Nascar videos you have made, upload them and share them here. This one is the clip where Jeff Gordon pushes Matt Kenseth after Kenseth wrecked him at Bristol in the March 26th race of 2006.

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