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Kenseth, Roush Have One More Shot at an Atlanta Cup Victory

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
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Matt Kenseth's career at Roush Fenway Racing includes a long list of highlights. But despite a championship trophy and spoils of victory from winning some of NASCAR's biggest races, there's something missing in Kenseth's racing resume from his time at Roush - a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Kenseth's final chance to claim an Atlanta victory, under the Roush name, will come on Labor Day Weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the AdvoCare 500 on Sunday night, Sept. 2. Three drivers from Jack Roush's camp have claimed victory at Atlanta through the years - Mark Martin, Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch, with Edwards being the winningest Roush driver to win on the thrilling high banks of AMS on three separate occasions.

Although Kenseth hasn't wheeled his car into victory lane at Atlanta in the Sprint Cup Series, that's not to say he has not had his chances to do so during his Sprint Cup career, which began full-time in 2000.

In 23 Sprint Cup races, Kenseth, in a manner matching his career in NASCAR, has been a model of consistency, earning 13 top-ten finishes in 23 races with eight top fives. And Kenseth's best showings have come in recent years, with six of his eight top five finishes being within his past ten races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Within the ranks of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Kenseth has found victory at Atlanta in 2004 and 2008.

When the 2012 season ends, so will one of the longest running driver-owner combinations in NASCAR between Matt Kenseth and Roush Fenway Racing. But on Labor Day Weekend, Kenseth will be gunning for another addition to the trophy case of his career behind the No. 17 car.

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