Sometimes, it takes a while to see whether or not driver and race team combinations will meet expectations. Matt Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing are certainly defying that line of thinking.
Kenseth, who left Roush Fenway Racing during the offseason to take over the No. 20 car at Joe Gibbs Racing, collected his second win of the season on Sunday, holding off a furious charge by Kasey Kahne to capture the victory.
As a whole, Kenseth had the strongest car, leading 163 out of 267 laps after starting from the pole position.
Another big takeaway with Kenseth’s victory is that both of his wins have come on 1.5-mile tracks. To win a championship, a driver needs to run well at these types of tracks. The AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway has the great potential to be a momentum swing just before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. And of the tracks in the Chase, four of them are of the 1.5-mile variety. So if a driver can run well at these tracks, odds are very good that that driver will have a good chance to win a championship.
Get Me The Heck Out Of Kansas
In racing, there are good days and bad days. As good as it was for Kyle Busch last weekend in Texas, when he swept both the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series races, it was equally troublesome this past weekend in Kansas.
Busch wrecked during practice on Friday, spun twice during Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and crashed out of Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, finishing 38th to drop him to seventh place in the points standings.
Kansas is the only track on the Sprint Cup schedule at which Busch doesn’t have a top-five finish.
The Fans Say
So, what do the fans think of what happened this week? Well, here’s a sampling, courtesy of some of our Facebook fans...
“As much as I am not a Kyle Busch fan, I kinda felt bad for the guy to not even complete half of the race...I'd rather have a rival in it at the end to make it interesting than have 'em crash out so early.”
“I enjoyed it...even though some of my guys got caught up in stuff!”
Who’s Up and Who’s Down?
Continues to be having the strongest season so far among all Richard Childress Racing drivers. His four top 10s have him currently in 10th place in the points standings.
Overcame a tumultuous week off the track, fighting back from early damage and going a lap down to rally for a finish of sixth.
Juan Pablo Montoya
There have been a few bright spots, but the No. 42 team has to find a way to translate those moments into results. Montoya has has finished no better than 20th during the past five races.