Bad points' day for Kenseth, Busch

Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch were both bitten by the monster in Alabama during the Cup series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Kenseth, who entered this event third in points encountered trouble twice before finally parking the No. 17 Roush ...

Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch were both bitten by the monster in Alabama during the Cup series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Kenseth, who entered this event third in points encountered trouble twice before finally parking the No. 17 Roush Ford.

At lap 22, Kenseth drifted up the racetrack and got into the side of Kevin Harvick's No. 29 RCR Chevy. The contact caused Kenseth to spin, collecting Kasey Kahne in the process. Kenseth was able to gather the car back together and continue on, but a few laps later the engine blew up on the No. 17.

"We're done for the day," said defending Cup series champion Kenseth. "Something broke in the engine. It just missed a little bit by the start- finish line and then it went ahead and blew up, so it's disappointing. I made a big mistake early in the race and wrecked and could have torn up a lot of other cars and thankfully we didn't too badly. After that, we just tried to get back to the front and the engine blew up."

The miscue by the Roush engine department is costly to Kenseth. The 42nd place finish slips to fifth in standings, 155 points from first.

Kurt Busch, who entered Talladega second in points, also had a tough day. The No. 97 Roush Ford sparked the "big one". Tony Stewart made contact with the rear of Busch's Ford, turning it in front of a roaring pack of traffic. Busch got the brunt of it, as ten cars bunched up in a wad of twisted sheet metal.

"I'm just looking forward to the next race," said Busch, who finished 36th. "We got to a real race track where we can race side by side and not have a draft that ruins it. We just got ruined by the draft today."

Busch drops to fourth in points.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Kurt Busch , Kasey Kahne