Daytona Twin 125s: DeWalt Racing, Kenseth race recap

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 14, 2002) - Matt Kenseth and the DEWALT Racing team started the first heat of the Gatorade Twin 125's in the 23rd position and finished 15th. When the green flag dropped, Kenseth was able to work his way into...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 14, 2002) - Matt Kenseth and the DEWALT Racing team started the first heat of the Gatorade Twin 125's in the 23rd position and finished 15th.

When the green flag dropped, Kenseth was able to work his way into the 14th position on fresh tires. Throughout the 50 lap sprint that would determine the starting order for Sunday's Daytona 500, Kenseth was running as high as the 11th position. The No. 17 car handled very well until lap 24 when Kenseth said the car was pushing off of the corners. He then dropped to the 13th position and rode comfortably until the final ten laps.

While leading a pack of cars in the draft, Kenseth encountered lapped traffic with five laps to go. Brett Bodine passed Kenseth shuffling him back to 16th position. On the final lap, Kenseth worked back up to 15th to take the checkered flag.

"We ran that race just like we have been running all week," said Kenseth after the event. "We got pretty tight there for a while but for the most part I never let off the gas. At the beginning of the race it was pretty exciting, when everyone was on fresh tires you could pass three wide and use the whole racetrack. Then at the end everyone was single file, and if you had a partner you could catch someone, but if not, you could not really pass too well. It really hurt us when Brett Bodine went with his brother who was a lap down and I got shuffled out of the transfer spot."

As the field was set at the conclusion of the second Twin 125 event, Kenseth will start the Daytona 500 in the 40th position.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Brett Bodine , Matt Kenseth