Kenseth, DeWalt Racing Atlanta II report

HAMPTON, Ga. (November 19, 2001) -- It was a day of trials and tribulations for the Matt Kenseth led DEWALT Racing team this weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The team qualified in the 23rd position for the NAPA 500 and felt they could be a...

HAMPTON, Ga. (November 19, 2001) -- It was a day of trials and tribulations for the Matt Kenseth led DEWALT Racing team this weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The team qualified in the 23rd position for the NAPA 500 and felt they could be a contender at the end. AMS is notably the fastest track on the NASCAR circuit since the inception of restrictor plate rules. It is also one of Kenseth's favorites.

The day started out on a positive note, with Kenseth moving quickly into the top 10. He was as high as third place before the first round of green flag pit stops.

A tight race car and long green flag runs created distance between Kenseth and the leaders. The team made air pressure, wedge and track bar adjustments in attempts to loosen up the car. Kenseth also scraped the wall at one point during the day, leaving minimal damage to the No. 17 car.

When the checkered flag flew, Kenseth was in 17th place. He remains 13th in the championship point standings heading into the last race of the season in Loudon, NH.

"We all had a bad day today," said Kenseth after the race. "My car was pushing (tight) so bad, and we worked on it, but it never got freed up enough for me to get up there in contention. We had at least a top-10 car, but we just didn't have it all together."

-DR-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth