Kenseth 10th at the Rock ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (November 5, 2001) -- Matt Kenseth and the DEWALT Power Tools Team came from a 40th place starting position to finish a respectable 10th in the Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 yesterday at North ...
Kenseth 10th at the Rock
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (November 5, 2001) -- Matt Kenseth and the DEWALT Power Tools Team came from a 40th place starting position to finish a respectable 10th in the Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 yesterday at North Carolina Speedway.
Kenseth and the team were fairly competitive during practice sessions throughout the weekend. When it came time for qualifying, Kenseth said he was not sure why the team did not pick up any time as did the rest of the competitors. He said the car drove well, but just did not pick up much speed.
Saturday night, the DEWALT crew won the 76/Rockingham World Pit Crew Competition, setting a new record of 17.695 seconds.
When the green flag dropped for the 393 lap event on Sunday, the DEWALT crew knew they would have their work cut out for them. An early race caution on lap one spread out the field on the restart. Kenseth drove from 40th to 15th before the cycle of green flag pit stops began. He was four-tenths faster than the lead cars at one point.
On lap 89, Kenseth brought the car in for four fresh tires. He made his way back up to sixth place, when the next cycle of green flag pit stops began. The DEWALT crew put four tires on the No. 17 car on lap 172. On lap 175, a caution flag flew leaving only five cars on the lead lap, who had not already made pit stops. Kenseth was on the tail end of the lead lap.
The DEWALT crew pulled off an impressive 13.9-second pit stop on lap 325. Kenseth held on to the end, but the car was loose. He ended the day one lap shy of the leader, in the 10th position.
"These boys did a great job here today," said Kenseth after the race. "A tenth place at Rockingham is like winning the race. We have had a pretty good weekend, winning the pit crew competition and grabbing a third straight top-10 finish. Things are looking up."
"I think we are going to be good for the next three races," crew chief Robbie Reiser added. "We have finally started coming around this year."
The DEWALT team heads to Homestead next weekend 13th in the points, and hoping to make it into the top-10.