Roush sweeps Phoenix with Kenseth finishing fourth! AVONDALE, Ariz. (October 29, 2001) -- Matt Kenseth and the DEWALT Racing team brought home a stellar fourth place finish in the Checker Auto Parts 500. It was 98 degrees at Phoenix...
Roush sweeps Phoenix with Kenseth finishing fourth!
AVONDALE, Ariz. (October 29, 2001) -- Matt Kenseth and the DEWALT Racing team brought home a stellar fourth place finish in the Checker Auto Parts 500. It was 98 degrees at Phoenix International Raceway yesterday as Roush Racing teammate Jeff Burton went to victory lane.
After a dismal 38th place starting position and a weekend of practice struggles, the No. 17 team impressively worked their way through the field. The car was good from the time the green flag dropped.
When the first caution occurred, Kenseth and crew chief Robbie Reiser decided to take on only right side tires in order to gain track position. Kenseth went into the pits 33rd, and out 14th.
Kenseth then steadily worked his way into the top 10. From there, flawless and lightening fast pit stops helped keep Kenseth in contention. He made his way as high as third place, and would run as fast or faster than the leaders on longer runs.
There were no adjustments made on the No. 17 car all day.
"We didn't touch one bolt on the car all day," said Kenseth. "We started the run a little too tight and at the end of the run it was a little too loose. I didn't really know what to do to fix that, so we just left it and raced like it was. I had some fun today, because its nice to run up where we belong."
This is the second fourth place finish for the No. 17 team in as many races. The last time Kenseth and the team had back to back top-10's was June of 2000. He has also moved back up into the 13th place in the point standings.
"We started from the back of the field," said Kenseth in a post race interview. "We had a great car all day. The guys in the pulled out amazing pit stops. They kept me up there.
"Starting from the back of the pack each week is frustrating to everyone. Qualifying hasn't been our specialty this year, that's for sure. Everybody on the DEWALT team did a great job of rebounding from our poor qualifying effort on Friday.
Kenseth also had a little help from his friends throughout the weekend.
"We had a car that handled pretty well in happy hour, and along with a lot of help from teammates Frankie Stoddard and Jeff Burton, we found a competitive setup. I'd like to thank them."
Robbie Reiser was also very satisfied with the showing. "We worked so hard on this car all weekend long. It all paid off though. I'm real proud of this team, we needed this for ourselves, so we know we're in the game. This is what racing is all about."
The weekend marked the 50th Winston Cup win for Roush Racing. In addition to the Winston Cup event, Roush Racing swept the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, and the NASCAR Busch Series race, with Greg Biffle taking the checkered flags in both events.
The team heads to Rockingham, NC next weekend. One of the highlights will be opportunity for the DEWALT Crew to strut their stuff, as they participate in the World Championship pit crew competition on Saturday, November 3rd.