RICHMOND, Va. (September 10, 2001) -- The DEWALT Racing team was dealt another harsh blow in the Chevy Monte Carlo 400 at Richmond Saturday night. Kenseth was collected in an accident involving Ron Hornaday and Buckshot Jones on lap 166 of the 400...
RICHMOND, Va. (September 10, 2001) -- The DEWALT Racing team was dealt another harsh blow in the Chevy Monte Carlo 400 at Richmond Saturday night. Kenseth was collected in an accident involving Ron Hornaday and Buckshot Jones on lap 166 of the 400 lap event.
Kenseth and the DEWALT team struggled all weekend in the car they finished 8th with in the spring event. They would have to start the race from the 38th position and work their way through the field.
When the race started, Kenseth said the car was terribly loose. Crew chief Robbie Reiser and the team changed tires within the first ten laps of the race. They made track bar adjustments and air pressure adjustments in effort to make the car better for Kenseth.
Kenseth worked his way up to as high as 21st in the running field. On lap 166, two spinning cars in front of him were unavoidable. Kenseth was hit causing damage to the right side of the car. The DEWALT Power Tools team worked hard and got Kenseth back on the track in 102 laps, and he worked his way to 35th position to finish out the event in 35th position, 99 laps behind the leader.
"I guess Ron Hornaday ran into somebody," explained Kenseth. "When they came sliding down the track and I tried to get through on the bottom, but they slid right down in front of me and I couldn't get stopped in time to avoid wrecking."
The disappointing finish has dropped Kenseth to 16th in the point standings.
"We've had some bad times this year," he continued. "I don't know if it's bad luck or bad driving, but we put ourselves in this position. When you take provisionals every other week and start in the back you're in a bad position and you've got a real good chance of getting in a wreck. We've just got to get this season turned around and get our performance up to where it needs to be so we're not in that position anymore."
Kenseth and the team will take the week to regroup and head to Loudon, NH.