Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth race report

LAS VEGAS, NV (March 3, 2002) -- Matt Kenseth started the UAW/GM Daimler Chrysler 400 vying for a win and the No Bull 5 Winston Million. With a car capable of providing the DEWALT Team with back to back victories, they fought to hold on for a 14th...

LAS VEGAS, NV (March 3, 2002) -- Matt Kenseth started the UAW/GM Daimler Chrysler 400 vying for a win and the No Bull 5 Winston Million. With a car capable of providing the DEWALT Team with back to back victories, they fought to hold on for a 14th place finish.

The eighth place start was the team's best qualifying effort since March of 2000. During practice sessions throughout the weekend, the No. 17 car was one of the fastest in the 43-car starting grid.

Shortly after the green flag dropped for the 267-lap event, the field started to spread out single file, and Kenseth began losing ground to the leader. He reported to crew chief Robbie Reiser that the car was extremely loose. In fact, it was so loose, Kenseth could barely keep it from spinning out when competitors came within a certain distance of his rear bumper.

The team made air pressure, sway bar, track bar and wedge adjustments in order to rectify the situation. Kenseth was on the defensive all day as he tried to hang on and keep the car on the track.

On lap 154, Kenseth spun onto the frontstretch grass bringing out a caution flag. The only casualty to the No. 17 car was four flat spotted tires. The team made more adjustments during the pit stop and sent Kenseth back out on the track.

During the closing laps of the race, Kenseth began working his way back up into contention. He managed to salvage a 14th place finish.

"We really worked for that one," said Kenseth. "We could only do so much with that car, because it was so loose. I was holding on for much of the race, and we made some big adjustments. It was a great qualifying effort for this team, and we are going to work on these cars some more. Maybe we will bring a different kind of car, with more downforce, to a track like this next time."

Kenseth is now 10th in the point standings heading to Atlanta.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth