Martinsville II: Matt Kenseth race report

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (October 20, 2002) -- It was a tough race for Matt Kenseth and the No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools team in the Old Dominion 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Kenseth fought an ill handling race car to finish 19th, one lap shy of race...

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (October 20, 2002) -- It was a tough race for Matt Kenseth and the No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools team in the Old Dominion 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Kenseth fought an ill handling race car to finish 19th, one lap shy of race winner Kurt Busch.

Kenseth has conquered short tracks this year with finishes in the top-ten each time, but that streak ended on Sunday. Practice sessions throughout the weekend were good to the DEWALT team, as they found themselves in the top-15 on the speed charts. Kenseth qualified in 17th position -- his best effort to date at Martinsville.

Unfortunately, with the changes Martinsville Speedway made to the . 5 mile track, Kenseth just couldn't find the grip he needed to pass cars and make his way to the front.

The DEWALT Team made drastic air pressure and track bar adjustments throughout their ten pit stops. Kenseth said the car was tight in the center and loose off - and was so bad he was spinning the tires off of each corner.

Kenseth held on to finish 19th and avoided all incidents and skirmishes on the crowded track. He fell to eighth in the point standings and is now 334 points back from leader Tony Stewart with four races remaining in the 2002 season.

"We just missed it today," said Kenseth. "The guys worked really hard today to fix the car, but it never got to where I could actually pass people. Track position was everything today, and we just couldn't get it."

Next weekend, Kenseth and the DEWALT team will attempt to redeem themselves at Atlanta Motor Speedway next weekend. Kenseth finished fourth in the NAPA Auto Parts 500 last year.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Kurt Busch